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Artpourri Circuits, Gourds and Metal 3-29-10

Jewelry by Bonnie Meltzer

Bonnie Meltzer…Circuits, Crochet and Photography

Oregon artist Bonnie Meltzer creates her mixed-media constructions from a variety of unusual materials… crocheted wire, recycled computer parts, painted surfaces and digital photography. She uses a Macintosh computer both as a design tool and to make design elements. The combination of these materials and techniques makes for fascinating subject matter and rich surfaces.

Computer parts make up her line fun, gorgeous and unique of one-of-kind computer jewelry. Pins are cut from circuit boards, painted and then embellished with beads, computer discards and other recycled objects. Faces seem so expressive. Wear them to fit your mood or put one on to change your mood. They will make you and everybody else laugh. All jewelry is a one of a kind and similar ones can be created if the original materials are available. The good news and the bad news about using recycled materials is that there are always surprises and then disappointments when a favorite thingamajig can't be found again.

Bonnie Meltzer
Totem by Bonnie Meltzer

Amorpha series by Bonnie MeltzerCrocheted Amorpha Series

Inspired by Classical Greek vases the elegant shapes of her crocheted Amorpha urns also contain recycled computer parts. The Dream Filled Amorpha above was commissioned for a specific wall that can be seen from many angles, straight from on top of the landing and at an angle from the bottom of the stairs. The middle section lets the color of the wall show through. There are many lenses in this piece which accentuate the ever changing look of this piece. Beads, screening, circuit boards and other found materials embellish the surface.

In addition to her artwork, Bonnie lectures and writes about art and technology; the ethics of digital photography and art from recycled materials. She also designs web sites for other artists and arts organizations. View more of Bonnie’s unique creations at www.bonniemeltzer.com.

Kiwi Woven by Linley Schetky

Linley Schetky… Have Metal Will Create

“Metal is my sculptural medium. Metals can be tendered into shape by cutting, hammering, bending, welding and grinding- all these procedures partner in the process of shaping a sculptural piece.”

Originality of concept and design is a constant in artist Linley Schetky’s diverse creations from recycled metals. Found objects and recycled forms and often spark their own designs. Initially her “mind’s eye” presents a design impression which she sketches and then tweaks into a pattern of set of foundational steps toward creating the final design.

Red Bird by L. Schetky

Preferring simplicity and quality as well as definite and orderly shapes along with primitive and unexpected touches, Linley ‘schmooses’ metal into shape, by cutting, hammering, bending, welding, and grinding. Believing the surface of a sculptural design is as important as its form she adds texture and color to enhance or hide the visual and tactile surface characteristics. Patinas and surface treatments are crucial in each piece as is color. Painting and embellishing metal using various processes add to authentic artistic style. Relating to perfect curves with a touch of lopsided edge she enjoys definite and orderly shapes combined with primitive and unexpected touches and working with the natural reflective quality of metal,

Linley’s creative process includes translating concepts and exploring ideas with concepts naturally evolving into a series of work. Her past series have included exploration of botanicals, Pacifica, vessels, shields, weavings, arches, kinetic forms and sculptural abstractions. Pieces that span these series include free standing sculptures large to small, wall installations, mobiles, functional art, and architectural embellishments.

Gallery work is important and commissioned sculpture makes up a significant share of her finished projects. Linley’s work can be viewed at www.linleyschetky.com

Earthpod by Serena Kovalosky

Serena Kovalosky…Gourds on the Go

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