Sunday, June 28, 2009
flame - on design
Flame - off, Flame - on... all the same, the work made by flameworking artists usually get donated for a good cause. The last one I was in was at the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee. The pieces were donated, and auctioned off. The money went to breast cancer research. My approach to flame off's is ... "work on the edge" Find your confort zone, and step away from it. Do something that is new, different and exciting. I was asked to be in the "Flame-On" once again this year, and I didn't have a preconceived notion of what to make. I have gotten bit by the steampunk bug awhile back, so therefore I happen to have a bunch of watch gears. I asked the suppliers (Arrow Springs) for some enamels, and they stepped up and gave me some. I started exploring with enamels, glass, steel and gears. The end result was exciting. While I don't have any images of the ones I created at Bead and Button, here is one I finished just the other day. I will be making more of these. This is just one way of how I go about breaking through boundries... and yes, reaching a new boundry but haven't yet finished exploring this space yet, so I will stick around for a while.
"If you don't live on the edge, your taking up too much space"