Cuban – Silver in Sculpture – Galeria Victor Manuel – Habana Vieja

•January 19, 2018 • Leave a Comment

As winter is in full swing here on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, wet windy and cold….and cozy.  I had visions of doing all sorts of creative things….life steps in and jewellery hasn’t been such a focus right now.  Art in general….charcoal painting, line drawing, acrylics, zentangle and mainly focusing on being inspired by what I see around me.  So much of creativity is inspired by nature, I feel the urge to post photos I have taken which inspire me to create.  Such perfect moments of beauty are everywhere and I practice mindfulness to stop and take it in …. in that moment.  This is when I am inspired!  So I intend to intersperse the art and jewellery with photos of natural beauty which reflects all and may just inspire you.  Rain drops falling off a tree branch becomes a necklace….sitting in my studio with rain pitter pattering in the silence becomes earrings with bundles of crystals in varying heights….stark branches of a curly willow shrub becomes woven silver and copper in a Viking Weave rope for a necklace.  Letting my mind wander as I gaze with curiosity at what is in front of me and around me.  Perhaps something offered will tickle your creativity and launch a tentative or passionate adventure into something not yet existing until your uniqueness peeks out and shines!

When in Cuban and specifically Habana Vieja (Old Havana) there was so much abundance of inspiration ….. everywhere.  All so old and yet new to me….Cuban people burst with passion and creativity they channel into survival and music and art and being alive!  We happened upon this gallery offering gorgeous silver jewellery pieces, I bought some earrings, as well as truly unbelievable Silver and Bronze Sculptures …. and Large Scale Stilettos accented with silver designs.  Such craftsmanship and attention to detail was spectacular to behold, the more I looked the more I saw….feeling the passion of the artist!  So if you are in Habana Vieja look for this gallery in the same courtyard as the Cathedral where Obama visited, off of Mercaderes.  I left Cuba filled up with the culture, the people and their soul touching music and art and creativity at so many levels…Thank you Cubana and all that you are!

The photo below is an enlargement of the sign for Sculpture Artist hanging outside of the Galeria Victor Manuel, it’s hard to read but acknowledges the artist of this brilliant work.  I apologize I do not know who this magnificent artist is but I will continue to do research.

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Everyday as Jewellery and Art

•June 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

It’s Been a long while since last I have written here….we spent the last year raising our new Standard Poodle puppy and Maine Coon kitten….whew….a new view of new parenting.   Gardening is one inspiration which keeps all of us happy.  Looking around us and stopping in moments to just ‘See’ with fresh eyes is full of inspirations for my art and jewellery.

Visiting local farmers markets in season is wonderful to fill up on colors, shapes, veggies and fruits, flowers and crafts…. everyday that surrounds us is where I look for images to create by.  I often admire the artists who create jewellery and hanging chimes from old silverware……how brilliant!  My beautiful niece wore a piece of ‘silverware art’ as a pendant shaped into an octopus ….. Fantastic!   Clearly this is out of focus and the back view however you get the picture…. So, in with the ‘Old’ and ‘Everyday’ to create extraordinary Jewellery and Art!

We have a great farmers craft market near us called Cedar Sunday Market and while there found these unique bracelets made from old silverware.  The artist, Simon, knows the date of the silverware he uses and history of the pieces as well, which makes for interesting and fun background to jewellery to wear.  One is from 1904 Flower Dewe and the other 1880 Williams II.  Enjoying wearing these two bracelets together. They have very strong magnets to connect both sides easily!  Also chimes and lots of creative art!thumb_IMG_1565_1024.jpgthumb_IMG_1564_1024.jpg

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Also am loving Copper Wire weaving and inserting beads to create a shape similar to a Foxglove flower in our garden.  Having a fresh spring full of everyday beauty, hope you are too!DSCN6766

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Our precious….already almost a year in photo…DeO’Gee our Standard Poodle from Paris Poodles (extraordinary breeders of Poodles in British Columbia, parispoodles.com) and Buddha Song our Maine Coon kitten from Ironclaws.com (also extraordinary breeders of Maine Coone cats in British Columbia) …. we searched long and hard for our treasures and each day brings gifts of much Joy!

