Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Some Wool Jewelry Stories - Chapter III


...and we are done. 
the final pieces are here!


just a reminder: 

this is a project initiated by David Sandu, entitled C14
the concept of the pieces: David Sandu & Adina Marin

"About common origins 
About the things that we can see in the same way.
About the first gods 
And about the times in which "to build" did not mean "to destroy".  

C14 is a collection - project initiated by David Sandu in which, twice a year, he invites two jewelry designers or authors to collaborate, imagine and build together a series of objects that resemble the beginnings of humanity. This world, which we usually rediscover through the artefacts and archaeological reconstructions, is re-evaluated each time by three artists with predilections and training in various techniques and materials.  C14 is a discursive exercise about three designers articulating ideas and sharing their creative and technical resources.  
David Sandu – metal – silver 925 – plated with gold and patina 
Adina Marin - wool felting 
Irina Moses/Andelina Petican– wax modelling "























Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Some Wool Jewelry Stories - Chapter II


wool is just amazing. I have no words to describe the feeling I have when I work with it.
As I was saying in the previous chapter, I started a project with a dear friend and artist. Now I can reveal the name, it is no longer a surprise: David Sandu. This collaboration has a name: C14. 

Here is the official text:

"About common origins 
About the things that we can see in the same way.
About the first gods 
And about the times in which "to build" did not mean "to destroy".  

C14 is a collection - project initiated by David Sandu in which, twice a year, he invites two jewelry designers or authors to collaborate, imagine and build together a series of objects that resemble the beginnings of humanity. This world, which we usually rediscover through the artefacts and archaeological reconstructions, is re-evaluated each time by three artists with predilections and training in various techniques and materials.  C14 is a discursive exercise about three designers articulating ideas and sharing their creative and technical resources.  
David Sandu – metal – silver 925 – plated with gold and patina 
Adina Marin - wool felting 
Irina Moses/Andelina Petican– wax modelling "

I will let you enjoy some of the details of this collection, and I promise that next time I will post the final pieces.

























Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Some Wool Jewelry Stories - Chapter I

In the last month I tried new felting techniques, new materials associations, and most of all, I experimented how to make wool jewelry more durable.
It was very fun, that I can say. Although I didn't have too much time for this, I can share some inside information and some impressions from my work.

Recently I started a collaboration with an artist I admire and who opened my way into loving jewelry. I will tell you more about him and our collaboration at the right time (which will be very soon, you will see). Until then, I will show you some beats and pieces from our work together and underline the things I learned from this experience.
SO, here comes the first chapter from the story of the felted wool jewelry.


CHAPTER 1

The wool is waiting for me to mold it. I have a tone of colors to choose from, so my mission is not easy. I decide that for this first step, I should concentrate on the shape. and not so much on the colors. And so I started felting. I used both techniques, the wet one and also the one with the special needle. Because I had to integrate the wool pieces through metal branches, sticking them to the silver part was not an easy task. But the result surprised me.

What I learned?
For smaller pieces it's easier to use the needle technique.
The details are as important as the composition of the piece, so getting the last curly thread of wool to stay in it's place in crucial for this type of work. For more freestyle jewelry, it's different. There for more the rebel threads I have, the happier I am. As these are only tests, I didn't waste time in getting all threads in place. That's for the next phase.
when combining wool with other materials, it's easier to finish as much as possible the wool pieces and then stick them to the metal. Otherwise you will never get your needle in those tight corners and it will not pass the test of time.



That's it for the moment. Stay tuned for Chapter II!


Friday, April 10, 2015

felted wool carpet - a wedding gift

This is a carpet I made for may sister as a wedding gift. For some time she wanted a small carpet for her living room, but she couldn't find one that pleased her. so i decided to make her one.

The technique I chose was wet felting (with soap and water) it took me 1 month to get this done. it ha nearly 200 pieces on felted wool.












the end state of the carpet:




but the owners decided to hang it on a wall, so my carpet became a felted wool piece of art. I actually like this outcome :->

Saturday, March 22, 2014

wool...but wood

work for Wood and Wool Exhibition. 
Wood & Wool is a Romanian Design Week project, a pop-up exhibition held at Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm, between 6 of February and 8 of March 2014. The exhibition was made possible in collaboration with The Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm, with the support of The Romanian Peasant Museum.


I was inspired by the theme-Wool and Wood- to create two necklaces of wool, but with an idea of wood.  During my research on wood fibers,( I thought of them when they are trapped in sheets of paper as they would be seen under the microscope), I discovered tangled, chaotic threads, with apparently no logic. All we usually see is the final product, the paper. White, smooth paper, with no impurities.  Every now and then it happens that we see a brown spot. But when we dig deeper, we see them, naughty, unequal fibers.  Nobody can see the empty space in between. Nobody usually thinks what’s beneath this white fa├žade. But then again, nobody believes that buildings are one layer of paint and that’s it. No. We all know that walls are made out of bricks and mortar. But we all must be aware of what’s behind all the things that surround us.  

So I used wool fibers to create an over-sized piece of paper. Not an imitation, but rather my view of it.  It’s a tribute to the lovely wood and to the much needed sheet of paper. Wool is not just the mean to achieve my final goal, the jewelry. Wool fibers have their own personality. They are hard to domesticate, to restrain in a rigid form.  So the result is always surprising. Some fibers will never be domesticated and so, the paper will be fluffy. The fibers are not always white, and so, the paper will be colored.  Wool fibers cannot create perfect shapes and so, the paper will be textured (as it actually is). But in any case, wool is perfect…