The jewelry created by Hila Rawet is like none we've seen before.
Friday, November 13, 2009
The jewelry created by Hila Rawet is like none we've seen before.
Instructions: Liquefy wet newsprint (or other paper) on high for one minute, one sheet at a time. Presoaking makes this step easier. Strain the results through a porous cloth to remove water. In a pan stir to an even consistency, so the remaining moisture is evenly distributed. The batch should be somewhat like oatmeal. Pour this out over a form into an even layer and press with a sponge until no more water lifts out. Continue drying by pressing with dry newspaper and weights. Change the newspaper daily. To avoid warping the cast keep it pressed with weights and newspaper until completely dry. I often use a sheet of plastic and then plywood over the paper to help keep the cast flat. The plastic keeps the plywood dry, so it does not warp later. For larger casts, I have used clamps to compress the drying assemblage.
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"I have been using my woodcut blocks as molds for both pottery and paper making. The background of this page is a composite image of two of the mold blocks. My technique with these blocks requires a 2 mil plastic layer between the block and the paper, so they easily separate. I have also made some carved wood blocks especially for paper casting. These I coat with household wax instead of using a plastic separator. There are other methods of making paper casting molds, including using silicon sealer."
The finishing of the dry cast paper product involves sanding the edges and any rough spots, then painting with gesso to seal the paper. I do two coats of gesso and resand between coats. Then I apply acrylic paints. To hang the finished product, a strong cord can be glued to the back with epoxy.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
well this is an extreme case, but actually this happens often around us, and that really makes me feel like 'this is not right at all' ....
When I went the web site http://www.ethicalmetalsmiths.org/, I fully satisfied that I found things what I really wanna see. Dancing all around~
artist : Sue Dorman; DTLA Series
necklaces and earrings of silver with broken car window in concrete
artist : Teresa Faris; Collaboration With a Bird
sterling silver ring with a piece of wood chewed by a bird.
artist : Marianne Hunter; #2401 Kabuki Kachina in Sarong Songs
enamel, antique Cambodian pottery shards, sapphires, 22K gold antique flowers,
24K and 14K gold, silver.
Beads: bone, 22K, blue glass trade beads, lemon chyrsocolla, nephryte, 3 1/4 x 2 x 1/8 inches
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
So .. I got these miserable, crazy funky guys. Flashing all aroung, I kinda like the piece on the bottom right which is suppoed to be a fish. ... but fail is fail, so I made my second modles ASAP.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The map of Sierra Leone
A Diamond dealer who is Lebanon.
More than 80% of distribution of diamonds are on thier hands.
A person who is taken from his family and became a RUF (Revolutionary United Front)
when he was 14 years old.
Now he has no choice without killing people again if ther is a war.
These people are not only most assailants, but also most victims..
On January, 6th, 1999, this person who was a cook, got cut his both hands from RUF.
Diamonds: Symbols Of Love or Symbols Of War?
Miriam Mannak Cape Town, South AfricaFebruary 28, 2007
"Think twice before swiping your credit card while a smiling
diamond dealer wraps up your precious stone."
While sounds of gunshots, screaming children and crying women filled the cinema, she looked at her engagement ring. No longer did she see a sparkling symbol of eternal love. She saw blood, gore, violence, hatred, war and young boys being drugged and trained to shoot to kill. She saw the pain of women, losing their sons and their dignity, she saw young girls' legs being spread apart by grown men, possessed by an animal-like sexual force.
More than one out of ten purchasable diamonds can be classified as Blood Diamonds, stones that are mined in a war zone, and sold in order to finance that particular war or uprisings. The vast majority of the blood diamonds — or conflict diamonds — are from Africa. In countries such as Angola, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo war lords and have used and are using the profit of the diamond mining and sales — worth billions of dollars — to fuel war and conflict by, for instance, buying arms.
While peace has descended upon Angola, Sierra Leone and Liberia — after many decades of war, military terrorism and human suffering — the situation in the Democratic Republic is one of despair and tragedy. Here, diamonds are a major engine fueling a conflict that has claimed many hundreds of thousands of lives. The same story counts for Ivory Coast.
Think twice before swiping your credit card while a smiling diamond dealer wraps up your precious stone. Men should ask whether the engagement ring for their wife-to-be is a clean one, or if it was used to fuel conflict and war. Women wanting to treat themselves to a sparkly necklace should do the same. And diamond dealers should take responsibility too, by only purchasing clean diamonds and providing their customers with the necessary proof about the nature of the stone.
Myself, I refuse to wear diamonds because you never know what you are buying, as most retailers cannot guarantee that the stone you laid eyes on is not a conflict diamond. Would you want to have a ring around your finger for which, possibly, a little boy has had his hand chopped off with a machete? For which a young girl was forced to open her legs for drunken militiamen? For which several countries were drawn into a spiral of conflict, violence and sorrow? I don't think so.
Miriam Mannak, Diamonds: Symbols Of Love or Symbols Of War?, Cape Town, South AfricaFebruary 28, 2007 from http://www.worldpress.org/Africa/2695.cfm
Designer Kwangho Lee thought it would be clever to take old sheets of styrofoam and mold them into furniture. Now before birds, polar bears, rabbits, and treehuggers clobber me, I want to say it’s just a concept. Nobody is really going to make styrofoam furniture. But to the material’s credit, it does get warmer the longer you sit on it.
Designer: Kwangho Lee
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Made of cast bronze, these small figures were used to weigh out gold dust on scales in colonial Ghana. The image of crossed crocodiles that share the same stomach refers to a number of proverbs that emphasize unity in diversity. One example is: a family may have many members but only one belly. The message is that a family should cooperate, rather than fight over something that will benefit all.
Copper alloy2.2 x 2.9 x 3.8 cm (7/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 1/2 in.)Gift of the Britt Family Collection, 1978.882
Baule is also an alternative spelling dave of Baoulé, an ethnic group in Côte-d'Ivoire.
BAULE, "KPLEKPLE" GOLI MASK 2, 38", Ivory Coast,
PUNU, SPIRIT MASK 20, 12", 28" with raffia, Wood, pigment & raffia,
BAULE Bracelet 24" h. x 5.5" w. x 4.25" l.