Saturday, 29 December 2018

Handmade Gifts

As 2018 draws to a close (what a year, phew!), wishing you and your families lots of love and happiness.

A long time ago, I took up beaded jewellery making to make gifts. Ten years on, whilst I'm selling online as Sasha + Max, the making of gifts for family and friends still happens, and maybe a few for me too....  

It's of huge satisfaction to now make most of the beads as part of my polymer obsession, and tailor accordingly.


The black and white necklace is for my sister-in-law, who hails from Denmark and has a wonderful modern aesthetic. The beads are my early cane work - stripes a a bit wonky but generally it hangs together, do you think ?




The green necklace is for my Mother - a very stylish 80 something. I was inspired by the some of the one base colour / many shades work of polymer artist Judy Belcher. All the beads are polymer, paired with a Saki Silver clasp  As luck had it, my mother wore a matching modern shift dress on Christmas day that worked perfectly with this necklace.

Everyone was happy !


Sunday, 30 September 2018

Polymer adventures

I have been playing with polymer clay this year, wanting to put a lot more of my own handmade into my pieces, and totally enjoying this new direction. So much to learn, so many gadgets one could buy!

Disc



Stripe
  Building your own patterns, making canes, adding texture, creating beads - the world is limitless.

Circles
So many great artists to learn from whilst wanting to work with my own style.

Mint
Odyssey
The journey continues...
 

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Spring 2017

Spring is here in Sydney!
Hope you have had a lovely weekend. I've hit the beading table after a small break.

Here are a couple of new creations. 

I love the feature beads in this necklace - made by Graceful Willow beads- they are so unique and work well with the bayong and czech copper beads.

https://www.madeit.com.au/Main/Item?itemId=1210097

I've also gone a bit mad for Golem Studio's chunky beads, and have made one pair for the shop and a spare pair of the below Crackle earrings for me too.

https://www.madeit.com.au/Main/Item?itemId=1210094
You can find both at the Sasha and Max Studio store

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Colour vs Neutrals

Well hello, long time no see, and a belated Happy New Year to you.

Hope you and your families are well, had a good break, and for Australian readers that you are succeeding in staying cool in this hot humid weather. We talk about weather a lot, don't we? It's a weird obsession of mine since school days.

Here's some new pieces created over the holidays - some very colourful pieces and one very neutral.

These will be added to the shops over the next few days.





Woodland

Sunshine Days
Circuitous

Circuitous



Lots of bead shopping was done over the break, and little packages now keep arriving (got to love that)  - a bundle of Graceful Willow beads came just in time for weekend beading.

Look at those colours ! Cindy makes amazingly unique beads, might need to go back for more.

Enjoy the week.
Earrings made with Graceful willow beads - great colour and pattern ! 

The Sasha+Max Studio shop links are
Etsy
Madeit.com



Monday, 3 October 2016

Inspired by art - Frida Kahlo

It's a long weekend in Sydney - a good time for reflection and creative pursuits.
My sister-in law Grace suggested that I join her for the Frida Kahlo Diego Rivera exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. What a wonderfully curated show it was, telling in detail about their tumultuous life, the world at that time and the stories behind each work.


Photo by Nickolas Muray
Self Portrait with necklace



Frida was an amazing women who dealt with some very tough health issues, and died tragically young in her mid 40's. She was a total ground breaker for women in art, never playing by rules.

 I felt totally inspired both by her work and use of colour, and particularly by Frida's very individual look. 
Photo by Edward Weston


Her way of wearing chunky jewellery paired with authentic Mexican clothing was enough to get me back to the jewellery studio to make the below, and online to build my chunky bead stash.

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/482854935/frida-chunky-necklace-turquoise-red-and?ref=shop_home_active_1
Frida
https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/482854935/frida-chunky-necklace-turquoise-red-and?ref=shop_home_active_1




Get in fast as the show at AGNSW closes on 23 October.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Bohemian style and Bird on a Rainbow

Tassel necklace
Hi there. Hope your weekend has been creative. Hard to find the time some days.

I bought this Tibetan bead from Lima beads in the US - isn't she lovely? She had to be the focus of a statement necklace.

Enamel beads seem to be also going into my pieces of late - love the texture and colours. One day I will make my own when I can get some flame space organized and work out how to ship Barbara Lewis' torch flame tools to Australia.

Tassel
I also was tinkering with some other bright beads, one of Humblebeads gorgeous birds paired with a Golem lentil bead. Classic layout. Made for each other.



Bird on a rainbow
Bird on a Rainbow

Bohemian style and Bird on a Rainbow

Tassel necklace
Hi there. Hope your weekend has been creative. Hard to find the time some days.

I bought this Tibetan bead from Lima beads in the US - isn't she lovely? She had to be the focus of a statement necklace.

Enamel beads seem to be also going into my pieces of late - love the texture and colours. One day I will make my own when I can get some flame space organized and work out how to ship Barbara Lewis' torch flame tools to Australia.

Tassel
I also was tinkering with some other bright beads, one of Humblebeads gorgeous birds paired with a Golem lentil bead. Classic layout. Made for each other.



Bird on a rainbow
Bird on a Rainbow