Monday, May 2, 2011

*ART SPARK* creative challenge for May.

by D'Arsie Manzella

On the Road Again
I'm packing. Putting all my belongings in boxes once again to travel the distance from South to North. Back to my homeland, the rolling hills and gorgeous lakes of Western New York. Each item is being wrapped and contained. As I go through the process I wish my possessions a safe journey- until we meet again.

Recently my grandfather passed away. Straight away after hearing of his death, I had a strong desire to create hand folded paper boxes. I didn't really know what I was doing when I started, it's not something I commonly do, but all other creative projects stopped and my quiet time was spent with these beautiful little boxes. I realize now that I was trying to contain my grief.

There are many ways that containers change or affect our lives. Notes arrive in bottles, boxes take us up into tall buildings, heaven wafts out from our morning coffee can. They contain surprises, treasures and mysteries. Sometimes they hold our hearts, sometimes our fears.

So I bring you, from beneath my stack of paper boxes, this month's *Art Spark* challenge. It's a little bit different and a whole lot of fun...

~May you always be inspired by the beauty of your experience~


*ART SPARK*challenge

Here's a challenge that we can all get fired up about! I'm saying "we" because we will be playing along. The first Monday of each month one of our members will present a challenge. The challenge is designed to not only get you thinking creatively, but also sharing your process and learning from each other.

The creative sparks will be flying all month. One or more entries will be chosen by the "challenge" artist to shine on our blog the next two subsequent Mondays. On the 4th Monday, the winning entry will be chosen and showcased on the Love My Art Jewelry blog for one month and the Love My Art Jewelry website for 1 year with links to your shops or blogs.

Can it get any hotter? You better believe it! These wonderful components were graciously donated by Staci Smith at Staci Louise Originals and will be awarded to the winner at the end of the challenge!

As will these fabulous pieces from Sue Kennedy of SueBeads!

Thank you so much ladies for your support.
We invite you to play along and try out our challenges. This month's challenge is......

~Create a piece of jewelry, art bead or component that illustrates the word 'CONTAIN'~

'Contain' as a verb is defined as: to include, hold
Synonyms include:accomodate, be composed of, comprehend, comprise, consist of, embody, embrace, encompass, have, have capacity for, hold, incorporate, involve, take in\

~Once you have your creation ready, here is what you do:

1. Take pictures of your creation and upload it to our flickr account.

2. Leave a description of your thought process while creating your jewelry or beads/components. We really want everyone to share their creative thinking so please make sure that you description is thorough.

3. Since we are a group promoting 'creating handmade with handmade', your jewelry consist of at least 75% handmade. This doesn't mean that you have to create everything that goes into your piece. You could use beads/components created by other artists. Please give credit to that artist in your description.

4. If your submission will be loose beads/components, it may include any medium that you prefer to make those in. These submissions would also require a description of your creative thought process.

5. Please only one submission piece per artist. Multiple views of the work are allowed and encouraged.

6. Have fun an come back often to check out the entries!

7. Links to our flickr site can be found on the blog sidebar.


MaCarroll Beads said...

First of all.....I'm sorry about your loss. Loss is never easy. It sounds like you had a nice relationship with your grandfather when he was alive. As for the rest, I think this is a great challenge. It has me thinking about all the "containers" that I've placed memories in and I hope to find the right one to create something from. What a great idea to get us all thinking :O)

Sally Anderson said...

This was so sweet. The boxes and boxes to hold your grief. I was charmed and touched by that. Still am, actually. Lovely. I'm so sorry for your loss. He must have been very important to you to require so many boxes. You're lucky to have had him in your life.

mairedodd said...

i love this d'arsie... and am so sorry to hear of your loss... grandparents are very very special people...

Patty said...

What a poignant post, D'Arsie. I'm so sorry about your grandfather, and hope that memories of your time with him are a comfort now. Your Art Spark theme is a very rich one, and I hope to contribute. Safe travels...

Kelli said...

wow d'arsie... what a touching post. Touching and charming. I'm so sorry for your loss, and incredibly touched by your story of the boxes. I've collected boxes since I was a little girl, they're so delightful. I just love all of yours. Can't wait to make something for this myself. Best wishes on the move. And again... what a touching story!

Stacey said...

I am so sorry for your loss. The story of your boxes is a moving one...and it does bring a wonderful challenge to all of us...thank you for sharing and letting us take part. Can't wait to get started on this....contain.

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