Category Archives: Mixed Media

Going Mobile – Found On A Friday

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Mobile Venice Wave Kinetic Hanging Sculpture for Baby or Adult by Carolyn Weir, Skysetter Designs on Etsy. $199.00 USD.

Most people only think about buying a “mobile” when they are planning their baby nursery decor. You know, those animals tied to strings that hover over the crib and rotate slowly in tune to a wind-up lullaby. You can find them in just about any character, style and color. We buy them, use them to entertain our little ones, and then put them away when the kiddo move up the the “big boy” or “big girl” bed. When it comes to having a mobile in the house, it is such a shame that we only think of them as a nursery decor element.  They can be so much more in the hands of a talented artist.

Rustic Rain Kinetic Sculpture – Hanging Mobile Art – Calder Style by Carolyn Weir, Skysetter Designs on Etsy. $125.00 USD.

Today’s “Friday Finds” are a sampler of amazing Kinetic Art Mobiles from four great Etsy creators.  The above two images are creations of Carolyn Weir, an incredibly talented artist from Natchez, Mississippi. Her work is perfection, so full of visual impact and aesthetic appeal.  Carolyn creates her mobiles from her own original watercolor paintings.  In her Etsy shop, Skysetter Designs, she has a lovely selection of lightweight aluminum mobiles, with stunning aluminum adhered elements created from her colorful painted works.  This would be stunning in an office setting or home, and it would be lovely in a child’s room as well. They are by nature one-of-a-kind [OOAK], As a former kite-maker, Carolyn understands how the smallest movement in the air can make magic happen. Her mobiles are available in a lovely assortment of colours and shapes.

Pink Cherry Blossom Mobile Medium by Sara Lawrence, Flutter And Twirl on Etsy. $45.00 USD.
Changing Color Leaves Mobile Medium by Sara Lawrence, Flutter And Twirl on Etsy. $38.00 USD.

The next mobile artist I want to share is the proprietor of Flutter And Twirl on Etsy. Sara Lawrence is the creator of the two mobiles above, featuring a stunning Cherry Blossom ‘Branch’, and a whirl of ‘Changing Color Leaves’.  Sara’s work is beautiful in it’s apparent simplicity, and the organic shapes that comprise the body of her work are not only attractive to the eye, but calming to the soul.  Her custom designs come in a variety of sizes and would work beautifully in a nature retreat or spa, or even as a calming element in a bedroom setting.  Mobiles featuring translucent paper and other feather light elements cast lovely shadows and move with the slightest breeze.

Colorful Mobius Mobile – Best Baby Mobile Design 2010 by Julie Frith, FRITHMOBILES on Etsy. $150.00 USD.
Eliptusmobius Small – Best Baby Mobile 2010 by Julie Frith, FRITHMOBILES on Etsy. $135.00 USD.

Julie Frith’s Modern Art Mobiles are a visual treat. These really are amazing suspended sculptures you can bring into your home. At FRITHMOBILES on Etsy, you can find a bounty of brilliantly colored ceiling suspension and table-top mobiles. With over 40 years of experience making mobiles, you can see her skill in every piece.  Colour combinations are masterful, and the polished plastic elements really have an amazing retro appeal.  Julie is willing to create custom colored creations with her clients, and can create a handmade work of stainless steel suspension for your home or office. Her mobiles would make a wonderful housewarming or wedding gift, and would perk up any doctor’s office. I can only imagine how calming it would be to lie back at the Dentist’s office and have one of her lovely creations gently moving above me. 

Modern Art Mobile – The Milky Way, in Spectrum by Rachel, The Wonderland Studio on Etsy. $104.00 USD.

The final Mobile Artist I want to highlight today is Rachel of Newburyport, Massachusetts. At The Wonderland Studio Rachel creates her Made To Order masterpieces that feature a plethora of circular and curvilinear elements.  These brightly colored mobiles would be the perfect addition to any children’s playroom, nursery school, or classroom.  Exposing children to art at an early age is so important, and these carefully balanced sculptures not only catch the eye, but the imagination as well.  Made of bright aluminum wire and foam, Rachel’s mobiles feature a light structure that whirls and floats to stunning effect with a light wind or the gentle gusts of your own breath. 

The Mobile – The Constellation, Large, in Wildflower by Rachel, The Wonderland Studio on Etsy. $96.00 USD.

Clearly, mobiles aren’t just for children anymore. When your walls are covered with bookshelves and artwork, or maybe a big flat-screen TV, it’s time to start thinking about other ways to personalize your space.  Hanging high overhead, these amazingly modern and organic appearing sculptures are a safe and lovely way to add a special touch to any room.  The science of balance involved in these Kinetic wonders is not lost on me, and it speaks to hours of studio time on the part of these creators as they work to achieve the desired effects. It’s time to start thinking about Going Mobile.

