Eilisain aka Lisette in Gaelic

Welcome to my blog, where I document my process in making jewelry, muse on the influence of art and the joy of making beautiful objects.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

jewelry crush = spanish metalsmiths

I've found myself extremely impacted by freedom and play of spanish jewelers:

here are some sites I frequent, along with artists.

-Silvia Walz's blogspot

-Gisselle Morales

-Monteserrat Lacomba

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Friday, February 26, 2010


Originally uploaded by mgypsy

What a captivating pendant. Mygypsy's work involves twisting various kinds of wire (brass/silver etc) around stones or by themselves.
I couldn't find much information about Mygypsy but you can buy her work on etsy. Although it looks like she's all sold out. Nonetheless you can also view her work on flickr.

Her work has this ancient quality that I'm drawn to. Very beautiful and excellent craftsmanship.

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Monday, February 22, 2010


It's funny how when you leave a city or anyplace, you begin to really miss some of things that you couldn't stand - like the metro! VA/DC metro area is where I moved from and it will always hold a special place in my heart/map of residences.

Nevertheless, I always appreciated the art movement/resurgence in DC and this creative enterprise is pretty awesome to showcase new artists!

The ReadysetDC Manifesto from ReadysetDC on Vimeo.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010


"I love you so much it hurts my head"

I've been wanting to trade with several of my art school friends/artists for awhile but didn't have anything that I felt I wanted to trade so with all the hearts I'd been making, the ECU Valentine's day Guild sale was the perfect opportunity.

I traded with a printmaking artist, Katerin Goold! She is SO very talented, I saw Sarah West, a fellow undergrad metalsmith, with this same poster and I fell in love instantly. And luckily she liked my heart pendant!

The oddity of the elephant's head on a woman's body is so, odd and perfect.

And lastily, I had to join Laura Wood's legion of followers with her paper/potato mold earrings. We traded and she was so excited to have one of my pendants, it's silly but made me feel good that she liked them.
Laura often sports these with one large earring and a smaller or none at all on the other lobe. Very cool. Laura is an ECU metals graduate student and she has an etsy shop that you can purchase her lovely jewelry and a blog.

You have to check her out.

And I just adore her packaging, it's so unique and her style.
Laura stitches pieces of doilies and other paper/fabric with a unique stitch.

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

graphic design and branding

So one of my goals this year, more like the first half of this year, is to create a banner/logo for my production work specifically an etsy page.

I'm in this weird/odd artistic state as I'm slowly finding my aesthetic meanwhile attending art school has opened my eyes to all sorts of new and fun materials and methods. I'm trying to find a consistent look and pattern to my production work. Preparing for the Valentine's Day sale is definitely spurring me and I'm feeling comfortable with cranking out pieces along with my look.

However at the same time, I'm at a loss with describing and identifying what I want my work to convey.

My cousin, Lorena Carrasco, is a graphic designer and she's definitely helping me hone in on that. I've solicited her to develop my banner and logo. Lorena is very talented and I trust in her skills.

Of course, I naively thought she'd just conjure exactly what I was thinking... crazy, I know! She in turn sent me several questions probing me on what my target audience is, 3 words that describe my jewelry, etc. Jeez, I have SO much to learn.

I'm excited to see what she designs!

Oh here is a recent drawing I did for my figure drawing class.

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