Saturday, December 31, 2011
I went to see the movie Christmas night; may not have been the best day to see it but whoa, was it good. Rooney Mara proves her acting chops in this movie. I'm loving the dark, goth and uber-coolness of the Lisbeth Salamander. Her black leather jacket, multiple piercings, tattoos and hairstyle. I could never pull off the complete look however I have elements of it...a black leather hooded jacket and mostly black wardrobe.
Here's a sexy Lisbeth inspired song, Nancy Sinatra's "Bang, Bang"
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Check out this video of jewelry artist Jaclyn Mayer of Orly Genger jewelry.
Love her fabulous rope necklaces!
Monday, December 26, 2011
This year was such a milestone for me in terms of creative growth and learning.
I've found that I really love casting yet I have these mixed emotions; it's very time consuming and the equipment is expensive. So I've begun to create a business plan and idea for what I want in the future.
I'm very inspired and motivated to save for the future. I want so much to own my business and studio and I will. That is my goal for 2012 and beyond. I hope you too have goals and inspiration for the future.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
This season I really made the effort to buy handmade gifts, such as the baby cap above by Nikki Little of Lil Loopy. I can't wait to see my niece and sister in law in their handmade caps.
I bought handmade holiday cards, prints, jewelry and photography. Though sometimes it can be tough to weigh the cost of handmade with mass produced products when the prices are so drastically different; however the biggest draw for me is supporting other makers like me. Which is what I did at the ECU holiday sale.
I was fortunate this season to increase my sales through Etsy and local sales - I know that firsthand, the economy of buying handmade is really important and good for each other. So I hope this holiday season, you will buy handmade too.
Hope you have a Happy Holiday season!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
It's great when contemporary bands either make their own, awesome Christmas song or remake one.
Being busy with school has kinda taken the Christmas spirit out of me, because I'm so busy several days up to Christmas but I with music like this I can get right back into it.
So here's a cool, crisp new holiday song from the saucy Ravonettes to get me in the mood, and maybe you too!
Friday, December 16, 2011
I'm very much attracted to stones that aren't perfect and beautifully organic.
I made these rings for my Casting II class and this series has opened me up to playing with stones in a clunky but elegant form, such as the faceted shank of this ring.
I'm just really pleased with this ring. And though the shank is slim, the pyrite is quite stable once on the finger. I just can't help making giant rings!
So happy the store caught my eye.
Chemical Composition: Celestite is strontium sulfate, sometimes with much Barium.
Hardness: 3 - 3 1/2
Occurrence: Sky-blue colored brittle clusters of crystals, orthorhombic in structure, transparent to translucent. In the U.S. celestite may be found in New York, Ohio, and California. Excellent specimens are currently found in Madagascar. Also called celestine.
Metaphysical Properties: Clarity of mind, clear communication skills, balances energies, calming, harmonious. Excellent for use in dream recall and astral travel. In healing, celestite replaces pain with loving light. This delicate and exquisite crystal is lovely to behold.
Corresponding Astrological Sign: Gemini
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
This is one fierce ring!
Whoa, this ring is so crazy big and fun!
New addition to The Hunted family of talon pieces.
Monday, December 12, 2011
On our way to our friends house I spotted out of the corner of my eye this gem and mineral store, Points of Light, and of course, we had to stop. I ended up buying some pretty, shiny things...and plan on making some new pieces with them.
Points of Light has some amazing geods and rocks from all over the world. I wanted everything!
Friday, December 9, 2011
Now on sale in my Eilisain Etsy shop.
I seriously can't get enough of these talons, I've got a lil' brooch in the works, a crazy-ass ring and much more, very excited.
I hope you like them and happy Friday!!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
ECU's Metals department and Guild is once again hosting our exciting and engaging symposium next month. I can't believe it's just around the corner!
Don't forget if you ARE coming to the symposium the deadline for entries is in 2 days!
Please mail your registration packet to:
Laritza Garcia & Leia Zumbro
Greenville, North Carolina 27858
You can read more about them at the ECU Symposium blog.
I will also be running the charm swap at the Symposium and I'll be posting more information and details on my lil' blog. So stay tuned!
Thanks so much for reading!
Monday, December 5, 2011
Now on sale for only $30 in my Eilisain Etsy Shop!
Finally getting some color in my work!
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Another addition to my Hunted series: Double talon earrings. I'm really digging these, and I hope you do too!
Oh and I also made mini silver talon earrings.
On my Eilisain embossed paper.
Thanks for stoppin' by, hope you have a great weekend!
Saturday, December 3, 2011
I truly am honored to be among such talented metalsmiths!
Friday, December 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Holiday Sale is coming up this week!!
Hope you can make it to the fabulous show of handmade art
by students of the ECU School of Art and Design holiday sale in the
Gray Gallery of the Leo Jenkins Fine Arts building.
Thursday through Friday, Dec. 1 & 2nd from 9am-9pm
AND Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 9am-2pm
The ECU Metals Guild will be participating
selling some pretty sparkly thangs!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
So much to be thankful for this year, family, friends and the joy of making art. I try to never take for granted to the opportunities I've been given to be creative and have the time to do it. There have been so many people in my life that have made that possible for me. Especially people like you, that read and view my work.
Thank you and gracias (para mis amigos latinos/hispanos) for all your support!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Billie J Theide
Linda Kay Darty
Mary Hallam Pearse
Michael Dale Bernard
Robert Diaz de Leon
Robert G Jackson
Sung Yeoul Lee
As I'd mentioned in a previous post, I'm very honored to be a part of this exhibition with so many talented artists. It is a night to celebrate the brooch at Equinox Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. Such a great idea for an exhibition!
Laura Wood and Alejandro Sifuentes, owner of Equinox Gallery have been working hard to ensure a successful show - they will have live models wearing the brooches on the night of the show, December 2. If you live in the San Antonio area, you should go! I wish I could.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Since I was going to be visiting good friends in DC last weekend, I figured I might as well pop into Jewelerswerk Galerie (owner is Ellen Reiben) and see the new work they're exhibiting.
When I lived in DC two years ago I would always try and make it to the artist exhibits and attempt to talk to them, despite my nervousness. It's rare to have that treat of meeting the artist and learning their methods. I recall when Svenja John visited and I was truly amazed at how she came up with the concept for her pieces and getting them to fit seamlessly.
Tanja, the Galerie assistant was so kind to let me photograph the jewelry and ask her questions about her experience as a jeweler. I learned that in the Netherlands a citizen can actually request funding from the government to buy art - meaning, you don't have to pay for it, the government does!?! Seems like an extraordinary idea but wow, talk about supporting the arts. But Taina said that the program may possibly be cut, which would be terrible for the Galleries.
I left the Galerie with a renewed sense of purpose and inspiration.
Hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for visiting my blog.