Friday, February 17, 2017

Cleavage


Well, to start, this piece was inspired by the variation I started doing on the triple pod earring.  I created the first set to go with an outfit I was wearing for the Art Council's Holiday Gala, it sold that week. I made another set and just delivered it to the Lansing Art Gallery last month.  As I was making the earrings, I wanted to keep adding pods.  The shapes and varying textures in the different beads were calling to me.


I decided that if I got my latest weaving ready to hang, I'd allow myself to start in on this idea. That was the kick in the pants I needed to finish my latest Lake Superior weaving for submission to a Call for Art.  This piece was also finished in time for that submission.


I took a few photos while the threads were still on this piece, I had every intention of continuing to add pods, but I was so happy with the initial pictures I stopped myself.  There is such a thing as over-doing it when creating artwork, these photos let me know I was at a good stopping point.


Finally, the title....I tend to think of names for pieces either at the very beginning of a piece when I'm working conceptually or as I am working on them. This piece kept making me think of forms and writings I was working on in college.  The cleaving of things.  When something is being pushed together and split apart at the same time.  This is the first of an idea of cleavage, cloven, cleavers in my own work.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Mother Superior: Lake Superior Triple Weaving

Remember the weaving that I finished for the Porcupine Mountains Artist Residency?  Well I had some warp left over and decided to make myself another Lake Superior weaving from all of the wonderful photos that I took while I was there.  I cannot stop thinking of calling it "Mother Superior" so that's what it is.  Plus that Beatles song keeps popping in my head when I was working on both pieces.


This weaving is much smaller and far different in texture than it's sister piece.  I perused my dyed rayon stash and found most of the colors I needed.  The yellow-orange ball of hand dyed rayon is actually from my years at the University of Michigan Art School.  It was perfect for this piece and I'm glad it's sat waiting in my stash for this long. The green weft I did do some over-dyeing on the skein and up close it has some fantastic hues of blues and purple.

Some major edits were done to the reflection of the sun (round yellow thing in the water) after I pulled it off the loom. I actually snipped the loops of rayon (lets be honest, I wove it the wrong direction, the loops were meant for the back of the piece, but I always do tapestry from the back so it ended up all wonky).  This is the first time I have ever stitched into a weaving for a fix/detail.  I was nervous and wanted it very faint, so I used yellow sewing thread.


I just submitted this piece to it's first show, so fingers crossed on it jurying in! Until then, it has a place on my wall.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Neutral Trends in my Latest Jewelry


I've been somewhat stumped on colors for Spring 2017.  It seems like anything goes these days as far as fashion is concerned.  I always want to push my color themes to something other than my color comfort zone.  The first round of colors I started in on started looking a lot like my Spring 2015 color grouping.


I decided to pull a more neutral color theme. I just went with my gut which also happened to be the colors that are my go-tos but I'm really happy with this leaf lariat set which has more muted greens, browns and golds.

The below set mixes another favorite color combination of mine. Purple and brown go together all too often in my wardrobe.  I made this delicate set of stripe earrings and a bracelet with a loop and pearl closure.


I just dropped these off to the Lansing Art Gallery among a few other pieces if you'd like to check them out. I think I'll be sticking to these colors for a bit.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Triple Pod Earring Variation II


I usually post a run down for New Year's but it became more of a journal entry, so this coming year I'm just ready for whatever is thrown at me.  My previous post was the first of this style earring. It sold less than a week after I made it and I already missed them.


So here's another variation of the 3 pod earrings, it's a bit larger than the first pair and I decided not to add any accent beads, it preferred this smooth look.  


There is a significant amount of dimension to these which has me starting to think about other, larger projects.


Of course, I'm still making smaller earrings for every day wear. I finished these recently and am working on some new leaf sets.



Sunday, December 11, 2016

Triple Pod Earring Variation


I regret that these are the only photos I took of this 3 pod earring variation, but I'm happy I thought about it when I did.  I finished them on Tuesday to go with what I wore to the Arts Council's Holiday Glitter event and they just sold last night at REACH Art Studio's "A Not So Silent Night" fundraiser.


These are more difficult to put together to make them match than the ones that hang in a row, but I really love their size and shape.  




I have to admit, I was sad to see these go so quickly, but it certainly makes me feel like I should make more of this style/shape!

Outfit by Helen Welford

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Snowflake Cluster Earrings


It finally snowed here in Lansing last night.  It was glorious, and some even stuck despite the warmth today.  I have hope. I also, have been making a lot a snowflakes for holiday events and decided to make a pair of cluster earrings with the extras.  I've only made one pair of these in the past and they sold right away, so if you want these, I'd suggest emailing me (I shop for free) or come to REACH Art Studio's Holiday Fundraiser "Not So Silent Night" and see them there.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Jenny Schu's Holiday Shows 2016


That time of year is upon us where Holiday events, shows and receptions have me running all over the place.  Where can you find me toting around my on-hand jewelry out of my display trunks?  Here's your answer!

November 19, 2016
Washtenaw Community College, Lawrence Building
9am-5pm


December 10, 2016
Not So Silent Night at REACH Art Studios
Early Entry 6:30pm-7:30pm, the event goes until 9:30pm
Preview Party Tickets are $40 and Benefit Tickets are $20 ($25 at the Door)


December 14, 2016
Speaker Law Firm Jewelry showing
Conference Room of Speaker Law Firm
10:00am-4:00pm


Galleries that are also carrying my work currently:

Loop Swoop + Pull, A Fiberarts Exhibit
Art Supply Depot
Bowling Green OH

From Marbles to Minecraft
Annmarie Sculpture Garden Exhibit
Dowell, MD

Lansing Art Gallery
Holiday Market Reception is this Friday, November 11th, 2016, 5-8pm
Lansing, MI

Holiday Gallery Shop at Textile Center
Minneapolis, MN

Angelwood Gallery
Grand Rapids, OH

Cappaert Contemporary Gallery
Door County, WI
(they have special hours for off-season)

Paige Wiard Gallery
Calumet, MI

 and coming SOON

Higher Art Gallery 
Traverse City, MI
(I still need to send them a box of goodies)