Name that Color

Pantone Institute announced their fashion color report for Spring 2017. A lively color inspired by nature called “Greenery” Pantone 15-0343. The yellow-green shade is the signature color they’ve chosen to express their take on current fashion design collections and trends. According to their report from September 2016, the 10 new colors impart “emotions and feelings that surround us in nature.” However, the most prevalent color in 2017 will be a blue, they’ve named, “Niagara” Pantone 17-4123.

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Shades of blue and green will always be included on my jewelry design and graphic arts palette. I’ve been working with these amazing druzy stones for a while now. They sparkle with tiny natural crystals from yellows to blues and purples. I also admire the translucent blue-green color in the tiny round gemstone, Apatite. I predict the shades of “Niagara” will make a few appearances in my graphic design and jewelry projects again this year.

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What color inspires you?

Do you have names for your favorite colors?

Maybe your favorite ice cream is Batman Blue!

Thanks for stopping by and share to facebook if you like Blue!

~Tresa

Read the 2017 Pantone Spring Fashion report here: 
#oscars #redcarpet #fashionindustry #Pantone2017 #thedailypost
This post was inspired by Pantone and The Daily Post: Names, Photo Challenge

Purple Stones

Amethyst is February’s Birthstone. I always love to dig up something unusual, but this month, Amethyst stands alone. There is no other gemstone for February.

A lot of people love the color purple, and  it looks fabulous with gold. I’ve been designing with variety of amethyst and tanzanite stones. My pieces are very earthy with the warm jasper tones that are a nice surprise with the sparkle of purple stones.

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Amethyst and Tanzanite Necklace by MeyerClarkCreative

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Photo from The Crystal Castle

Amethyst is quartz. It ranges in color from pale to deep purple. Bands of color are common in specimens from some regions. Heating amethyst causes the color to change to yellow or gold, turning the amethyst into citrine!

Whatever colors I’m inspired by, originality is the key to creating. I strive to employ my best hand-picked beads in every piece. I want you to feel happy that you’ve made a personal choice when wearing and giving one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry.

If you want to see more of my jewelry and here more about my story, go to MeyerClarkCreative on Etsy.com.

Thanks for reading and sharing.
~~~~ Tresa

Rosie Outlook

 

Being optimistic is not always easy.
Staying positive is not always a matter of focus. Training my brain as an artist to see things in a different light, rearranged, contrast from dark to light, and opposites, can have a healing effect. Immersing myself into my garden around the bees and weeds is important to me, and can be very therapeutic as well.

Rose Quartz rock

Rose Quartz promises to bring love.

While planting mint for tea drinking, I was surprised to find three rose quartz stones in my garden on two separate occasions! I’m sure whoever planted them was an optimist about finding love!

I’m certain it helped me too.

Challenging my design skills keeps me positive.
Recently, Pantonethe global authority on color, announced the colors for 2016; Rose Quartz and Serene Blue. Inspired by this color combination and our Michigan sunsets, I gathered up my beads and coordinated rose quartz with blue gemstones. This necklace is a new listing in my Etsy shop. According to common gemstone lore, rose quartz crystals can provide help in keeping a positive outlook, help with insomnia, and has a balancing effect on emotions. It is also the alternative to the garnet for January birthstones.

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Jewelry Design by Meyer Clark Creative

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Being optimistic can be life-changing.
Positive thinking keeps you motivated and energetic, pursuing what you want with ambition, confidence and happiness. According to successconsciousness.com —how-to-be-optimistic—It helps you focus on your vision, and makes everyday a happy day.

Thank you so much for reading and sharing! Yes, sharing is positive! Tweet Tweet!

~~Tresa

Today’s journal was in response to The Daily Post’s photo-challenge, Optimistic.

October’s Electric Stone

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“According to ancient legend the Opal was considered to be the most mysterious and bewitching of all gemstones, because it was believed to have all the virtues of other precious stones within. Opals were believed to boost the joy of one’s earthly existence.” redcjewels.com

 

October is a month full of color in Michigan, and the birthstone is Opal, which seems fitting with its kaleidoscopic of colors and glints of rainbow flecks.

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As you may know, I like to explore the what is “not so known” about each birthstone. Since Pink Tourmaline is also an October birthstone, I have found Black Tourmaline to be much more intriguing.

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Schorl or Black Tourmaline is Electric

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In a village in Saxony, Germany called Zschorlau or “Schorl”, ancient magicians used Black Tourmaline, known as Schorl, to protect them from evil in their spiritual rituals. Nearby there was a tin mine where black tourmaline was found. I find it amazing that in other parts of the world, Native Americans and African shamans included black tourmaline in rituals as protection against negative spells or curses as well.

Black tourmaline is an electric stone. “Scientists worldwide have long been intrigued by the unique electrical and magnetic properties of tourmaline. American statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin, possessed at least one tourmaline stone and is said to have used it in his experiments (he invented the lightening rod). In Europe in 1880, Pierre Curie and his brother Jacques, a mineralogist, discovered that tourmaline carries a weak electric charge when it is heated (pyroelectricity) or when pressure is applied to its surface (piezoelectricity). Later, research in Japan confirmed that tourmaline carries a faint but constant electric charge of 0.06mA, which is why tourmaline continues to be known as the electric stone, especially in Asia. Japanese researchers also found that no matter how small tourmaline is ground or crushed, it is still capable of conveying an electric current.”
—- http://www.eyeofhorus.biz

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Black Tourmaline in Quartz

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Handcrafted jewelry by Tresa

 

I hope you learned something new about the October birthstones.

Thanks for reading, you are awesome!

Please share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!

