Every month the Earrings Everyday blog hosts a design challenge based on a theme. This month the challenge was based on a Japanese performance art and dance troupe Enra.
Erin Prais-Hintz provided a video of a piece called “Torque starter” for inspiration. The video can be seen here. (I haven’t mastered the art of adding a video to my blog).
I watched the video several times and, each time, found myself captivated. I was drawn to different sections of the performance, thinking do I have the right pieces and/or beads to interpret that?
Finally, I found the perfect fit for this portion of the performance, occurring about 20 seconds into the video:
I had acquired some steel stampings from HighArt Destash on Facebook. These are not steel that’s been riveted and cut into that shape, rather are literally stamped out. They were originally curved and it’s thought they were meant for shoe bows. A little grungy when I first received them, I cleaned them up with a file and gently flattened them.
The “dots” on the stampings reminded me of the flashing “sparks” in that section of the video. Though the video is black and white I saw flashes of blue throughout and decided to use faceted blue Goldstone beads plus gunmetal jump rings and ear wires, and black wire to attach everything together. I’m rather pleased with how they came together.
I explored online to find more information on the troupe. Maybe it’s because they’re based in Japan but I found it hard to find a website. I did however find many videos online and watched a few.
One in particular, titled “Primitive” caught my attention.
Again, it was a particular section that caught my attention.
The strong bars reminded me of some silver plated pieces with black resin ovals with a very oriental influence that I have, giving an old fashioned photo negative effect. I decided to add some faceted black Onyx beads that I attached with gunmetal chain, wires and head pins.
The onyx beads bring in the influence of the ball from the inspiration video along with emphasizing the vertical aspect of the screen capture.
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