Bangle bracelet jewellery – Nova Collection – Thailand

•May 17, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I can’t believe it has been so long since I posted, if I had done it as often as I thought of it…wow!   However here is a brief bit on when I designed and created a Silver Bangle.  I have been involved with other art medios and projects, more later.        Nova Collection Jewellery is on Tapae Road in Chiang Mai Thailand and I have taken various classes over the years we visited Thailand.  Nova has a professional silver jewellery lab above their showroom.  Outstanding jewellery collection in their showroom!

Lotus flower in a friend’s garden in Chiang Mai …. Nature’s Inspirations!

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Photos of Nova Collection Jewellery in Chiang Mai Thailand and some of their creations on display …. definitely visit Nova if there, even just to look!

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Other photos of my silver bangle which I made in their jewellery lab, some of the processes involved in it.

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Wickanninish Inn – Tofino British Columbia – Extraordinary in every way – Silver Jewellery

•October 8, 2014 • 1 Comment

Recently we took a Thai friend to visit Tofino and surrounding beaches and galleries.  Many times we have visited this area but always our breath is swept away into the beauty and wonder of the land and ocean…. The choices to spend time in so many ways is delightful ….. Walking Long Beach or various beaches in bays, surfing, art galleries, varieties of gift and fashion shops in town, enjoying local seafood restaurants and total indulgence at the Wickanninish Inn …… Spectacular scenery, views, art, jewellery, food outrageously delicious…. A truly unforgettable experience in all ways!  The Silver Jewellery and gifts are stunning quality and reflect the local natural beauty and the First Nations Traditional Images and legends.   In Tofino town just strolling along the pier or quaint streets filled with local fare from food to fashions to jewellery and art galleries and on to the yummy Bakery…. And surf shops for boards, rentals and lessons… Whales, Eagles and Storm Watching add more reasons to visit often.  Each season so unique.

Wickannish Inn - Tofino, B.C.

Wickanninish Inn – Tofino, B.C.

Long Beach Tofino, B.C. Canada

Long Beach Tofino, B.C. Canada

Wickanninish Inn

Wickanninish Inn

Wickanninish Inn Silver Jewellery

Wickanninish Inn Silver Jewellery

Wickanninish Inn

Wickanninish Inn

Wickanninish Inn Jewellery Display

Wickanninish Inn Jewellery Display

Wicanninish Inn Silver Jewellery

Wicanninish Inn Silver Jewellery

Wickannish Inn Jewellery Shop

Wickannish Inn Jewellery Shop

The natural beauty of the area, bays and beaches, ancient cedar trees and ferns, air so fresh you can taste it….and wind that blows all your woes away…. Wild and wondrous!  Spending time here and places like this in nature offer us unlimited inspiration!  Simply gaze at the ripples in the sand for patterns for a bracelet or necklace… Sand dollars inspire earrings or pendants…. Waves or towering trees and ancient rocks all breath beauty back into our weary souls….. Lifting our spirits and exciting the creative cells to sail into pure dreaming and imagination.  These are the gifts offered around us everyday, everywhere we are there is unique beauty and nature to be one with and spin dreams of sacred creations all our own.  Soar with your Spirit….. Unlimited and Free!

Roy Henry Vickers – Tofino – British Columbia …. Aboriginal Art & Jewellery

•September 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Roy Henry Vickers is a gifted Artist Storyteller and local Legend.
His Gallery in Tofino British Columbia Canada is a must visit if in the area.

Roy Henry Vickars Art

Roy Henry Vickars Art

Traditional art and jewellery yet innovative and contemporary, internationally popular. I have visited his Gallery many times and each time am carried away to the Sacredness of all that is Nature with Storytelling that touches your Heart and Spirit. I leave feeling restored and refreshed at all levels! Enjoy some of the images.

