Sunday, March 28, 2010
I can't pin it down......
I've been a moody artist of late. It almost always happens this time of year. I don't know if it's the lack of sunlight (which is certainly getting better the last few weeks! I could live without snow and sunless days for the rest of my life!), getting ready for shows, running out of money to buy new toys or beads or if I'm just moody all the time and I only notice it this time of year! It might be as simple as I get burnt out and need to recharge my batteries. Sometimes during this time of year I have to force myself to work in the studio... and when I do make things I feel like it's awful, icky or crappy. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't- but nothing kills creativity like negativity! I really do need to restock on pieces for the upcoming shows! But I don't try to force it. I have 5 weeks until my first show ( Downtown Farmer's Market in Des Moines May 1st) so I'm not in panic mood yet.
So a couple of weeks ago when I had the sudden hankering to make pins, well, I wasn't going to tell myself no... All of these are in 18GA copper wire. Technically pins like this are call fibula pins or broaches. The kewl thing about this style is that it's ancient, literally! You can find Fibula pins in ancient Greece and other countries starting in the late bronze age. (approx. 1550 BC) Fibula pins were practical as well as decorate.. they were used to fasten clothing and cloaks.
Today they are for decoration.. they look great on coat lapels or a sweater, or even fastening a scarf around your neck.
I love them.. especially as they kicked my butt out of my moody, and I've been booking as much studio time as I can since!