Saturday, 18 June 2011

There's something in the water in Surrey...

Frit is something that I dont use very much, I never really have despite the fact I love some of the effects that I see people getting when they use it in their work. It is not that I dont have any frit, believe me I have no shortage of it (so pretty !) I just dont often use it. So I decided it was time I made a concerted effort to make friends with some of my frit.

I tried a few different techniques and found the results quite interesting, Although as you can see from the swirls on the ones below I couldn't help but add a little extra surface decoration, when I look at these beads they dont scream at me that they are "mine" in the way that my beads normally do (to me at least). 

Then I was talking to Sarah, a fellow lampworker and friend who lives just a little way across Surrey  and she was saying that she has also been playing with Frit this week, which is unusual for her too ! She's made some beautiful beads, like these below (more pics on her Flickr) and I love the fact that they are very "Sarah" beads, she has taken the frits and made them into beads in her own style.

It got me thinking of what makes up a persons "style"? I generally think that any style that can be ascribed to me is down to the fact I have quite a specific idea of what I do and dont like in the way of colour, form and pattern and that those preferences come across despite using a variety of techniques. 

How would you describe artistic "style" ? Do you think you have a style of work and if so what would you say it is?


Lous Hand Made Jewellery And Crafts said...

I love the top ones, they are gorgeous!

Green Shoot Jewellery Designs said...

Gorgeous beads. My favourite style is wire wrapping but I like to stretch the boundaries through blog challenges.

hello gorgeous said...

ooo, how beautiful are those lavender beads....I WANT THEM plz! ;op

Not sure I have a "style"...think it might be early days for me yet....although it would help if I got creating, then I would find my style!!!

Have a fab day sweetie...


hello gorgeous xxx

Pretty Things said...

LOVE those beads! And I have a ton of frit that I'm dying to try out (I'm SUCH a newbie) but I have so much on my plate I haven't made it to the studio yet, and I despair of having time unless I give up sleeping altogether!

Becky said...

Thanks Everyone for your comments :)) Much appriciated.

Lol Lori, I know the feeling of lack of time, hope you get chance soon & look forward to seeing what you make.

Thanks HG :)) Im still not entirely sure I have a style although Im often told I do, but half the fun is in the experimenting so enjoy :)

Deb you have some lovely wire wrapped pieces on your blog and I think stretching boundaries is always a good idea, keeps things fresh :)

Thanks Lou :)