Friday, 15 August 2014

We are all Ears - Twined earrings

Here is another quick post showcasing my earrings for the - We are all Ears - August challenge. This month the challenge is to create a pair of earrings inspired by this stunning installation thread art of Gabriel Dawe. Read more about his work here . As his work was centered on exploration of textiles and fibre I thought that this was the perfect opportunity to showcase one of my recent explorations in beads - Leather Art beads.
Yes, you read it right, Leather Art beads and not glass!! I am teaching a class on Leather jewelry to the final years leather design students and was asked to come up with a unique syllabus for the same. As the first lesson, when I suggested that we do leather beads, my seniors were surprised, for the usual leather beads they had seen was just leather wrapped around hollow beads, but I am determined to prove that one can indeed use leather to make mixed media art beads :)
These beads are simple, cylindrical with colored bits of  acrylic yarn - a true interpretation of the inspiration visual and because of their simplicity I thought that they would be the easiet to try as the very first project of the year by my students. I have created an Entire range of beads for the class using a variety of mixed media techniques which I hope to share soon, for your feedback.
For now, here are the earrings I created from these beads - I am calling them "Twined". I think that the earrings are similar but not exactly the same, makes it whimsical - Kind of how the installation is; What do you think?

 
 

Inspiration : installation art of Gabriel Dawe
I hope you find it interesting
Please visit all the other particpants blogs to see their beautiful creations. Participant List available at the  Earrings Everyday blog
Cheers

19 comments:

  1. Great looking earrings, love how you made the leather into a bead.

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  2. So creative! The contrast of the pearl the leather and the string....Fabulous!

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    1. Thanks I really wanted to showcase mixed media elements in this design

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  3. These are adorable! The colors are wonderful. Terrific!

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  4. Such a fun and playful design! I love how you used the leather strip to create a bead! Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Okasana, leather is such a playful medium but people rarely get to experience that, I really wanted to showcase it in this design

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  5. I really like these! The shape of them and the colours of the yarn you've used go well with the white pearl beads. They look really interesting and original.

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    1. This is the first time, I have worked on this wide cylinder shape and I am glad that so many people find it interesting

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  6. What a great idea, I love everything about leather even the smell!! I think your leather beads are going to catch on xx

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  7. Love the leather beads you made and how you have the rainbow yarn wrapped around them. The geometry of your design really speaks to the inspiration. Super fun!

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  8. love the design and style elements leather n cord Divya.. Beautiful earrings :)

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  9. Those are wayyyyy cool! gives me some ideas...never thought to use leather or material for the matter in that way...Great job and excellent post. Thanks.

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    1. Leather as a material lends itself very well to explorations, do try it out

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  10. What a great idea for a class! And I love the mix of the leather and the fiber! The colors really pull out the idea of the string art inspiration photo and I love the extra detail of the wire criss-crossed on the pearls. Thanks for playing along with me in the We're All Ears challenge! Enjoy the day. Erin

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    1. thanks Erin, I hope that the idea does work out

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  11. A very inspirational and open-minded interpretation of the original thread art! I was stumped by the geometry in it. I will now be braver in making up uses for my leather scraps :)

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    1. Thanks:) When I made it, I wasnt sure anybody would get the geometry in it - of how the staircases translate into the spirals, but I am thrilled to have it noticed

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  12. I love the look of these earings! Thanks for linking up in the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party! I'm pinning this awesome craft to our group board. I hope you can make it again soon. :-)

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