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Category Archives: Metal

linda threadgill: rosette series

Freshly fallen snow this morning (an April Fool’s joke perhaps?) finds me longing for hints from Mother Nature that Spring is really here.

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Looking at Linda Threadgill’s fanciful metal, multi-layered brooch’s from her Rosette series gave me a much needed burst of color and hope – they are so vibrant and bold!  Beautiful layering of texture, pattern, color and shape.

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Threadgill coordinated the metals program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for twenty five years. Now retired and living in Santa Fe, she is a full time studio artist.

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“I find many aspects of ornament compelling. The stylization of nature, motifs that are enhanced through repetition, the constraints of symmetry and other design strategies on natural forms, the use of pattern as a way to measure time, as well as ornament’s ability to mask or create illusions are all the focus of my work. Most recently I have added an exploration of color and layering to the textured surfaces I have always used.”

 

Linda Threadgill’s website

elyn blake: drusy and a mother’s inspiration

I’m busy behind the scenes at DAM and DIYAW, getting ready to launch a new class and a new service – exciting stuff! Popping in quickly today to share these sweet, sweet handbag brooches by Elyn Blake.

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Inspired by her mother’s 1950’s antique handbags, Blake’s designs have evolved over the years.

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She uses a quartz drusy with sterling silver or 14k gold, mixing shapes and colors and sparkle in just the right amount. . .

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Elyn Blake’s website

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edgar zuñiga jimenez’s reclaimed wood and metal columns

Acclaimed painter and sculptor Edgar Zuñiga Jimenez creates figurative columns from wood, clay, iron and steel.

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The wood columns are carved from antique ceiling beams, adding to their allure.

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“I use the column as the base and support of my artistic expression. On the column I develop different formal languages; I position on them sculpted faces or anatomical fragments, especially on wooden columns obtained from old or demolished houses from the Central Valley of Costa Rica. Through them, I am expressing the loss of the collective memory and values.”

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While I am most drawn to the reclaimed wood columns with carved faces, his steel columns with clay figures holding up, holding on and holding out speak to me of a quiet power within.

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Edgar Zuñiga’s website (where I found most of this information) seems to be having some issues at the moment, but you can see more on his Facebook Page.

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