Studio Updates: Rings and things

Studio Updates: Rings and things

A sneak peak of a new ring that I’m working on.

One black and one white pebble in bezel settings. The pictures are blurry because it’s night, but I’ll take better photos once it’s finished.

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Very excited about it!

Usually I forget to take pictures of the packages and my orders….but there was something very inviting about this one that I had to take a picture! I think it’s because I love aquamarine so much!

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Photography Tips from the Blurb Webinar

Photography Tips from the Blurb Webinar

I had signed-up for the Blurb Webinar “Learn Photography Secrets for your Next Blurb Book from a Pro”, which was held yesterday.

A very interesting and comprehensive presentation by photographer Dan Milnor.

I’ve been taking notes during the presentation and here’s the key points and tips that were addressed. They ‘re mainly about shooting portraits but I think they ‘re useful for everyone interested in photography.

  1. Don’t put subjects in the middle of the pictures. By moving the subject off center, you create motion and energy. Also, it’s not necessary to show the entire face just because you’re shooting a portrait. If you wish to put the subject in the center, square frames work better than rectangles.
  2. Get closer. Engage with the subject and ask for permission to get closer if you want to photograph a person that you don’t know.
  3. Choose the right light. Early and late light produce better colors while shooting in the middle of the day is not ideal. Overcast, or even rainy days can be great.
  4. Think and think again. Take multiple pictures, shoot from different angles, until you have the best image for the moment that you’re trying to capture.
  5. Keep it simple with the equipment.
  6. Talk to people, learn about their story because this will reflect to the quality of your images.
  7. Shoot what you like. Your images will be the best you make if you photograph what you really enjoy.
  8. Make pictures in the field, not at the computer.
  9. Look for real moments, capture things as they actually happen.
  10. Take chances, step out of your comfort zone, often choose a subject matter outside of what you usually shoot.
  11. Have fun with your camera!

Dan provided many examples to elaborate on each point, he showed many of his stunning pictures and explained everything in depth. I suggest you don’t miss an opportunity to attend another of his webinars in the future! All you have to do is go over the Blurb Website and sign up.

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Sea Blue

Sea Blue

We’re having such a hot day today and some images of the sea seemed very appropriate!

They ‘re all photos from various spots in Chalkida and the surrounding area of Evoia, that I’ve taken recently.

Hope you enjoy them!

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Studio Updates: Practicing New Macrame Knots

Studio Updates: Practicing New Macrame Knots

“Cord Mess”

This is how things started yesterday! I wanted to practice with some new macramé knots, after completing this bunch of bracelets recently:

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They are all made with Lark’sHead Sennit, which is a knot that I find simple and stylish.

Sherri Haab’s book Beaded Macramé Jewelry is a very nice reference to all the basic knots:

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This time, I wanted to try the Alternate Half Hitch Knot, tied around a filler cord and to incorporate some tiny faceted hill tribe silver beads in the design:

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I finished the bracelet with three labradorite nuggets:

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Making macramé jewelry does not require special equipment. Here’s a simple way, to hold your work in place while knotting:

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.....and this is another one that I finished, using fuchsia waxed linen cord and silver beads. By making it, I wanted to practice the wrapped finishing knot, which is a type of sliding closure.

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I’m keeping these two for myself, but I’ll be making more soon!

Other than that, I completed another custom pair of Crocheted Flower Earrings, by combining these two colors:

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They proved to be a very popular design!

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Ode to Pebble

Ode to Pebble

I’ve been looking at my older sketchbooks the other day and found this piece of paper that I had glued on it. It’s a poem by the polish poet Zbigniew Herbert about the perfection of a pebble. Here’s an english translation of the poem that I strongly recommend reading!

The pebble
is a perfect creature,

equal to itself,
mindful of its limits,

filled exactly
with a pebbly meaning.

Zbigniew Herbert

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Funny to realize how recurrent themes keep appearing and affect one’s creativity. I must have kept this poem 4 or 5 years ago…..not being sure why I did it back then. These days I’m returning to my earlier obsession, collecting pebbles and finding inspiration by examining them.

A sample of my latest finds:

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What am I doing with these?
  • Spreading them in various spots around the house.
  • Arranging them in wooden bowls or recycled glass jars.
  • Making rings and other jewelry.

The possibilities are endless!

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