Local Heart, Global Soul

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)

November 16, 2019

The Depth Of Gems…

Following on from yesterday’s post, I was fortunate to find that several of local artists had decided to group together and exhibit their creations in one of the larger homes. For me it was very much appreciated that I didn’t have the logistical hassle of getting to four or five different homes, saving both time and energy (both in short supply since I move slowly and have to stand more than I really want to in order to take photographs). Yes, I was offered a chair at several locations, in one or two I took up the offer, in others I would have been in the way of others visitors and the exhibits so declined.

Jewellery fascinates me, the fact that something like a stone can go from a rough-hewn lump of apparent dull nothingness, to a breath taking piece of jewellery almost seems like magic.  Sadly their beauty and all that lovely shiny brilliance is what makes them very hard to phonograph. The colour and depth within this stone was stunning, this iwas the best I could… believe me, these photographs did not do it nearly enough justice.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 15, 2019

The Illustrative Art…

This is the last post  featuring the illustrative cards made by Marette, who also goes by the nick-name “Zentangle, Klokbeker”. She has a website if anyone is interested in her work: “www.marette.123website.nl”. It was apparent that her cards were quite popular, visitors hovered constantly around the table where she was selling cards, waiting to select and buy. I think it’s excellent that she can also sell some of the designs she loves, more power to her!

The “Parels” (Pearls) events that take place throughout the Hague on various weekends are a wonderful initiative: people open up their homes for one (or two) days of the event weekend (or exhibit their work in the local library, church etc.). Visitors get to see some of the amazing artistic talent from within their local community, There are also musical events and people who have built up collections of all sorts of amazing things. Right now I am focusing on the mediums that involve brush and pen, ceramics, jewellery and the like.

I didn’t even get to most of the collections but hopefully they will be “showing” next year too and I can catch up with them then.  Let’s enjoy these beautiful cards from Marette, if you need more contact information than I have posted already, I have it, but not posted it here for reasons of privacy. internet safety and to avoid a mountain of spam in her inbox.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 14, 2019

Departures And Arrivals…

(photograph © Kiwidutch) Following on the heels of yesterday’s post, Marette’s black and white line drawings, many filled with colour are made into small cards, and are selling well. These ones follow themes: the first is a large stack of trunks and boxes, the card could be used for someone going on travelling adventures, or just shifting house, locally or otherwise. The others are baby cards… So I thought it appropriate to entitle this post “Departures And Arrivals“.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 13, 2019

Customer / Artist Interaction…

I am still enjoying one of the “Parels”  (Pearls) artists open home  weekends and  this posts follows several recent related posts. The lady (Marette) who also does the black and white abstract designs, and the coloured letters, also make little cards. They  didn’t cost much at all, (Euro 25 or 50 cents if I remember correctly, but don’t quote me on that being completely correct because I forgot to do a proper check and might be completely wrong!). Many of the cards were fairly general, a few cards were aimed at various occasions … “Bedankt” translates as “Thank You”.

Judging by the comings and goings of visitors whilst I took photographs, Marette sold a good few.  I was pleased to see the delight of customers to actually meet the artist, and of the artist to get feedback on what customers liked best, ideas for future cards and the like. Of course people draw  just for the love of drawing, for creative expression, the pleasure and outlet it gives, but getting positive feedback is very much the icing on the cake… I can tell you that Marette must surely have been very encouraged by the positive feedback she received.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 12, 2019

THIS Will Wake You Up In The Morning!

More “Parels” (Pearls) paintings, following on from yesterday’s and recent posts. Although these are not my personal style, they would certainly help to wake you up in the morning!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 11, 2019

Anything But Fishy!

Each year artists in roughly eight neighbourhoods of the Hague organise their own “Parels” (Pearls) weekend. People open their homes, or share in the home of another exhibitor, or in the local library etc. The members of the public then can visit for one (or the full two) days of the weekend and take in the artistic talents around the city. Things like painting, and art in general, feature a lot of course but sculptors, musicans, collectors, and all sorts of hobbies that people are passionate about come to the fore, and the public are treated to an amazing amount of talent usually stored up behind closed doors in our neighbourhoods.  In this post I am back to paintings… this fish ( a koi?) looks amazing, and anything but fishy!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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