Monday, December 31, 2012

Creation is a Collaboration

Sometimes getting the spiritural side of ourselves to work with the physical side ourselves calls for major intervention. So what is exciting is when we do have a idea or inspiration it actually affects us physically. Divine influence or action on a one way of defining 'inspiration'.
'The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul..'says Dieter F. Uchtdorf. He also says "Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment' and 'one of the ways...we find a fullness of joy... and eternal happiness... is by creating things'. 
I also love what Brigham Young said...'Progress and improve upon everything around you. Cultivate the earth, and cultivate your minds. Build cities, adorn your habitation, make gardens, orchards, and vineyards, and render the earth so pleasant that when you look upon your labors you may do so with pleasure, and that the angels may delight to come and visit your beautiful locations.
I'm excited about the constant opportunitiy that we have to create! This year I'm working on a line of fabric made from original artwork that me and my children have done together. We will begin a introductory roll out this spring!
May God Bless us all this new year as we fulfill the measure of our creation!

The image at the top is a painting that Dawnelle did as a child, I did use filters on instagram. Dawnelle and I will be working together on the fabric project. The quote came one day while pondering and was first posted on instagram. Follow me there @homevestures to see design projects or @stechev for more personal and family stuff. Also, for all her insights and projects. 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sculpting 'Miss Fitt' China Plates In Hurricane Lanterns

Brigham Young said "use it up, wear it out, make due or do without". For me it was easy to embrace the first two parts...but the 'do without' part...well I confess deep down inside I am thinking really..., is that necessary? Let me find a way. So, maybe finding a way is a form of using it up, making do. By that I'm not really having to due without. It has been said that 'necessity is the mother of invention'. Therefore, maybe while in the act of 'using it up and wearing it out' we are actually in the act of inventing or creating something?

So here is my latest 'use it up, wear it out' creative invention.

Yup,that's right, stacked, cast off, miss matched china plates and undesirable cast off glass pieces, in a super sized @ikeahurricanelantern. (Did I ever mention to you that my maiden name is 'Miss Fitt'?) So... maybe it's that I really have a soft spot for things that don't fit in. (And did I ever mention to you that I have really BIG curly red hair?) I think my hair was bigger than my body growing up...yeah...insight to my inner psychic...

 Here's more, stacking plates in an artistic fashion is not for the unenthusiastic artist, designer, merchandiser, or attemptee. One must approach this with sculpting in mind, which could take hours. Oh... I've lost you now...Seriously, I think this project took me four hours or more to get the edges 'right' which is a relative term. And further examines my inner psychic.
The time was split for me between mocking it up outside the lantern then placing them inside...and occasionally pausing for a snicky snack and to cool the jets!
Key to my vision of this leaning tower of porcelain was interesting scallops and edges along with creating or fashioning recesses that graded in and out with smooth and fluid transitions from plate to plate.

My daughter featured 'A Little Homevestures Christmas Inspiration' on there you can view more photos of my home this year.
We entertained for a group of friends and added a short hurricane lantern to this scape and incorporated candlelight on the stacked towers of plates. It was stunning! 
Merry Christmas!
I look forward to sharing more of my ideas and inspiration this coming year!!!!
See you soon!