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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Day 7 Free Gemstone Cabochon Giveaway

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Meet Diana




I met Diana online during a wire wrapping swap called Roaming Wire at Rock Tumbling Hobby. She was before me in line, so I was the lucky recipient of a beautiful piece of jewelry she made. She went so far as to scour my posts to see if she could determine what I would like best. I was so impressed with her work and with her personal consideration for a stranger that I asked her to be a guest on my blog. Here is the piece that she made for me. The centerpiece is a gorgeous rose quartz that she was given by the person before her in line for the Roaming Wire.



I knew Diana was going to be sending me a box, but I wasn't really prepared for how delicate looking and feminine the piece would be. I had never seen this style in person- only in photographs. I had always imagined it to be in a larger, heavier scale. What I got was very light and airy and much smaller than I had thought. Her work was meticulous and impressively neat and clean.

You can read about Diana in her own words on one of her sites here. Also, visit one of her other sites to follow her on her journey with anticlastic (foldformed) jewelry and be sure to check out this site for everything else she is interested in. She is one busy, creative lady!

Diana's love of rocks began as a child when her father gave her a tumbler. That fascination with rocks stayed with her from the first barrel full of tumbled wonders till now. Years later she learned to cab and is currently a lapidary and silversmith as well as a wire jeweler. In between, Diana picked up a degree in Design at University of CA. She has dabbled in many art forms and crafts, which she still enjoys. Diana is a teacher and she is lucky enough to find herself teaching alongside her sister.

I had a few questions for her after I read her bio.

I read your about me page. It answered a lot of questions for me, specifically what got you into rocks and what got you into the style of wrapping you do.

Our styles are so different, maybe that's why your work intrigues me so much. I can't see how I would approach a project like yours. So, tell me, first off- do you cab for yourself and do you cab with specific shapes in mind for specific projects?

I mostly cab for myself. Initially, I would look at slabs, and see patterns I wanted to use as a focus for a cab, and did solely freeform "designer" cabs around them. As time went by, I began to take note of the shapes I preferred or worked best with my wraps. And now that I've begun to work with silversmithing and metal forming, I'm enjoying using templates for the first time, and cutting cabs with certain projects in mind. In the case of the anticlastic shapes, which are so organic and flowing, I find myself wanting to match them with more geometric cabochons.
Diana's new adventures in anticlastic jewelry

Your work seems so free style. Yet, so right in the final product that it seems as if meticulously planned. Do you plan a project before hand? Do any sketches or wire estimates?

I never plan. It's not that I don't try, but my method is more like holding up a lantern in the dark, and I only see what step or three I need to take next, and I never know what the final piece will look like! I've tried numerous times to sketch and plan, but the stone and wire seem to take me in the direction it wants, and I've learned to trust the process and go with it.

You use many elements in your designs. Do you pick them to fit as you work, or, do you have a design in mind before you start.

Definitely pick them to fit as I work, at least the small elements. I may pair cabochons, but beads, charms, highlight metals are added as I go or after most of it is done.


I like the combinations of gems that I've seen you use. You have a good eye for design and balance. Is this something that you think comes naturally, as it seems to, or do you think this is something you picked up at University earning your degree in Design?

This will show my age~ my focus in the Design program at the University was darkroom photography and graphics, before the computer and digital photography! I think being surrounded by art, design elements in all disciplines helps a person "see". Whether a degree is necessary, I'm not convinced. I don't look at my work for balance in color, the path the eye takes, shape, direction, texture, none of that. I do what looks "right" to me. I think of my approach as intuitive design, as a form of meditation.
I understand that you were immediately attracted to Remy Heath's work at Heath Studios. I have her tutorial and I have to say that I think you achieved your own look apart from Remy's. I think you have a softer, more coherent look. I do appreciate Remy's work, as well, but yours seems more refined. How long have you been doing this style and have you deliberately tried to develop your own style from it or did it come naturally?

I was actually attracted to the work posted on http://www.metalworkers.org/, artists like Paradigm Shift, and Ray Wiley and SoulPieces. I wanted to learn how to wrap like that. But I searched and searched and couldn't find out how to even start. Most of them are self taught, and they just tell you to "start wrapping" and don't stop! I needed a bit more than that, so I persisted in my search and finally came upon Remy's tutorial. At last! That was my starting point. My first pieces were much heavier and bigger, much like her tutorial piece. I think that was 4 years ago.
 


