ruby

8 March, 2009 at 8:03 pm (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , , , , )

rubybox

I love making these tiny boxes, this one is about two centimeters across.  As usual, the tiny jewel rotates out to catch the light.

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lost

5 March, 2009 at 10:28 pm (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , , , , )

dsc_0507a

I love this fragment, it went inside the lid of The Egypt Box (one of the story boxes I made a while back).

egyptbox

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plotting

17 October, 2008 at 6:19 am (family, work) (, , , , , )

I grew up in a map & chart loving family, they hung on the walls, filled drawers, burst from pockets in the car, and were consulted frequently.  I especially love ancient maps, they are so beautiful, at the same time more complicated and simpler than modern maps.  Just looking at them brings adventures to mind – Maria Sibylla Merian arriving in Surinam in 1699, my aunties bribing their way across a Chinese border decades ago (and getting arrested), being 17 and trying to find a long enough train ride in Austria that I can get some sleep.  Because I have been working with metal recently they are not very prominent in my current pieces, but some boxes develop stories as they progress and end up with a map fragment hidden somewhere inside.

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choices

1 October, 2008 at 8:34 am (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

When I first saw pictures of  Joseph Cornell’s stash I thought I would never need that kind of space.  Silly me.  Having a luxury of pieces to choose from is wonderful, but continuous organizing would be the key, eh?

The wear on the bare metal boxes is lovely, but I do wish I had more of the white ones (and maybe fewer pink ones, yellow ones, and I have no idea what to do with my lone orange tin).  The variety of sizes I’ve found makes decisions easier, I had no idea there were tins less than a centimeter across, but now I have a dozen – both round and rectangular.

Hinges are still scarce though.  I’ve been making them out of various non-hingey things, but someday I may break down and buy teensy dollhouse size ones.  I wonder if there are any that click closed, that can be very handy for secret compartments.

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change of focus

30 September, 2008 at 12:59 am (pack of dogs, work) (, , , , , , , , , )

before a month of lock up then adoption

before a month of lock up, then adoption

Building is such a different mindset than locating materials, sometimes at first it is hard to not to wander off and explore yet another possible source of more parts. ( I am grateful that there are people who are willing to package up fiddly little broken bits and put the word out instead of throwing them in the trash – I hate breaking things, especially if they are old, and I need material to build with.)  After resisting the urge to hunt and gather, it’s easy to go too far the other direction and find myself trying to build a tiny steam engine when I don’t actually need to power anything, it just needs to look like it’s possible.  Finally, after cruising back and forth picking up, fitting together, rejecting parts and picking up others, I’ll have the pieces I think I need.  A bit of a wrestle, trying to make them work in a way they were not engineered to do, then rivets and glue hold everything together.  The next day I face the mass of boxes and trays and wonder how I ever got an idea for the last project.

The photo is one of the pack of dogs who keeps me company and reminds me to take long walks, this was the picture the shelter took when her previous owner turned her in.  After a month of not eating the pound’s dog food she looked even worse, but nine months later she’s the pretty girl of the bunch.  I’ll post a current photo later.

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construction

29 September, 2008 at 5:20 am (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I’ve collected masses of material for my new project, now it’s time to construct.  Hmm, looking at my work space, maybe a bit of sorting and some organization should come first.

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