Saturday, September 1, 2012

Challenge of Travel Blog Hop

Time has slipped through my fingers so quickly.

I had the most amazing visit with my friends.....a post to come about our "Put a Bird On It" theme.  School starts next week so my time has been absorbed with school preparations.

But today, it is about the Challenge of Travel Blog Hop
My country of inspiration:  Zimbabwe

My problem continues to be to focus.  I had so many ideas floating through my head (and still do).
I was intrigued by the color and organic shapes.
The flowers that I found while researching were gorgeous.

Another note I would like to add.  I had the extreme pleasure to go to the local art museum to see a glass exhibit by Howard Ben Tre´.  Fabulous.  But what was so poignant to me what his 10 minute video about inspiration.  The timeliness couldn't have been better.  I tend to get caught up in literal inspiration and he talked about inspiration from your surroundings and how it can gently influence your work.  I think I tend to over think it and try to make a very obvious literal connection.  And he taught me that I don' ten minutes no less!  I tried to go with my gut on developing these pieces.  And trust that the inspiration from Zimbabwe would be there.

For the earrings, the texture of the fabric felt right.  The colors felt right.  The need to have the design pull you into the center felt right......just like the beautiful detail in the flowers.

The bangles.  The combination of beads, wires, fibers and in an organic way just flowed.

I need to preface the following pictures.  Sadly I waited to the last minute to photograph and man am I regretting that.  I need to go and study other blogs and how they display and photograph their jewelry.  I do apologize for these photos.

Right now I am really into bangles and this is a combination of techniques and to be honest, I love the very organic feel of this grouping.

Thanks for stopping by.
To Fellow Challenge of Travel Blog Hoppers.......I can't wait to stop by and check out your creative endeavors.

Be sure to check out the other fabulous participants.  It has been very inspiring!

NameBlogRegion ChosenInspiration Nation
Monique Urquhart Faso
Niky Sayers
Therese Frankhttp://www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.comAfricaKenya
Raychelle Heath
Joan Williamswww.lilrubyjewelry.wordpress.comAfricaMauritania
Sherri Stokeyhttp://www.KnotJustMacrame.comAfricaSenegal
Regina Santerrehttp://reginaswritings.blogspot.comAfricaSeychelles
Raida Disbrowhttp://havanabeads.blogspot.comAfricaTanzania
Kristi Wodekhttp://livedinlife.blogspot.comAfricaZimbabwe
Sally Russickhttp://www.thestudiosublime.comAmericasBrazil
Melissa Trudingerhttp://beadrecipes.wordpress.comAmericasMexico
Tracy Stillmanhttp://www.tracystillmandesigns.comAmericasUSA
Sandra Wolberghttp://city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.deAsiaIndia
Tanya Goodwinhttp://pixiloo.blogspot.comAsiaJapan
Susan Kennedyhttp://suebeads.blogspot.comAsiaJapan
Beth Emeryhttp://storiesbyindigoheart.blogspot.comAsiaJapan
Lisa Cone
Tanya Boden
Inge von Rooshttp://ingetraud.wordpress.comAsiaLaos
Erin Prais-Hintzhttp://treasures-found.blogspot.comAsiaNepal
Dee Elgiehttp://cherryobsidia.blogspot.comAsiaPhillipines
Carolyn Lawsonhttp://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.comAsiaSouth Korea
Lisa Stukelhttp://carefreejewelrybylisa.blogspot.comAsiaSri Lanka
Elly Snarehttp://themagicsquarefoundation.wordpress.comAsiaThailand
Shelley Graham Turnerhttp://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.comEuropeAustria
Mallory Hoffman Herzegovina
Paige Maximhttp://www.pmaximdesigns.blogspot.comEuropeFrance
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Sharyl McMillian-Nelsonhttp://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.comEuropeGreece
Evelyn Shelby
Holly Westfall
Rebecca Siervaaghttp://www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.comEuropeIreland
Toltec Jewelshttp://toltecjewels.blogspot.comEuropeIreland
Lee Koopmanhttp://StregaJewellry.wordpress.comEuropeIreland
Laren Dee Bartonhttp://larendeedesigns.blogspot.comEuropeItaly
Cindy Wilsonhttp://www.mommysdreamcreations.blogspot.comEuropeNorway
Kathleen Lange Klikhttp://ModernNatureStudio.blogspot.comEuropePoland
Shaiha Williams
Jennifer Justman
Elsie Deliz-Fonsecahttp://ladelizchica.blogspot.comEuropeSpain
Lola Surwillohttp://www.beadlolabead.blogspot.comEuropeSweden
Kim Horahttp://www.kimmykats.comEuropeSwitzerland
Leanne Loftushttp://firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.comEuropeThe Netherlands
Patti Vanderbloemenhttp://myaddictionshandcrafted.blogspot.comEuropeThe Netherlands
Marcie Carrollhttp://labellajoya.blogspot.comEuropeTurkey
Marlene Cupohttp://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.comOceaniaFederated States of Micronesia
Ine Vande Cappellehttp://jewelsbyine.blogspot.comOceaniaFiji
Tammie Everly
Alice Petersonhttp://www.alice-dreaming.blogspot.comOceaniaKiribati
Elisabeth Auldhttp://www.beadsforbusygals.comOceaniaNauru
Susan McClelland Zealand
D Lynne Bowlandhttp://islandgirlsinsights.blogspot.comOceaniaNew Zealand
Denielle Hagermanhttp://somebeadsandotherthings.comOceaniaNew Zeland
Rebecca Andersonhttp://songbeads.blogspot.comOceaniaPapua New Guinea
Mischelle Fanucchi
Kari Asburyhttp://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.comOceaniaSolomon Islands
Cece Cormier
Emma Toddhttp://www.apolymerpenchant.comOceaniaTuvalu
Debbie Pricehttp://greenshoot.blogspot.comOceaniaVanuatu

