Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Etsy Metal 3xR 2014 weeks 13 and 14

Having a little side project on the go is a good thing, I have decided.  When I first set myself the task of participating in this year long Etsy Metal challenge I imagined that producing an extra piece a week wouldn't be that difficult.

How wrong I was.

When things get busy and your main focus of each and every day is keeping up with various dead lines and client expectations the idea of dropping onto your 'side project' at 1am in the morning is not really on the cards.  And so, alarmingly, the weeks pass by and the more and more behind you get.

Now I am a bit of a 'I've started, so I'll finish' kind of a girl, so I am going to see this through to the very bitter end.  Although in truth, I don't imagine the end will be that bitter.  As I said, a side project can be a very valuable, and perhaps, a very essential thing to have.

Looking for Richard Long, Cari-Jane Hakes, April 2014
A side project, apart from your main day to day business that does not have to have an economic imperative as its primary goal, is a rather liberating thing.  That is not to say that within the confines of a brief and a budget that beautiful things cannot happen, it is just to say, that it is useful to have a little 'back boiler' project, bubbling along.  A little test-bed, a laboratory of sorts; where mistakes can happen and ideas can soar, slightly un-teathered, getting caught on branches and tangled up.

Weeks 13 and 14, Etsy Metal 3xR Challenge 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes
Already I can see how the discipline of the 3xR project will feed into to new collections and is generating new ideas which would otherwise lie untested, mouldering as scratchy sketched outlines on paper.

And so I propose a toast to the side-project!  Cheers!

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Mosaic for a Monday

A recurring palette of wild things with muted tones of ochre and blush; big landscapes and wide skies.  

I have plans in my sketchbook.  Small beginnings of new ideas.  Perhaps, perhaps....

1. winter light, 2. Stag ahead! (Explored 040314), 3. Le moulin de Quinard - Brittany's seascape, 4. spirals and hearts, 5. Untitled, 6. Got nuts?, 7. Lough Lomond Scotland, 8. Red Cuillins (3) Isle of Skye, 9. iron sky

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Etsy Metal 3xR 2014 week 12

Me and earrings.  Well, we don't tend to get along.  Oh, but then I made these and I've decided, that perhaps, me and earrings, well, perhaps we do get along.  I've made a pair for me and a pair to be offered up to the big Etsy shop in the sky (which you can find here).

Split pod earrings in silver and gold leaf, Cari-Jane Hakes, April 2014
These are neither stud or dangly which makes them practically perfect in every way. I've made the ear wire part of the spatial design of the piece.  Normally, ear wires hang around at the back and then they get nudged and nudged until they somehow manage to free themselves from your ear lobe and you are left bereft, lopsided with only half a set of earrings to your name.  It is a very sad state of affairs to find oneself in.

Split pod earrings, Cari-Jane Hakes, April 2014
Now, with this design, you have to thread the ear wires through, twisting as you go, until they sit in place with a reassuring solidity.  Now, perhaps some very vigorous gymnastic type dancing COULD dislodge them, but I highly doubt it.

I've given the inside of each little pod a dash of gold leaf, just a smidgen, a small sprinkle, a smattering.  It's all the gold they need to glow with a kind of inner light.  Just beautiful, even if I do say so myself.

Split pod earrings, Cari-Jane Hakes, April 2014
Now, if you'll excuse me, I must dash (I will dash at speed, but my earrings will stay put, you mark my words) and make some prototypes for Father's Day!

Split pod earrings dangling a perfect 'just over half an inch', Cari-Jane Hakes, April 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

Etsy Metal 3xR Challenge 2014 weeks 10 and 11

It feels good to be back on the 3xR Challenge wagon.  I missed a few weeks in March due a deluge of Mother's Day necklaces for which I am extremely grateful.  My hands have recovered from various saw blade and drill wounds and I'm back to full speed ahead on this challenge.  I'm a bit of a 'completer/finisher' so once I start something I really like to see it through to the bitter end, no matter what!

I'm really pleased with these earrings and the necklace design.  They have a lovely lightness and delicate movement to them.  They follow on from my current revisiting of land artist, Richard Long's work.

Textured Petal Earrings, Cari-Jane Hakes, April 2014
Textured Petal Earrings, Cari-Jane Hakes, April 2014
Oh, and I made a necklace to match.  Just so you know.

Textured Petal Necklace, Cari-Jane Hakes, April 2014
Textured Petal Necklace, Cari-Jane Hakes, April 2014
Availible in my Etsy shop here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

A Fabulous Friday Feeling - An Encounter with Richard Long

After creating a prototype earring design with the land artist, Richard Long, in mind (see here) I was really excited to see that Yorkshire Sculpture Park had one of pieces installed in their grounds.

Red Slate Line by Richard Long, photographed in Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Red Slate Line by Richard Long, photographed in Yorkshire Sculpture Park
I love this piece for its simplicity and apparent banality.  I identify with the act of celebrating and elevating something as simple as walking or a line into a work of art.  Placed bravely, drawn quietly and left resting on the earth, open to judgement, begging criticism and forcing opinions to be made.

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Mosaic for a Monday

A muted palette for this Monday - perhaps a reflection of my limited view over the last few weeks, mostly of my workbench and silver with views to a distant green beyond.

I rested my hands over the weekend.  They needed time to heal from various drill and saw wounds.  A little bit of downtime, a little bit of inactivity is all it took.  I'm ready for whatever is next.  Hope you are too.  Let's do this thing!

1. Untitled, 2. *****, 3. Lakagigar series of craters, 4. En av mange pytter nord for Andrevatnet, 5. první jarní víkend, 6. Nurture, 7. Untitled, 8. Little Me, 9. into the unknown

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Friday 'Fishing' Trip

I moored up my 'boat' and went fishing for new shapes and textures, fragments and forms on land.  This is what I gathered in my net.

Moss Stalks, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2014
Rhododendron tongues, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2014
Layered Cone, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2014
Moss Lanterns, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2014
Overlapped Tangle, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2014

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