Bamboo Bike Studio-Now this is ingenious!!

May 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

image

BUILD HIGHLIGHTS

Check out the finished product as built by members of the BBS community. We offer workshops in San Francisco, Toronto, Greensboro, Alabama and Camden, Maine.

image

KITS

Build a bamboo bike at home, school, or with your local bike shop. Our kits contain the materials necessary to build one bamboo bike frame.

image

SOCIETY FOR USEFUL ARTS

We are a founding member of the Society for Useful Arts, a collective of craftsmen, tinkerers, and engineers dedicated to creating practical tools for the modern world.

The Bamboo Bike Studio provides people with the knowledge and tools to make their own bikes. We believe that the best bike is the bike you build yourself.

Our customers can take part in a bike-making workshop, or buy a bike-making kit. We collaborate with DIYers, partner with schools, and help set up bike-making factories overseas. Our goal is to offer the lowest cost and highest value bicycle, customized to suit our builders’ diverse needs.

 


Inspirations…..Finding inspiration in everything

April 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Wow…I wanted to share images on new art… but when I looked up new art under google images what I saw shocked me…It looked like death, decaying flesh, scaling skin, odd…..What do you see….I would love your perceptions of what the google images look like to you under a  new art google search.

Creative thinking game….

April 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

Okay lets play the game of Combining..

This is how you play.

FIrst pick an item…any old item.

Okay I picked a spoon….Now if We could combine it what would we combine it with? Okay you got 1 minute….

A bowl, a tray, a saucer, a cup, a fork, spagetti……Come n keep going you have one minture…come up with all the things you can combine it with in one minute….how can you multiply the purpose of the spoon? I know you can do it…Your goal is to come up with as many things as you can possibly combine a  spoon with….come on you can do it.

Okay what did you get?

if you scored over 6 items good, over 10 better….over 20 you are something!! Great work.

What would Milagros, the curandera, in Inspiritu Jewlery (the book) studio look like?

November 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Why I wrote Inspiritu; Jewelry for the Mind Body and Soul

October 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

I wrote Inspiritu Jewelry because I wanted to share a way to create that was meaningful, that had many layers, that gave the maker and the made empowerment, enrichment and healing.  Each project was a way to share a deeper meaning in craft, in making,

Insiritu Jewelry

in creating.  I used old pieces, and found objects because in a culture that seems obsessed with tossing things, and buying new, and overspending in general, I thought it would be good to show how we can use the things we have whether they are ordinary like a piece of old tin, to extraordinary like the old bookplate on the cover.  I know some of you have asked where to get that, but the purpose of the book wasn’t to just make the same pieces-(If I could find the book plate again I would let you know) but to inspire your creative heart to find new ways to make something similar.  I had someone send me a picture of a bookplate they made that was absolutely fabulous, and I would love to share it with everyone, I will ask her.  But really every project is a way to explore what we already have, what we are about to toss, and what is mundane that maybe we can create something new and different that has meaning in that moment so that we create exquisite beauty for something we might have tossed. Now we have not only created a beautiful piece of empowering jewelry but we have saved our earth, we have passed down beauty to someone else, and we have used our minds to create from that which we already have.  That is why I created Insiritu Jewelry.  May it bring you as many blessing as it did me in writing it for you. Thanks for buying the book. Thanks for all of the emails. Thanks for sharing your work with me, and especially thanks for sharing your stories. If you would like to post your stories here just comment and let me know you would like to and I will post them. If you have visited my etsy store let me know you want them posted and I I will post your stories here as well. Thank you!!

mariefrench.etsy.com

books available Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, Joannes fabrics, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby.

creative thinking idea-ELIMINATE

March 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Oh boy oh boy..I know. Eliminate after I have spent all this money gathering? Just pick an area…just one.  Look at it  and ask youself..Can I simplify this area? What in this area do I most love? Pack up what you don’t for later..say six months.Then if you haven’t missed it give  to someone who may really love it.Pay it forward..but please don’t wrap it up as a gift for someone who gave it to you as a gift already.-It has happened to me.

Now lets say you are doing a piece of art work…Can you stream line it? Minimize it? Condense it?  Is it multifunctional? That is one of my favorites. I love a piece to serve at least two functions. My jewelry for instance has to have a spiritual component, a design component, and a story component.

So as with your House, your piles, and your art try to eliminate the extra details…Something to think about any way.

New Items on Etsy…

March 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Where Am I?

You are currently browsing entries tagged with inspiritu jewelry at Find Inspiration in Everything........