On your anticlastic site you say, "I'm a serial hobbyist." I can so relate to that and I'm sure others can, too. How do you find time for them all? No, that was rhetorical, but we're all thinking it after reading about your many hobbies and interests. Do you try to find new ways of combining different hobbies and techniques?


I like to think that's the reason for my madness of collecting hobbies. That I'll put them all together. That was my goal with taking metalsmithing, to create something being able to use metalforming, classic silversmithing, wire wrapping and of course stones. My first attempt was a disaster! So I'm just going with the flow, and I'll see where I end up.



Do you have any links you'd like to promote or anything in particular you'd like to add?

Can't think of any.


I hope you all have a look at Diana's blogs. I hope you enjoyed getting another perspective on art jewelry, as well. We take many different paths, but we are all on the same journey.

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Today's stone is a large, colorful hickoryite jasper (or more properly - a rhyolite).

Hickoryite with a glassy polish

43x30mm

A couple cabs that I finished yesterday in which the rough was given to me:


mottled green jade form the US

Zebra Marble from Australia

...another red jasper agate- This is a wowser!

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Today is the last day for the single stone giveaway. Tomorrow is the big drawing! YAY! Be sure to leave a comment today- the last chance to get a spot in the big drawing. I'm gonna throw in the Zebra marble, too. :)

Good luck everyone!

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Today the grandkids are sleeping hard. They had a full day at Busch Gardens yesterday. My son agreed to draw the name for Wednesday. I cropped his face, at his request. 

 



Yay, Susan R.!!! You will be sent the beautiful mystery stone. You will also be in the grand prize drawing.

Remember to email me your address.

As a reminder: 

Diane F. and Denise Hall, you need to email me your addresses. My address is- tela (dot) formosa (at) gmail (dot) com


Congratulations Susan!



34 comments:

  1. Wow! Tela, thanks for sharing Diana's pieces as well as your own. So generous! You are both creative and talented women. I especially enjoy seeing how the rocks turn into beautiful cabs!

    Happy Thursday!

    :o)

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    1. Just drew your name Amy! Yay! :) Remember to send me your address.

      Thank you for the nice compliment :)

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  2. Such an intersting interview. I also want to learn different skills and combine them. However, Diana is waaaay ahead of me! Her work is really beautiful.

    BTW, that red jasper agate is amazing, Tela. It's hard to believe that you're a "beginner" cabber.

    Joyce

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    1. Yes, Diane's is work is gorgeous. It really has to be seen to be fully appreciated, though. In person it is so feminine and delicate.

      I may be a beginner cabber, but I sure try hard :)

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    2. oops, meant to say Diana' work.

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  3. I was so glad to read of Diana's pursuits, very interesting person and such a multi-talented artist. I, too, am starting to aim my curiosity toward fold forming. Since I am a DYI student usually, I will begin searching out books, etc. to begin the process. This summer has been remarkably busy and stressful for me, so I won't add anything new to the pile; but it is waiting in my mind, my fingers will have to just wait.

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    1. Yes, she has a whole range of interests. Sorry this has been a stressful time for you. Nothing like stress to dampen the creative and learning processes. I, too, have yet more I want to do and I'm waiting for the right time to do it.

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  4. The contrast between your work and Diana's is striking. They are both beautiful! I find that I tend to pursue a new technique after seeing it beautifully executed in another artist's work just as Diana did with Remy Heath's wrapping style. In fact, it is your work, Tela that inspired me to learn to wrap cabs. I prefer the clean lines in your work to lots of swirls and flourishes, and hope to emulate that some day!

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    1. Argh! I just wrote a long response and it went bye bye somehow!

      I mentioned that I appreciate the work of others even though I sing my tune. I don't think I would have the patience to do work like Diana's. It is so intricate. It is beautiful to look at and admire, though.

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  5. Cindy H in Waco, TXJuly 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Pick me!! Pick me!!! Pick me!!! ****ooops**** I mean, thank you for this great opportunity!

    Thank you for introducing Diana's work - lovely. I have Remy's tutorial on my someday list but Diana's pieces make me want this knowledge sooner.

    Love the Zebra Marble - I can see it as a backdrop for a bonsai tree of life (which I want to learn to do also).

    Wish you all, all the best, Cindy H.

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    1. LOL! It's ok nothing wrong with wanting to be a winner. :)

      My husband was into bonsai. So was I until my dog ate the best tree I ever had going right. Yes, he ate it. He was a Lab pup. Need I say more? :)

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  6. WOW... she does Beautiful work, but if your just a beginner, your work is superb... and I mean that. I have seen your work on here and all looks like you have been doing this for years.... you are good....
    Just keep showing us what ya do... I LOVE this... and Yes... one day, my prayer is to wrap and cut as well as you do....
    See ya tomorrow.... have a grand day....

