Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What I did with 1.1.12

What did you do to close out the old year? 

Even though it wasn’t a sport that involved risk to life and limb, I can say my New Year's Day adventure led me on a journey that was fascinating and immensely special. 

I read Missficklemedia’s blog from the beginning.

Well, not exactly the beginning. I just kept hitting “older post” links and stepping back in time through this fascinating psychopop novella (albeit PG rated) and finding myself totally absorbed with the transformation in artistic direction of a real person and a pioneer. A pioneer who bravely shared the details of her artistic and personal learning curve.

She's generously given of the secrets she’s discovered, not to mention lots of luscious goodies – the raw components of a designer’s dream.
 More importantly, Missficklemedia has totally changed the way we think of metal components in making art jewelry. Not just neutral silver, copper, brass - , not only brown and white (OK, I’m simplifying here) but all the shades of passion burn in her “drenched metals.” 

I, for one, have never liked shiny.  I have nothing that goes with “shiny” and I can’t design with shiny. What I love is wabi-sabi (it’s a perfect, space-conserving term that implies so much with 4 syllables: look it up!) – something that looks like it was pulled out of a dark corner of a bottom drawer in a long-locked trunk that was buried for centuries. Glistening with wear, with memories of long years of much-loved use. 

Missficklemedia has potions to make that illusion happen.  And a book of spells to show you how.