Monday, October 26, 2009

Ornamentea Unveil - Sew Together

I was a blogging dud last week, Dear Readers. The flu season arrived at my house by first hitting my son, then my husband. I luckily escaped the flu but was hit with a bad case of bronchitis. So last week is a blur of illness.

Finished jewelry pieces languished on my photography table ready for their close up. Well, today the wait is over. Remember the day I posted about Ornamentea and the 10 Loop Ring in Antique Brass? If you don't, here's a picture of the ring blank...

Without realizing it, I've been developing a group of pieces where I "sew" with wire and metal to create pendants. My need to sew metal and glass comes from learning to sew at age 4, sewing my own clothes through college and reluctantly giving it up when the fabric became more expensive than buying a dress, and reading Mary Hettmansburger and Susan Lenart Kazmer. Sewing seems natural to me - stitching with wire is a natural extension of who I am and the wirework I do.

I strive to put things together in unusual ways - make the unexpected. The 10 loops cry out for a flurry of headpins and beads - which I love love love by the way - but what could I do with the loops in an unexpected way? I held up one of my Pear Frost Links - it framed the loops beautifully. Aha! I would sew the Pear Frost Link to the ring (have I mentioned how glue is not my BFF?)

The title is an obvious play on words and how I'd like to be "together." Instead of being flawless, I'm held together by these strong and even stitches that have a beauty all their own.

Do you find something like sewing appearing as a theme in your creative life?


Just A Tish said...


TesoriTrovati said...

That is so very genius.
I was picturing an explosion of dangles through your ring before I saw this. It is quite nice.
I actually don't sew (does duct taping the hem of my pants count?) But I do use wire in ways that mimic sewing I suppose. I am a bit fiber challenged... I see all those silks and things and love them but don't know what to do with them...but show me how, get me started and watch out! I am considering taking a silk painting fiber paper combo class this winter. That would be fun! Enjoy the day! Erin

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Thanks Tish!


Cindy Gimbrone said...

Hi Erin,

Thank you! Originally, I thought of putting an explosion of dangles though it but holes wouldn't have been open for sewing through - I still might do that one though, the wheels are still spinning :-)