Local Heart, Global Soul

November 26, 2019

Mother Nature Upstages Art…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The “Parels” (Pearls) weekends are events that take place in approximately eight neighbourhoods around the city of the Hague at different times of the year.

Artists, musicians and collectors open their homes, or exhibit in local libraries, churches and community spaces to show off their hobbies.

These hobbies range from new and old collections of items,  items may be antique, or ultra modern, there are weird, wonderful, inspiring and well,,, quirky too.

Basically there is always something in the mix to please everyone.

Armed with a booklet that gives a small description about what’s on show, and a map in the back to show where to find them, the public can trace out their own route and visit as many or as few as they please.

Some artists open their homes for both days of the weekend, others stick to one day only so it’s possible to plan two days of seeing art, music, collections and other things like yoga or wellness workshops and your pace can be as full or as relaxed as you wish.

One home opened their doors to four art and craftspeople exhibiting in their living room space, saving me a lot of moving around (and a grateful Himself who was my taxi driver for these visits).

The ceramic artist here also had items in the garden area… and that’s when I am up to now.

This first photograph displays something quirky about photography… this pot, standing on a plinth under a tree, in a garden on a rainy afternoon was to be the focus of attention.

I loved the colour and the way that it had lines in it like it had been cracked, and yet it didn’t look broken. (I’m sure there is a proper name for this process, sorry I am no expert on ceramics at all).

However it was the rain itself that I tried to feature here, the droplets had run down the plinth and there was a beautiful composition of light and shadow from the tree above reflecting in the droplets themselves.

Then a kind of similar pot that featured just a few of this “cracking* technique came into view, the yellow ochre colours mixed with black was a striking combination which surprise me that I liked it so much.

What made it even more striking however were the Cape Gooseberries placed inside it.

The colours of the gooseberry outer “lantern” skins were predominantly bright, bright red, something I have never ever seen before and didn’t know existed.

I thought these outer skins (and the fruit inside) were always yellow, or maybe a slight yellowy orange. (does that mean that those with bright red skins also have bright red fruit inside? (I don’t know). I do know that if you keep one indoors long enough, then they dry to a pale yellow, tan, brown colour and have a stunning form to their delicate, dried skeletal structure.

This is the last post from this particular set of Parels event exhibitors, it’s time to move on to the next one. It’s interesting to remember though that no matter how beautiful the art is, Mother Nature is well equipped to catch our eye and upstage our efforts… Let’s just say that on this occasion Nature and Art were both winners!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 25, 2019

Rain Enhanced Colours…

During one of my “Parels” (Pearls) weekend events, and following on from yesterday’s post, I found more than “monsters” in the garden. There was an assortment of various ceramic pieces, and the light but persistent rain actually only enhanced their colours.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I really like this next piece, what a pity I don’t have a suitable inside or outside space to put it in, otherwise I might well have been making serious enquiries about the price.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 24, 2019

Monsters In The Garden…

On this “Parels” (Pearls) day I was warned about the “monsters in the garden”.  In fact they are not so scary after all…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 23, 2019

Making Colours Pop…

Following on from yesterdays post, I am visiting one of the exhibitors from the “Parels” (Pearls) events in the Hague. The colours in these pieces are beautiful, the falling rain actually enhanced them rather than distracted, and make the colours pop.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 22, 2019

More Art Lurks…

One of the delights of attending the “Parels” (Pearls) weekends in the Hague, is discovering beautiful art and various collections in private homes around the various neighbourhoods around the city. The event runs for a weekend in each neighbourhood, participants can choose to open their home for Saturday, Sunday, or both.  I have seen many people on bikes cycling from one house on the map to another, they will probably manage to fit in eight or ten visits in a day.

I am definitely slower, I stop to take photographs, talk to the artists and collectors, and when I’ve finished my visit I phone Himself who delivers me to the next place I would like to visit on the map. If I can visit three places in a day then I’m delighted, after that the excess of standing up, stairs and pain relief to deal with everything signals a limit and even if there is plenty of time left to see more, I need to head home to get my foot raised up and a decent sleep.

