Julie's Jewelry Projects

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Time to show off some cool faculty stuff. Okay, you can stop snickering now...some of us really do some interesting stuff. And Prof. Julie Mueller-Brown has been working on an awesome idea that is yielding some amazing results. She is marrying her fanciful illustration imagery with her new-found love for glass-bead and metal-clay jewelry making, and has created a new art form; illustrated jewelry.

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This Clown Fish, replete with Carnival regalia, was the inspiration for a playful yet stunning necklace of hand-made glass beads and a copper metal-clay piece that has set Julie on a path that beautifully combines her jewelry with her art and illustration.

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And of course we all knew she'd find a way to immortalize her beloved Tootie, and she's done it in a way that is funny and beautiful at the same time, perfect for a pup who looks like she's ready to be fired from a circus cannon.
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And here she is in metal-clay.
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Awesome stuff, and further evidence that illustration ain't just for print anymore. And that even us seasoned pros can find new and wonderful ways to apply our vision! Way to go Jules! These are gorgeous!

1 comment:

Amanda said...

As always, Jule, you lead the way.