>My love affair for the wonderful world of art started in high school. In year 10, I made a wearable art necklace out of corn kernels (and made popcorn out of the rest of the unused kernels), with wires bursting out of the collar because I wanted it to have a spiderweb effect. In year 11, I did a lot of pen drawings based on Maori tribal patterns. In year 12, I experimented with painting, etching, product design, but my interest for sculpture was greater than the rest. I made a giant toothpaste complete with giant pink paste coming out of the tube. I also studied Art History, from Giotto to Michelangelo (my fave guy!), Warhol to Pollock (another fave of mine). In year 13, I decided to settle for a year full of sculpture.
I want to tell you that my sculpture year was a happy one. How I wish it was a happy one. I thought I was pure genius (being a teenager and all) and could do just about everything right. My first project was a success, it involved a can and strings covered with super thick paste and kind of resembles a tree trunk and its roots. Then it went downhill. I thought I knew what my teacher wanted, but boy was I wrong. I couldn’t seem to do ANYTHING right, while my fellow sculptors were getting praises left and right. I couldn’t make the materials work but I insisted on using them. My sculpture year did not end happily. I didn’t get good grades like I wanted (I passed though…) and I remember thinking to myself that I have no talent or flair in art, that I was fooling myself.
Fast forward a couple of years of uni and a couple more years of professional life, I decided it was time for me to get back in the art game. I love jewellery and accessories of any sort, and has been dying to learn the art of jewellery making. And the timing couldn’t be more perfect. I have planned on resigning from my then-current job and was going back to uni for postgrad. I had a couple of months of mucking around back home that I could put to good use. So I put it to good use (and here I am now telling you all about it).
I guess what I wanted to say is that we have to listen to our heart’s desires and believe in ourselves. If something doesn’t work for you (like those stubborn materials wouldn’t work for me), we should either find another way to work around it or forget about it completely (because unfortunately, sometimes things are just not meant to be). I’ve had these filigree stampings for awhile now and has been toying with it endless times, trying to figure out what I can do and how I can make these delicate stampings work for me. I tried incorporating it with pieces for a necklace and a bracelet and I just couldn’t see it work. Then I thought of earrings. These are so delicate and light it would be perfect for a pair of earrings. And I’m happy to say that this particular journey has ended happily for me (and for these filigrees!). Everything just seems to fall together and fit perfectly; the materials cooperated happily and the colours works together to form a pair of exquisite and delicate earrings.
Have a superb midweek (and a great start to a weekend for me)!
>despair is seeing everything in the dark, as if someone blindfolds you and push you into a long, dark tunnel.
hope is when you realize you can take the blindfold off, find a torch to guide you in the long, dark tunnel, and finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
Happy Sunday sweet ones, let us not be consumed by despair as hope is always around the corner waiting for us to open our eyes and see it 🙂
material: white natural stones (discolourations are due to camera and lighting effect)
>It’s the first week back and I’m already swamped with the massive amount of reading I have to do, and I can see that I won’t be able to sit in front of my creative table as often as I’d like to. I have finished the bib necklace, but I’m waiting for the right time to take snaps of it, I want to capture the richness of the colours and the sparkles, and every time I tried to take some pics, it never turned out the way I wanted them to. So I’ll be patient cause I know the perfect portrayal will eventually happen.
My friend finally sent me some more pics from the engagement party,
here’s one with the girls,
and a group picture,
I didn’t wear the navy blue polkadot dress like I said I would, cause at the very last minute I found a pair of nude pumps, and finished a necklace that would totally go with this floral dress. So the polkadot dress is still waiting for the right occassion for me to wear ’em. Unfortunately, I’ve left them back home (I was being realistic in thinking there’s no way on earth I’d have a chance to wear ’em in Canberra, what with the semester starting and classes are getting tougher hence very little chance of socializing/going out for fancy drinks/clubs)
Anywho, I’m off now to start reading the first of many chapters. Here’s to a great mid-going-on-end-of-week to you all!
>in the mood for something juicy and red…
slipped on something wonderfully bright (and red),
painted my nails with attitude (and red),
and worked on project bib (a red-based theme),
a sneak peek into the almost finished bib necklace (super excited!)
Have a superb week sweet ones 🙂
>for the quirky and fab Lady Noix de Coco at Fashion Coconuts who have awarded me with my very first blog award (horray!!!)
She thinks that I have ‘the most gorgeous handmade jewellery and cool Australian photos‘ and you can’t imagine how thrilled I was reading what she really thinks of me, my blog and most importantly, my passion for creating handmade jewellery! I’m going to put this award up soon *yes, I like to gloat!* ^__^
>thought I’d share some more snaps from my recent vacation…
the hotel we stayed in Bromo, East Java
view from the hotel (and our balcony!)
late night snack with the family (after some serious karaoke)
the bus ride back to Canberra (saw plenty of cows and sheeps)
Since it’s Saturday and classes haven’t started yet (and no course outlines to bound me to the books yet to be purchased!), I’m gonna sit in front of my fave creative table and play around with my new goodies 🙂
>Managed to finish the roller coaster earrings just before I flew back to Canberra (cold, super cold!), and in the coldness of Canberra I thought of the perfect words (song) to go with these earrings. Who can totally hear this song when you look at them sparkly, swirly earrings?
Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
Now please excuse me as I resume watching ugly betty’s ultimate finale, covered in my warm, fluffy blanket.