Therefore it’s been fabulous to find that one homeowner has shared their living room space to exhibit with several other artists, so by coming here I managed to see several artists in one place at once, no extra travel, brilliant!!! Now I’m waiting for Himself and am checking out the garden where I was advised that even more art lurks…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 21, 2019

Stunning Cross-Dressing Shells!

This jewellery, in the last of this series,crafted by Péronne and discovered during one of my “Parels” (Pearls) days out, are amongst my favourite pieces. The shell that we call “Paua” in New Zealand is a myriad of colours and stunning in it’s spiral shaped setting This is literally one shell from the sea, shaped in the form of another shell from the sea! A kind of cross-dressing hybridisation intersection between colour and form that works absolutely perfectly.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 20, 2019

Photographs Speak For Themselves…

In this jewellery post, I am giving out the details of the Jeweller just in case someone is interested in one of the pieces or maybe even asking about a commission item.  I have in this instance edited the details for reasons of privacy and internet spamming/ phishing and general safety.  If however someone wishes to have more information, then I can arrange to put you in touch.

Every time I attend one of the Hague’s  “Parels” (Pearls) events I discover things I never knew possible or existed, this day was no exception. I have discovered that there are special metallurgic clays to assist in jewellery making and now I see that it’s also possible to have a detailed pattern go from the paper page to a finished metal piece. It’s an excellent discovery for anyone who has a special image or pattern that they would like to keep forever in metal form. Péronne did outline in layman’s terms how this was achieved but I have to confess that by now I was stacking up heavily on pain relief, tired and not concentrating well, so will not write here what I “sort of remember” because I will invariably have many details wrong. Instead I will let the photographs speak for themselves.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 19, 2019

Neck Beauty…

More jewellery photographs from one of the creative artists found during my visits of the “Parels” (Pearls) events around the Hague this year. Beautiful!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 18, 2019

Modelling Clay For Jewellers, Who Knew?!

Following yesterday’s post, I am looking some of the jewellery display boards of a talented sSilversmith,, and discovering more than just new exhibits but new knowledge too. I now know that a thing called “Silver metal clay” exists. It’s like a regular modelling clay in that it can be formed into something with very fine detail

The clay originated in 1990 in Japan by metallurgist Masaki Morikawa. The Wikipedia “Metal Clay” page tells us:  “there are now several sorts of specialist clays available to jewellers today. It also says these clays * allow craft jewellery makers to make sophisticated looking jewellery without the years of study needed to make fine jewellery.”

The Wiki page tells me all about what each sort of clay is used for, strengths and uses… and if one sort were not enough, there is a list that includes: Silver metal clay, Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and Art Clay Silver (ACS). Sterling Silver Metal Clay was invented by Bill Struve, also the inventor of  BRONZclay™ and COPPRclay™.”

The Wiki page goes into more technical detail than I was quite ready to know about jewellers mondeling clay, telling all about the development and uses of each, pro’s and cons etc… but the link is there if you are curious for any further reading. Once again the camera proves no match for the human eye, the depth of colour in the large turquoise piece especially, had to be seen to be believed.

 

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 17, 2019

Brilliant White Stone In Bird Nest-Style Silver Setting…

More stunning jewellery from yesterday’s “Parels” (Pearls) artist. This time it’s mostly rings, all delicately worked in silver and these with that I assume are birthstones. The patterns remind me of the sea, where when an incoming wave recedes it leaves a short of shadow pattern of itself behind on the sand for just a moment until the next wave arrives. I forgot what she told me the large white stone in the sort of birds-nest setting was, it can surely not be an Opal at that size or there would have been an armoured truck in the driveway! The combination of brilliant white of the stone and gleaming silver of the mount made it a photographic challenge…. I will  let you be the judge of how successful I was.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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