Sunday, September 26, 2021

My September Inspiration is a Favorite Book

                                                         Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

This month's Art Elements theme is "favorite book."  A broad interpretation is permitted.   It can be your favorite book ever, favorite book this year, or favorite book from a specific period in your life. Or, if you couldn't possibly narrow it down to one book, pick one that creates vivid imagery for you. Or maybe literally use a favorite book to create something new.  There's bonus points if you tell us about the book and why you love it or why it inspired you to create.  You can use any medium you feel inspired to share your books. 

I decided to select Winnie-the-Pooh, also called Pooh Bear and Pooh as my inspiration.   He is a fictional teddy bear created by English author A. A. Milne  and English illustrator E. H. Shepard.  He comes to life in the stories as  soft-voiced, cuddly, loveable,  quiet teddy bear and the main protagonist. Despite being na├»ve and slow-witted, he is a friendly, thoughtful and sometimes a very insightful character who is always willing to help and try his best. As you might imagine his love  for honey often leads to trouble.  In the books, Pooh is a talented poet, and the stories are frequently punctuated by his poems and "hums". He is humble about his slow-wittedness, but comfortable with his creative gifts.

                                                           Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Being a retired children's librarian and a huge fan of Pooh.  I still have the Pooh stories that I read to my children and now I am excited to share them with my grandson.   I also happened to have a little collection of handmade ceramic beads inspired by these stories.  I could not resist them!

                                                        Photo by Maddi Bazzocco on Unsplash

These handmade sterling silver Pooh Bear and Piglet earrings are made for adult Winnie the Pooh fans.   As a gift these are unique dangles are sure to please.  I used sterling silver wire to connect the charms to the blue Czech flower beads.  The earrings hang 1.75 inches below sterling ear wires.  The ceramic charms are made by Scottish artisan Grubbi and are available for purchase in my BayMoonDesign shop.. 


Throughout the month of September projects can be posted on Instagram using the hashtag #aethemechallenge or and tag it with @art__elements (2 underscores between art and elements) and they will repost your images. You can also post it to the Art Elements Community Facebook page. I hope you have fun with this challenge!  I loved it.  My only regret is not having gotten to making a necklace for these earrings--another challenge!