Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Photos I've used in my sketchbook

OK - so I went to the softball field with my camera and sketchbook for the 2nd day of the two day tournament. I started taking pictures and after I downloaded them I noticed a theme. A few of the pictures have the same shape that I'm
apparently drawn to at the moment:

Those shapes might show up in my work in the near future. Then I saw this and loved the movement that was created. Any guesses as to what this is?

Another photo I took isn't really a great photo in seeing the whole object (pallet) but still, I thought it was worth looking at and thinking about. Can you see a bracelet with two layers on it kind of constructed in this fashion? I think I'll take my camera with me more often!

I definitely see some good fun ahead! So, even though I wanted to be in my studio, I still managed to get some good ideas for future studio time. Speaking of which, I have been working on figuring out how to do a particular cane. I have the mathematics worked out - just need to work on honing my precision caning a bit!

One other thing I did accomplish, was to do start Maggie Maggio's color scales in polymer clay. If you haven't seen her info on this, it is outstanding. It's a great process to go through and great documentation to be used as a resource for the future. As a matter of fact, I already have. Thank you Maggie!!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Days of Summer - lazy or not?

Summer has begun here in New England. I'm not sure whatever happened to the lazy days of summer. Do they even exist anymore? Life for our family is back at the softball fields evenings and weekends. We have rec travel during the week and a tournament league on weekends. We've got a great group of kids and they always keep us entertained. Here in MA it felt like a beautiful fall day. With the kids out of school this past week, I miss my studio time. So tomorrow, at the game, I will be bringing my camera along to see what sort of things spark the creativity. I'll have my sketchbook with me as well. A friend of mine who has a busy life with her own business, kids and family, once said that sometimes you just have to work in the nooks and crannies. Tomorrow is my nooks and crannies day.

Big news here at Naftali. Today I received in the mail my advance copy of the August Bead and Button Magazine. Included in it is my first official ad! You'll be able to see it on page 135. Check it out!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

See any connection?

I remember when I first saw this picture on Polymer Clay Notes it reminded me of something. Then it occured to me why it looked familiar. This is a Ford/Forlano piece. When I saw the pencil shavings, I sure was inspired by the shape. You never know where inspiration may come from!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Where did my inspiration come from?

Since Bead Dreams 2007, the most common question that has been sent to me via my website is - where does your inspiration come from? I LOVE color and texture. A while back I was having a fascination with tree bark. If you look at it closely, it's really quite beautiful. I started playing with polymer clay and wanted to make it "crackle". After many attempts, and lots of bead demons, I came upon this technique. Looking back at the transformation, it was probably over a period of 3 years to get to this point. Most sane people would probably have taken a class and called it a day. But, for me, the experimentation and playing is what makes it fun (although frustrating at times as my stash of trash will tell). Anyway, I thought I would take a picture of what must having been stewing in my brain all this time. Alongside of it is a polymer clay bead. Someday, I think I'll just go photograph trees and see what else comes up!