Roy Henry Vickars Gallery

Roy Henry Vickars Gallery

Entrance Carved Cedar Poles

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Roy Henry Vickars - Long House Gallery

Roy Henry Vickers – Long House Gallery

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Poor pic of Eagle Feather Art

Poor pic of Eagle Feather Art

Roy Henry Vickars Art

Roy Henry Vickers Art

Roy Henry Vickars Storyteller

Roy Henry Vickers Art

Roy Henry Vickars Art

Roy Henry Vickers Gallery – Local Artist

Roy Henry Vickars Long House Gallery

Roy Henry Vickers Long House Gallery

My Cabbages

My Cabbages … Nature … True Inspiration!

I actually can’t find my jewellery pictures … Silver and Gold Carved with Aboriginal Images and Stories in all forms of bracelets, necklaces earrings and beyond. Check out his web site!   royhenryvickers.com

Gems from the Andaman Sea – Koh Lanta Yai Thailand – Kunda Cafe

•July 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Coral Beach gifts Koh Lanta Yai Thailand

Coral Beach gifts Koh Lanta Yai Thailand

Koh Lanta Yai, Thailand is a magical tranquil island to hang about….. and the beach is prime sea shell shopping for jewellery ideas and natures gifts.  The coral is beautiful …. which is also the crushed beach created by the endless waves.  Many pieces have holes created by their sea journey and make it easy to design into jewellery or art.  It is fascinating to imagine the worlds these coral were before landing on the beach in their dried state.  Meditations of walking and enjoying the beauty of the sea and the coral sand beaches easily fills many hours.

Koh Lanta Beach Coral gifts

Koh Lanta Beach Coral gifts

Beach combing along Koh Lanta Yai in Thailand softly captures the hours of the days in meditative walking and shell shopping, sweet.

Kunda Cafe  Lena's Art of the Sea

Kunda Cafe Lena’s Art of the Sea

 

Kunda Anti Pop Cafe Jewellery by Lena

Kunda Anti Pop Cafe Jewellery by Lena

Displaying jewellery and art is as much a part of the creation of the pieces and impacts of the enjoyment and viewing as nature flows one into the next.  Driftwood from the area softens and frames the jewellery and rings are displayed uniquely on cone shaped wood.  Lena’s creativity flows from her art to her kitchen with beauty, ease and very delicious treats!  While on Koh Lanta Yai stop in at the Kunda Anti Pop Cafe and enjoy Lena and Eric and the eclectic atmosphere of art, jewellery, food and dramatic tattoos by Eric.

Lena's Jewellery at Kunda Cafe

Lena’s Jewellery at Kunda Cafe

Kunda Anti Pop Cafe - Lena & Eric - Koh Lanta Yai Thailand

Kunda Anti Pop Cafe – Lena & Eric – Koh Lanta Yai Thailand

Sunset on Koh Lanta Yai Thailand

Sunset on Koh Lanta Yai Thailand

Inspiration surrounds us always, we only have to open our eyes and hearts and see…… and Be a Gentle Audience for Yourself!

Angel to Angel Silver Gems and Architecture in Ubud, Indonesia

•June 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Breathtaking Architecture and Interior Fantastical Jewellery

Breathtaking Architecture and Interior Fantastical Jewellery


When in Ubud, Indonesia (Bali) this is a must see! The architecture is heavenly with white angel sculptures decorating the exterior which is spectacular. The entrance wall area has delightful white sculptures of frogs in different poses. Upon entering it is breathtaking! Sparkling silver, precious, semiprecious and other extraordinary pieces dazzle the eyes and quicken the heart with excitement. Beauty and magic abound on this two level gallery setting. It is the most amazing display of jewellery I have ever seen…. even the displays of glass are floating and show the exquisite designs to their best!
No photos inside so you will have to indulge your senses in person whenever in Bali, Ubud, Indonesia.
Truly out of this world designs and well worth a stop to drink in the Beauty of the entire experience!
Architecture & Angel Sculptures

Architecture & Angel Sculptures


Angel to Angel Ubud Entrance

Angel to Angel Ubud Entrance


Spectacular Entrance

Spectacular Entrance


ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS

ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS