14 November, 2007
A pretty disturbing pendant
WHIPLASH - OCT/NOV - FIBRE & MIXED MEDIA INSPIRED JEWELLERY
I decided to enter Whiplash Oct/Nov. Here’s a quote from the Whiplash page to explain the theme: “This month’s whiplash them is fibre inspired jewellery. […] Fibre and mixed media jewellery is a wide theme and open for plenty of interpretation. Fibre can be felted, crocheted, knitted, spun or woven and mixed with other media too, mixed media - is pretty much anything all mixed together - usually mixed media might relate to paper and stone and fabric with found objects to create something a little 3D, collage and sculptural all in one piece.”
I thought a lot about what to do, and if there was any specific thought behind what I was going to make. Many months ago I saw felted beads on Whipup for the first time, and I have wanted to try and make some myself. I figured this was an opportunity to do so, and with the help of a tutorial on Knitty.com I got started. Since I’m also a little obsessed with these little train model figures, I wanted to find a way to mix felted beads with the miniature people.
I have also been thinking a lot more about environmental issues this autumn. There’s been much more focus on environmental issues in the media, and the issue seems to turn up more frequently in the world of craft blogs too. I think the future perspectives regarding our environment are scary, and it also makes me feel quite helpless.
So, the thought behind the pendant is: “What to do if this planet ends up not being habitable any more?”
There is an irony to this project that suddenly became obvious to me while making the pendant. The irony’s name is plastic and superglue. The pendant in itself is not environmental friendly. It tells me that I have a lot of habits to change before I can say that I’m environmentally friendly. I wonder if I will ever be able to change my way of living to a degree that it actually amounts to something.
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