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!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

I have wanted to go to this place for many years.  And then, one day, I did.  It was beautiful, magical, inspiring and full of sunshine.  Rather coincidentally, considering my last post, I was able to visit a Richard Long piece - photographs of that to follow.  In the meantime, I shall leave you with the rough snaps I took with my phone.

Yorkshire Scultpure Park, March 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes
I've posted the photos on Flickr for those of you who fancy a closer look.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Homage to Richard Long

I have had these small volumes in my head for a while.  In the past I've made a few in brass and a few in silver.  Split them in two, filed a small 'seat' into their base and set them on the flat, to see how they would lie as a small family of related forms.  At the foundation of this is my appreciation of the work of Richard Long.  In small corners of quiet space I have often constructed my own little temporary artworks, abandoning them to tide and scurried footfall.

Walking Shells, Cari-Jane Hakes
The Etsy 3xR challenge (which is setting all participants the task of reusing, recycling or re purposing items from their workshops/studios) is forcing me to work more quickly with some of the concepts and ideas that have been gathering for some time.  Don't think, just DO.  For week 8 of the challenge I gathered all of the above and made these:

Earring prototypes, homage to Richard Long, copper and silver
And so it was that the idea of positioning these little pods/shells was abandoned.  Instead, they became strung on a silvered thread, meandering into the distance.

Earring prototypes, homage to Richard Long, by Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

'Changing Hues' Ganoksin on-line exhibition featuring Cari-Jane Hakes

'Toot toot!'
That is the sound of me blowing my own trumpet.  I know it's not very British, but honesty, no one else is going to do it for me now are they?

Two of my pieces have been accepted for the Ganoksin 'Changing Hues' exhibition.  Seeing my pieces in among this amazing phantasmagorical peacock display is rather fantastic.  Actually, my work seems hushed in hue, quiet little pools of turquoise, grey and green, when compared to the riot of colour in some of these works!

To see the 814 other entries in this eye popping exhibition, click here.

Midnight Bird Singing by Moonlight by Cari-Jane Hakes
Love Letters Written By Moonlight by Cari-Jane Hakes
I actually don't own an enameling kiln yet and produced these pieces whilst on a beginners enameling course with the fabulously talented and all round enamel guru Joan MacKarall. As far as the art of enameling goes, I'm really interested in creating broad sweeps of colour and expanding the canvas of colour within the jewellery piece.  Often colour in jewellery is restricted to the tiny accent gem so enameling really allows you to let rip!

Elsewhere on the bench I am busy with my first international order for producing one of my 'The Day My Life Changed' pendants (click here to see it).  I'll need to make a fair few more of these before I can invest in a kiln though!

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