YBC Puzzle Challenge Reveal

YBC Puzzle Challenge 2015Monday night we had the big reveal of the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the PA Guild of Craftsmen’s 2015 Puzzle Challenge. It was a diverse array of pieces in wood, metal, fabric, beads, paper, glass, and a wide variety of mixed media. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

YBC Puzzle Challenge 2015a YBC Puzzle Challenge 2015bThere were four categories that we could vote on, and here are the winners:

Best Interpretation of Theme: Paula Lewis We Don’t Match, But We Fit

We Don't Match, But We Fit ©2015 Paula Lewis
We Don’t Match, But We Fit ©2015 Paula Lewis

Most Humorous: Diane Troutman Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil (she has a skull in hers, too!)

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil ©2015 Diane Troutman
Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil ©2015 Diane Troutman

Most Challenging: Ann Bocal Tòimhleechan (Gaelic for Puzzle. She spent 465 hours doing the beadwork on this!)

Tòimhleechan ©2015 Ann Bocal
Tòimhleechan ©2015 Ann Bocal

Piece You Most Want to Take Home: Connie Hollenbaugh ?

? ©2015 Connie Hollenbaugh
? ©2015 Connie Hollenbaugh

Though I wasn’t a winner, I am very proud of my piece, now with the crowdsourced name Scavenger.

Scavenger ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass, painted wood 18.75
Scavenger ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass, painted wood 18.75″h x 8.75″w x 4.5″d

If you want to see all the pieces in person, and maybe even buy one or two, hint, hint, you can find it at the Yellow Breeches Booth at both the Harvest of the Arts Festival and Fall Into Fine Craft shows in Carlisle, PA.

Blood & Sawdust

I came up with that title after sawing, rasping, and just generally poking my fingers while making this project. Plus there was sawdust adhered to my feet from using them as my third and fourth hands ;^)

This is another post about the YBC Challenge, so if you want to be surprised, don’t scroll past this little green guy I saw this morning.

Green GuySeriously, don’t look past this photo of the giant hydrangea bloom that’s as big as my hubby’s head.

HydrangeaOK, Spoiler Alert! You have been triple warned!!

Here is a progression of the work done on the metal portion of my piece:

Skull in Progress ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass
Skull in Progress ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass
Skull in Progress ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass
Skull in Progress ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass
Skull in Progress ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass
Skull in Progress ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass
Finished metal portion ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel
Finished metal portion ©2015 WTEK brass, nickel

And now a couple of the wooden backing portion:

Outside/ back pieces of the wooden frame ©2015 WTEK
Outside/ back pieces of the wooden frame ©2015 WTEK
I prepainted the inside bits of the frame and edge of the panel ©2015 WTEK
I prepainted the inside bits of the frame and edge of the panel ©2015 WTEK

I feel obligated to tell you that the black paint I’m using is made from CARBONIZED BONES. That’s right, people, BONES. So it’s really blood, bones, & sawdust, hah!

NEW JEWELRY SET!!

Air Chased Jewelry Set ©2015 WTEK sterling silver, brass
Air Chased Jewelry Set ©2015 WTEK sterling silver, brass
Here's the backs ©2015 WTEK
Here’s the backs ©2015 WTEK

That’s right, I still make jewelry too! Remember I was working on a new set? Well, that 6 x 6″ piece of air chased sterling silver became a necklace, a cuff, & a pair of earrings! I’m super psyched to wear them this Sunday at the Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2015 opening at the State Museum in Harrisburg. Hopefully I’ll see you there and you can see these pieces, Fragmented, and bunch of other great art by other great artists too! 2 – 5pm! And teal hair!

Earrings close-up ©2015 WTEK
Earrings close-up ©2015 WTEK
Cuff work ©2015 WTEK
Cuff work ©2015 WTEK