part 3. RUST & MEMORIES. The mediums of Elizabeth Bunsen.

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“I live in a northern paradise with short sultry summers and achingly bitter and beautiful winters, spring we call “mud season” and fall is a glorious crimson and golden falling into winter. This seasonal cycle functions as my muse and guides my work… In the winter I simmer tea and eucalyptus, spring blooms in my rust garden where I slosh tea and make marks with my ever growing collection of rustie, summer brings warm days and cool indigo blues and in the gold of autumn there is much gathering – calling out the curves of oak, the caramel scent of maple, the saffron arch of ginkgo, as the leaves sing their last songs.  Wherever I am, I am in a continuous dialogue with my environment; I wander, gather, arrange and collaborate with natural processes. I explore and experiment as a “domestic scientist”. Meditative play is how I attempt to stay grounded and balanced. This is how I live my art.”  —Elizabeth Bunsen

Elizabeth’s studio is like visiting a museum with a docent who is warm, full of knowledge and passionate about the objects.  The metal grate was given to her by a friend.  The coral is from Australia where she traveled and taught.  The wool is from her sister.  The rust graveyard keeps growing and is always revealing something knew.  Rust and Memories.

Starting tomorrow for the next three days I get to participate in a workshop with Elizabeth and see what kind of “rusty voodoo” she practices.  I can’t wait to explore and see what happens. I have a dress that is way too bright and in dire need of some “mucking up”. I will post some pictures of process. Rust and Memories.

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rust
rəst/
verb
gerund or present participle: rusting
  1. be affected with rust. (I’m pretty sure I’m going to be affected with rust.)
    “the blades had rusted away
    2. deteriorate through neglect or lack of use.

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“unhinged” at Revolution Kitchen

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“unhinged” 2015, wood scrap, paint & found hardware ($500)

Definition of UNHINGED adjective un·hinged \-ˈhinjd\

upset, unglued; especially :  mentally deranged unhinged extremist>

First Known Use of UNHINGED 1652

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I am getting ready for a trunk show…

the first weekend in May at Vintage Inspired in Burlington, Vermont (details to follow).  I’m trying to decided exactly what I want to create…bracelets, pendants, jewelry holders, small (affordable) paintings or perhaps even something that hasn’t revealed itself yet.

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photo

I found this Jill Heller piece in a magazine at the gym.

What luck, huh?  So cool.

I think this will provide some serious inspiration.

reworking discarded pieces

Today in the studio I needed a board of a certain size and I didn’t want to run out to the hunt for one.  I started digging around and realized that I could easily part with this piece from 2008 that I never really liked anyway.  The new piece isn’t finished yet, but I worked with the shape and carving that already existed in the board.  Oh, I do love a makeover.  Hopefully I can show you the finished piece tomorrow.

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today in the studio…

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today in the studio

not feeling too creative

i played with some scrap blues and then added a few other hues

a bowl, a couple of bracelets

things created

my brain settled down

 

And whose jewelry are you wearing today Ms. Hepburn?

hepburn wearing a  lillibridge dakota 1966 pendant

I am just goofing around when I need to do so many other things. This is my creative expression for the day. I think it looks great on her. What a fashion icon she was. I am working on a lot of different pendant designs over the summer incorporating found objects and maybe even some sea glass. I will post images as I create.

nesting

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Yesterday, on a rainy Vermont morning I walked out into my garden with my coffee to see what was blooming. I was surprised to find a nest in the middle of the yard. It was beautiful and tragic at the same time. The nesting material included plastic garbage bags. Although I am a big proponent of using recycled materials, I have felt a little sad every time I look at the nest. I thought the best way to honor the innovative upcycling was to turn the photo into yet another work of art. Here is the print I came up with when I played with the image.

nest print Lillibridge dakota 1966