Friday, April 19, 2013

2012 In Review

2012 A Year In Review

I am not sure why such and an amazing  year is also so riddled with such pain.  2012 has been one of my most difficult years and one of my most amazing years. It has been both bitter and sweet.

In 2012 my mother was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and it was also the year I received word that my jewelry would be published for the first time.  It was also the year my mother died and the year Bead Trends asked me to be their artist spotlight for April 2013.

Here I am with my sisters.  I am the middle girl.  One of our favorite pictures of us girls and our mother.  She handmade all of these lovely flowered dresses.  So you can see where some of my creativity came from.

My mother is wearing a necklace I made her in my early jewelry making days.  She was always so proud to wear it even though I kind of cringe looking at it today.  She loved it  and wore it with love. I am wearing the necklace that was to be my first publication.  I didn’t know it at the time.

This picture was taken during my mothers 
“Celebration of Life”  
party that me and my husband Tom threw for her and her siblings.

You see we knew that my mom wouldn’t survive the cancer.  She was full of tumors from the onset.  We also knew at this point that we only had about 6 months left with her.  I was grateful that I had these publications to look forward to during this most difficult time of my life.  Even though it was hard to fully appreciate them.

You see my first 2 necklaces that have been published in the above photo. My mother did not get to see these but I showed them to her and talked to her like she was sitting next to me and I can see her proud face on my mind.

We kept our mother at home as she was dying.  Me and my sisters took turns helping my dad care for her.  I am grateful to have had the time that I had with her to say our slow goodbyes.

I truly believe today that my mother is my biggest cheerleader even if it is from heaven.  

I made this necklace with thoughts of her and by far it is my favorite.  It was published in November Bead Trends 2012 and was called 
“Love is Seasonless”

As written in Bead Trends.

“Love is Seasonless is a reflection of my mother’s love, and I designed it with her in mind as she was dying of cancer.  She loved me at my worst; I was a difficult and troubled teenager and she fought for me when I didn’t know how to myself.  She loved me at my best when I decided to change my life, and she was my biggest cheerleader.  The heart is made out of basalt from the shores of Lake Superior which was one of our vacations spots as children.  Basalt is derived from the Latin word basaltes which means “very hard stone.”  I picked it to represent the strength of my mothers love that supported me during difficult times in my life.  My mother’s favorite color was green and it always reminds me of new beginnings in my life; her love was seasonless and constant.....Kristin

Today I like to think of my mom as happy, loved by her family and unburdened by the stress of this world.  Light and carefree as a butterfly.  I know she is smiling down at me from heaven and that gives me comfort.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

7th Annual Bead Soup Block Party

7th Annual Bead Soup Block Party
2nd Reveal

This is my very first Bead Soup Challenge.  

 My partner for my Bead Soup Challenge is Julie Bowen of Autochthonous Evolved.  She is and educator, a talented Lampwork Artist and a very talented jewelry artist. If you click her name you can see what I sent her and what she made.

Our styles are quite different.  I am earthy and organic and her style appears to me to be more bright, colorful and somewhat whimsical.  Thus the fun begins.  

Here is what she sent me and what I added.

She sent me some lovely handmade lampwork by her in button clasp shape, long bead, headpins and rondelles, Chalk Turquoise, Charoite, dragon fly charm and pewter clasp.

I added a sueded leather jacket to recycle into the piece, pewter spacers, links from Joannes new Urban Warrior line, some of my own lampwork ( although not made by me ), peanut beads, seed beads, 4 ply waxed linen,  faux beach glass, copper spacers, resin chips from a recycled necklace,  matt Black Onyx rondelles, copper chain and clasp.  I also added some metal that I etched and antiqued.

In my design I had a hiccup the silver pewter clasps toggle she sent me broke....but I felt I kept in the rules framework as I used the button as a clasp in one of the pieces.

I made 2 pieces of jewelry for the challenge.

It is funny how the most challenging bead.....the long lampwork produced the bracelet I liked the best.  I have been on a bit of a bracelet binge lately.

I have been playing with this new shape of bracelet.  It is very sexy on.  
So lets talk about bracelet number 1  first.

This was my first time I have ever etched metal.  I was thrilled with the shape of the etching and how it played with the petals of the flowers, stems and the black lines on the lampwork rondelles.
The copper really helped  tone down the shinny black of the lampwork.  Black is typically not a color I work very often in.   Adding matte Black Onyx lent to some taming of the shinny black.

This bracelet above is actually the 2nd design I did with that long lampwork bead.  I had to put aside the whole project for a couple of weeks.  When I pulled it out again.  I completely ripped it up and started from scratch.

