H is for Hawaiian Influence

Shell pendant from Club creative Studio. Inspired by Hawaii.
Shell pendant from Club creative Studio. Inspired by Hawaii.

The I am thankful for the experience to have a new-found Hawaiian influence within my art.

Collection of shells.
Collection of shells.

Since Club Creative Studio relocated to Hawaii, I have naturally created items that have had a Hawaiian flair to them.  Most times it includes the use of shells.

Shells from Hawaii are incorporated into Club Creative Studio ocean-theme art.
Shells from Hawaii are incorporated into Club Creative Studio ocean-theme art.

It is probably no surprise that using shells in creative ways are popular here.  I have discovered new ways to incorporate shells and ocean-themes into recent jewelry art that I create. It has been a fun challenge as well as an expressive opportunity.

Shells are incorporated into these Club Creative Studio hand-made bracelets.
Shells are incorporated into these Club Creative Studio hand-made bracelets.

The island of Oahu has many inspirational factors to spark creativity. Culture, bright colors, flora, fauna, ocean waves, undersea life, mountains, craters, tropical jungles and sandy beaches just to name a few influences.

Shell and wire art from Club Creative Studio.
Shell and wire art from Club Creative Studio.

I have combined beads, charms, wires and shells in creative ways, and I see no limitations to the creative process featuring shells.

If you are interested in having a special shell wire-wrapped, I do custom requests and would love to help you transform one of your collected shells into wearable art.  You may also check out the inventory online to see if there are readily available items to chose from. http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

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G is for Get Organized

Is it time for you to get organized?

There comes a time when  it is very important to be organized. Organization brings a sense of law and order, clarity and saves you time and effort.  No matter if you need organization in the workplace or in your hobby space, being organized is always a good idea. It does take an effort to get there, and remain organized.

This section of my studio sure looks organized from afar.
This section of my studio sure looks organized from afar.

The saying: A place for everything and everything in its place” is something to strive for in order to seem orderly. For me, that’s difficult…very difficult.

My creative process has up and down/roller coaster periods of organization. To illustrate this, I took a few photos and decided to share them here in a blog that is more about the unorganized state of my studio than the organized portions.

 

“G” is for GET ORGANIZED- yes, that is what I need to do.

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I feel that if you see a glimpse of my design table at it’s worst state in disarray, you will realize that sometimes a work-in-progress state of mind transfers to a workspace table.

Design table in a terrible state of disorganization.
Design table in a terrible state of disorganization.

Sometimes my creative thoughts are as scattered as the table supplies are. But, the good news is that in time, I always clean up and clear up my disorganized messes- to once again become organized.

Do you agree it’s time for me to  GET ORGANIZED based on these photos?

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F is for Full Moon Inspiration

I gained creative inspiration from the full moon.

April 4, 2015 was a ” Blood Moon” , “Rose Moon” full moon in Hawaii.  I was able to experience my first night hike to an area lighthouse to watch the moon rise.

Makapuu Lighthouse, Oahu
Makapuu’u Lighthouse, Oahu

I took photos at the Makapuu’u Lighthouse at different times of the day.  I had late afternoon, and early evening photos from the vantage point of the hiked trail.

Full Blood Moon Rising
Full Blood Moon Rising
Full Blood Moon, April 04,2015
Full Blood Moon, April 04,2015

To prepare with a theme and draw upon inspiration of the full moon phase process, I created a pair of bead embroidery earrings in advance of this hike.  The earrings I created featured rose-colored round pearls as an resemblance and reference of the “Rose Moon”.  The “Blood Moon” is also referred to as a “Rose Moon”. And, to me any type of full moon is special.

This was my first moon-lit hike, it was also a great time to share the Club Creative Studio “Trail Treasure” art as well.  This is the series of art items that I refer to as “Trail Treasures” that are given freely. It is a gift to the universe. Finders of my abandoned art are keepers of it.

