Design Challenge for 2017

It’s a new year and people seem more excited this year to start anew.  I am too, and I’ve come up with a design challenge for jewelry artists working in any media!

A few years ago I went to CJS Sales in New York City.  I interviewed the owners and learned about the “design quarry” of beads, findings and interesting things that jewelry makers and mixed media artists can find there. (Article link.) I came home with 60 pounds of goodies!!  Seriously!  Luckily I had traveled to NYC by train and not plane!

I have divided up part of my stash into 20 equal collections.  Now I’m looking for 20 artists who would like to participate in a design challenge.  Everyone will get the same amounts of vintage beads, chain, and crystals in their design kit. You can use them any way you want and with any media.

Basic Challenge Parameters:
-Due date: March 31, 2017.
-Must send images of finished piece to cre8tivefire (@) gmail.com.
-Must use 4 pieces of design kit in your finished piece. (1 piece = 1 bead, 1 component, or 1″ of chain)
-Artists can submit up to 3 pieces–either separately or as part of a set.

Oh and is there a prize?
Yes there is!  I have 2 original vintage pendants from the 1960’s found at CJS Sales. A little piece of art history!
**Plus we will put together an interesting series of articles showing off the designed pieces, comments by the artists and a gallery.  I think this would be really fun and it gives us a chance to work with unconventional materials and to stretch our design ideas!

Anyone game to join a design challenge? ***NOTE all kits have been claimed*** Stay tuned for the results!

Jeannette Froese LeBlanc is a studio artist living in rural Ontario Canada.  She has been seen in New York City, hauling obscene amounts of beads and copious piles of fabric back to her hotel. Her studio is packed to the rafters with finds too good to use and is only now starting to share.  To see more of her work please follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sassyandstella/

Collaborate, Connect, Communicate: Three Goals of the Impact Artist Project

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2nd Place winner in the Metal Clay Category of the Saul Bell Design Award 2015 is Holly’s necklace, “Je’taime, – Dual Flame.”.

Holly Ginsberg Gage has had a busy year. She won Second Place in Metal Clay at the 2015 Saul Bell Design Awards and now she is heading up IMPACT Artist Project: International Metal Clay Project Advancing Creativity and Talent. Holly has set up a 25K fundraiser on Kickstater to fund the project. We caught up with her during her fundraiser to hear more details.

Holly tells us that if 25K is raised that it will be just enough to launch the project, “25K is the bare minimum to get us out the door with our most basic goals, which is growing the resources on our website, and maintaining the forum, IMPACT Activity programs and Rewards, and free webinars.” If 50k is raised with Kickstarter, Holly will give away a free book to everyone that has donated.   “The Journey of Self Discovery Through Metal Clay, This book is yet to be published, and will be given away as an e-book.” Continue reading…

Contest: Strangest Item

weird2It’s time for our next contest to start! What is the weirdest thing you have found in your studio? I have a diving wet suit.  Yes, I know–that makes total sense to have in an art studio.  What does not make sense are these typewriter ribbons or the David Foster and Yanni C.D.’s.  Who put those in here? Have you been finding funny and strange things hidden away in your studio? Well dig them out–they could win you a prize from Rio Grande!

mail.google.comNothing says “artsy” quite like some troll dolls hanging around for inspiration!  This bench is part of Rio’s Tech lab.

To enter photos of your “Strangest Item” click here.  I can’t wait to see who wins the $100 gift certificate from Rio Grande!

 

EuroSynergy2 Conference

bordeaux_la_nuitThe EuroSynergy2 team is thrilled to announce that the next conference will take place from the 10th to 13th July 2016, followed by 3 days of workshops!

The location is the Mercure Hotel, Bordeaux Centre, France and the programme format is exciting and brand new! http://eurosynergyconference.net/

Workshop proposals are being accepted now.

Contest: Studio Mascot

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From the studio of Colleen White: “My studio mascot, Ripper, getting ready to help out at the bench.”

 

The “60 Day Studio Challenge” is catching on! Artists all over the world are digging in and reclaiming their studios. My studio was sucking my creative energy. I didn’t really like being in there.  Having my pet cat in my studio always makes my studio feel happier. Many artists have a pet in their studio. The Studio Mascot contest is on now! Send in your images to cre8tivefire.com or tag then on twitter and facebook with #60daystudio and be entered to win a prize from our contest sponsor www.MetalClays.com.
Read on to see some of the images already entered. Continue reading…