Friday, March 4, 2011

First Prompt and Giveaway - Creating Self through Worlds


  "In a world where the moments of our lives can be captured and created in art of the everyday,
it’s important it reflects our own unique personality. Finding just the right objects, accents, and tools to use are most important. Whatever your artistic vision is, exploring the imaginative is a chance for our creativity to escape understanding. Remember life isn’t about finding yourself 
- life is about creating yourself."


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Our lives are busy. There's work, networking and socializing (both for business and pleasure), responsibilities like getting the car's oil changed or cleaning the house, errands to run... hundreds of things pulling us in all directions at all times. Some believe that what we choose to do with our time is what defines us; and, even though we don't always have the privilege of being able to choose, what we do at our leisure is our own decision to make.

This weekend, take a bit of time to contemplate your sense of self. Imagine yourself in another time period and/or place. There are no limitations; you can be as fantastical as you please. Where and when does your imagination take you? What would your day-to-day life be like? What would you choose to do with your time there? It is often said that the best way to be true to yourself in what you make is to make things that you, yourself, would love and wear always. What would your work look like if you could follow your imagination to that place and/or time period?

Try to make something inspired by these musings. What sorts of materials would you use? Why? How does the piece capture your own personality as it is, but also become something more---capturing the spirit of the world or time period to which you ventured in your mind?


The first "Creating Worlds" giveaway is themed around fantasy worlds, nature, and times past.



Antiqued brass leaf charms, Baltic amber beads, carved bone* beads, tumbled citrine and tumbled agate beads, faceted glass, a faceted citrine and two faceted tiger's eye rounds, antiqued brass filigree, a hardware component in a floral design, two antique style brass buttons, two carved coconut leaves, an authentic antique key, and a Tim Holtz keyhole component.

*if the winner prefers not to use bone beads, I can substitute something else for them instead.

 


To enter, all you must do is leave a comment here.
For up to three extra entries, you may share pieces you've made
that capture your created self through your work.
For one extra entry, you may also reblog or tweet this giveaway.

Winners will be announced next Sunday, March 13th.
Good luck!


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Follow our "Creating Worlds" progress.
March is National Craft Month; how appropriate!

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20 comments:

Emerald Window said...

Whjat a great post! I love using keys and locks in my jewelry. Everyone loves a mystery.
Cenya

Marian Hertzog said...

I have been musing over how I spend my time... today seems to get sucked into tomorrow and I need to regain some control over it! I would be in a house on the beach... creating something and watching the wild life... and watching for mermaids! Maybe find a treasure chest that would open with that key!

Angela Walker said...

Lovely idea. I have been thinking about what to do with the wool I just dyed (BTW Kool-Aid makes wonderful dye colors but I don't know how colorfast it is) and now I have a few ideas....

Deci said...

Life is a fantasy, it all blends together. Who's to know? Thank you for visiting my blog this morning, Gem Trails, for Bead Soup. I am now following your posts.

Deci said...

I blogged at Gem Trails, http://gemtrails.blogspot.com/2011/03/giveaway-at-jamberrysongs-creations.html

Deci said...

The piece that is really capturing me right now is a beaded abalone cabochon. It really captures my love of the ocean and reminds me sadly of what once was. http://gemtrails.blogspot.com/2011/03/loving-this-pendant.html

earthlyjewels said...

Wow...wonderful giveaway of beautiful beads and findings...hope I'm lucky...

myearthlyjewels(at)yahoo(dot)com

earthlyjewels said...

This is a perfect post for my current mood too!! I recently watched the movie Pride & Prejudice (loved it!) and I was taken to a different time. I really wanted to create a piece that was romantic and reminiscent of the time...so I created the following 3 pieces...
#1 - http://www.etsy.com/listing/69327043/pride-and-prejudice-vintage-fleur-de-lis

myearthlyjewels(at)yahoo(dot)com

earthlyjewels said...

A second piece I created...http://www.etsy.com/listing/69315920/beauty-and-poise-green-cameo-green-lady

myearthlyjewels(at)yahoo(dot)com

earthlyjewels said...

And lastly....my favorite one...I can imagine myself wearing this to the ball...
http://www.etsy.com/listing/69248702/royal-victorian-antique-finish-intricate

Wonderful post, by the way!

myearthlyjewels(at)yahoo(dot)com

earthlyjewels said...

I've tweeted your giveaway...tagged as @Jamberrysong...

myearthlyjewels(at)yahoo(dot)com

French Elegant Jewelry said...

I thought about it and I'm glad I live now when in the past could I be a stay at home mom learn how to make jewelry from the internet interact with thousands of people daily and make jewelry from bead from all over the world all in the privacy on my home. I feel blessed to live now.

Krista French

French Elegant Jewelry said...

I blogged about your giveaway on my blog frenchelegantjewelry.blogspot.com

Cindy said...

What a thought...to imagine ourselves in another time period. As much as I go antiquing, I am constantly drawn to the many pieces from the Victorian time period. Jewelry and photographs are prevalant since this was a mere 100 years ago or so, as compared to other time periods. Including an old brooch, a key, or even an old tintype are a few ways to incorporate this time period in my jewelry.

Shirley said...

As I was reading a history lesson to my children, we learned that to live in India during the middle ages was to live in a world of excitement, luxury, and discovery. I also think that the world we live in today can have the same adjectives apply to it. I also am grateful for all the blessings of my daily life. However, I would love to at least visit the world of Frodo and Gandalf!
Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Alice said...

I love the ingredients of the mix you are giving away- The key to sucess in the future is to watch what we are sowing now- You reap what you sow. Even lifetimes later we pay the price for past generations......Just think of slavery for one..........
Alice's Beads and Baubles

Dragonfly Close said...

15th Century is my favorite period, I love the Book of Hours! The illuminated manuscripts on your blog really caught my eye! I love the components you are giving away, too.

Karen Williams said...

Great ideas! Creating the world you want to live in, one little bit at a time. But I can get so caught up in the day-to-day rush that it's hard to stop to think and consider.

I love your illuminated manuscripts! My husband and I have a small collection of facsimiles. One of my favorite it a slim volume called "King Rene's Book of Love". Beautiful illustrations.

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