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Monday, May 4, 2015

Peacock


Copper Peacock Shards combined with amazing Basha Beads,
 a Freshwater Pearl Heishi and Czeck Glass!


These earrings have been SOLD!


This is a picture I took several years ago of a Peacock at a little petting zoo near my house.
If you want to see more pictures of this gorgeous Peacock check out my
I Heart Macro blog post from almost exactly 6 years ago


Kristi

Friday, May 1, 2015

We're All Ears :: May Inspiration

One of the perks of having a daughter in a dance school is the chance to witness to some amazing performances. Last weekend was our own dance recital/spotlight showcase (which is truly the best amateur dance performance in Central Wisconsin), but on Tuesday evening about 25 of us traveled about an hour away to the Appleton Performing Arts Center to view an evening of dance from world renowned troupe Pilobolus.

It was thrilling to watch this troupe of about 8 dancers transform on stage. They did a total of five different dances that ranged from raw and gritty to a celebration of the beauty and power of the human form. There was heaven and hell represented along with a great dose of humor in an illusion of escapes through a collaboration with magicians Penn & Teller.

The most traditional piece that we saw was a tango with six of the dancers set against a backdrop of shifting video of colorful buildings in Los Angeles. The dancers were on stage for a total of about 8 counts and cycled on and off at quite amazing regularity, each time wearing something completely different. And I mean, completely different, right down to the shirts, pants, dresses, and jackets that would match the rainbow colors on the screen.



After doing a little research on this, I came to find out that the live version that we saw was inspired by a music video of the same name for a song called 'Skyscrapers' by the band OK Go (if you haven't seen their video for the song 'I Won't Let You Down' shot completely in one take with hundreds of extras, you really should watch it!).  Trish Sie, the choeographer (who is the sister of the lead singer) and dancer Moti Buchboot are shown in the official video against these ever-changing urban landscapes. This was translated to the sextet of dancers in the Pilobolus troupe with split-second timing - and a staff of three dressers just off stage and behind the screen making sure they don't sashay across the stage half-dressed. Considering that we just came off a weekend of dance and quick changes, this was most fascinating to us.

In the live performance there are six dancers... one 4 1/2 minute song... 32 costume changes... 43 pieces of clothing. It could be a train-wreck but it was completely mesmerizing, ground-breaking and electrifying.

I couldn't find a video of the entire live performance, so I will leave you with the official music video, plus a video that shows just a portion of the live dance that I saw, and the set of still shots you see throughout.


And a snippet of the live performace.....


I am intrigued by the color, the music, the give-and-take of the tango, the fluid movement and intense tension of their bodies. And those quick costume changes. 

What inspires you about this dance?

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To participate in the We're All Ears creative challenge:


Make earrings inspired by this inspiration.
Write a post on your blog.
Add your exact blog post URL link to the
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Friday, May 15th.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tropical Hibiscus

"Tropical Hibiscus" earrings featuring artisan lampwork beads by Sue Kennedy
These colorful earrings feature flower beads and headpins by the wonderfully talented Sue Kennedy of SueBeads.

I added little copper caps to the flower beads and embellished the earwires with some teal seeds.

They totally make me want to go to a sunny beach on an exotic tropical island.  I can imagine wearing a bright sarong with a big hibiscus flower in my hair and of course, a big fruity drink!

Gorgeous Rainbow Sherbet Hibiscus  via Pinterest



Melissa Meman

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

An Introduction


 Let me introduce myself. I'm new on the Earrings Everyday team but some of you may know me primarily from my component shop NuminosityBeads.

 My name is Kimberly Rogers and I also love to make jewelry too, especially earrings. My love of making earrings took me down the path to becoming the lampworker and torch fired enameler that I am today. In the early beginnings of my jewelry making journey I wanted to make some of my own components in order to add a little something totally my own to my designs. I became so hooked on that process that I decided to offer those design elements to other designers that are looking for organic and sometimes crusty components to their designs. I found out that there were a few of you out there that shared that earthy aesthetic as well.

 Part of my creative process is trying to come up with new and unique components to share with others yet retaining a touch of my numinositybeads imprint and recognizable style as a jumping of point for others.
"Gasconade"
The enamel pieces used in these earrings were my own twist  from an experiment with torch fire enameling on old vintage tin children't tea set plates that were too rusty and crusty to be collectibles anymore.
I added a small triangle of some dyed salmon skin leather that I had picked up during a visit to Chile.
any sort of leather could be used to soften and reinforce the tapered area of tin. I pnched a hole in the leather to match the tin hole and I used E6000 glue to glue the leather to the tin.

The springlike green lampwork beads with purple webbing seemed like a nice counterpoint to finish off these earrings.
I am especially fond of Faerystones "simples" earwires once the length of the earrings are established so as not to have them be too long .

Here is an example of an enameled tin pair that I have made.

You can look forward to more Earrings Everyday posts from me on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. I look forward to hearing from you!


xo,    Kimberly Rogers

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Sacred Spiral

I use spirals a lot in my work as a jewelry artist and bead-maker. Maybe it's a natural part of my human nature to be drawn to the scared symbol. The most basic of Archetypal imagery.
"It is a sacred symbol that reminds us of our evolving journey in life." The Spirit of Water

The Earrings:
Handmade Ceramic Spiral Beads by Cindy's Art & Soul
Hand forged Fine Silver Hoop Rings
Hand Forged Spiral Headpins 
and Black Stone Beads 
These earrings feature handmade ceramic beads. I'll soon be firing my 8th glazed kiln load. Just over a year into my new adventure in ceramics and I can hardly remember what life was like before... For more about my journey and some works in progress, please check out my latest post on my personal blog
 These earrings and other ceramic beads can be found at www.artandsouljewelry.com

What does the spiral mean to you? 
What symbols are you drawn to again and again?
 
Until next time, Peace & Blessings. 
http://www.artandsouljewelry.com/

 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Strength in nature

"Let’s take our hearts for a walk in the woods,
and listen to the magic whispers of old trees." 
~Author Unknown

Trees are healing, nurturing and comforting,
not only to us, humans, but to animals and our entire planet.

 I was inspired to create this week's pair of earrings
by my latest watercolor painting called Strength...

Strength watercolor by Nathalie Lesage
Strength Watercolor Painting by Nathalie Lesage

Strength Trees Of Life Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings with Gemstones by Nathalie Lesage

I pulled the colors for the gemstones from my painting, and painstakingly created two fairly similar Trees Of Life using 26g Sterling Silver wire. It takes patience to work with the delicate wire, and try to make the small 1" trees come out as similar as possible.

The gemstones that I used are all AAA... Purple Garnet (amazing purple color),
Green Tourmaline, Neon Aqua Apatite from Brazil, and Carnelian.

You can find these Tree Of Life Earrings listed HERE on my site.

As a special gift, the person that will purchase this pair of earrings, will also receive
a 5" x 5" limited edition print of my painting as well in their package :)

Have a wonderful week!
Nathalie

Friday, April 24, 2015

Bohemian Spirit

I wanted to make myself a pair of earrings to wear on my birthday and I wanted them to be long because I have long hair and most of the time my earrings just disappear behind my hair. I have seen similar earrings on Pinterest and in stores but usually the beads make a chevron pattern (that is SO in, but I am not a fan of the chevron pattern) so I made these without it. These were quite simple and quick and since I haven't had much time for jewelry lately, I was happy about that!

          I made a necklace that is similar to these earrings and just listed it on my website here.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! 

Kristy Abner