Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Inspired by Reading" Book Club, August 2015

"Inspired by Reading" is a book club established by artist Andrew Thornton. Members read the month's selection, chosen by Andrew, then create something inspired by the book.
August's Selection: The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

Publisher's description:

"The circus arrives without warning. No annoucements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rê
ves, and it is open only at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the loves of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance."

If Le Cirque des Rêves ever comes to Rochester, NY, I will be waiting at the gates at dusk, wearing my brightest crimson scarf (note my avatar). I especially love the idea of the Ice Garden, so that is my inspiration for this bracelet:

I used silver-tipped matte crystal cathedral beads, opal glass bell flowers, Swarovski Comet Argent bicones, and a floral toggle clasp from Green Girl Studios. The focal bead is a faux cinnabar bead, which I treated with embossing powders, glitter and lacquer.

I really enjoyed this charming story; I'll be reminded of it whenever I wear my bracelet!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Inspired by Reading" Book Club, July 2015

"Inspired by Reading" is a book club established by artist Andrew Thornton.  Members read the month's selection, chosen by Andrew, then create something inspired by the book. 

July's selection: Swamplandia, by Karen Russell
Publisher’s description:
"Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family's island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava's mother, the park's indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness. As Ava sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to save them all, we are drawn into a lush and bravely imagined debut that takes us to the shimmering edge of reality."

 I loved Swamplandia!.  Karen Russell's writing just glows.  The reader really sees the world through Ava's and Kiwi's eyes.  So many vivid images suggested jewelry to me:  Hilola's perfume bottle... a bracelet?  Trailing swamp orchids... a necklace?  Or a pendant based on this phrase:  "you could float the outcome of your battle into the air over the stadium, like a balloon."  My favorite line in the book, and the one that really encapsulated it for me, was near the end:  "Mothers burning inside the risen suns of their children." 

 Ultimately I decided to make a sort of abstract sun pendant, something that would suggest an intense flame, the sun's rays, and the colors of a vibrant dawn.  I used a gold ceramic donut, a wavy lampwork disk from Mermaid Glass, some Swarovski fire opal crystals, hammered bronze wire, a bit of hand-dyed silk ribbon, and Vintaj chain.

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