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Ring a Day: 700 Photos from a 365 Day Jewelry Challenge Paperback – September 6, 2011
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The format of the book is super nice because it is like a notebook with 365 days of wonderful ring photos. The book includes some of the most recognizable and memorable designs from the contest plus comments from the artists. I really enjoyed looking at all the pictures and reading some of the comments the artists made about their experiences on participating in this great challenge and some of the inspirations for their rings." - Lorena Angulo, Artisan Jewelry with Soul
“These artists have the ability to see the fascinating potential of everything in their field of vision. These artisans across the globe submitted over 700 rings. They represented fantasy, inorganic forms, animate and inanimate creations, etc. A myriad of materials were used: wood, sponge, plastic, glass, metal, paper, string, wax, pods, shells, clay, ribbon, twisty ties, leaves, thread. Their cupboards spilled over. Ring a Day is an interesting and fun book to peruse.” - Razine Wenneker, Rite-It
"You might think, why on earth would I buy a book of Ring a Day, the flickr challenge group of 2010, when I can just go to flickr and look for free? Partly, because the book is easier to look at! By curating Ring a Day, or RAD, editor Martha Le Van has made it easier to enjoy the whole project, which can be overwhelming. I didn’t participate in RAD — I found out about it too late and one a day was too much for me, but I followed RAD and I did do Ring a Week in 2011. Participating in Ring a Week, or RAW, I met lots of people online and had the camaraderie of participating in a crazy challenge with fellow jewelers. A huge bit of fun is going through the RAD book and spotting friends or favorite rings that I recognize from online. The creativity that’s caused by having to do the same thing over and over and over again is evident in the book. Even the crazy 'cheat' days (I think of them as cheat days, they aren’t really, according to the rules of the challenge), where the ring is conceptual or temporary and not 'made' in the traditional craft sense, may result in a 'real' ring another day. The discipline of the daily practice pays off. The Ring a Day book is a wonderful way to bring that home to yourself and hopefully it will inspire you to join a flickr challenge!" - Chicago Metal Arts Guild blog
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Some of the rings made me chuckle, and more than I would have thought, I stopped on a page to show it to my husband. Some just astounded me with their beauty or their function. Many of them made me look at the form of a ring differently or at the use of things people might normally throw away.
Absolutely inspiring. The designs can be springboards for your own imagination. One ring made me think of something I want to try with a votive candle holder. Several others made me think of kinetic possibilities with beads to make pendants.
The photographs are very well done, the rings are really creative. This small volume is one that I'll keep by my bed to glance through before sleep if I'm stuck for ideas.
While a lot of the rings are made using hot jewelry techniques, some of them are cold formed. Some are made with alternative materials that are fairly easy to find.
My daughter was just as charmed by this book, and it inspired her creative side in a completely different way. Some of the rings that thrilled me were less interesting to her and some that inspired her greatly didn't charm me as much. Since we can be very different, it was neat for me to see that this collection could inspire her as much as it did me. It's a gallery of wonderful art in small scale.
That said- I love the structure of the book. There were so many photographs in the project, every day, that it was easy to get lost, and overwhelm was inevitable. Martha Le van has done a fabulous job of paring things down, and making what was an avalanche into a fall of cherry blossoms. What we're left with is a portrait of what creative people will come up with in the best, and worst, situations. Designs range from the sublime to the ridiculous, and even the ridiculous ones are, in their right, wonderful. It's truly inspiring. While I enjoy it for obvious reasons, I would recommend it for any individual involved in any creative pursuit. The beautiful designs are worth looking at for an infinite number f reasons, and the silly designs are worth looking at to remind oneself that everyone has days when the only way one can make a ring is to tie a string round one's pinky. I know I will reference this little volume often.
This is a small sized book, measuring just 5"x7" so the photographs are not as large as you would see in a larger format book of course but they're clear and in focus so it makes it easy to see the details in each piece.
There are no directions on how to make any of the rings in this book or any jewelry making techniques for that matter. So if you're looking for a how to book then this is not the book you want.
The only disappointing thing about this book is in the format. Rather than listing the size and materials used in each ring on the page that it appears you have to flip to the back of the book to find the information.
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In this book "Ring A Day," artists were challenged to make a ring a day. I can't even think of a "meal a day." What should I make for dinner even though I might have all the necessary ingredients? Perhaps what I've always been missing in my menu planning sessions is my inability to visualize that special "something," take that "something," and make "something."
These artisans across the globe submitted over 700 rings. They represented fantasy, inorganic forms, animate and inanimate creations, etc. A myriad of materials were used: wood, sponge, plastic, glass, metal, paper, string, wax, pods, shells, clay, ribbon, twisty ties, leaves, thread. Their cupboards spilled over.
"Ring A Day" is an interesting fun book to peruse. One's studio doesn't have to be filled with all kinds of gadgets and materials. These artists have the ability to see the fascinating potential of everything in their field of vision.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
of course, who doesnt love ring a day, i just wish they would do it again and why not publish every single one in a book ?Published 12 months ago by Sherry Ray-Von
This is a picture book with the artist's name listed; there are no directions to create what you see, there are no explanations of what materials are used to make each ring. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joy
What a fun idea! The photographs wonderfully showed how imaginative and creative the jewelry artists were in completing the challenge of making a ring a day. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Jane Salley