This month, some members of the Starving Artist Team on Etsy (SATeam) have decided to introduce a “blog carnival”. What is a blog carnival? It is when several members of the team write a post about the same topic on the same day.
Our team’s first topic is “How does texture play into your work?”
I’m a very tactile person. I tend to “see” with my hands. I pick up objects to help me decide of what materials they are made. Anytime I go somewhere new, I touch and pick up pretty much everything. I process a lot of info with my hands. I can identify some tree species based on how their leaves feel (really). Places with “Don’t touch” signs frustrate me.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I like to incorporate texture into the jewelry I make.
Some of the texture I add to a piece is subtle, like when I use a silk ribbon, a suede ribbon or a leather cord. The silk ribbon feels so soft and luxurious around the neck. Suede ribbons are buttery soft. And leather cord is smooth. They all feel very different than a chain does around the neck.
Some texture additions are more noticeable. I use hammers, pliers and other tools to add texture to copper and sterling silver sheet. My most prized jewelry tools are a beautiful set of Fretz hammers that are often used to create texture.
Sometimes I create a variety of textures in a single piece. The ridges in this fold-formed piece are strong and give the piece character. And the small pieces of silver peeking out from the edges have a much softer, more subtle texture. The small amber cabochon is smooth and polished, in direct contrast to the strong ridges. And to emphasize all of these textures, I oxidized the piece, making it a little darker.
I also use wire to create texture. One way is to wrap beads. They can be wrapped to fashion a bead cap, or they can be almost caged or they can even be wrapped in wire in a free-form way. I love how the wire creates soft ridges that contrast with the smooth, polished feel of the stones or glass.
Pieces of jewelry with texture allow me to use two of my five senses to connect with the piece. My eyes are busy scanning the piece, taking it all in. But my sense of touch is engaged too. My fingers give me even more information than my eyes. So a piece with texture has appeal that is two-fold and creates a more lasting memory for me.
Please visit other blogs participating in the blog carnival to find out how texture plays into their work.