Summertime-a themed challenge
I absolutely adore summer. There are certain things which symbolize and signal summer. Lightening bugs (aka fireflies). Strawberries. Watermelon. Blueberries. American Flags. Red, white and blue decor. S'mores. Hot humid weather. Ice cream. Corn on the cob. BBQ's. Going to the lake (I live in landlocked Indiana with lots of lakes). Long lazy days. Reading. Sunglasses. Bathing suits. Picnics. Fireworks.
So when it was decided that the design challenge theme for June would be summertime, I was super excited. Except that whole lazy days of summer thing does not exist in my actual world...just inside my head. It seems to be more nostalgia than anything else. So far my summer has been full of planning/hosting a high school graduation party for my son, chauffering my daughter to summer school (she is taking her sophomore block classes now so she doesn't have to do PE during the school year), and other various things so that I am completely shocked it's the last day of June. How is this even possible? Luckily Chloe finishes summer school tomorrow and then all she has left is rehearsals and performances of Beauty and the Beast. In my mind, summer starts tomorrow night.
However, as excited as I was about this challenge, and as many ideas as I had for it, what I actually accomplished is pretty pitiful. I had an idea for a "treasure necklace" full of objects one might find while taking time to slow down and find the beauty in small ways when life has slowed down. It didn't happen. However, I do have a rough sketch and list of objects to include.
What did I actually have time to do? I tried making headpins with fruit murrini. Due to the shape of the headpins and the murrini, they don't look great. They would be better in a bead with a larger flat surface. First is watermelon
And one lonely slice of kiwi, even though kiwi doesn't say summer to me. It is a nice citrusy lime green color that screams summer and makes me happy:
And that's it. Because this is an open design challenge to all component makers and jewelry designers, there is more to see. Make sure you see what else people made.