Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sea Sirens

Remember back in high school, when you were young and rebellious and used to draw on your old jeans? I did. I even had my friends drawing on my jeans as well. These Sea Siren Jeans totally blow everything I ever drew completely out of the water. If I owned a pair of these jeans by KikiLaCreme, you can totally bet that I wouldn't draw on them no matter how rebellious I'm feeling. Too bad it's the only thing in her shop right now...

Friday, June 27, 2008

The Masked Bandit

Why should a masked bandit settle for boring old black? This leafy green mask by MythicalDesigns could be perfect for a champion of nature, or a wood elf sorceress. Just use your imagination.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Strands of kelp...

The newest addition to the shop is a pair of earrings that are hand forged and soldered together so that they look like strands of kelp. These earrings are based on a portfolio piece that I created in 2007 entitled Nereid.

A nereid is a sea nymph according to Greek mythology. This necklace features a kelp chain of sterling silver and copper links. Her face is copper, pierced in a design that shows kelp leaves and seahorses in her hair. Her brain is cloisonné enameled copper in the shape of a brain with a wave in it. This shows that her thoughts are of the sea, her home. The copper has a green patina as a reflection of the sea-life surrounding her.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Robots = Binary Love

I admit it. I'm a nerd.

That's why this robot shirt from Chopshopstore totally rocks to me. I love trying to guess which robot is which and what they're from. It's like a test of my nerd-dom. Unfortunately, I need to be studying harder because I can only recognize about 13 or 14 of these. My boyfriend on the other hand? Almost 50.

How many can you name?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Cicadas and Fireflies

At Penland these past couple of weeks, I was taking a class called Enameling; Image and Word with a focus on Haiku writing. We had to write five haikus a day. We picked the ones we liked most from each day, and ended up creating a one of a kind book that went in the scholarship auction at Penland. The haikus by each person chosen were amazing, and I loved participating in the creation of this amazing book.

The borders around each page were letterpress. The front hinge was made of copper and brass. The front and back cover were made of museum quality navy blue book cloth, with enameled tiles (one by each member of the class) inlaid. The paper was Mohawk Superfine, and the stitching was done with waxed linen. It was mostly (90% or so) archival.

You can see more pictures of this one of a kind art-book on my flickr page.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Artists: contact your representative!

There is currently a bill in Congress to change the way tax deductions for donated artwork work. Currently, if you donate a work of art to a museum, library, or other non-profit organization, you can only deduct the value of the materials. That means that the 40 hours you spent with planning, construction, tweaking those details etc. are not compensated when you donate it. If you're an established artist with a high going value for your work, that doesn't matter. Only the materials can be deducted.

This bill will change that so that the fair market value is able to be deducted. This would make it feasible for artists to donate their work to non-profit institutions, so that the public would get a better chance at seeing them. If you're an artist, you know an artist or you just like art, you should contact your representative and encourage them to support H.R. 1524.

The Advocate for the Arts website has a handy little form that you can simply enter your e-mail address, name and such and will send a e-mail to them automatically with your name attached. It's very easy to use and only takes a minute. I've already done so myself.

Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the grease...

Saturday, June 14, 2008

2nd Feature!

Wow; by a stroke of luck while I was away on vacation I got a second feature by Amy Esther on her blog In the Night Kitchen!.
This time, the feature was for my Nuclear Earrings.
Thanks Amy!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Like a dream

Watercolors are an art medium I've always wished I've had more skill with, but everything I seem to make comes out like a 5 year old did it. Not Redheathers's fashion sketches though. This woman looks as though she's walking straight out of a dream and into reality.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Long time no type

Wow! So the last month or so has been crazy busy for me. First I have the Etsy Dallas BBQ, which was awesome, and on that same weekend there's a conference at my job so I was working double hours for that.
Then, the very next week after that, I took a 2 week class as a studio assistant at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC. Penland was an amazing place up in the mountians, but I had limited computer/phone access and wasn't able to do more than update my twitter a couple of times.

Now that I'm finally back, I can start updating more often again. Also, the shop is back open for regular shipping again. At my regular job, I'm learning to spin-cast pewter into the rubber molds that we use to make all the miniatures.

I should have some new items inspired by my time at Penland in production soon, but in the meantime, you can check out this colorful wood-burned and painted box by Etsy member AliciaMae: