Art Vessel – week 28

Tags

, , , ,

I have missed a couple of weeks from my Art Vessel challenge. Firstly I lost momentum with the vessel I was working on, then I was inspired by the British summer weather to knit a cardigan so I was working on that in the evenings instead of polymer clay. Then because I wasn’t working on polymer clay projects in the evening, or planning them in the day, I noticed there was a terrible backlog of housework to do, so I have spent all my time and energy working on that.

However this week I was inspired by my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary to create an assemblage that includes a polymer clay vessel. It is in shades of pink and red as it’s their Ruby Anniversary.

Ruby Assemblage by Cate van Alphen

Ruby Assemblage by Cate van Alphen

I used 4 vintage crystals (possibly from a chandelier) for each decade together with a scattering of old foil beads, and a few modern ones. I also had a few textured cube beads that I had made from polymer clay that were waiting for a purpose.

I chose the stick which I pruned from my honeysuckle for its shape, but it turns out that in the language of flowers honeysuckle represents “the bond of love”, so that fitted in perfectly. It’s a little weathered too, but 40 years will do that.😉

Assemblage detail by Cate van Alphen

The vessel in the assemblage is a little scroll case where I added a short message with good wishes. The kanji charm has the symbol for friend as I believe that is an important element of marriage. I attached it using two gold coloured wire jump rings to represent wedding bands.

Light catcher by Cate van Alphen

It looks good in a window, but I didn’t manage to capture it that well in a photograph.

Art Bead Scene Challenge – June

Tags

, , , ,

I’m pleased that this month I have completed a necklace for the Art Bead Scene monthly challenge. Here’s the inspiration painting:

ABS June Challenge

“Literary Poster for the Century Magazine”, 1896 by John Louis Rhead
Original Lithographic Poster Printed in Colour with Letterpress

I made the pendant from polymer clay and a glass nugget. The sculpted spiral at the bottom reminded me of the roses in the image.

Pendant by Cate van Alphen

I picked up the olive-green colour in the cords I used. I decided to form slightly meandering macramé as a reference to the organic stems in the image. I added a scattering of gold pearls and bronze beads to echo the colours of the pendant.

Necklace by Cate van Alphen

It’s quite a short – nearly choker length so I have added an extender chain to ensure it will fit.

Polymer clay challenge – week 25

Tags

, , ,

I have been suffering from crippling hay fever this week, so I still haven’t finished the vessel I’m working on. Sculpting and constant sneezing are not compatible. I have added another layer, but I will spare you more work in progress pictures for week 25. Instead I have a pair of black and gold earrings that I made from scrap polymer clay.

Earrings by Cate van Alphen

Grace Jones Earrings by Cate van Alphen

They are pretty chunky and retro. As I made them I pictured Grace Jones wearing them in the 80s. I think the long triangles reminded me of her chiseled cheek bones.

I also worked on a necklace for the Art Bead Scene monthly challenge, but I’ll save that for another post. There isn’t much month left, so I’ll try to finish that anon!

 

Polymer clay challenge – week 24

Tags

, , , , , ,

My vessel is still a work in progress for this week of the 2016 Polymer Clay Challenge. I have now added a foil and plaster bandage armature around the glass jar. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to finish decorating it.

Mixed media jar in progress

I also have a ballet time necklace and a pair of earrings that I made from more wonky cube beads. This time I alternated between drilling the beads face on and diagonally through the corners. Wonky beads make me ridiculously happy:).

Wonky bead necklace and earrings by Cate van Alphen

Wonky bead necklace and earrings by Cate van Alphen

 

Polymer clay challenge – week 23

Tags

, , ,

So I am still running late for showing my weekly 2016 Polymer Clay Challenge projects. My vessel for this week, 23, looks a bit of a mess, but it is a work in progress.

Polymer clay and glass jar

I have partly covered a glass jar with a sheet of polymer clay mokume gane facing inwards. I plan to build something up around the outside leaving some of the glass open to show the interior pattern.

