Saturday, May 8, 2010

Bruneau Jasper Squid display

I've finally got around to updating my Bruneau Jasper Squid piece, which I had been meaning to do for sometime, but now with a 9-5 Mon-Fri office job I have had to slow down a bit on my creative urges (unless this includes creative accountancy?).

I wanted him to be able to be displayed on the wall as a picture when not being worn and so came up with this....



He sits on a canvas covered with felted merino wool, etched sterling silver fish and beads sewn on. He simply sits on three nails hammered into the wooden canvas frame (covered with Thai Hill Tribes fine silver etched heishi - purchased Fair Trade).




The Squid body features a gorgeous polished Bruneau Canyon nodule from Idaho, near Mount Home (USA).  This material is no longer available for collecting as the government is making a bird sanctuary out of the canyon.  This is the King of the orbicular jaspers. Purchased (as usual) from one of my favourite stone suppliers, the Heart Of Stone Studio in the USA.



This piece also includes a vintage (1940s) 'blinking' dolls eye, bronze (etched and patina and mica powders applied), Faux bone, brass micro-screws, sterling silver oxidised wire, Thai Karen Hills Tibes tiny beads (fine silver and vermeil - Fair Trade), natural freshwater pearls in white and pink, natural pink spinel gemstones, merino wool (wet felted and needle felted), sterling silver caps (for the 'tentacles') and UV resin.

Length of Squid - about 29cm.

22 comments:

Plastusia said...

I like your jewelry very much, you are creator of really original designs! Consgratulations

Andrea Graham- Feltmaker said...

Oh, No! Not the dreaded "day job"? Hope you will stil make as much time as you can for your wonderful art. Great idea displaying your piece. I have a jewelry making friend that designs the pieces as art for the wall with removable elements that can be worn. Search Cynosure jewelry if you want to see. All the best to you!

WondrousStrange said...

Truly Wonderful!

Grand Purl Baa said...

Yum Yum Yum Yum. C'est magnifique!

Jennifer Cameron said...

Vicky~I am so glad you decided to make some wearable wall art. Very cleverly done and Mr. Squid is awesome! How big is he?

Cynjon said...

Those day jobs are such a hassle...even if they're ones you like!

Being a non-jewellry-wearer, I love seeing your work as a display piece!

ArtSparker said...

What a great idea, it turns into a sort of all-seeing household god when not worn.

Ginga Squid said...

Thank you!
Andrea - will do.
Jennifer - he is total length about 29cm / 11 inches.

Jennifer Cameron said...

oh, yeah. Blind here. The size is right there at the bottom of your post. I just didn't see it. I really love this guy! I just saw a kitchen design on HGTV as part of a designer contest and one contestant used an orange and white wallpaper graphic on the cabinets that was super super cool. If our house was a modern style, I would totally do that.

Pam de Groot said...

Such a gorgeous detailed piece. I agree he is the "all seeing house god".

luciebeebee said...

I love the way you combine all these precious and semiprecious materials into a wonderful and original multi-functional piece: it's stunning.

Swati said...

Oh wow! What details!!

yvette said...

shit...you have to work the 9to5

but your squid is fantastic

dagdag

Ginga Squid said...

Thank you very much!

Yvette - I was dreading the 9-5, but the funny thing is I'm actually really enjoying it (and its 'boring' accountancy)!

Spiral Dyed Downunder said...

Vicky, you amaze me. Thank you for sharing. Take the plunge, you are too good not to work full time at what you love. I know you will succeed.

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ocasiocasa said...

Making your jewelry displayable like artwork is ingenious and perfect for your pieces---it’s exactly how it should be. And this piece is amazing; I’ve always loved the eyes.

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Grand Purl Baa said...

Hey Vicky
Where are you. Yes you commented on GPB yesterday. (Ta) but you have not put up here for a while. Hope you are well and happy.

Loani

Shirley Cook - Jumping Jack Glass said...

oh vicky... this piece is fabulous!!

i've been into the 9 to 5 routine again since last november, and although i enjoy using my brain that way again (writing software business requirements for fixed asset accounting), it really cut a big hole in my creative time. i find my creative time to be that much more precious. i hope you can find enough time to indulge your artistic passions, your work is so wonderful!!

Andrea said...

Love your blog here. I've enjoyed reading a few of your posts, and will be back for more.

Murano Glass said...

Gorgeous work as usual they all are so attractive and gorgeous, but that one you posted is pretty well.