Jun 17, 2013

A Great Many Happenings

Woah!! It has been over a month hasn't it? I wonder why time is always on turbo gear ... what's the rush anyway? No matter how many times I try to knock some sense into his head, he never slows down. Never! Not even age can make him slow down. In fact, the older he gets, the faster he moves ... crap. I guess I just have to make the most out of him ...

3 weeks of my life passed in May with a gnawing backache and stomach discomfort. Of course, all those crappy thoughts came to play in my head ... heart attack, gall stones, kidney stones, panic attack etc etc etc. And I learned a new word from my friend ... he calls me a "Hypochondriac". Heh!! I sure hope I am ... that's better than heart attack, gall stones, kidney stones right? Anyhow, the pains seem to have gone, except for the back pain, which comes back when I'm sitting too long facebooking. Oh .. by the way ... for those of you who knew about my cholesterol scare last year, I finally went back for a blood test and the cholesterol is down to 4.8 ... which is now within the normal level. What a relief! A year of healthy eating -  lots of oats, salads, Virgin coconut oil AND EXERCISE really did do their job. Brought my cholesterol number down from 7 to 4.8 ... no medication needed :)

After the back pain episode, I managed to get myself to make some stuff. Earrings! I'm on an earring fetish phase ...

Unity


Nymphaea


Concerto


Ephemera


Dear Paris


Yes ... and a lot of resin and paper :)
OH! Did I mention I also bought myself (finally) a dapping set?

To Savoy


Rhyming Couplet


Crazy amount of earrings I made! But I also managed to sneak a book necklace in. Fragments of Time is a simple collection of little objects that remind me of times passed, and how much I yearn sometimes, to live a simpler and uncomplicated life ...


My final show and tell piece for today, as you will see below, has a dapped disc too. But this wasn't created with the metal dapping set I bought, because it was too small for this larger disc I wanted to make. So I made this disc in the primitive way ... a hammer and a tree log which I had lugged back from the side of the road where some men were trimming the trees.


I dun think you can see the hammer marks on it since this is the first time I'm using this log as a dapping base. But one day perhaps, you might even see a concave area on the log ... which means this log has earned its medal as a dapping base, or rather, I have earned my medal as a true metalsmith ;)

From the log it came ... this piece I'm seriously stoked with. Forging Poetry.


From the beginning of time, the pen and the brush were used as avenues for creative expressions. The brush, a universal symbol for Art, the Artist and their creative expressions. For me personally, writings, books, stories, have always inspired my imagination. The pen therefore, represents something scared in my dreams.

This piece began as a tribute to Creative Expression. But as the piece began to take shape, as the wires began to twirl and dance from my hands into its fanciful forms, as the ringing of my hammer began to sound like a rhythmic musical beat, I realized that this was more than just a tribute to creative expression, this WAS creative expression!

At the last phase of this piece, I wanted to choose a word to express it. There was no doubt in my mind that the word would be 'Poetry'. I had written Poetry today. But not in ink, I had written poetry in metal.

20 comments:

  1. Luthien, once again I marvel at your work and skills in awe! In EVERY category one creation is more beautiful than the next!!! I know you have said your art is for sale - was that on Etsy? Do you enter your work into Art Shows or show your creations in Ärt Galleries? THAT WOULD BE WONDERFUL!!!!! Jacqueline Murphy-Zolno jmzfmdse!@aol.com

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    1. thank you so much Jacqueline!
      No ... i've never entered my work into shows or have any in galleries. we don't have much of them here unfortunately.

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  2. Oh WOW!!!!! Each and everyone one of these pieces are GORGEOUS!!! I love all the detail you've put into them....So happy to hear you are feeling better and WTG on your Cholesterol count!!!

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    1. thank you Penny :) yup ... proud of what i achieved without medication :)

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  3. It's all beautiful! You are one busy and talented lady! Glad you're feeling better.

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  4. OH MY WORD! That is a one of the best things I have seen yet! There is a depth of feeling and a passion that bubbles up from all you do. I stand in awe. I love that you lugged that log home to make it your work bench. One more reason why I love to come here and see what you do. I am glad to know that you are feeling better! Enjoy the day. Erin

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    1. thank you very much Erin :)
      hehehe ... i'm prone to lugging things home. Unfortunately I live in an apartment, so not many things that i lug home are so welcome ;)

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  5. Spectacular pieces, one and all! I love the rich ancient quality of your work. Congrats on the excellent results of eating healthy and exercise. No small feat! Hoping you continue to feel better. Take care.

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    1. Thank you Janet :)
      yup ... pretty proud of what i've achieved in a year ... but the hard part is the maintenance tho.

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  6. Luthien I am so glad you are back and well! I' ve been through the "hypo" phase five years ago. For two whole years, that had almost driven me crazy -docs were even giving me mild tranquilisers- a clever doctor realised that I was not a hypochondriac but I had a labyrinth disorder. So after I took the proper medication, guess what,I stopped being hypo AND unwell. Sometimes doctors need killing for attributing everything to stress and mind games instead of investigating what the cause of the problem is. Anyway, you are well now and everything is OK. Your art is fab as usual - I love it!

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    1. Thank you Myrto :)
      Wow!! that's the reason why i sometimes dont really trust doctors. glad you went in for a 2nd/3rd/4th opinion ... otherwise it would have never been diagnosed!! glad you're ok now :)

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  7. L - sorry to hear about you aches and pains etc. But your earrings are just looking stunning - love the creative individuality of the pieces. The block looks very useful; and as you say as time goes on you will create small hollow and grooves which will become the forming spots for different shapes etc - a work in progress in its own right. Go well and be well. B

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    1. Thank you B :)
      I am waiting for that one day when I can parade my smoothed-out and hollowed log. I must earn that tho :) another thing i want to have is a wooden work bench ... and then earn all the burns and dents in that too!

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  8. You should be proud of your efforts to get healthier! I saw those pics you shared with us a while back. Way to go! You are awesome!!

    Your jewelry is jawdroppingly beautiful! True artistry...love the resin and paper...such a unique look!

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    1. Thank you so much Cameron :)
      next step is to get ripped? maybe not TOO ripped, but some muscles and washboard abs (dream on, cos my abs would never be washboard!!) would be good ;)
      yea ... for some reason, i've been resining a lot of paper lately! which wasn't my favourite thing to do before.

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  9. You've achieved a distinctive and individual style that's totally your own. I think especially with your larger pieces such has necklaces and the books, put your own artist stamp/tag on them, a little AA stamp or your intials. The earrings are so unique. Sorry to hear about the back pain but great to hear how all your hard work as paid off with the cholesterol. And thanks so much for your kind words x

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    1. thank you Marcia :)
      that's a great idea! i've never thought of that, but now that you mentioned, i remember seeing those tags on a wire-sculptor's jewelry pieces. something to think about. You take care my fren ... and breathe.

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  10. You've certainly taken care of your health...well done Luthien. Your earrings are always just gorgeous, but I'm sure a child keeps you away from your work...and so it should be.

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  11. All quite breathtaking, Luthien, each item more gorgeous than the next. Really love Forging Poetry; and your story is wonderfully imaginative and readable. Good news on the cholesterol, stay well, and keep that back in shape.

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Luthien :)