Friday, 22 April 2011

from the deep

recently i had bought a few glass beads from a good friend of mine, whose work is so inspiring i just couldn t not make something.

the necklace i came up with is based on one of those glass creations he made for me, conjuring up in my mind images of the sea, hence the title.

i had to think of Hans Christian Andersen s little mermaid, and how she turned into sea-foam.

the rings are sterling silver, fabricated and soldered.

the blue bead is my favorite, but the necklace can be transformed by removing that one, and adding another, or even leaving the glass bead out, multifunctional...

Thursday, 21 April 2011

a hollow ring

spring is upon us with balmy days and frostfree nights... a few more days and the Easter bunny (or rather, here in Belgium, the bells from all the churches in Rome) will be bringing the children their chocolate eggs and treats. and everyone, or most everyone, is enjoying a few days off.

just before this spring break, i started work on my third and final project at school. a hollow ring fabricated out of 3 different plates and set with a stone. doesn t look like much now, but i think it will work well. i took a few pictures from different angles (just to test my camera, hehehe) and i know it s only two plates formed now, but will post a pic of the third ring element as soon as my teacher tells me how i need to fabricate that one.

can t wait to get back to class again, and i don t care if you think i m mad...

Monday, 11 April 2011

one month on

it s exactly one month since the big one hit the Japan north-east coast. i haven t been able to do much more than read up and follow the few news bulletins anxiously.

there was a beautiful but very sad video-clip posted on YouTube that i would like to share here too. the song is by M├ętis, a singer hitherto unknown to me, but i very much like her style, and the text of this particular song is very moving. i won t be translating, all i can say is that in general it questions whether we as humans haven t become too complacent and relaxed in our ways... haven t we forgotten to enjoy and appreciate the little things in life?

it is what has been going thru my mind for much longer now.

meanwhile, work at school is progressing well, working with my hands is keeping me occupied.

i have also been folding origami cranes (tsuru, just happens to be my middle name too, as it was my grandmother s) for an organization called Students Rebuild. i hope they succeed in their endeavor.

pray for Japan. don t forget about all the other disaster areas in the world.