Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Book and the Mug



Read any good books lately? or possibly written... made... or altered any good books lately?

.....Such a tantalizing object... a Book...... so many emotions can be coaxed out of us ... from a book... and so many emotions can be placed into a book... by us...




John and I have wanted to make a little book for a while now...  especially after chatting with faithful customers and receiving requests at Craft Fairs for a pair of earrings with a Book and a Mug combination......






... well, finally after much thought... Sterling wire twisted and looped... textured copper... drawing many tiny pictures... cutting metal... shaping ... hammering... applying heat... then doing this from scratch, time and time again ... it took some figuring to simplify the design and finally get to the finish line... but at long last, we have a pair we really like...






The "Book and Mug" is now one of the new designs in our Whimsical Collection......





Lately we have been working in the studio many long hours... so I'm going to sit here a bit with a steaming mug of hot coffee and a good book... oh, make that a few good books...




... more of our whimsical DESIDERATUM Art Jewelry is pictured here...


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41 comments:

Shelley said...

Oh boy I get to be the first to comment! I LOVE them! Of course, we knew we would. I shall pick mine up as soon as is possible! Wahoo, you have made my otherwise somewhat strenuous day after working all night. Thanks Gwen & John.

Don said...

You and John must have great times together creating and "arting." These earrings are really cool. Did you keep any of the trials by errors pieces? It would be interesting to see the evolution from scratces on paper to what you tried out, etc.
OK, this is sounding like I am telling you what to do!

I hope you are getting some nice weather up there!

Arija said...

Such a lot of thought and trial and work goes into such little things of beauty.
Where would we be without books? You can't take a computer into the woods and soak up its magic under a tree! It's just not the same as a well thumbed book.

Sorry I have not been around for a while, my follower thingy obviously neglected to function.

Bill Evertson said...

I'd love to see these on my wife's ears; it would remind me that sometimes she's a mystery, sometimes a thriller, sometimes a self help but it's best when she's a romance. Plus it comes with a cup of coffee.

shicat said...

Gwen I am still confused on how to order your earrings?

Anet said...

These are wonderful Gwen!
I love my garden pair. I've worn them twice last week:)
They are so light and comfortable:)
Your table is lovely!

Shayla said...

They're wonderful! I love them! What craft shows are you doing this season?

pRiyA said...

Lovely!
:-)

The Weaver of Grass said...

They are lovely - I had not realised until today that you made jewelry - shall now look at your site.

acornmoon said...

What lovely pieces, especially the little book.

Ruth said...

Market to book groups? I could see these dangling near our local bookstore's table with piles of books for the various local book groups. Let me know if you'd like me to go run it by them.

The design is perfect, as always. Just enough rustic charm with livable elegance.

Did I tell you I found a dress to go with my Desideratum earrings for Lesley's wedding? It has a white background with a large pastel floral print, and it will be perfect for those crystal danglies. I'm excited! Now for the shoes and a shawl . . . .

Oh, and BTW, Peter will head up the opposite coast on another gig in May: Washington state to Alaska. He gets to see Vancouver before me!

Chris said...

What a great idea. beautiful work as always.

twisted sister said...

How lovely I particularly like the book, thinking two books would be nice.
But no, they are a perfect balance and a perfect match.

Pam said...

Wonderful photos - and your jewellery is great!!

Debbi said...

Lovely earrings and especially lovely photo of your dining table with books and mug. You have such a great eye in so many ways!

dberube-art said...

Love the earrings, great job to the both of you!!!

Jean said...

You are so talented.....

Robyn said...

Books and coffee! Earrings to match....just up my street!

dowhatyoulove said...

Oh, I did not know you did jewelry, I guess I just wasn't paying attention. I love this design, very clever and whimsical.

Seth said...

Wonderful as ever Gwen!

Derrick said...

Hello Gwen,

Some people are just too talented! I look at your photographs, sketches, woodwork, metalwork, book making, stitching, jewellery, writing and no doubt a lot more I haven't seen yet!

I hope your new earrings sell well!

BLACK AND WHITE said...

Very lovely small art works !

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh, they are beautiful! Really.

Sandy said...

These are gorgeous and a great idea! I love the idea of altered books and so many artists do these. What beautiful jewelry you created.

Violet said...

These are so original - as could only be expected. I especially love the book.

khmccreedy said...

