Welcome to Studio Saturday! What is Studio Saturday? Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free bead each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner. This weeks winner is Alexa. Alexa has won Tari's Triple Dot Beads on a Steel Choker. Please use the suggestion box to send us your address.
Good morning! Welcome to my studio! Saturday morning is a good day to stand over my torch while I melt glass....
In the last few months, I've been exploring modern art as the inspiration for a different series of beads. The Modern Glass Links are the result of exploring Modern Art but it doesn't stop there. I want to create an entire series. When I create beads, I envision them serving as a talisman for people, to represent emotions...all those things that can't be seen. Modern art seeks to represent emotions, themes and abstractions so it's a perfect fit. Some of the best examples of Modern Art and Design is in textiles. One of the designers I'm drawn to is Alexander Girard.
After pouring over several modern textile books, it sparked an idea. I envisioned a Modern Art Bird using the bold outlines and start color contrasts characteristic of modern textiles.
I have a sketchbook but I don't draw well so I don't usually draw out bead designs. I say usually because once in awhile I will draw a design. I draw to figure out the basics of placement of design and sculptural elements.
Normally, I don't show anyone my sketchbook but since it's only us ABS readers today, here's a rare look:
From a sketch, I'll go to the torch, set out glass rods in a color palate and make a prototype. Lately, I've favored a bronze colored glass that has reflections of violet and purple. So the color palate for the Modern Bird uses bronze, black and violet.
The first prototype is rarely the final design. I'll tweak it before it goes on my website. I don't like to show it before then, but today is Studio Saturday. All readers get to see inside my studio...
I made "eye" beads in bronze and black and violet accent beads to complement the Modern Bird.
I'm not completely satisfied with the translation from sketch to prototype. I need to tweak it and make another prototype. Maybe change the color palate or add another layer of glass in the circles....lots of little details to think about and tweak. While I'm doing that, I'll be checking my research on Modern Art and Design to make sure revisions stay true to the style that inspired Modern Bird.
Now that I've shown you what inspires me, here's today's question:
What inspires you?
Leave a comment and you'll be entered to win a pair of Modern Glass Links in Bronze. I look forward to reading what inspires you!