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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Wearable Art Blog

Today, Ann Jenkins let me know I was featured in this wonderful blog called Wearable Art. I feel honored and thankful for this feature. This is what she said of my work:

"She does some pretty incredible, one-of-a-kind metal pieces; my favorite ones are her mixed-metal work. The flower ring (left) is made with copper and sterling silver with a verdigris patina. The Plenilunio (or moon) Ring (below) is made with fused sterling silver and copper (fusing silver and copper into a brass creates this other-planet-like texture). 3379705182_51a89fe8b5 Even though I love Del Giudice's metal work, I also admire her fused plastic pieces. Below (right) is a choker with plastic flower which features a cultured peacock pearl and some vintage velvet. Looking at this piece, you would never know that the flower is made from a plastic bag. Go to Etsy for more work by Cynthia Del Giudice". Il_430xN_36704541

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Canyengue Demo

Canyengue Demo
Originally uploaded by Cynthia Del Giudice
No need to say much about words can describe watching this with your own eyes. This was a demonstration at a local gathering where they also gave us a crash course on Canyengue Tango.

This style of tango originated in Buenos Aires in the 1920s and 30s. It is danced with a close embrace with knees slightly bent and if you look closely, the hips are joint as opposed to the milonga style, where the joint is more in the upper torso with a slightly leaning posture towards each dancer.

I must add that all this is always improvised by the dancer (not choreographed). The woman has to be very sensitive and intuitive to follow the man closely. It is a communication, and requires intense concentration...on my part at least!

Etsy Metal Blog Carnival - June 6

EtsyMetal Blog Carnival... So what is a blog carnival? I hear you ask.

A small group of Etsy Metal members with their own blogs write a short article on a given day subject. We will be doing this the first Friday of each month and our topic this fine June is how did your 'style' or signature style came to it? What inspired you to that signature style? And what inspires you to your favorite kinds of pieces?

I think that many artists and craftspeople don't see or realize they have a distinctive style when many times they do. I believe in order to create our own style we need to be true to ourselves and make what comes naturally to us. Most of the times it is something that lays very deep in our bones and souls. The important thing is to try to really see it and work with it, exploring and exploiting it as much as possible. This is when art happens.

For me, I am a spontaneous and unpredictable kind of person, and although I may admire different kinds of approaches, I would not try to attempt to recreate certain techniques and styles. I would not be true to myself if I did, and it would result in a forced piece were the character and soul would be lost. This is the reason why artists often exchange art between each other. It is not because they cannot duplicate something they've seen and appreciated, but because it would become a shallow, soulless object if it was not born within but just copied.

Fused Plastic Collection

My fused plastic collection was born by a desire to recycle and reuse. I found out about fusing plastic through an Etsy Virtual Lab I attended when I just started in Etsy. I thought it was a good idea to show fellow ecologists in my town (I am a member of a NGO) and perhaps teach the technique at our local schools to do book covers, re-usable grocery bags, and so on. I started experimenting and fusing different shapes, and was surprised by the beautiful results I was accomplishing during several tests. That is when I decided to put them to use in my jewelry designs as well.

Other EtsyMetal artists took part on this blog carnival. To read their entries, click on the following links:

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Multi use Fused plastic Necklace
This necklace is a custom order for a bride-to-be. She wanted a necklace she could also wear after the wedding as a casual accessory. She said she liked the handmade organic links, but also loved my fused plastic pieces, and thought pearls were a nice touch for a bride.

With all this information I started drawing ideas, and decided to make a multi-function necklace with the option of taking the fused plastic pieces if desired. This necklace may be worn long, double as a choker, with the fused plastic pieces, without them, and the extension chain can even be worn as a bracelet with the plastic pieces.

Now available at my shop!


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