Setting Challenges

A week ago when I was over in Doncaster at BrevonArt, Andrea asked if I had any earrings I could take in and of course I agreed to make some for there. On Thursday I went up into my workshop (which incidentally is still not organised after the changing rooms scenario) and sat there looking at my stock and it struck me I am spoiled for choice! And despite all the choice I was stuck for what to do so decided to set myself a design challenge. I chose 2 different types of shell and planned to make 10 pairs of earrings which would each be significantly different. The actual act of making a pair of earrings takes minutes, yet it took me a full afternoon to come up with the 10 pairs which I was proud of and were favourably received the following day at BrevonArt. (I forgot to take pictures so can’t show you them)
Now to take a small diversion and a step back in time I have supported Greenpeace since it began in 1971 and have always been an eco warrior in my own little way. I hate waste of any kind and even if I have 2 full bottles of washing up liquid in the cupboard I would still have to fill the empty one with water and get 2 extra washing ups out of it. It is this aspect in me which leads me to offer a lifetime guarantee on my creations as I would hate to think that the world’s natural resources were collected and processed to end up in the bottom of a drawer or in landfill.
Getting back up to date, after talking to Andrea on Friday I decided to set myself a new design challenge and create a range entirely with junk, discarded materials, charity shop finds etc. I realise I will have to use some new parts but plan for them to be 99% junk.

I made a start today and will give you a few clues to what I am up to. I have used this which came through the door today.

I also went to this beautiful park

and collected some of this, and will keep you posted.

And here I am with my little cotton bag and the dogs Cass and Blaize . Cass is the Lurcher, Blaize is the Border Lakeland Terrier (and was the runt of the litter and definitely not anything like she should be but we love her ) I didn’t know Pete had taken this one until he showed me when we got back home.