Monday, February 21, 2011

my inspiration for participating in "RAW"

Some of the artists participating in the "RAW (ring a week) challenge" (including me) have decided to do a blog carnival. A blog carnival is where a group of people pick a subject, blog about it then post it with links to all the other blogs that are participating.

The subject of this blog carnival is "What was your inspiration for participating in RAW?"

My inspiration for participating in the RAW challenge was actually the "RAD" (ring a day) challenge. The challenge was to make a ring a day every day for the year 2010 ending up with 365 rings by Dec 31. I came across this challenge by accident while surfing the web. I thought this was the greatest idea and would have loved to participate but I didn't find out about the challenge until day 115 so I would have been quite a bit behind. I would check in on the challenge every so often to see what was new. There were some really great rings that have been made. On Jan 5, 2011 I checked in on RAD to see all the completed work for the year and that's when I saw the post about a new challenge for 2011. There was still a couple days left in the first week of January so I decided to jump in! I am such a ring person. I love making and wearing them, and the bigger the better if you ask me! I also have been in a creative funk lately so I thought this would be a great way to challenge myself and get the creative juices flowing. I figured I could use techniques that I don't get to use very often and maybe teach myself a thing or two along the way.

So far I LOVE it! I am 7 rings in and have used 3 of the many techniques I plan to incorporate into my RAW rings. I want to give my RAW rings lots of dimension and texture so I have made hollow forms, I hand carved carved ebony and I have incorporated hinges into my pieces. I have even made my more simpler rings more interesting than I have in the past by adding curves and texture to them and I am very pleased with the look of them. I would like to try to combine some of the harder techniques I haven't used yet and possibly use them in 1 ring. It will either turn out awesome or end up in the scrap box but I won't know unless I try! So keep an eye out for my future RAW rings!

To read more about other artists inspiration for participating check out the blogs below!

Marcie Abney -

Joanne Harrill -

Thomasin Durgin -

Amy Nicole -

Janice -

Aleksandra Micic -

Lana Chu -

Evelyn Markasky -

Kerry Alice-Twigs and Heather -

Lorena Angulo-

Kate Jones--

Maria Apostolou-

Sarah Small -

Rebecca Bogan -

Elaine Luther -

Rebekah Timlin Meddles -

Laura M (Zoeowyn)-

Kimberly (bahamadawn) -

Erin Austin -

Catherine Witherell -

Joan Furilla -

Kathryn Cole-


lisa {milkshake} said...

I love the idea of creating something every day! Is that how it works, or are you just planning on ending up with 365 rings at the end of the year? Love the rings you've posted so far! Are you going to sell them at the end of the year?

Michele said...

The RAW challenge I am participating in is to make a ring a week. Last years challenge was to make something every day which I thought was a really cool idea but I missed out on it because I didn't find out about it until it was too late. And yes, I am going to sell some of the rings I am making for the challenge...just haven't gotten to listing them in Etsy shop yet :)

lisa {milkshake} said...

Should've paid attention while I was reading ;) You've inspired me. I want to get a group of people to do this! But it won't have to be a specific item. Love it!

Michele said...

I'm in! :) It's really fun and challenging. And I can make something else new besides a ring every day or every week or however you want to do it. My suggestion is weekly. It gives you more time to really think about it and come up with something great.

AdobeSol said...

RAW Rocks!! Your work is incredible and inspiring. Looking forward to the weeks to come.

BahamaDawn said...

sounds like RAW is giving everyone inspiration and pushing them outside their comfort zone!

Michele said...

I have to agree with you AdobeSol...RAW Rocks! and thank you:) and BahamaDawn, RAW has pushed me to do things I have wanted to do for a long time but never made the time. I am so glad I decided to participate!

laura said...

Your work is grand, it is so much fun to see your work every week.

Thomasin Durgin said...

I absolutely love your rings ad I enjoyed reading your post. Looking forward to your RAW next week!

Evelyn said...

I love your textures and designs and the way they are combined and put together!

Michele said...

Thank you so much Laura, Tomi and Evelyn! At the moment I actually am stumped as for I would like to make for this week's ring even though I have been in the studio all will be surprise for all of us!:)

kate jones said...

Your work is so beautifully crafted. Looking forward to seeing more via RAW and EtsyMetal!

Anonymous said...

Love your work and your determination to try different techniques. It will be inspiring to see your new creations and I am looking forward to it! So glad you joined RAW!

Maria Apostolou said...

Such a great start, already incorporating new techniques and accomplishing your goals! I just love your work!

Lorena Angulo said...

Great to be part of this wonderful group !! RAW rules !! Love your work.

Anonymous said...

It's so great to be a part of this group and I love your rings! Lana

HappyDayArt! said...

I am a little late getting over here but I have been reading along and noticed that each piece of jewelry you've made is just beautiful! I love your textured edges and the rose ring and the sunburst ring that I saw over at flickr is really something. You're very good at what you do!

Catherine Witherell

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