Real quick..........

A new inspiration.  Hope to develop some jewelry from this dried blooming tea flower.


Anonymous said...

Amazing work - I love both pieces! It would be neat if you could somehow encase the tea blossom in resin, maybe?

Marlene Cupo said...

Your fiber creations are wonderful. I can surely picture them on natives of this interesting country.

Anonymous said...

The bangles are great, very textural. I like the earrings too.

Patti Van said...

Love the stacked bangles - beautiful colors of silk and perfectly selected beads - I can see these on my arm right now!!

Anonymous said...

Love that bangle bracelet! It has a real organic flavor and a tribal sort of look. Just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Love that bangle bracelet. It has an organic look and a tribal sort of flair.

Jennifer said...

The earrings and bracelets are both quite nice. What were you looking at? Pictures from Zimbabwe? Crafts? textiles? I like where you ended up, just curious...

Tammie said...

Interesting combination of textures and colors. Thanks for sharing.

Pixiloo said...

Both the earrings and bracelets are beautiful. I love the beads and ribbon in the earrings and the different textures in the bangles. Your pictures themselves are lovely, by the way.

TesoriTrovati said...

Inspiration is indeed all around us! I will have to come back and investigate that artist. I think what you did is great. You captured the earthy organic vibe of this place on your own style. So glad you joined me on the journey. Enjoy the day. Erin

Jewels By Ine said...

The earrings are very cute!

LisaS said...

Interesting comment on the inspiration of your jewelry. I like the way they turned out ;)

Micheladas said...

I love your pieces... I too need a little help with taking photos.. Mine are horrible and do not do my pieces justice.. I cringe when it comes to photos.. lol Great job.

rosebud101 said...

I love your bangles! The inspiration photo is great, too!

Raida said...

Love the organic feel of your bangles and earrings, beautiful!

Alice said...

I love the colors in your earrings. And by the way, earrings are always difficult for me to photograph.Your bangle is wonderful!

SueBeads said...

Very nice pieces! Love the bangles!

Leanne said...

I love the bracelet with all of the different elements that work so well together! Very fun!

Sharyl said...

Wow! I love what you made! And no apologies necessary, for photographs or anything else. Everything was splendid!

Shelley Graham Turner said...

I love both pieces but especially the earrings! COLORS..and lots of them always draw me in. Great job lady!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Kristi,
The earrings and bracelet are beautiful I like the down to earth rusticness of them and the center flower in the earrings are awesome.

Tanya Ozanne said...

Lovely pieces for such a country as this.Love and hugs Tanya

A Polymer Penchant said...

Way to trust your gut. Beautiful result. I love the earthy texture