Sunday, 2 September 2007

Pins and pages




The pin above is for a friend, this is the third one she has ordered and I still have another one to go. Jo provides me with the raw crystals and then I wire them and add the rest of the beads and objects. The pearl drop was an old earring I picked up from the 'broken jewellery' oddments jar in the local op shop, it has rhinestones around the top. I bought a real crystal necklace,three strings of pearls (I think they were imitation, I have to test them) and a necklace that was made of carved cream beads that are in the pin, all for two dollars, true finds.

The pages are two more backgrounds from my altered book. They are the basis for more added texture and layers. The bottom one again uses old torn up pages from the yellow pages phone book.

We had a great day today, we went into Melbourne for breakfast at one of the numerous cafes along the Southbank, which is on the Yarra river. A glorious sunny spring day. Then we went to the writer's festival at a beautiful old buiding called the Malthouse, which is what it used to be. There we listened to a talk by one of my favourite authors, British writer Alexander McCall Smith, who's visiting here at present. His books are about a fictitious lady who started the first lady detective agency in Botswana. He writes from the female point of view and his books are extremely light and as he says, there is so much violence and action happening in the word today that his books area bit of light relief, not a lot happens but they are enjoyable reading. I'm reading the third one in the series and was able to get him to sign it for me, he's a very entertaining and jovial character, with a beautiful, easy to listen to voice.

21 comments:

megan pickwell said...

No wonder your friend comes back for more Ro!
What a perfect day you spent.

Judy Wise said...

What a yummy entry! My eyes keep bouncing back and forth from the beautiful pin to the exhuberant pages you've painted.

And I loved the Botswana Detective Agency Lady books - I remember 2 of them. Very gentle and lovely stories of everyday life. The best. The author must be a very interesting man.

Jen Crossley said...

Ro How beautiful you jewerly is Its gorgeous.
Jen

Ursula Clamer said...

I love the colour combinations that you put in your jewelery, they really add that something extra to the piece.
Looking forward to seeeing what becomes of these vibrant backgrounds. Ux

Julie H said...

I love the blend of old and new elements - you have put this together beautifully.

Beate Knappe said...

I love yout Pins and all the stuff made from Found objects are phenomenal

annie said...

how beautiful, ro. i keep thinking that i will begin an art journal...i just need to get on with it...and see what happens. love your always inspiring words and artwork. xo

alice k. said...

It is always a joy and a feast to visit your pages! Thank you for sharing all the beautiful things you've made.
If you like the Ladies' Detective Agency, you should try McCall Smith's Daily Philosphers. They are such enjoyable books, the protagonist is a woman, too. First and third are good, the second a bit so-so. (just my humble opinion)

Steph said...

I always love your pins , they always so full of details! And it's the same for your pages !

Cre8Tiva said...

what you do with these found objects is always amazing...missed you while i was gone...blessings, rebecca

Karen Cole said...

Your life in color just keeps getting more and more vibrant. I can't wait to see what becomes of my book when you finally get to work your magic.

Judy said...

Wow, the colours Ro - so you - and so well done. Your pins are delicious - love some of the things you have attached.

BlueJude said...

LOVE the Pins! LOVE the Pages! Those Yellow Pages Sure do come in handy for all kinds of stuff. Have a great weekend!

Waltraud said...

So beautiful pins and pages! Love this jewerly!

Emmcee .... Marie C said...

Your pages are lookiong great Ro - love the text elements ..... I buy the Botswanna books for my mum in spanish - she loves them, and I thought they would be a good read too, just haven't had time yet (would be good to practice my spanish tho...hmmmm)

:)

Barbara said...

your pages are gorgeous! and your jewerly...wow!!

Susan Tuttle said...

Your pin is just delightful--so creative! Sounds like you had a fabulous day filled with yummy food and culture--you lucky gal!

Susan
xo

Dot said...

Beautiful jewellery and stunning pages Ro. I love your use of color in your altered books. It is inspirational.
Glad you are out and about enjoying this Spring weather. It has been gorgeous lately!

carla said...

Such beautiful work - the pin and the pages! They are gorgoeous even as backgrounds. I am also admiring the necklaces below, especially the one with the orange-red tones. The objects you include are so unique and special!

jennifer Paganellli said...

oh my I love your collages..thanks for visiting me I so appreciate it ....these are amazing...That spider would scare the heebie jeebies out of me

Amelia said...

hi there,

lovely brooch! i did a search for melbourne op shopping bloggers and found your post. i have started a collaborative blog about melbourne op shopping - i op therefore i am - and was wondering if you would like to join?

http://melb-opshopping.blogspot.com/

there are also links there to op shop addresses, opening hours etc, and location maps. let me know if you are interested.

regards, Amelia