Of course, this is just the beginning of this series...this process showed just the first spark of the ideas, and the first parts. I have more carvings that I want to do, and have to finish the molds and glaze tests of the ones I already made. But I have the first few to start with and now it is time to bring them to life and go into production. Sometimes I wish I had a crazy cloning machine, so I could make things quicker, and in bigger quantities. Or make another Melanie, so she could do my grunt work. hahaha! Alas, that is not completely true, I love to handcraft everything, but maybe a clone or a worker bee to help with some of the dirty work wouldn't be all that bad...
The images above are from the film The Prestige. I think it has a steampunk feel, in that it is dealing with yet unrealized technology and altered history. It stars David Bowie as the real scientist Nikola Tesla, but in the film he has discovered and created things that he did not in reality. Or did he? His inventions were super classified and he often made wild claims and had outrageous ideas and experiments and there is much controversy and conspiracy theory surrounding him. But I will assume he did not actually figure out how to clone humans.
Above, a picture of the real Nikola Tesla
I have mentioned that I am pretty right brained, and I just don't have the attention span to understand the science and inventions that Tesla is famous for. My eyes sort of glazed over at the Wikipedia entry. I skimmed through and only became very interested when learning about him as a person...right brain taking over. A seemingly fascinating personality. I see him as a character in much steampunk fiction, not only in actuality, like in the Prestige, but also as an archetype: the mad scientist/inventor/thinker.
From Wikipedia: "Nikola Tesla Tesla may have suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder and had many unusual quirks and phobias. He did things in threes, and was adamant about staying in a hotel room with a number divisible by three. Tesla was also noted to be physically revolted by jewelry, notably pearl earrings " He also had some interesting views on feminism, referring to women as Queen Bees. I don't know if that's good or bad, but I am curious and bookmarking this because am interested in reading more of it later.
I don't know how Tesla will inspire my series, maybe more in spirit. I am very tempted to figure out a way to integrate electricity into a piece of jewelry, more specifically power like a solar panel, maybe with a tiny lightbulb. But I think this may be beyond my current (pun!) capabilities. Perhaps a collaboration with someone more knowledgeable in this stuff. I think a really elaborate necklace with clay and tiny lightbulbs would be incredible. And I love the idea espcially from the quote above, that Tesla feared or hated jewelry and pearls. It makes me want to really play with that idea, maybe the concept of pearl jewelry that created electricity! hahaha
Ok, ending on a funny note, with a video of film clips from The Prestige, set to a song parody by Weird Al of "I think we're alone now" Funny stuff, gotta love Weird Al!