15 February 2010

ice resin blog hop

in the depth of my soul there is a wordless song.'
~ kahlil gibran

but i often try to put words to it... 

'what lies behind us and what lies ahead of us
are tiny matters compared to 
what lives within us.'
~ henry david thoreau 

i loved how the bezel turned out when i made it in december - the fabric set into ice resin had a quality of looking deep into an opal... but i couldn't completely hear the song - until this week... having made some resin paper, i cut a piece out and riveted it to the bottom... then integrated some paddles i had made into the design... on them, i had adhered paper with the words 'truth' and 'to self'... the fabric intentionally breaks the surface of the resin which has been roughed up in places - reminding us that we often barely scratch the surface of what is within us... this necklace is meant to be worn almost as a talisman - to help protect and guide... 

'a grown up is a child with layers on.'
~ woody harrelson

'peeling away layers' were created with mica, ice resin paper, and nickel sheet... 

'on a search & rescue mission' - resin paper made to look worn... 

'for my lost self' ... these earrings are about the return to authenticity... how over time, we build up layers that can remove us from who we truly are... they are also an exercise in contradictions - refined vs. distressed, fragile vs. strong... each one of us is all of these things... underneath the layers we have built up and despite how fragile we may feel, we are strong... no matter how much we have been through, we are beautiful... we get tied up into a package of functioning that does not always reflect our Selves... ametrine is used for its healing properties - but specifically the fact that it is amethyst and citrine - a combination itself - that allows one to visualize and then to act... 

ice resin was created by susan lenart kazmer, a mixed media artist of international renown... she is an incredible inspiration and i have been known to fall asleep with my copy of 'making connections' on my stomach! i purchase this resin at objects & elements and frankly, it is the only kind i have tried or will use... it is just too wonderful... even my first experiment with resin turned out perfectly... so far i have used it in bezels, in wire framed paddles and on paper... what i love about this medium is the depth it adds to my work and the freedom it gives me... 

'in all things it is better to hope than to despair.'
~ johann wolfgang von goethe

'lespwa' necklace created for the haiti by hand shop... 

'everything you can imagine is real.'
~ pablo picasso

i am very honoured to be participating in a blog hop with these talented artists ~ please take a look at their creations made with ice resin...

Keecia Frazee Deveney  http://www.lemoncholys.blogspot.com/

Jess Italia Lincoln http://www.vintaj.com/wpblog/

Jenny Barnett  Rohrs  http://www.crafttestdummies.com/

Stephanie Rubiano  http://www.soigathered.typepad.com/

Lisa Sommerville http://www.lisasomerville.com

Kim Taylor http://sassycrafter.blogspot.com/

And then also the Objects and Elements Design Team and Susan Lenart Kazmer

Jen cushman  http://www.objectsandelements.typepad.com/jencushman/

Deryn Mentock http://somethingsublime.typepad.com/

Kristen Robinson http://kristenrobinson.typepad.com/

Barbe Saint John  http://barbesaintjohn.blogspot.com/


  1. I love your creations and your inspirational words! I really like the "peeling the layers" earrings, you have used the elements so creatively.

  2. These pieces are wonderful. I particularly relate to (and love) the the peeling the layers earings. These word, resin, fiber, metal pieces you are doing have just really come into their own. Beautiful work.

  3. Beautiful. I love ICE Resin. I have used others, simply for time saving, but this is the best. The first time I went to Bead & Button was in 2008 and I made a choice to spend my money at the Expo or take a three day class with Susan Lenart Kazmer. The class won out, and I am so glad I did it. I would give anything to take another class with her. She is gifted and shares her talents so willingly. She is very open and encouraging. And her laugh comes from so deep in her soul you cannot help but be infected by it! Her book 'Making Connections' just came out at that time, and I had her sign it for me. I am excited to see what all this talent has been up to. Thanks for taking me on a tour of your resin experiments. Enjoy the day! Erin

  4. WOW girl!!! Simply wow!!

    Sorry it's been a while since I've visited, but I fell off the blog wagon and trying to get back on :)

    Happy Monday to you!

  5. Okay, I love everything in this post. Wow! The wire and paper charms are my favorite. I love the look of those. The necklace is stunning. What a beautiful post Maire!

  6. i've been going through all the resin hoppers and everyone has applied the product in such different ways and i love them all. your jewelry is stunning; really love all of it (i keep saying that.....)


  7. Your work is so lovely. The post is gorgeous because you explain your thought process so well. What an inspiration! Thanks for participating and showing so much of your beautiful work. -- Jen

  8. Thank you for sharing- I love your work and the quotes you used... gorgeous! - Jenny from CraftTestDummies.com

  9. The earrings are just the coolest~especially with the mica added! I LOVE how you applied the resin paper to your wire work! Great job in so many ways!

  10. The layers earrings are just incredible. Fine work -- thanks for sharing!

  11. Love the darkened silver in your spoon bezel. All looks great!!

    Karen Burns

  12. Oh my goodness - I just love your pieces! The philosophy behind your art is so very true: it is our imperfections that make us beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing your stunning artwork - I'll be back to visit often.

    :-) Molly

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  14. I'm blog hopping and I'm so happy to discover you. Your work is beautiful! I love the earrings.

  15. Oh Mary Jane - you know I love your resin paddles - but the talisman necklace just blows me away!!!! so gorgeous!!

  16. Oh my, Mary, you are participating too. I am just coming over from Molly's blog. Your piece is amazing also. Goodness, it would be so hard for me to pick a favorite. I love Ice Resin. It's the best resin out there and love using it with metal.

  17. Wow! Your work is always soul stiring and inspiring. I love the amount of thought, care and consideration you put into each element of your design and the accompaning posts. The necklace is so powerful. The strength of intention just resonates off the computer. Beautiful!

  18. they are all so fantastic!! you're sending all to me tomorrow right?? LOL

    love looking at your work, its always so inspiring and touches my heart!


  19. Your work is awe-inspiring and that first piece is jaw dropping gorgeous.

    I am so inspired by you artists using ice resin, I defo need to try it this year.

  20. Fabulous pieces, so much variety, lots of inspiration.

  21. your pieces have so much wonderful texture and emotion in them. And I love the resin "paper" idea! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Okay, I will have to repeat the word "stunning" because that's it in a nutshell! Love love love that resin and ribbon necklace, and the rest of your creations are just as gorgeous! You're a resin diva, now!

  23. Your pieces are amazing. The depth of feeling in each collectible work of art is so healing.


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