Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New Find: Viktoria Munzker

I've long subscribed to the blog schmucksachen; it posts a lot of great images of fantastic jewelry, much of it European. While scrolling though the usual dose of eye candy today, I came across some works by the blog's author Viktoria Munzker, that sparked my interest, not only because of the pieces themselves, but because of the title of her collection: Unknown Waters.

This is similar wording to my Found Waters body of work I'm currently trying to sort my way through. Our ideas aren't dissimilar, and neither are our forms and materials. I find myself struggling with this body of work, convinced that it's total crap. Like, I'm making crap, out of other crap, and no one is going to let me get away with that. But I can't help loving these new pieces if only because they are mine. I exhibited my first efforts in the exhibition Off the Wall in January, and got a positive response, which I find almost as unsettling as a negative one. Paired with the anxiety of a medium level career commitment I made recently (more on this later) this new body of work (and half a dozen other things I'm sure), literally has my back in knots. But I enjoy making these silly little things and if I make enough, I'll eventually figure out what they are about. 

I suppose in the mean time, Viktoria Munzker gives me something to aspire too.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Process Shot of the Week

Some shots of the piece I'm currently working on: Found chunk of porcelain with gold leaf and citrine nuggets. I'm thinking big, light, airy gold filled jump rings for the rest of it.

Update: Also some dark and rusty steel wires I found over the weekend.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Quote of the Week

"He that will learn to pray, let him go to the sea." ~ G. Herbert

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Weekly Walk

A few photos from the nearby Ceder Grove Cemetery.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Just Finished

Some things from the bench I recently finished up. Sorry about the not so great photos, I'll try and take some better ones later this week. I'm at that point where I'm flip flopping between this new line of work being total genius and utter utter bullshit. But transitions are always difficult for me.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Process Shots of the Week

 Getting back into the bookmaking.
And finished a few jewelry pieces. Really loving the colors on the pearl and sea urchin charm!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Quote of the Week

"I looked for myself, but myself was gone.
The boundaries of my being
had disappeared in the sea."


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Weekly Walk

Some images from a walk near the Trent River.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Process Shot of the Week

 Work space
 Pendant waiting for a chain
Two new Shelter Me brooches and a pendant waiting for pearls.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

New Brooch

Gold in the Air of Summer (You'll Shine Like)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Quote of the Week

"I've known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers."

~Langston Hughes