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    1. Hi Debi :) Just to be clear- I am a beginner cabber. I have been wrapping a very, very long time. :) When you have been doing this as long as I have, you''ll do every bit as well. :)

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  7. Thank you for doing this and introducing Diana to us. I can't wait to do some investigating and check out her blog. Her work is gorgeous. You have been just a bundle of information and I am always looking forward to your blogs! Now I'm off to check out Diana.

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    1. I found her very interesting, too. Especially the whole fold forming thing. She is a woman after my own heart. She dabbles in so many things!

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  8. Amazing wire wrapping! It really takes talent and skill to do what Diana does. I know you are thrilled to have one of her pieces.

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    1. Oh, yes I am and yes it does. :) My daughter loves it even more than I do and I think I'm going to let her "borrow" it. :)

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  9. yes, thank you for introducing us to diana and her blogs...im extremely interested in her anticlastic blog. something about foldforming speaks to me, id love to try it some day.
    and of course i check your blog everyday, just to marvel and drool over the stones you post, and find out some new tidbit of rock info that i didnt know before...and to find new websites to check out. :)
    and i did send you my address, but i'll resend it, maybe it got sent to spam, or something. :D

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    1. So glad you are enjoying the blog! Really, there's nothing worse than feeling like no one is reading.

      I did get your address- thank you very much for your patience with my ADD self.

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  10. Hurray for people who collect hobbies! :)

    Diana's work is beautiful! So intricate.

    Tela, your cab work is awesome -- I can see that you're taking to this like a fish to water. That red stone is so, so, so gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah, for both of us.

      Yes, I think I was born to cab. :)

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  11. You are always so generous in appreciating others' work, Tela. It's a great quality to have. I love the rocks today. I also enjoy seeing bits and pieces of your family in the photos.

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    1. Thank you :) They have enjoyed helping out. My grandaughter has not complained once which at her age is a feat. She's been a darling.

      I also enjoy other people's work. I really admire Diana's attention to detail and craftswomanship. I can't for a second think I am the only person out there who is making jewelry. There are so many other styles to drool over. :)

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  12. Congratulations Susan and what an amazing artist Dianne is; her Rose Quartz piece is stunning, Tela you are one lucky lady.

    I love that you find such amazing stones, most of which I've never heard of - the red jasper agate is beautiful, btw.

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    1. Yes, I am lucky. I am especially lucky to see this in person. It is not what I expected of this style, at all. She has manged to refine the technique to miniature works of art.

      I like to think that the stones find me :) LOL!

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  13. Best of luck to everyone tomorrow! Work has been making sure I don't get here until late, but that way I get to see what everyone has to say. :-)

    I think both your work and Diana's work exhibit a property that's very important to me, and that's precision. I'm not a fan of messy wraps, though I can definitely be a fan of intricate wraps if they're finely done.

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    1. Thank you, that was a very nice compliment. I'm sure Diana thanks you as well.

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  14. Well, this post is (almost) an overload of good things! Great interview, and Diana's work is lovely, in particular the anticlastic "bat". The socks are an unusual sight at this blog, but oh so fun. ;-)

    And so I join the queue again for one of your wonderful cabs.

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    1. Hey, Renate- yes, it was an eclectic mix today wasn't it? It was fun though. :)

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  15. Wow, Diana's work is beautiful, thanks for sharing. The socks are darling, I have knitted in the past and that is some fantastic work there.

    Email sent.....good luck everyone!

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    1. Knitting is something I was ever able to learn. I crocheted for a while, but my hands refused to knit. :(

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  16. Tela, thank you for sharing the informative interview with Diana. Her work is delightfully feminine and has beautiful flow to it. Those socks with all the colors are really something. I love the POW of the color mix and it makes me wonder how she changes out all those colors with her knitting.

    This has been a wonderful week of excitement and fun watching all of your posts and seeing the amazing cabochons. Thank you for sharing.

    ~Susan

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    1. Hi Susan :) Yes, flow- that is a good word to describe her talent. Her work has a great flow.

      I'm really glad you have enjoyed reading! I admit it, though, I need a break. :)

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  17. Congratulations Susan! Diana's Rose Quartz piece is just wow!You both are very much contrast in working and Tela, your cab work is just too awesome.

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