Polymer clay beads by Cate van Alphen

Polymer clay beads by Cate van Alphen

For the last couple of weeks I have been trying to clear away some of the scrap on my work board, so I also made a few beads while the bottle was baking in the oven.

Pre-shop

Tags

, , ,

I struggle to find the time to complete listings for my online shops, but I can’t bear the thought of my jewellery being stuck in a box without any hope of finding a forever home (one person can only wear so many earrings). Therefore I have started adding thumbnails to my shop page with a contact form at the bottom. The idea is that if something looks tempting you can let me know and I’ll get the full listing done.

Earrings by Cate van Alphen

Faux fordite statement earrings by Cate van Alphen

Art Vessel – week 22

Tags

, , , ,

So it’s nearly halfway through the 2016 Polymer Clay challenge and I am still finding my vessels something of a struggle. While it’s great to push the comfort zone, it has occurred to me that perhaps following the comfort zone for a little bit is how an artist develops their “look”. I’m imagining a miner following a mineral seam instead of digging through bedrock the whole time.

Currently my comfort zone is making earrings, so this week I have made a pair of “vessel” earrings.

Polymer clay vessel earrings by Cate van Alphen

Vessel earrings by Cate van Alphen

They are not particularly functional vessels, unless you need a place to transport a tiny fairy or perhaps you need to collect pollen like a bumble bee.

Earrings by Cate van Alphen

The green cup and saucer are polymer clay and the blue beads are glass. As usual they are on niobium hooks.

Art Vessel – week 21

Tags

, , , , ,

This week’s vessel is pretty late. I did finish it yesterday morning, but I wanted to wait till it was dark to take photos because it’s another candle lantern. I used one of my spoonflower fabric test swatches on a glass jar with an edging of polymer clay. I wanted something a bit irregular, but also something that would maximise the windows.

Mixed media candle lantern by Cate van Alphen

Mixed media candle lantern by Cate van Alphen

Candle lantern by Cate van Alphen

Lantern with lit candle inside

I used flourescent pink acrylic paint to highlight the texture of the polymer clay, because who doesn’t have neon pink decor – right? The photo under UV light doesn’t really look like it does to my eye, but it does show the glow.

Lantern by Cate van Alphen under UV light

Lantern under UV light

I lined the inside of the mouth of the jar with scraps of fabric before adding the polymer clay around the outside. I was concerned about the safety of having polymer clay on the inside of the jar with the heat of a candle inside. I think it looks a bit more finished than just leaving clear glass with polymer clay on the outside.

Candle jar by Cate van Alphen

Art Vessel – week 20

Tags

, , , ,

This week’s vessel is more of a techniques sampler than a harmonious object. Some of the things I tried have potential and others not so much.

Vase by Cate van Alphen

The ruffled neck of the jar is starting to work, but next time I think I need to do that first and then work on the rest of the jar afterwards to get a more harmonious shape. The feet slipped when I put the jar into the oven on so, in addition to its other problems, the jar tilts to the side slightly.

Vase by Cate van Alphen

Because I was planning to do the ruffled top, I did the base of the jar first and it doesn’t look right as a whole. I do like the frilly feet, but not on this jar.

Jar feet by Cate van Alphen

Kooky Kaleidoscope

Tags

, , ,

Here are some of the fabric samples from the first batch of designs I did for Spoonflower. Previously I wrote about how the patterns started out as a photograph of a pair of earrings.

Art Nouveau fabric sample by Cate van Alphen

Art Nouveau fabric sample by Cate van Alphen

Surprisingly even though the sections all came from one photograph the different fabrics make some kooky colour combinations. I think they are quite fun together.

Fabric samples by Cate van Alphen

Fabric samples by Cate van Alphen

The stripes and patchwork fabrics bring together some of these contrasting motifs.

Chevron fabric by Cate van Alphen

Chevron fabric by Cate van Alphen

Striped fabric sample by Cate van Alphen

Striped fabric sample by Cate van Alphen

You can view the collection here on Spoonflower.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 637 other followers