~~~Tresa

 

The Colors of Sunset and Wine

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Close Up.”

Color is important to me. Before designing a jewelry piece, I combine shades and textures that I’m drawn to. The Swarovski Crystal beads have amazing light reflecting qualities, and this color, Antique Rose, it very close tho the Pantone color, Marsala. The bands of color on the agate slice that I hand-picked for this piece, blend well with the crystal beads. This is an amazing close up! The finished piece can be viewed here in my Etsy shop where I added fancy caps to warm, golden jasper beads.

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Photography Class – Day Eleven –

Theme – A Pop of Color:

The colors in our photographs are evocative and rouse emotions within us. Color can elevate a mundane image into something intriguing and meaningful, and can tell a particular story within the frame.

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Pink Agate Necklace

I love this juxtaposition of pastels and copper on a graduating shade of black.
I shot this next to my favorite (jewelry shooting) window, mid-morning.

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Pink Coral and Quartz

The blue and copper beads glow more on this soft, neutral background. The angle of the necklace was positioned for the best lighting in this shot.

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Pink Agate by Tresa Meyer Clark

I find this composition very intriguing, however, the white background is very “vanilla.” So, after some experimenting with color backgrounds, I think the darker one is best for this necklace grouping. If you would like to see more of my jewelry photography, here is a link to my shop.

Thanks for reading,
~~Tresa

 

Pink Spice Agate Slice

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.
–Henry David Thoreau

Pink Spice Agate Slice

Designed with Spring colors in mind. A fabulous pink druzy agate slice necklace measuring 24 inches around and is secured with a perfect size lobster clasp. You’ll love the copper chain with this one-of-a-kind gemstone with druzy quartz crystals. Handcrafted with quality materials and attention to every small detail. More information in my Etsy shop.

Winter Can Be Fun

Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.
–Kevin Kruse

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Captured some amazing light this morning.
A snow day with no time to relax. While I was busy working on photographing a new bracelet that I later posted to my Instagram, my husband was plowing the street and helping our neighbors move 13 inches of fluffy snow. He is an inspiration to me with his desire to get stuff done, and the right way! While he’s working, I’m having fun. Winter is a great season for me to experiment and design new a new jewelry line.

