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

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Writing Love Letters by Moonlight

I am happily, busily engaged creating 'The Day My Life Changed' necklaces.  The words that people are choosing to inscribe on these bands are very touching.  As I read each request I smile and imagine how loved and cherished each person will feel when they open a black ribbon-ed box, hold their necklace up to the light and read.  As the significance of each personal 'love letter' sinks in, I know I will have played a small part in making their day 'a good one'.

'The Day My Life Changed' pendants, March 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes
Some other messages are more cryptic.  Special dates with important meaning that only the requester and the recipient will understand.

And so I write, I hand stamp these letters with an intense focus.  They get formed into bands and threaded onto their central rod.  I hand polish them until they glint with a moonlit glow.

'The Day My Life Changed' pendants, March 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes
If you'll excuse me, I have more letters to write!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Arctic Explorer - week 9 of the Etsy 3xR 2014 Challenge

As the spring sunshine begins to shake everything awake with showers of vibrant fresh green and deep sonorous yellows, my workbench is in another time and season all together!

This little experimental piece is fresh out of the studio this morning and is my week 9 piece for the Etsy Metal 3xR 2014 Challenge.

'Paul-Emile Victor writes home in 1934 during his first visit to Greenland describing the Aurora Borealis'
Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2014
I'm using this EtsyMetal year long challenge to develop new designs and ideas within the various conceptual touchstones that I have been developing over the last few years.

With this piece there is a suggestion of exploration, of a path, of a route trodden tentatively and boldly by the French explorer Paul-Emile Victor.  In addition, the labradorite beads offer a kind of communication between two points.

details, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2014
On the detail front, I'm rather pleased with this (fiddly!) little bead termination for the tiny spheres of labradorite that I strung carefully on midnight blue thread for this piece.  Again, experimental, but it works!

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