Friday, March 27, 2009

What's all this about Watch parts?

While I'm still working on my Milagra Gourd Girls for the Green Scene in April...I'm adding another genre to my little collection of creations. Officially titled "steampunk" this style of jewelry, accessories and clothing is inspired by two very different time periods: the Victorian and industrial age. Usually elements like tiny gears, cogs & clock faces don't seem to go with winged things, nouveau design or crystals, but here they do! There can be elements of fantasy, science or in my mind anything that visually brings interest and beauty to a piece, inspired by a sort of DaVinci meets Mucha feeling, where you would not usually associate flying machinery with sensuous floral curves.

Like most creative journeys these pieces tell a story, some stories evolve from the designer and some from those who interpret the piece. Personally I love all that a deconstructed watch case evokes. The idea of taking time “apart” and putting it back together in a whole new way is powerfully inspiring symbolism. An empty watch case itself provides such a wonderful space for a little story. My love for dioramas and miniatures is perfect for this! Over the years I’ve collected lots of cool little vintage components from everywhere and this is one more way for me to finally use some of my most treasured and often hoarded finds!

So here are a few images of my new creations. Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think by leaving a comment if you get a chance. Peace! Bridgette

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Upcoming shows

Tomorrow, Saturday March 21st is the Spring Craft Boutique in Brea! I'm in the Community Hall space #166 right behind my sweet friend Lisa of Vintage joy Button Designs! A "good time" is sure to be had by all... at least certainly for us since we both think we're pretty funny...but seriously, we'd really like it if you could join us too!

If you can't make it to Brea, I'll also be at the Fullerton Arboretum's Green Scene on April 18th & 19th from 10:00am -4:00pm. This is a really beautiful outdoor show with unique plants and tons of great garden goodies. More on this later, but save the date if you can! See ya!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dream Locket

This is a picture of my new dream locket, more to come! I'm also working on some whimsical steampunk stuff... watch parts and wings galore!

Milagras & Muses

While I imagine my posts will eventually focus on my artistic endeavors, before I "dive in" I'd like to establish a framework for where these endeavors have come. I'm inspired by color, texture and emotion, by places I've been and those I dream about enjoying. I'm inspired by those I love in my life, my madly creative husband, my rock star kids and my muses, those miracle muses that have always had my back no matter what, my real-life Milagra girls.These are the women of my past and present. These are my tireless cheerleaders, my strongholds of faith and my greatest source of selfish indulgence for which I know, I am so not worthy. So if it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words then I suppose these pictures will tell a little story of their own...