Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Language of Metal: Part I

Hey lovers.

For our first project in Jewelry/Metals 2, we're exploring mechanical and chemical surface treatments to metals. In this case, I'll be using a lot more copper as opposed to last semester when everything I did was in brass. I love the color of brass and honestly, I almost kind of hate how copper looks. But it might just be because I just never used it and so I'm less than inclined to give it a try.

I had a lot of ideas and narrowed it down to a nautical theme (my favorite but almost kitschy), a hair salon theme, and a grade school theme (which I almost immediately eliminated). The nautical theme started go more in an abstract direction, with a focus on the close-up textures of things you'd find related mainly to ships. However, upon looking up photos, there were only so many things that began to interest me. I'd have loved to make images of anchors and nautical stars and ship helms but it was too iconic.

As I was looking up images, I ran across some fantastic photos of natural and unusual ice formations, and eventually decided I wanted to have the theme of water. I've always loved ice formations, clouds, and really, just a lot of properties of water and its different states. There are a million things I feel like I could try and I think it's a lot more interesting than the nautical theme so, here we go.

Mammatus Clouds. photosfan.com

Dry Valleys (Antarctica). Oddee.com

Natural Ice Sculpture. french.wunderground.com

Rio Tinto. nasa.gov

Iceland glaciers. travelvista.net

Snowflake. nationalgeographic.com

Chittenango Falls State Park, upstate New York. digital-photography-school.com

Water ripples. piedot.com

I linked all the photos I used to the page I got them from.

Last Thursday, I had to go to the Christopher Dresser lecture. I didn't care for the lecturer very much but some of the subject matter did catch my attention. I did remember seeing damask patterns that Christopher Dresser apparently invented and I absolutely loved that. I also like some paisley designs which remind me of damask patterns. Anyways, Dresser's designs were largely botany based. However, in nature, botany is rarely- if ever- symmetrical. Dresser turns botany symmetrical (another thing I like- symmetry). I also do like asymmetrical floral designs (just take a glance at my closet of dresses, skirts, tops, and headbands) but that's beside the point. I did like learning the design concept in the symmetry of botany that Dresser had but other than that, I wasn't all too interested.

Clothes I ordered last week. I got bored so I threw this thing together on Photoshop. I'm so excitedddd I can't wait to get the floral tunic! I love the back because of the cut outs. I always thought it can be very elegant and tasteful. :) And the gray dress was only 13 bucks! The white belt is a part of a nautical line (of course) but I already have a red belt and I didn't love the blue so white it was.


Please don’t just laugh and clap right now
This is serious I’m not delirious
I’ve waited very patiently just to let you know
Who should run this show
‘Cause we all know these are the facts
Nothing to retract nothing too abstract
Concluding in this song I’ll say
No one’s better than you
"The Whole World and You" by Tally Hall

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