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Black and White for Dummies

DSCN5393I should have been a bit more ceremonial about my last post which was my 200th! Who’d have thought it? That’s tenacity for you.   Deeply grateful thanks to those of you who have been reading along.  Massive buckets of thanks to those who comment!

At one level I am still deeply immersed in black and white.  With my fantastic ten polymer journeyers at the Gallery, we are having a very exploratory and happy time.  Lots of loving myself sick moments and the flashing of the rings was fun this week.  We ran out of time to assemble the disc necklaces but will do that this Wednesday before leaping with wild exuberance into colour! It has nearly killed some of these girls to restrain themselves to black and white. And we are looking at you Beth!

One of the oft repeated comments is how amazing it is that using the same colours andDSCN5386 similar techniques and forms, the group comes up with such divergent and unique creations.  The rings don’t show this diversity as much as the samples and journals do. And the disc necklaces will!

In the process of preparing the class I made a lot of black and white things as you know.  I have this vague notion that the birth of my grandchild may coincide with the birth of my etsy store so things are accumulating beyond current busty limits.  A trip to the tip shop yielded NO mannequins or dummies and the information that they are not sold when they arrive.  The lady at the dress shop closing down in Argent St., was polite but negative when I asked if I could buy her mannequins.  And at a local op shop that will remain nameless, the manger also said she didn’t sell them. But then she did. Bless you M.  I promise I will treat these girls with love and respect.

DSCN5362Oh, and when I say these girls, I realised when I got home why one did not stack so well. He was a boy!  Different stackable bits.  I can gender re-assign him or start making male jewellery. Let’s see….

The other slightly black and white activity was for the birthday of a dear friend.  She loved my disc mala and wanted a black, white and purple version. Here it is.  Instead of using whole circles I used half circles this time (mainly due to lack of time) and I think it is an improvement on theDSCN5391 way the original one sits and moves.  She also commissioned PP to make up a necklace she designed using her collectables from dump journeys(it’s an addiction out here).  The shards of purple glass looked like amethyst and her rusted, oxidised tin lid looked like a tribal pendant.  I thought it was stunning and fortunately, so did she.


It’s Erin’s fault!

Shards on machineI am blaming Erin Prais-Hintz for the mess in my laundry.  She made me do it.  She told me to take a staycation.

I signed up for Erin’s 2nd Annual Challenge of Travel (strap yourself down for the blog hop on Saturday!) and the subsequent local walks reawakened my fascination with broken china and bottles.  And bits of metal.  In recent years, our slightly nomadic life meant that I had to abandon my bower bird tendencies andGobind tins until now I have been managing quite nicely.  I should have seen a relapse coming when I collected these tobacco tins on the Upper Mustang trek. ( There are actually three but one has been filed away and could not be located for the photo).

Shards 1Broken Hill is a mining town and it would appear that after a hard day’s mining, the good folk of the Hill enjoyed nothing more than hurling their china and glass around the Outback! Or so the evidence I have collected would suggest.  Fascinatingly, one could pick up 15 shards, were one inclined, and each one would be different. The hoard on the washing machine was collected from several sites…not just one place. My suspicion is that they would not match up and represent a popular set of the time rather than remnants of one plate.

Thanks to Erin, I had been taking my camera out on our walks with our dogs and consequently was entirely459.2001##S UNPREPARED for discoveries that required collection rather than recording!  I filled two pockets of my jacket but knew I would have to return with bags.  On the second foray, my darling parents accompanied us and of the four of us, three were like pigs in junk collector’s mud.  Mum focused on metal scraps, channeling Rosalie Gascoigne, inspired by her wonderful assemblages and collages.  Dad focused on glass and turned up some really old bits and pieces in beautiful colours. I was wildly non-selective and just focused on the ground.  The non collector of us just walked on ahead with the dogs, stopping them from racing off after the roos or waking the sleepy lizards!

Surfing the net for information about some of our finds (an old Lea and Perrin Worcestershire Sauce bottle and a nearly intact BalsamExciting shards of Horehound bottle) was fascinating.  I had to go back.  Fortunately I knew my friend Annie was a partner in crime. The the extent that she had to reclaim a bag of stuff she had collected that was so heavy she had to return to pick it up in a pack!  The day dawned dusty, windy and pretty awful really but undeterred, we headed off and my hoard is what you see on the washing machine.  I was especialy excited by a few fragments, scattered far apart, of some china that was a deep maroon on one side and fabulous mint on the other.  Which side to choose!?  As a more experienced collector, Annie was selective.  I do my selecting post gathering!

Annie's basketWe talked about what we’d do with our treasures.  Annie weaves wonderful baskets (here’s mine pictured here with some of our bottles) from grasses she grows and dries herself.  She then incorporates shards of china, hand made paper, fabric and other found objects to make magical vessels that are so full of a sense of time, history and stories. They are snapped up at the Art Gallery and she was a great companion for the day!

Our foraging time is limited as it is already warming up and starting to get a bit snakey in these parts.  The sleepy lizards (shingle backs) just flare up angrily if you disturb their dreams but the snakes may be less impressed with us!  We think we can fit one more trip before we have to hang up our bags for a while!

Erin, NONE of these bits and pieces was used in my necklace! Not a bit. But thanks for getting me out there and hooked.  Something will happen with my treasures found*!

*Treasures Found is the name of Erin’s blog.  Have a look. Lovely stuff.  Great challenges.