Friday, February 21, 2014

We're All Ears from Earrings Everyday

The folks at Earrings Everyday have decided to have a monthly challenge. They're calling it the We're All Ears Hop. Each month they will share some sort of inspiration (a picture, painting, person, song, poem, etc.). Blog readers are then invited to create a pair of earrings based on the inspiration, blog about the earrings and inspiration, and share that blog link.

This month, the inspiration is this photo of Damselflies in Love
Photo credit National Geographic, Yeo Weng Sang
While I did recognize the general heart shape that the damselflies have created in their. . .ummmmm. . .activity, I'm not big on the heart-shape in general.  What drew me in to this photo were the colors and general lines. I do love the transparency of their wings and the length of their bodies. I absorbed all that and created this pair of earrings.
I used the clear beads with lines on them to symbolize the wings. As well, the orange and blue I took from their  torsos with the dash of brown for their long tails. In addition, I used the twisted brass bars to elongate the earrings much as their tails do their bodies. Lastly, the pair is mirrored top to bottom like these two lovers are posed in the picture.
I really dig these earrings and am looking forward to more challenges for the crew at Earrings Everyday. I can't wait to see how everyone else interprets the prompt.


43 comments:

  1. I think you did a great job. Those bars really recall the body of the damselflies. And I also love the asymmetric pattern (and I am not a big fun of it).

    Ambra

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    1. Ambra- Oh, thank you so much. Asymmetry is often difficult for me and with this I just mirrored it, so it's not really as asymmetrical as you think. . .I appreciate your sweet words and support! :)

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  2. Everything about these pulls me in ~ the length and swing, the twist, the mirror image, the colors, the inspiration. These are really cool earrings, Hope!

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  3. I'm not fond of the heart shape either. I like how your earrings mirrored the these lovers. Beautiful earrings!!!!!!

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  4. Nice work - I love the simplicity of these - they are simple but definitely not boring.

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  5. The yin yang of these echo the image's harmony and balance wonderfully.

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  6. These are wonderful Hope. The shapes and the colors are such a great use of the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you Kristi, I appreciate that so much! It was a fun challenge and I'm totally looking forward to next month's.

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  7. Love these! You did a great job capturing the essence of the photo... love the thought behind your asymmetry too! Really nice work.

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    1. Thank you!! I don't tend to get inspired by images such as this challenge had us doing, but it really worked out this time. I think I'm going to like these little challenges to help stretch my ability to be inspired. As always, I appreciate you stopping by SO MUCH!

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  8. I am crazy about these. The linearity. The asymmetry. The materials. Splendid.

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    1. Susan, You are too sweet!! Thank you so much :)

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  9. Love the detailed thought you expressed behind the design, Hope! The earrings are a beautiful tribute to this loving pair of damsels.

    Lynda

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    1. Lynda- Thank you. I really enjoyed this challenge and though it sounds like it, I didn't over-think it. I'm working on doing less of that in my designs. I guess it working! :) Thanks again.

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  10. Ooohh. I like the way you flip-flopped the earrings, giving them an asymetrical look. Lovely job.

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    1. Pam- Thanks. The flip-flop was the last decision I made on these and I think it worked out well without being too distracting. I appreciate you stopping in.

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  11. Beautiful earrings! You really put so much soul in this earrings. The way you look at that inspiration.... very cool!

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    1. Dian- Thank you. It seems like I thought a lot about this, but (as I said a couple comments above) I really made myself not over-think it. I took what popped out most to me in the photo (the colors, length, and mirroring) and went with that. I'm so pleased it worked out and that you like them. :)

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  12. Oh, I love your interpretation of these two cuties! Mirrored - you're clever. and the earrings are fabulous, as always!!

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    1. Shel- Ha. I wasn't sure how else to describe their position. . . ;) I'm so happy you like them. I like this challenge; quick but still challenging enough for me to stretch myself a little. SO fun.

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  13. Love these! Especially the long bars..mimicking the bodies and love the asymmetry as well.

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    1. Kristy- Thank you so much. I had a lot of fun with this challenge and am looking forward to the next one! I appreciate you stopping in. :)

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  14. I love the colors and the way you combined the different shapes of beads. Well done!

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    1. Kathy- Thanks! I really had fun with this. :)

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  15. I love these ! these are way cool! I think you are very talented!

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    1. Jean- You are too, too sweet!! Thank you! :)

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  16. Love how you went with the mirrored look for these earrings. They look so delicate, as if they could fly. Great job!

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    1. Thank you Marybeth!! I'm just pleased that they reflect the damselflies somewhat. :)

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  17. Out of the others listed, I really think yours are the most creative and the design really fully encompasses the provided picture for me. Great work!

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    1. Oh wow. . .you flatter me so. I'm not sure about all that, but I do appreciate you saying all those kind words. Thank you for giving me that boost!

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  18. These are really lovely I love how you mirrored them!

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    1. Thank you so much Niky! I enjoyed this challenge greatly.

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  19. love the design. I'm a big fan of asymmetry. it's more dynamic to me. I will often create earrings for myself that are reversed like yours sometimes just to see if people notice. they usually don't and if they do they will ask if I know that they aren't the same. lol

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  20. Your design is great. The colors, length, and mirroring really invoke the challenge picture.

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    1. Kala - Thank you! It was totally a lot of fun. I appreciate you swinging by!

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  21. Love your take on this design. The mirroring is inspired! Great pair of earrings.

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  22. I also think the length of your earrings represents the dragon flies very well. Very nice!

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  23. Great interpretation and design. The long metal pieces work great! The asymmetrical design really works!

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    1. Cindy- Thanks! It was definitely a fun challenge. I can't wait to see what they've got up their sleeve for the next one!

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  24. I just love those earrings! I am not normally a fan of mismatched earrings but I have might have to change my tune after seeing these.

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  25. Yea! So happy to see you participating, Miss Hope! These earrings are AWESOME! I would certainly wear them. Love that they are asymmetrical (I find that so hard to do well, and you did!). And I am happy that there was so much to be inspired by in this first photo. Hope you will be back to share your creations with us. Thank you for joining in the We're All Ears challenge! Enjoy the day. Erin

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