Monday, February 28, 2011
Last night I watched the movie I am Love with Tilda Swinton while reading my Art History book on the High Italian Renaissance (16th Century).
I haven't finished the movie but so far, it's sumptuous, rich, romantic and tragic all at same time. The movie is cinema photography at it's highest, the way the camera pans and angles, all to capture the beauty of Italy and Italians themselves, making the film more of an art work that simply a film. Even the beginning of the movie has titles like they did in the old days (a la Gone with the Wind).
It seemed so apt to be watching this great Italian movie and while reading about the rich history of early Italian artists...they were genius'!!
I am baffled and amazed by the 13th century + artists, I ask myself how they created such flawless artwork? It's inspiring and intimidating.
One day I'll visit Italy again and see these works of art in person.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
It took me all morning but it's worth it, I learned how to create my own banner and pick and choose the right photos.
I'm still going to work on it, but I'm just so excited and happy I got it done...it's been on my To-do list for months.
Anywho, let me know what you think, and if you have any tips or suggestions for running an Etsy site.
Thanks for reading!
Friday, February 25, 2011
The patterns on the skin are quite beautiful and remind me of butterfly wings or even moth wings. The skin has a plastic texture - perfect for an epoxy resin...I got so excited and my Dad gave me the shell to use for some weird, crazy jewelry.
And aren't these a marvel?
So many wonderful design and patterns can be culled
from the animal and plant kingdom.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I'm applying to the Penland School of Crafts summer session work/study and scholarship, I really hope I get one of those offers. Penland is such a fantastic place to study, meet amazing artists and build up experience and one's portfolio.
I'd like to get into Lin Stanionis' workshop on moldmaking and casting, and if not Lin's workshop then definitely Jessica Calderwood, her painted enamels are amazing.
Monday, February 21, 2011
I'm very proud of it - particularly the box catch I made - it was a challenge but SO gratifying to be able to make such a small component of a necklace (the clasp).
I'm definitely going to rock this crazy-ass necklace.
Friday, February 18, 2011
LOVE this song. if you've seen The Fighter, then you'll recognize it. Oh and the movie is badass.
I've got some new photos of work I've done...but don't have the cord to upload them...coming soon tho!
Thanks for reading - I never say that but I always think it. So thanks!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I wish there was a better video on youtube but for now this will suffice.
Stevie Nicks' songwriting is just unparalleled...she creates worlds within her songs that I can't get away from.
Stevie and Lindsey are total soulmates but they never got married and aren't together, they have such a tortured love story.
Stevie's also a painter, no surprise there. This is one of my favorites of hers.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Blot: Reinterpreting the Rorschach exhibition went up last week in the Mendenhall student gallery.
ECU metal design graduate students were invited to collaborate with the printmaking area and Indiana University’s metals department to make work interpreting the ink blot.
I really enjoyed this exhibition and the idea behind it, all of the pieces are so different and interesting, especially Aaron Earley's sculpture and painting.
Aaron just graduated from ECU with a BFA in sculpture and painting/drawing. The painting above is very deep and fascinating, the forms on each side are of a skeleton reaching out. Aaron has several more of these interpretive paintings on his website.
And below are several pieces by the metal graduate students, the red hen and lady with her arms up are Leia Zumbro's and I'm not sure who did the angels, but it's very pretty.
The reception for the exhibition will be on Friday, February 18th in the ECU Mendenhall student gallery, come check it out if you're in town.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Even though I usually have class when set up begins for art sales, I always run down (to the 2nd floor) and get the first peek at what goes out. I also check out the sale to see how the metals guild booth is set up and there are enough volunteers.
As I've said in previous posts, I love sales because I get to trade or buy a cupcake or something.
Today I spotted this sweet charm (bone and gold leaf with pearl) made by today's featured artist, Liz Steiner. I begged Liz to trade with me, she'll get one of my black coral charms that she's been wanting.
Slate Necklace, Liz Steiner
Liz is graduating this year, and I'll be sad to see her go but happy for her to continue on the journey that so many of us metalsmiths go through, especially leaving the nest of school and support system it offers.
Check out Liz's blog, Atomic Rabbit, she posts good quotes and reflections on her work.
Monday, February 7, 2011
My necklace above has presented some challenges that I plan on tackling today.
Last night I worked on planishing my vessel for Tim's class. I actually am enjoying it more than I thought. Once I planish my vessel I will chase and repousse some designs.
Wish me luck, 'cause I think I'll need it!
Photo by Bayardo Caceres
I've been telling myself for months to get an etsy page going, but I just delayed and delayed.
*I gave Ellen (my model) the coral/pierced dangley earrings for being my model. She was quite happy with them.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
How do I make it unique and define what my work means? Half the time, I'm not sure what it means, I'm just making and processing my own creative thoughts through my medium, metal and other materials.
I've always had a hard time expressing myself and when I write that I mean, just using the English language that makes sense and sounds good.
I'm making progress though, there are strong themes in my jewelry; my life living and traveling abroad and the connection to my family and organic materials.
It's tough to define one's work but in the end, it's so beneficial to be able to know how to talk about what your work means.
Friday, February 4, 2011
WZMB livestreams, so you can listen to me online, tonight 6-8pm!
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
large red threaded heart
Originally uploaded by lisettef14
Not really but shopping always makes me feel good when I'm down (that's why they call it retail therapy right?), or I just want to buy someone I care a handmade gift.
is holding our Valentine's day sale next week
on Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 9-10th
from 9am-4pm and until 6:30pm on Thursday.
Many of the students in the metals guild will be selling some very affordable, well-made charms and jewelry. I always enjoy art school sales because I get to trade with my fellow classmates.
I have some of these enameled hearts from last year to sell along with some new pieces.Pin It