Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Book Review: Making Designer Mixed Media & Memory Jewelry by Tammy Powley

Tammy never fails to write a great jewelry book. In "Making Designer Mixed-Media and Memory Jewelry", she takes a subject that can be overwhelming to a beginner and makes as easy as 1-2-3.

The cover of the book with a gorgeous collar by artist Phaedra Torres is a prime example of how wonderful mixed media jewelry can be. The book opens with an Introduction and is followed by Section One: The Basics. This section is Chapter 1: tools and materials, and Chapter 2: Mixed-Media Techniques, including wire wrapping and knotting.The second half of the book is made up of the projects and the gallery section- Chapter 3: Ephemera and Memory, Chapter 4: Collectibles and Souvenirs, Chapter 5: Found Objects and Natual Objects, and Chapter 6: Mixed-Media Jewelry Gallery. There is also a resource section in the back.

Being a mixed media jewelry artist myself, I know you have to look at things and think "HOW can I use that and make it wearable?" I've talked to alot of people who think they aren't THAT creative and don't know where to begin using something that isn't found in a jewelry supply store. They want too, they just don't know where to start.

Well, if that is you my friend this book is a great starting place. Making Designer Mixed Media & Memory Jewelry will help you look at things differently when buying jewelry supplies. Yarn, pink post it notes, vinyl pipe and more can be turned into great jewelry!!! found

The last paragraph in the introduction of this book states: “It’s time to flex your creative muscles. Explore unique posssiblities of crafting wearable jewelry art while learning traditional jewelrymaking methods.” and this book definately helps the jewelry artist do this! Tammy has put together a sweet collection of mixed media jewelry projects in this fun and inspiring book that will make you absolutely love working with mixed media.

As the reader goes thru the book,Tammy encourages them to think about things sitting in your drawer or junk box and how you can incorporate them into something similar. Some of the projects I loved are Victoria Button’s “Grandmothers Marquee”, Cyndi Lavin’s “Timeless Treasure Pins” and Elizabeth and Rachel Geltmen”Pink Paper Paradise Earrings”.


Mary Timme said...

I'm so not good at re-purposing usually, but maybe it is a latent talent that will come out yet!

Barbe Saint John/ Saints and Sinners® said...

It will Mary! You just need to play around and have fun with it!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Andrew Thornton said...

Definitely a must have to any creative library!

Debra GGibson said...

I can see now that I am going to have to add this book to my library! I love making things with found objects and turning them into beautful pieces to wear, Thanks for sharing and Have a Blessed Holiday season ! Deb

Tammy said...

Thank you so much for your review, Barbe!

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