 I struggle with bright and shinny colors so I decided to recycle into this bracelet to help get the creative flow going.  This was actually the first design I made with the beads.  Recycling is one of the things I do when I am in a creative slump.  When I started jewelry design I had  little inventory & money to invest.  I had to  get creative with what I had,  this brings me back to the source of where it all began for me.
I am in love with the utilitarian almost military feel this bracelets has.  I cut the trim off of a sueded leather jacket and used them as spacer bars.

The asymmetry of the metal spacer bars gave the bracelet some interesting dimension.

I am really pleased with how both of my bracelets turned out.  I didn't get to use all the beads she sent me but I feel I definitely accomplished my goals of adding my aesthetic to this challenge and designing some jewelry with some innovative creativity.

You can find more of Kristin Oppold designs at YaY! Jewelry on Etsy.
You can also follow her latest creations on Facebook.

I think it is a pretty amazing event that Lori Anderson has put together, pairing jewelry artists around the world.

To see the lovely pairings of many artists around the world please follow the links below.

Agata Grygiel
Ali McCarthy
Alice Craddick
Amy Severino
Ana Krepel
Andra Weber
Andrea Glick
Andrea Trank
Anitra Gordy Boyers

Annette Rivers
Anu Tuppurainen
April Grinaway
Audrey Bélanger
Barbara Bechtel
Barbara Mason
Becky Pancake
Beti Horvath
Billi RS Rothove

Bobbie Rafferty
Brandi Burdick
Candida Castleberry
Carol Dillman
Carolyn Gebert
Carolyn Lawson
Caron Reid
Catherine King
Cathy Jakicic

Chandra Merod
Charlene Jacka
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Fick
Cherrie Warzocha
Cheryl Brown
Cheryl Dunham
Cheryl Foiles
Cheryl Gangle

Chris Eisenberg
Chris White
Christina Miles
Christine Hansen
Christine Murrow
Christine Stonefield
Cindy Ritchie
Clare Etheridge
Cory Tompkins

Cris Peacock
Cynthia Abner
Debbie Rasmussen
Debi Levine
Deborah Brooks
Deborah Read
Debra Behrends
Dorota Żerańska
Elaine Robitaille

Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Emma Todd
Erin Guest
Evelyn Shelby
Evie and Beth McCord
Francy Inman
Ginger Bishop
Gloria Allen
Hajer Waheed

Hope Smitherman
Ilenia Ruzza
Ilona Hegedűs
Ine Vande Cappelle
Jackie Ryan
Janine Lucas
Jean Peter
Jean Wells
Jeanne Steck

Jelveh Jaferian Johnson
Jennifer Cabic
Jennifer Reno
Jennifer VanBenschoten
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Kyrlach
Jenny Robledo
Jessica Brower
Jill MacKay

JJ Jacobs
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Joanne Tinley
Johanna Rhodes Nash
Judy Robinson
Juli Cannon
Julia Gerlach
Julie Bowen
Julie Panusis

K Hutchinson
Karen Martinez
Karen Vincent
Karen Williams
Karin Slaton
Karyn Bonfiglio
Kat Douglas
Kate Dufour
Kate Mulligan

Kate Richbourg
Kathleen Gallant
Kathleen Lange Klik
Katie Nielsen-Nunez
Kay Bolton
Kayla Potega
Kelli Jacobson
Kelly Patterson
Kelly Ramstack

Kiersten Kern
Kim Sparks
Klaudete Koon
Klaudia Tóth
Krista French
Kristin Oppold
Kym Hunter
Lana Kinney
Laura Guenther

Lauren Fenty
Leah Curtis
Lennis Carrier
Linda Murphy
Lisa Johnson
Lori Anderson
Lupe Meter
Lynn Jobber
Mandi Effron

Marcia Dunne
Margareta Saari
Megan Milliken
Marie Covert
Mary Ellen Parker
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens
Megan Milliken
Melissa Meman
Melissa Mesara

Michaela Pabeschitz
Michelle Tucker
Mimi Gardner
Mischelle Fanucchi
Monica Phillips
Mowse Doyle
Nancy Boylan
Nancy Dale
Pat Haight

Patina Queen
Patty Miller
Pia Kaven
Rebecca Anderson
Rose Johnson
Roxanne Blanc
Sarah Goode
Sarah Singer
Sarah Strover

Shalini Austin
Sherri Stokey
Sherry Baun
Sheryl Stephens
Silvia Sernicola
Solange Collin
Stacie Florer
Stacy Alderson
Stephanie Haussler

Stephanie LaRosa
Sue Burleigh
Susan Bowie
Susan Kelly
Susan of Libellula Jewelry
Susan Sheehan
Suzanne Fragiacomo
Tammi Sloan
Tammie Everly

Tania Hagen
Tania Spivey
Tanya Goodwin
Tanya Wiles
Tari Kahrs
Terry Carter
Theresa Buchle
Tiffany Smith
Tina Holden

Tracey Nanstad
Tracie Dean
Tracy Bell
Tracy Kruse
Veralynne Malone
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom