Time for the monthly blog carnival!
This month's theme is Gratefulness, for me, filtered through the lens of creativity and handwork.
I am forever grateful to my children. They teach me soooo much. Right now, my son mostly teaches me how to play video games and keeps my mind moving. My daughter, as she always has, continues to give me art lessons. She draws constantly, to express the stories that seem to constantly move through her mind. This time I picked up one of her sketches and decided to interpret it in metal
The original sketch was approximately 9 x 7 inches, marker and pencil, using paper ripped out of a crayola sketchbook. She was doing a lot of house sketches that day. I chose this one, because it seemed to lend itself most easily to the techniques that I use in my metalwork.
And here is the finished pin, in sterling silver and 18k gold!
The finished pin measures about 1-3/4 x 1-1/4 inches. I used simple techniques, surface chasing, sawing, hammer texture, and fabrication. Of course I am keeping this one for myself.
You know, the simplicity of a child's expression is something that we never get back as adults. I am so grateful for the opportunity to revisit that simplicity, that immediate expression, through my child's eyes.
Please visit other members of the blog carnival, to find out what they are thankful for in their creative lives, at the start of this holiday season.