Friday, November 28, 2008
Very Curious Things
READING MATERIALS - TO INSPIRE AND DELIGHT YOU
I posted earlier about 'A Charming Exchange' - a book I like to revisit often for inspiration.
Here's another book I own and can recommend, 'Altered Curiosities'.
The style and results of the art and sculptures are totally different from my own, but the ideas and instructions are very useful.
The book is by Jane Wynn, a versatile and ingenious person who likes things a little on the dark and spikey side. With some taxidermy, teeth and seamonsters thrown in for fun. Lots of rust and dust, too.
She has a great blog, and a series of workshop - tool - tutorial posts on her blog that are both interesting and a lot of fun to read. Especially check out the older posts for lots of background and tongue-in-cheek fun.
She seems to be continually experimenting, trying new things - and she is not afraid to document both the successes and the not-so-successful results. There are topics and things in her book that I would not think of doing myself, but I can translate the materials and processes to my own creative ideas.
Although I don't see myself usually working in three-dimensional sculptures and shrines like hers, tabletop size, I can picture the spirit and feeling translated into wearable pieces of jewelry. Little personal sculptures.
These two photos are of her fork-box jewelry, with her bezels and encased icons and objects.
So don't be scared off by the cover of the book, with the teeth, the octopus and the dis-embodied figures.
Take a look inside and if you're like me, you'll enter a world of free thinking creativity that will stretch your imagination, inspire and liberate you.