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Little Bear Brown

Little Bear Brown Store

I am so happy to say that my these pieces are now for sale through Little Bear Brown Store, located at the Redcliffe Arcade in Queensland.

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Mixed Cherry Quartz, Quartz, Rose Quartz, Fresh Water Pearls and Press Metal necklace
Created: 8/3/2014
Artist: Selina Shapland

It feels amazing to have items that I have made in a shop for sale.  I am very grateful.

I loved making the necklace and these earrings, especially as I am beginning to use more sterling silver in my jewellery.  I am so keen to learn precious metal clay and begin to create my own unique one-off pieces.  That’s my goal this year… to begin a new creative phase into precious metal clay and get my jewellery art out into the world where it is wearable.

I am in the process of moving house, so all my jewellery and art tools have been packed away and I cannot begin to express how hard it is not to run into the shed and rip them all back out of boxes just so I can spend time playing and creating.  I am now practicing the fine art of delayed art gratification!

When I get into my new home and have everything unpacked, I will be sending away to the USA to get my first lot of precious metal clay and a butane gas burner to commence my new creative phase.

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Quartz Crystal with Gold Toned Hooks
Created: 8/3/2014
Artist: Selina Shapland

I know that when I start something new in art and creativity, I usually make mistakes and muff things up, but then, one-day, as if by magic, things just fall into place.

When I was in my early 20’s I used to yearn to be an artist but I didn’t know how to start or what to do.  I worked full-time and getting to art classes during the day was impossible but also terrifying… because I knew I couldn’t draw.

So, one day, I was with a good friend of mine and his brother was a practicing artist — I finally got up the courage to ask, ‘how do I become an artist?’

He looked at me for a moment considering my question and said, ‘just draw.  Just put pencil to paper and draw and draw and draw.’

At the time I didn’t think that was such great insight or advice, but now, years later, I can certainly say that he was 100% correct.  To learn something, you really do need to just do it and do it and do it, no matter how many mistakes or errors, they are all opportunities to learn, grow and improve.

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Mixed Cherry Quartz with Sterling Silver Hooks
Created: 8/3/2014
Artist: Selina Shapland

This is the philosophy I will take into my next creative phase of making precious metal clay jewellery.  I will start out allowing myself to create crappy pieces and one-day they will just create themselves into beautiful expressions of my inner world.  That’s another thing that I love about art and jewellery… it is very reflective of who I am at the time of creating the pieces.  I can see where I was emotionally when I look at my artwork and jewellery.

The other night, I was reflecting on the amount of actual training I have had in beading… and I was surprised to learn that I have only ever attended one three hour class where I made a necklace and one pair of earrings.  Since that time, I have been complete self-taught and I am proud of that.  I have fiddled and played around with beads and made mistakes, got frustrated and been victorious with my jewellery projects.

I’ve been making beaded jewellery for about three years now and people seem to like most of the items.  I guess my creative heart is yearning again… yearning for more of ‘me’ to come out in my jewellery and that is why I will pursue my love of precious metal clay and create a reality out of my dreams.