Monday, July 6, 2015

EtsyMetal Blog Carnival -- Artistic Influence


It’s time for the monthly EtsyMetal Blog Carnival. This month team members are sharing information about their artistic influences.

This blog carnival is a great way to get to know some of the EtsyMetal team members. Please click on blog links at the bottom of this post to see the other entries for this month.

The question(s):
Who or what are your biggest artistic influences?
Are you influenced by family members, famous artists, art movements...?

My work is mostly influence by my personal philosophies.  I'm sort of the queen of anti-drama... meaning I don't like anything drama-related.  I want the opposite of intense, and my not overly ornamental jewelry shows it.

My work tends to strive for simplicity, minimalism, and ease -- in design as well as wearability.


I prefer my pieces not be high-maintenance.   For example, my favorite pieces are ones you can wear day in and day out without removing and only needing minimal and occasional care.

So in light of my personal beliefs, I'd say the Japanese aesthetic in artwork captures my attention the most when it comes to influence.

I think this enameled pendant was the start of my interest in combing the Zen concepts of simplicity with my artwork.


The ensō in particular (a hand drawn circle made in one brush stroke) fascinates me...

... and I find myself working with circles in a lot of my designs.


I also like the starkness of straight lines (I wonder if my love of math relates to my love of these two binary symbols).
 

But minimalism aside, I'm also a huge fan of the arts and crafts movement of the early 20th century.  The designs are phenomenal and the philosophies of craftsmanship are inspiring.


So once in a while I do something just for fun... something that reminds me of other work I admire... work that makes me feel good.

I've seen so many beautiful Art Nouveau creations that use the moth as a design element.  Look at Lucien Gaillard's work and you'll see what I mean.


It's said that Gaillard applied the lessons of Japanese art to his studies and that seems to make my love of his work come full circle in a way that makes total sense.

Anyway, admiring some of Gaillard's work recently inspired me to create a sterling cuff bracelet with saw pierced moth silhouettes.


So there you have it... a peek into the influences of my thought process for designs.

Here are links to other EtsyMetal team members taking part in this month's blog carnival.  Click on their names to see what their artistic influences are.

2Roses
Beth Cyr



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