Turquoise with gold is very elegant.
Here are some photos of my new line. A pristine color combination that is peaceful, cool, and is a reflection of the clear blue sea and warm sparkly sand. I’m drawn to create with the large faceted Chalcedony beads because of their light reflecting quality and translucency.

Teapots

A unique design demands attention.
A bracelet wrapped around the spires of the castle teapot I designed and built. I named this bracelet Kailani, the Hawaiian name for sea and sky. A unique layered bracelet with stunning large faceted, translucent turquoise Chalcedony beads compliment the earthy Picture Jasper beads. Nature is pretty amazing isn’t it! A pretty and very light weight vintage chain adds strength and a luxe to this sea worthy bracelet. Handcrafted with genuine faceted Citrine gemstones. Hand knotted between each bead section with high quality bead cord for strength. More details on the jewelry design page or at my Etsy shop.

~~Tresa

Catching Hope Chest Light

The sparkle from an angel atop the Christmas tree = gold
A glow from a candle flame when the day fades into evening = yellow
The glimmer of sun on the lake with a sandy bottom = turquoise
A reflection of dancing light from facets on a diamond = the color wheel
~~Tresa

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Color guides the way to inspiration. I’ve always been drawn to the colors of the ocean, navy blue, sea-foam green or turquoise. Inspiration in selecting beads can come from anywhere, fashion, textile design, a flower or a polished druzy agate. When I hand-pick my beads for color, pattern design, transparency, natural organic forms or hand-cut shapes, the light reflection quality is what make my heart beat the fastest!

This is my latest project. I like to hand-knot between beads with a German brand bead cord, Griffin. This adds more stability and reinforces the idea that something nice should last for a long time, and perhaps become an heirloom when the time is right. Those seeds were sewn into my childhood as my Oma, (Grandmother) who always said to my Sister and I, “Buy something nice that will last, and take care of your things. I’ll put my fur coats in the hope chest.”

What’s your favorite color this season? Interested in more juicy details and my jewelry design? Cool! Click here to go to the Jewelry Page. 

Artist Perspective: Notice Me!

I read a post yesterday by cartoonist, illustrator, and writer Summer Pierre, titled, “On Value and Being Seen.” She was asked to share her thoughts on how she could skate the inevitable line of doing work for work sake, and doing work to be seen.

To which I responded:

Thank you for sharing! This writing makes me put some ideas into perspective about creating my own work and what is relevant, or going for a trend that has a huge audience.

To be valued or to be seen. As I wrote this post, I found this subject to be a lot more complicated than I first thought, so there could be more to come. Thanks in advance for reading and please chime in! Don’t be afraid to rock the boat!

I am a jewelry designer and a graphic artist. Evoking emotion is my goal whether I’m working for a client or doing art for bliss. When I put together ideas for a design, I do consider my audience, and hope they value my hand-picked pearls and gemstones. As a graphic designer, I strive for what is relevant and hope they value my unique style. (or on some level, have artistic intelligence about concepts like, white space, font choice and composition.) All right now! Yes, when I have more artistic freedom to create what inspires me, and experiment on my own schedule — bringing beautiful materials to life in unexpected ways is very gratifying — as is having others notice my designs. Having something to say and the passion to create from an idea in a meaningful way is so cool. I think passion is the key word for me.

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Having my relevant work be valued by relevant people is somewhat up to me by getting myself out there by navigating through unknown waters, learning from others, and sharing ideas. My social media accounts like Instagram and Pinterest are a blast and have value too because I have a few artsy friends and we help promote each another. However, sometimes attention is great but can be fleeting. So, to be noticed by buyers and to be respected by my peers takes time and dedication, while remaining consistent in my craft. Creating what is relevant is always a goal, but who decides what is relevant in the marketplace? To be valued or to be seen? Can we have both? I have a lot of work to do, but that is why I’m here!

This is a great subject. I plan on learning more about what other artists think and do.
Blessings,
Tresa

The original post can be found here. https://summerpierre.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/on-value-and-being-seen/

The original comment I left can be found here.
https://wordpress.com/read/post/id/8065817/8783/