…a little more experimentation on Photoshop using the ‘Fallen Ember’s’ series. As it is, I am simply extending and layering the pattern in the style already presented in the series. Haha! I called this, “Magic 8”.

I quite like how tweaking the transparency levels of each layer produces entirely new patterns of brightness in the flares of concentrated light. This happens, as noted, wherever light concentrations layer over each other. I could allow me to consciously manipulate the effect. This, and the last time was a happy accident.

Celestial Print [1]" (Oct 2011) by Kivuti

I can’t say I was thinking and planning this intensively. Rather, responded to the different forms and effects I could achieve, developing the image as I went along. It looks like I’ve displayed the image as a ‘finished piece’, but be that as it may, should be considered as experimentation. I’m not too used to creating ‘finished pieces’ outside jewellery. I very much tend to view most of my visual work as process of progression, and so in some way, incomplete. I find it a rare thing to create an image and feel it done and complete.

*Post Script

Showing this image to some acquaintances, they remarked that it looked like bugs. Haha! Funnily enough… or not so funnily enough, I quite agree. Other than that, we did note how these images have turned out quite differently to the original images from the Fallen Embers series. The originals are minimalistic, while these… clearly are not. I don’t think it’s a bad thing at all; if anything, these collage images seem to me to be easier to translate into jewellery than their originals (which they themselves would doubtless translate into arguably interesting jewellery). One of the girls did note that she felt this image would work well as jewellery in plastic. I agreed. While I am however not a fan of working in plastic, it really would translate to affordable jewellery; depending on how you go about it. While in plastic the work can still turn out to be quite beautiful and expensive, all I see is gold, gold, gold!! Maybe some silver thrown in.

Braced in Gold' (Nov, 2011) by Kivuti

Celestial Print [3]' (Nov, 2011) by Kivuti