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Uncultured Pearls – Motley Mode Mondays

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Genuine Irregular Shaped Pearl Wrapped in 925 Silver, On Silver Chain – B039 by bettylaboutique on Etsy.

It’s fashion post Mondays again, and this week I decided to get all wrapped up in what I call “Uncultured Pearls”. A bit of word play on my part, but it all started with a little look about for irregular shaped pearl jewelry, and then it turned into something else. Irregular jewelry is something that is not really seen in the local jewelry store at the mall or big name designer stores. Those places offer mass produced items, and even if they have customization options, as with a charm bracelet, they are not truly one-of-a-kind [OOAK] items if they can be duplicated exactly by just about anyone with the cash. You would have to work with a jeweler to design something really unique for your Valentine Sweetheart, the only other option is to go with a vintage jewelry piece, which is also wonderful but sometimes very costly.

Broken China Jewelry Handcrafted August Birthday Month Pendant Necklace By Charmedware on Etsy.

Irregular Beautiful Colored Porcelain Pendant OOAK by Porcelain Art Jewelry on Etsy.
Broken China Red Heart Necklace by Robin’s Nest Creations on Etsy.

So what are the options for those of us who want to wear, or gift, OOAK jewelry items that don’t take weeks of planning or searching in a little independent jewelry store or consignment shop? Well, the internet of course. Etsy in particular is a great place to look for really high quality items, it offers small cottage industry artisans a place to sell their one of a kind designs to a wide audience. If you are buying something for a OOAK person, then you want a OOAK item.

Dark Matter – Alchemist – Original Dall Parts Locket Necklace by KarolinFelix on Etsy.
Baby Blue – Retro Specimen, Cabinet of Curiosities Doll Parts Necklace by KarolinFelix on Etsy

Red and White Dots Brooch, Love Valentine’s Day by Cerasa’s KITCHen on Etsy.

Here is a beautiful selection of jewelry made with unique items; irregular pearls, odd shaped stones, strange and unique combinations of materials. Sometimes it is how the items are used not so much the fact that they are being used at all that makes for that unique item. Just a simple pendant necklace becomes a really eye-catching creation , it’s a bit like wearing a tiny museum around your neck.

Golden Pyrite Necklace, Freeform Chunky Gemstone Cube, Oxidized Sterling Silver by Great Expectations on Etsy.

 Natural Agate Necklace by Kezi Handmade Jewelry on Etsy.

Strings of beads in semi-precious stones, shells, pearls, glass, coral, or wood strung in unique colour combinations can become absolute show stoppers when they go ‘outside the box’ and use seemingly random combinations. Using materials not normally associated with fashion jewelry making is also really special. Crochet, ribbons, silk flowers, or fabric yo-yos can have huge eye appeal.

Irregular Textile Choker by PirilampoRiscado on Etsy

Chunky Beaded Necklace by Crafts and Love on Etsy.

Dark Red Tones Crochet Long Necklace, Handmade and Beaded, Fabric Roses Flowers by seragun on Etsy.

Even if there are traditional elements to the piece of Jewelry in question, a unique color combination or unique construction method can be very special for a wearer that may not be looking for a statement so much as a piece with personality.

Hand Beaded Green and Light Brown Toned Necklace by ObsidianRain on Etsy.

Charming Mother of Pearl Ring In Warm Colors by DortheasDesign on Etsy.

Necklaces With Free Form Embroidered Pendants MADE TO ORDER by MisPearlBerry on Etsy.

Asymmetrical placements of featured pendants or embellishments, such as a floral element, really add a lot of impact visually. Our eyes and brains are trained to recognize patterns, and when they are not obvious or as expected, they draw our attention as we try to sort out the elements we are looking at. My favorite irregular and OOAK item in Jewelry of any sort is the Pearl, particularly natural pearl with irregular shapes. I find them to be natural wonders, the way pearls and mother of pearl is created is so interesting. Grains of sand that are coated in lacquer over long decades and suddenly you have a beautiful and natural jewel. 

Awesome Three Mother of Pearl Flower, Leaves, Beads – Twisted Wire – Show Stopper by Bella Mia Creations on Etsy.

Copper Wrapped Champaigne Keishi Pearls Necklace by Mayahelena Jewelry on Etsy.

So love those irregular Uncultured Pearls, those OOAK wearable pieces or art. If you want to be a cookie cutter and have the same heart shaped dog tag around your neck as every other person in your circle of friends, that’s fine. But I am more partial to being the one wearing the piece that no one else will ever be able to duplicate because it is mine alone.  Show your Valentine that they are your OOAK work of art by giving them jewelry that is as OOAK as they are.