For those of you who have been with me for a while you may notice that this post differs a bit from the way things normally work around here. This post is my participation in a team blog "Talk About", as part of Etsy's Handmade Division Team. The way it works is anyone on the team who choses to participate writes a blog entry on the topic of the month and includes links to the blogs of all of the other team members who have participated. This month's topic is:
"Talk about something you'd like to create, that you maybe don't have the skills or technology to do currently"
I love this topic because it is actually something I've thought quite a bit about.
So many of my pieces have internal moving parts because, well, I am pretty much obsessed with kinetic and interactive artworks. Generally when we think of kinetic or interactive art we think of things on a grand or at least human scale, but I have always been drawn to the precious and the intimate scale of small personal items.
I've often thought of creating some sort of tiny, precious machine with parts that move on their own, and have seriously considered taking a watchmaking class to figure out how to do this.
From the time I was just a child I've loved clocks and watches that display the phases of the moon. It wasn't so much about keeping track of the phases as it was about the idea of a slowly moving disk behind the face of the timepiece that hid and revealed an image.
I imagine making a piece that works like a watch, but instead of keeping track of time and lunar phases it would hide and reveal many different and once-hidden images. I dream about the combinations of images in the piece changing every day, and days, weeks, maybe months going by before the same sequence is ever repeated...but don't expect to see it in my shop if this ever happens, I don't think I could part with something like that.
Read what other team members have to say about pieces they would like to create:
Lisa Hopkins Design: http://lisahopkinsdesign.blogspot.com/
Jewelry by Natsuko: http://jewelrybynatsuko.blogspot.com/
Beth Cyr: http://bcyrjewelry.blogspot.com/
ArtJewel Designs: http://www.artjeweldesigns.blogspot.com/
Abhaya Fibers: http://abhayafibers.blogspot.com/
Purified Art: http://purifiedart.blogspot.com/
Nova of Sweden http://nova-designs.blogspot.com/
Bella-Bijou Jewellery: http://bellabijoujewellery.blogspot.com/
Pink Crow Studio: http://www.pinkcrowstudio.typepad.com/
Sand Fibers: http://sandfibers.blogspot.com/
Alice Istanbul: http://istanbuldesigns.blogspot.com/
Thomasin Durgin: http://metalriot.blogspot.com/
Moxie & Oliver: http://moxieandoliver.blogspot.com/
Andes Cruz: http://andescruz.wordpress.com/
Tosca Teran http://nanopod.wordpress.com/
Delias Thompson http://deliasstudioinc.blogspot.com/