A Charming Exchange is finally here!
Kelly Snelling and Ruth Rae worked passionately (and long -- they started talking to contributors before January 2007 and the work had to be in their hands by May 5, 2007!) getting this fabulous jewelry gallery and special how-to book, A Charming Exchange, ready for publication. They invited some really wonderful artists, not necessarily jewelry makers, to collaborate with them making found object elements for the jewelry pieces for this book. There are 25 how-to projects and many more pieces of jewelry for your visual pleasure. Most of these are collaborative pieces where one artist starts the bracelet, necklace, or earrings and then the piece is passed to other artists to add to or to finish. Here are some pages from the book with a few of the grand collaborative pieces.
Found object necklace, History Lesson, by Crystal Neubauer with Ruth Rae,
Catherine Witherell, Deryn Mentock, and Jessica Moreau-Berry, p.19.
Jessica Moreau-Berry, and Crystal Newbauer, p.12.
I was extremely fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to be invited to participate in this collaborative endeavor. A few of my contributions were selected to be published. I'll give you a peek here.
A Charming Exchange, p. 40.
This is my Healing Mandala for the Talisman Necklace swap.
My dear friend, Deryn, also had published several pieces of her specialty art jewelry elements in collaborative pieces as well as her one-of-a-kind solo pieces. One of those is her incredible talisman necklace:
The Shepherd's Amulet, a talisman necklace by Deryn Mentock, p. 30.
Meanwhile, I'd like to show you how we went about our collaborative earrings.
A Charming Exchange, p. 67.
1. Sally Turlington started. 2. Cece Grimes added. 3. Debra Cooper finished.
1. Debra Cooper started. 2. Sally Turlington added. 3. Cece Grimes finished.
1. Cece Grimes started. 2. Debra Cooper added. Sally Turlington finished.
Asymmetrical Earring Swap
A Charming Exchange, p. 71.
1. Marci Glenn sent this. 2. I made a mate. 3. This is the pair!
A Charming Exchange, p. 73.
1. I made this earring. 2. Ruth created a mate for it & this is the pair!