Friday, March 30, 2012

A Fabulous Friday Feeling - looking up

30 March 2012, Cari-Jane Hakes
When the wind blows I love to look up at these trees.  They sway and move, bent by will and force.  Casting my gaze down, the lower trunks are solid, grounded by root and age and foundation.  I listened whilst other people explained to my boys why the trees move in this way, that if they were not pliable they would snap in the wind.  If they stood too firm, solid and unmovingly upright they would be felled by the strength of the gusting coastal gales.

My roots are bedded deep in family, faith and friendships.  The forecast is not good but I'm just going to go with it, bend a little, become a little battered but when the storm passes all I will have lost are a few dead leaves.  I'll still be upright.

Elsewhere today, I found this quote from A.A. Milne and it made me smile.  I hope it does the same for you.  A bon weekend to you all.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Flowers from the photo shoot

I spent most of yesterday photographing and listing the new collection.  The colour scheme for each pendant was based on these little blooms.  I decided to do a few extra photographs of them at the end of the day.

Les Petites Fleurs, 27 March 2012, Cari-Jane Hakes
I think this little tag was my favourite - a few fronds from the expanding brood of succulents that I have growing outside the atelier.

This chinese apple blossom and grape hyacinth came a close second.  What a perfect little bunch of colour and hue!

Which one is your favourite?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday Musings on Moss and Lichen and such things

I have been some what distracted by my neighbours moss.  It is growing in a most gloriously prolific way atop their wall.  I am most taken with it, so much so that I did indeed peel a little bit off, just for myself.  I carried it home gently in the palm of my hand.

Now, I admit, this little scrap isn't up to much.  But, honestly, walk with me a minute and let's take a look at it with the setting sun shining through its populated fronds!

It is rather exquisite stuff is it not?

In amongst all of this I found some of this..

Elsewhere today I began to list the faceted pendants in the Hybrid Handmade shop.  Two listed, another eight to go!  They are a rather beautiful bunch - this one, pictured below, is the perfect colour match for the peach blossom that has just begun to spring out of the branches round these parts.

More listing tomorrow - and then onto to some important commissions!  Onwards and upwards mes amis!

Friday, March 23, 2012

A Fabulous Friday Feeling

Forgive me, I had to halt progress on the faceted rainbow pendants (which are progressing well) to eat!  Yes, the Hybrid Handmade Home kitchen is a tad minimal and basic.  I like to think of it as glamorous camping or 'glamping'.

Tonight, Rachel Khoo's (of The Little Paris Kitchen) Croque Madame Muffins were on the menu - although I substituted the muffin tray with four generous ramequins.

Grating a little bit of nutmeg into the b├ęchamel sauce and sipping on a glass of white wine - a perfect end to a hectic and at times challenging week.

And here is Rachel showing you how you too can make your very own Croque Madame Muffins.

Bon Appetite!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Work in Progress - Facets

Are these not the most joyful thing you have seen all day?

A faceted rainbow, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2012
I have been working hard on these all this week; shaping, sanding, forming, faceting, texturing, riveting and soldering.

Spring sunshine on the 'work in progress' pendants, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2012
It feels like spring has sprung on my workshop bench.  Work on these little morsels of colour has been a little sanctuary in amongst a rising tide of other stuff (less beautiful stuff, and definitely more grey and black in colour).

Oh, and the backs, well, if your are frequent Hybrid Handmade-er you will know that I like my backs to be as pretty as my fronts.  It's an important detail I feel - especially if you were in a rush, wearing this pendant, and then, you arrive at your important appointment, a little flustered (as you are now a tiny bit late) and the person you are there to meet greets you by saying 'how lovely to see you, my, what a fabulous necklace!'  You look down, and see that your pendant is in fact the wrong way round (becasue you were rushing) - but this doesn't matter because it is a Hybrid Handmade pendant and....the back is as beautiful as the front.  I rest my case.

Back detail, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2011
A beautiful piece of dried Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris).  I pick these seed heads in the forests local to my atelier.

Elsewhere, I have used my trademark leaf texture.  Always so beautifully stunning - I still marvel at the intricacy every time I pull this through my rolling mill.

Back detail, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2011
I await and await the contrasting cords.  The first lot turned up but I was less than impressed with their thickness (one of the problems of shopping for supplies on-line) - however, more is on its way!

It is spring here and autumn elsewhere.  Don't you feel like it is the time when the world is in some kind of harmony?  A harmony of colour.

Bonne Nuit mes amis.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Thoughts for a Tuesday

As a relatively new gardener I am often struck, as I work under the sky in this little piece of the Earth that has been entrusted to my care, of the parallels, the metaphors and the analogies that one can draw between a garden and life, human life and human endeavor.