How charming! I can't say which I like better, the book or the mug... really love the handle on the mug! I know you must be really busy this time of year, prepping for the art fair season. Love what you've done!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hi Shelley, Thanks so much.. hope you're not buried in snow...

Thanks Kathi, They have been going well so far.. winter has been ever so long , hasn't it... you are prob ready for another trip...


Don, working and living together 24/7 does have its good... and bad points... but I won't go there just now... the process shots would have been a good idea tho...

Arija, I have a love/hate affair with the computer...

Bill, that is sheer poetry!!!...


hi Shicat, anyone interested in ordering our work just emails us directly..it is on my sidebar... also various designs on my sidebar when clicked will go directly to my Picasa web albums... some of our designs are there... we don't have an Etsy shop... we like to deal directly with customers... but also sell in boutiques and gift-shops across Canada...

Cuidado said...

Oh, Gwen, these are a beautiful addition to your whimsical line. I still wear my bird and birdhouse from that line. Creativity is a gift to savour.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thanks Anet.. That is so sweet of you to tell me that you still wear my earrings..

Thanks Shayla, Since we started having our work in the shops, we now only attend the Harbor Station Christmas show in Saint John in November... and the Christmas Arts and Crafts Market in Fredericton at the Exhibition grounds in December..

Thank you Priya, Acornmoon, Chris, Pam, and Jean...

Oh yes, Weaver we have been making jewelry since 1993 as a full time art/craft business... just the two of us... well sometimes Max is in the studio too, doing some apprenticing...

Twisted Sister you might be right...

Thanks so much, Debbi, David and Robyn... I'm trying hard to get extra work done now so I can have some free time when Gardening season comes.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hi Ruth .. I am so thrilled that you are wearing the earrings I made for your only daughter's wedding... that is so dear to me!!!!!
Your dress sounds Perfect...I know you will be beautiful!!! and what a grand day it will be... and at you home place too, with the groovy set you are designing..... it should be a movie...
He'll see it before me too.. maybe he can wave at my daughter... she adores that coast and divides her time between Vancouver and Squamish.. oh and the mountains of course...

Oh Thanks, Dowhatyoulove... I prob. have too many things plastered on my blog for anyone to see anything straight... but that is me thinking of too many things at the same time...

Thank you Seth,Black and white,Violet and Pamela.. I always feel it's the process that is the best part...

Thanks Sandy, Kathy, and Derrick, at least it keeps me too busy to worry about all the snow, most of the time...

Gwen Buchanan said...

Cuidado, I am just about to make more of that design today... it makes me happy to think you still wear yours!! Thank you!!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I love your work. Such imagination, and so elegant!

Rebecca said...

These are beautiful Gwen - I love how you draw inspiration from everyday items and use it to make wonderfully unique pieces of jewelry.

rivergardenstudio said...

I love these earings with the book and the mug design... and that you are taking time to read books... Lately all I read (and devour) are art books, but some novels are calling to me... Roxanne

Jo Horswill said...

Oh Gwen, these earrings are really wonderful...

rauf said...

Do you remember HMV record label Gwen ? His Master's Voice?, a dog and a gramophone ? Now you don't know if the earphones are connected to an iPod or a mobile, Mobiles have music too. What do you have for music lovers ? a gramophone pendant would be a good idea. Oh yea ! take a look at the grammy award Gwen, it is a small gramophone, no dog there.
Book and a mug is a great idea Gwen.

Guillaume said...

Lovely. Books are as much aesthetic objects in themselves as they are producers of aesthetic pleasure. I don't judge a book by its cover, but it is nice when it looks nice.

painter girl said...

Oh! I love these! They are so amazing in detail. Perfect.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Oh Roxanne don't you wish you could just indulge yourself with books to your hearts content.. that's my wish... for now I just have to steal time with them.. sort of like a secret love affair...

Thank you Jo... we had great fun creating them and the best part is that even though we make quite a few of them they are all different...

Oh yes Rauf I remember that label... and that visual I loved it... we used to play a gramophone at my uncles camp and put those big think records on and wind it up .. what a fine memory!!

Hi Guillaume, I love your thoughts... and yes I get much pleasure from just gazing at a stack of them... such a tease though...

Thank you so much Leanne, they are my new favourite... I love the work you did after being inspired by your trip to England.. You are so good at what you do!!!

Chris said...

SO pretty!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thank you Chris!!