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andrea borst: dancing glass jewels

Let’s start the week light and breezy with Andrea Borst’s colorful glass jewelry. I didn’t find much about the artist, but I can tell you that she creates each of the tiny glass elements at her torch, then weaves them in an open structure using steel cable wire.

Field of Flowers, six strands, glass, silver, steel cable

Orange Blossom ZigZag, two strands, glass, silver, steel cable

My guess is that the tiny glass shapes shift and move on the body, their dancing ways enhanced by the flexible cables that spring and bounce when touched.

Dragonflies In The Reeds, three strands, glass, silver, steel cable

Sealife, plants and abstract shapes make up much of Borst’s portfolio (and it is an extensive portfolio), but if you look in the archives you will see that the German artist shows a whimsical sense of humor with necklaces made up of kitchen gadgets, food, children’s toys and clothing. Bright. Colorful. Fun. Happy Monday. . .

A variety of clothes

Clothing, one strand with mini beads, glass, silver, steel cable

Sunday Breakfast For Two

Andrea Borst at the torch

nissa kubly: camera as art

After months of focusing creative energy on taking pictures of my new surroundings (thousands of pictures) and teaching myself about photography and cameras (hundreds of hours), it seems fitting to write my first post of the year about an artist who creates pinhole image jewelry and constructs fully functional, small-scale metal cameras that double as beautifully crafted sculpture and wearable art.

View from the Gardens,
1.5″ diam., sterling silver, 23k gold, fine silver, film, glass

View from the Gardens, back

Nissa Kubly is a metalsmith, jeweler and photographer with an MFA in metals and jewelry. Kubly takes her one-of-a-kind pinhole image jewelry one step further by fabricating the cameras used for the imagery.

Pinhole Ring Camera

All of Kubly’s cameras use film and the wearable cameras – rings, bracelets, belt buckles – “offer tiny glimpses of the outside world when the image is developed.”

I am inspired and intrigued. And so, we begin the new year. . . welcome 2011.

Ten Minute Camera

Box Camera, brass, 5″ x 3.25″ x 4″

“A camera obscura, literally meaning “dark room”, can consist of any dark chamber, such as a box or room, with a small opening. Light from the subject matter outside the chamber travels through the room and appears as an inverted image on the opposite wall. My work consists of functional instruments made of metal, inspired by the camera obscura.” Nissa Kubly

Tuscan Villa Necklace Sterling Silver,
Pinhole Image on Film with 18k Gold Background

“This necklace contains a pinhole image taken from Ravello, Italy. The film is brown toned & set between a small circular piece of glass and 23ky gold. A process of photo etching produces the ornamentation on the back of the necklace. A handmade clasp completes the necklace.”

Lisa Sette Gallery has some wonderful images of Kubly’s cameras and sculptural viewers.  Read an article about the artist here.

See Kubly’s MFA portfolio here and an exhibition of her work at Paoli House Gallery.


Come back this afternoon when I will announce the three winners of the give-away.

And did you get DAM’s first newsletter?  No?  Be sure to sign up below if you would like to receive them in your mailbox.

I’m posting a link to the first one to give you a sneak peek (and news about the apprenticeship project).

See you this afternoon. . .

florie salnot’s plastic bottle project

Beautiful, don’t you think? After you look at the images, please read why I am in awe of 26 year old Florie Salnot. She’s one to watch.


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Salnot, a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, has a background in art and anthropology. She was determined to help the women of a Saharawi refugee camp find a way to support themselves and also allow for the women to express themselves artistically by applying design to practical problems.

The process

The bottle cutting tool and nail board via Inhabitat

She developed a relatively simple, low-tech method to create jewelry that utilizes equipment available in the camp – primarily hot sand, a cutting tool and a nail board. Salnot’s bottle project makes use of both natural resources (hot sand) and waste materials (discarded plastic bottles)  – she describes the technique below:

“The plastic bottle is first painted and then cut into thin stripes with a cutting tool. After that, any type of drawing can be made by positioning some nails into the holes of a nail board: the plastic stripe is placed all around the nails and the whole is submerged into hot sand. The plastic stripe reacts to the heat by shrinking all along the nail drawing and keeping its shape. The piece of jewelry then requires a few last steps and fittings to become finalized. It is a very simple technique which, however, has the power to make the non-precious become precious.”

Workshop participant setting nails in a nail board

Pouring hot sand over nail board design

Plastic Bottle Project Workshop

Nail board design

You can read more about the technique here. A detailed account of the project here. And Salnot’s website here. The video below is a fascinating look at Salnot’s project and the women this project empowers.

Florie Salnot and the Plastic Bottle Workshop participants

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