Saturday, July 11, 2009

Collaborations - part 5

Yeah! We had a great day today. Lots of fun silver time and wine time and friend time and sharing time. And during all that we managed to finish our collaboration pieces too.

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Here are the finished pieces - each started by either myself, Angie or Marly, then passed on..and then passed on again....

And of course - part of the process was the naming....so here is each piece described individually......

The piece Marly started, we named "Myriad". It illustrates the myriad of different friends we have in our lives and how different they can all be - yet all join as a single entity in our life.


Angie's piece we named "Trilogy" as it made us think of each of us three and the different life stories they have, but also how they all intersect.



And my piece we named "Anyone can be progressive". We felt the process of collaborating by starting a piece then handing it on was a bit like a progressive dinner where you have appetizer at one person's house, then move to someone else's home for the entree, then have dessert at someone else's. And as "anyone" was involved, it just had to be "anyone can be progressive". And of course - a little double entendre with progressive indicating moving forward, improving, change.....



We reflected on how it felt to start a piece and then pass it on..... it involved a stage of letting go - letting it become what it would and not necessarily what we had in mind...and also a level of trust in each other.

We then had to decide who was going to keep and wear each piece. We decided to number each piece then write the numbers on a piece of paper and throw them down. The piece that landed nearest to each of us, was the one we chose. Strangely enough - we each got the piece we started !!!! But in the end, we each kept a different one and agreed that next time we meet up again, we'll exchange and "progress" to the next piece. So I am now wearing Marly's "Myriad", Angie is wearing "Anyone can be progressive" and Marly is wearing "Trilogy" .

But now the day is over and they've gone.... and it feels sad....but at least I have my momento in "Myriad" - a reminder of the boundless and infinite friendships we have and share.....

So do let us know what you think of our collaborations..........

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love them all! What a brilliant idea. you can see the influences from each of you, and yet the 3 finished pieces are so different from each other.
Mary

Ruth said...

Thanks for your comment sweetie. I'm really keen to do this more often now - it changes how you think. When I make my own pieces, I just make them from start to finish. When I was working on these, I tried a few ideas...but they didn't work and "fit" so I'd take them off and try something else and so on. And even though I'd done both a collage and lentil before - it was the trying to stay true to me - but also adapt to the piece as it was that was interesting.

Marbella Designs said...

wonderful work, I love them all as well!

Ruth said...

Thanks Sandra! I appreciate you watching along with us through our process.

Zoe Nelson said...

I love this idea! I wish I had metal clay friends close to me so we could do this!

beth said...

Wow it looks awesome. The give away look is so great. Keep it up the good work. Nice blog.

Easterya said...

Fabulous work, I love them all! They all fit within each other, their names too are really thoughtful, fantastic collaboration, thanks for showing it!!