Blood Moon/Pink Moon rising at Makapuu Lighthouse, HI
Blood Moon/Pink Moon rising at Makapuu’u Lighthouse, HI

Sometimes, I do hear back from those who have found Club Creative Studio art and they express their appreciation.  Below, I share with you a photo that the “finders” took and their words of gratitude sent to me in an e-mail. I am grateful for their enthusiasm.

Club Creative Studio Art was discovered!
Club Creative Studio Art was discovered!

“I just wanted to tell you thank you for the earrings that we found at Makapuu ‘u hike. My girlfriend and I found it on Easter morning on our sunrise hike. She loves them and wore them to church that morning. I just wanted to say thank you so much that was so thoughtful and kind! God Bless!”

Have you ever encountered free art in your community? If so, please share what type, where and what your reaction was to discovering abandoned/shared art.

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E is for Eggs of Clay

Happy Easter! Are you celebrating with eggs of clay?

You may have heard of hard boiled eggs, plastic eggs, chocolate eggs, cloisonné, wooden or Faberge eggs. Have you ever heard of Club Creative Studio’s Clay Eggs?

Club Creative Studio- Hand-made Clay Eggs.
Club Creative Studio- Hand-made Clay Eggs.

I have been creating these type of clay eggs since 2013 and I love the process, I have come up with. I have discovered that although time consuming, the creation of these one-of-a-kind eggs are quite enjoyable to make.

This process gives me a chance to use a large number of my designed polymer clay canes in one project, and capitalize on variety.

The beauty of these creations are that they can be displayed year-round. I have a few hanging on a table top stand. Last year, I even hung them from our colorful “Hawaiian” theme Christmas tree. They are wonderfully durable and without a doubt unique. I have even customized these to color coordinate a room!

Allow me to create for you! I offer custom requests in jewelry-making to other hand-made clay and bead art creations. All are always one-of-a-kind.

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D is for: Do It With Style

Women’s fashions and design are ever-changing revolving aspects in life. Are you prepared to do it with style?

Every season, the runway styles dictate what is fashionable, popular and on trend. Are you ready for Spring and ready to be part of the seasonal changes?

What is going to be hot fashion topics for Spring 2015?

How might a jewelry designer interpret or work with these trends? Allow me to share the ways that I have tackled the challenge of the trends predicted so far.

Fringe- Easy way to make a statement with a Western/Santa Fe style.

There is no doubt that fringe adds fun to fashion. It is dramatic, shows movement, and has a sense of flow and carefree whimsy. How might you find this trend in Club Creative Studio jewelry art?  Here is an example of jewelry art I have created with beaded fringe detail.  It is a hand-made beaded statement necklace. The color palate I use may also reflect the feel of the Southwest.

Club Creative Studio- HAnd-made beaded Fringe Necklace.
Club Creative Studio- Hand-made Beaded Fringe Necklace.

Suede-A trend that can come in different colors.

I enjoy that suede can be utilized in many ways because of the width cut variations available.  I like adding a simple suede strand to my colorful hand-rolled clay pendant creations because the colors coordinate without being distracting.  It is a change of pace from wearing a common metal chain necklace. The over-all look is also casual and relaxed for any age.

Club Creative Studio- Hand-rolled clay pendants on a suede strand.
Club Creative Studio- Hand-rolled clay pendants on a suede strand.

The 70’s are back- it’s a more polished version.

I love that the 70’s were about free-flowing blouse styles and fun fabric prints. As Club Creative Studio creates hand-made items with a Boho feel, this trend in style will seem more evident, creative and comfortable, like these examples do.

Whimsical Art from Club Creative Studio.
Whimsical Art from Club Creative Studio.

Ruffles-Structural and sweet at the same time.

Ruffled materials do not have to bring back bad memories like it does for me. I recall my Mother sewing a ruffle at the bottom of my jean pant legs as I grew to extend the length of the pants, and their wear time. Just when I thought that was bad enough…she would go and add a second and third layer of ruffles. Lord, I wish I had a photo of me wearing those pants right now.

Ruffles can add a look of innocence and boldness at the same time. Club Creative Studio has carried forth this trend in designing a ruffled edge incorporated with added bead embellishments.  This necklace is a great example of how a ruffle-look can be a structural strength to a fashion statement necklace.

