MEMENTO VITAE–Life Remembered

by victoriadanner on February 10, 2011

Here’s a video I made for my line of Memento Vitae which I think of as personal objects to help us remember high points in our life or loved ones. [youtube][/youtube].

When I lost three family members in three years I felt compelled to DO something and these vessels are the result.





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The Value of Critiques: Ready or Not, Here I Come!

by victoriadanner on July 27, 2009

I have been reading the thread on Orchid about critiques with great interest. I think there is an opportunity here for all of us to learn something. People offering their work for review as well as those offering the critique stand to benefit. It can teach the principles of art and the elements of design required for a well executed piece and it can teach how to give a critique.

I can’t put it any better than Donna Wilson did in her post, so I will simply reprint it here.

The Value of Critiques

From: Donna Wilson

Dave makes a good point here:

> It seems to me the value of a critique depends somewhat on the
> person giving it & the respect the recipient has for that person.

When I was in art school 10 years ago each project completed for a class came with a critique by students and instructor. The basic fundamentals of art were taught with particular emphasis for each media… Elements of Art: Line, shape, form, color, texture, value, depth, space Principles of Design: composition, rhythm, pattern, repetition, unity, emphasis, balance, composition Works were critiqued with these fundamentals in mind. Critiques were done in the impersonal mode and were based on the above vocabulary and concepts. We never said “I like… or you didn’t…”; critique was all about the work. In jewelry classes, the workmanship was also discussed. As Dave said, there was respect for the recipient and everyone knew that the critique was not personal; it was to help the artist do better work. In the classroom setting, everyone had the same background. In other settings, critique could work as long as those giving the critique adhere to the same principles.

Donna in VA

So, let’s try to adhere to these principles and to get this ball rolling I am offering up my own work.

A little background info might be relevant. I taught a couple of cold connection workshops this past winter and it got me jazzed up about making some new cold connection work of my own. Sometimes I’m really into texture and this became one of those times! Here is one piece I thought was pretty successful. I’d like to hear what you think is successful and what is not about it





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