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Today, we take a tour into the clean and tidy glass studio of Cindy Gimbrone....look quickly, you may not see it clean again!
Good morning, Studio Saturday Readers! Since cleaning my studio for the local bead guild's visit, it seems I cleared out my creative mind to make room for more. So, I set aside the glass and brought out my junk.
Yes, I'm a junk collector. This is a recent score at a flea market. A handful of keys, a few watches make for lots of interesting possibilities.
Not only do I look for new junk at the flea market, I have a box full of junk-treasures. I call them junk-treasures because they all have sentimental value to me. A fractured music box bride which was my husband's wedding gift to me 26 years ago - broken in one of the 8 moves we've made or by a toddler who couldn't resist it - I can't quite remember now how she received her fractures...
...or the bits and pieces of pottery used by my ancestors found on my father's family farm a few years ago when digging up the garden for spring planting....
Altered art and mixed media technique is problemmatic for me because I'm a purist. I like pieces to remain in the condition I find them. So I don't like to drill, cut up or permanently alter any piece. I'm reluctant to make a boro bead on the antique keys above or glue things into the watch parts, or...gasp...glue something onto my bride!
Well, where does that leave me? Does that mean purists can't make altered art or mixed media art beads? Are all my junk-treasures destined to stay in their box, never to see the light of day?
With the help of Susan Lenart Kazmer, I've been working in cold connections. And, you don't have to actually alter a piece to make altered art beads.
Using one of the pottery shards, I hand formed a "bowl bezel" and used weaving to hold the shard in the bezel.
So, the purist in me was able to keep the pottery shard as is, combine it with metal and create an altered art bead. The icing on the cake is the new metal technique I've acquired is flexible. I can combine my bowl bezels with my glass cabachons for a modern look!
I'm really happy with the balance I've been able to find with a style I love (altered art/mixed media) and the purist in me. Which leads me to today's question....
What have you struggled with artistically? Was it between two styles to find your own voice, like I did today or was it something else? Share your own struggle and you could win the Circles Pendant below.
I look forward to reading your comments and sharing more with you!