Ruffle edge statement necklace from Club Creative Studio.
Ruffle edge statement necklace from Club Creative Studio.

Have you been made aware of any additional stylish trends in store for us this year?  Which trend mentioned above appeals to you the most?  Which jewelry trend do you tend to model the most often of those mentioned above?  Please share, I’d love to know what appeals or radiates in you.

If you are interested in viewing more hand-made art that may reflect these particular Spring trends, I welcome you to view the revolving inventory of Club Creative Studio at: http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

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C is for Collecting

It’s one part of the creative process; collecting.

Collection of buttons.
Collection of buttons.

Once you are inspired to create, you have to have materials. It is because of an ample supply of collected materials I feel that at any moment in time, I can borrow from these different collections stashed in my studio, and create.

Shell collection takes time.
Shell collection takes time.

Creating with mixed media stems from using items that have been collected. I have several containers of buttons, shells, papers, paints, beads, wires, tools, fabrics and completed jewelry items that are collecting upon my shelves, just to name a few.

A section of my studio with a collection of paint brushes and seed bead container tubes.
A section of my studio with a collection of paint brushes and seed bead container tubes.

Having your collections at your disposal not only provides you with materials to create with but sometimes offers items that have special meaning.  The shells in the photograph above for example, are not shells bought from a craft store. I actually picked up each one from the shores of Japan when I lived there. Gathering and collecting items such as shells bring meaning to my art when they are incorporated.

A collection of colored pencils are ready to be used in my studio space.
A collection of colored pencils are ready to be used in my studio space.

Do you have items that you collect? How useful or meaningful are your collections?

I think that the most satisfying of my collections are the completed jewelry projects that I have.

I don’t mean to collect them, in fact they are all looking to be shared and sold!

Often times, when I start a new line- I tend to collect a certain number of a certain style before I actually place them online or in a boutique setting for public sale.

This gives the admirer more of a range to chose from.  It is perhaps a practice that leaves me with art on hand but, it also creates a view overlooking a theme when art is placed in collective bunch.

Collection of Club Creative Studio beaded bracelets.
Collection of Club Creative Studio beaded bracelets.

If you happen to see something you like in this particular hand-beaded bracelet collection…let me know!  In this case I am happy to deplete a collection if it means that someone will be enjoying my hand-made art!

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B is for: BANG IT with a Hammer

Club Creative Studio wire art
Club Creative Studio wire art

Club Creative Studio is my art workspace where sometimes you will encounter loud noises. Drills, blenders, occasional ukulele music, a squeaky swivel chair, a few cat meows from my two cats to name a few distinct sounds.  Today is no different, you may hear loud bangs. That sound would be a hammer pounding on metal wire, and an anvil.

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The beauty of creating with wire texturing is the opportunity to hammer out imperfections as well as using it as an emotional release of tension and stress.

There is something to be said about hammering out your frustrations in a creative way with little taps of rhythm.  This hammer has an interchangeable tip that allows me to vary my pattern that I strike and quickly change to another if I wish, as well as maintain one end as a smooth side to flatten out wire.

Removable texture tips.
Removable texture tips.

As I create with wire today I am cutting, twisting, forming, texturing and designing earrings. It is a busy day in the studio, with the windows open so others can hear this busy workshop in action.

Tools of the trade.
Tools of the trade.

I use a mini anvil as a strike surface and to soak up some of the sound I create when texturing. I use a variety of wire gages and hand tools to form twists and turns easily when working with wire.  Today I have created several of my hand-made wire ear hooks.  Adding this element to my wirework gives it an even more one-of-a-kind, signature look. And creating unique items is what Club Creative Studio art is all about.

Wire-work project from Club Creative Studio's design table.
Wire-work project from Club Creative Studio’s design table.

Do you have a workspace that is noisy at times? Sometimes noise can be a sign of productivity. In my case, it means that I am busy creating and sharing Art That Sets You Apart!

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