Season follows season, the progress is inevitable, predictable, dependable - but it still surprises me.  Just before it starts, the utter deadness seems irreversible.  A barren bareness of harsh tones settles like a density that you almost have to push through, cut through, wade through in tall, big boots.

In life we all have these fallow periods.  Life gets quiet, our productivity reduces and we panic!  We fret and worry about our lack of visibility in the world and the decrease in our output.  We probably neglect these times of rest that occur (or that are carved out for us). We don't believe that they are for our own good, we don't trust that they are a season that will pass, that once we have learned what we needed to learn we will move on, it will run its course.

The exciting thing about this analogy is that I don't think the seasons of our life are linear.  Our life is not divided neatly into a progression from spring through to winter.  I do believe we can go straight from winter into summer and that we might well find ourselves in another spring season later in life!  I must say, I'm rather looking forward to that!

Friday, March 16, 2012

A Fabulous Friday Feeling - sprint finish

I am patting myself on the back for being most productive this week.  I finished today by honing a few blocks of pure colour; now I just need to wait for the beautiful contrasting cotton cords to arrive in my post box before listing them on Etsy.

Shades of green and blue and grain, Cari-Jane Hakes, 2012
I suppose it is no surprise that I gravitated towards these colours initially - they are the colours which permeate my everyday - they are the colours under my feet, twisting in my hair and getting under my fingernails.

Coincidently I was featured in this beautiful treasury by Eleni Avioniti from Greece.  My piece is on the second row, far left.

'Greens and Blues' by Mod3rnArt

Sterling silver color p...

In my Aquarium - Sculpt...

Blue Springs- Large art...


Spring Field, grasses, ...

Textile Necklace Origin...

Ocean Photography, 8x10...

Deep Dark Woods: Made T...

Art print Giclee Branch...

Upcycled Reliquary Box,...

Greenhouse - Original p...

Ready to Ship - Wedding...

A modern Brooch from Dr...

On the sea - Larger siz...

New Green Leather Walle...

Bow Headband Hand Knit ...

I am winging my way into the weekend under the cover of la brume (sea fog) - I think up above it all the sun must be shinning.  Let's hope it burns through in time for Saturday.

Bon Weekend mes amis.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Found and Made 16,860 km apart - Part 2

You know when something just isn't right.  The longer you look at it the more you know.  It just isn't finished.  You want it to be done.  You know that the extra time spent on it will put the price up.  You don't want to do this - but something inside tells you that you just need to go the extra mile.

Necklace closure detail. Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2012
Well, this is what happened with the pendant that I finished earlier in the week.  Finished!  Or so I thought.  All the ready made chains that I had just would NOT do for this piece.  I tried but they all looked wrong; they were out of proportion and lacking in detail and weight.  So I HAD to make a handmade chain.

Found and Made pendant with handmade chain, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2012
Certain pieces demand certain things.  Some pieces are quiet and compliant.  Others have a 'voice'. This one had a voice and a half!  I listened and then I got to work - many hours later I had a chain specifically tailored for this unique piece.

Found and Made, 16,860 km apart, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2011
Elsewhere today I was momentarily distracted by the sea urchins on my window cill.  They are a rare find on the local beaches where I roam, so when I do find them I tend to scrutinise them somewhat!

Did you know that their spines have different colours on the ends?  No, well neither did I.

Sea Urchins with their coats of many colours,  Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2012
Honestly, how is it nearly Friday already?  I could swear someone fast forwarded this week.  A plus tard mes amis.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Found and Made 16,860 km apart

Do you remember this?  It washed up in my post box back in January of this year.

What Mrs L. caught in her net
I kept it in a little wooden tray on my workbench and would pick it up from time to time.  I would peer through the little hole.  I would place it on a page in my sketchbook and trace its perimeter and consider details and manipulations that might adequately accommodate this really rather remarkable thing.

work in progress, Found and Made 16, 860 km apart, 2012
I built it a foundation and anchored some columns around the edges.  I looked out onto a watery wintered landscape through the tiny aperture and knew that it needed to be filled with fire and light.

I pondered the significance of a tiny object being picked up, packaged up and posted to me.  I needed to know the distance between where this tiny piece of sun bleached coral was found and where it was, here and now, resting in my hand.  The answer, as the crow flies, 16, 860 km apart.  I wondered how long it would take a crow to fly that far.  And then I made this.

Found and Made 16, 860 km apart, Cari-Jane Hakes,  March 2012
detail on back of pendant, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2012

edge details, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2012
A little more work needs to be done on the chain, a bit more polishing and refining - but I couldn't really wait any longer to show you all what a remarkable thing it has become!
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