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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I'm chasing

...yes, me being a nerd...

Chasing a heart on fire for a new brooch!

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Preyed Upon Exhibition

The postcard designs and handmade letterpress posters have arrived!

The exhibition feels official and on it's way to getting out there in the world. I'm so very excited about the show. It's going to feature so many talented and diverse artists.

The show was created to showcase artwork inspired and influenced by the rich hunting culture and wildlife of North Carolina. Since I've moved to Eastern North Carolina, three years ago, I've found myself incorporating so many elements of my surroundings and remains of the animals in this region, whether it be deer antler, a turtle shell, beach glass, coral etc. my habitat has become a part of my work.

I'm also thrilled that the show will be held at Art Avenue, an up and coming contemporary artspace/gallery in Uptown Greenville. Claire Edwards, Director of Art Avenue has been amazing to work with, she gets the job done and knows who to talk to in order to get things done good and fast!

Below are images of work that will be featured in the exhibition. I don't have titles for the work but as you can see definitely touches upon each artists interpretation of hunting and wildlife.

Luke Price, 2012
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Rachel Qualliotine 2012
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Stay tuned for more images and information on the Preyed Upon Exhibition - and thank you for visiting my blog!
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Deflected jewelry by Brook&Lyn

Brook&Lyn Deflected Collection from Brook&Lyn Studio on Vimeo.

This is a wonderfully edited video. I love all the smoke & fog.

Here is Coolhunting's take on the video:

"Inspired by a friend's great-grandmother who regularly hid a mirror under her blouse to ward off evil spirits, Jung wanted to create a collection based on the idea of controlling one's own well-being through the power of deflection. Amulet necklaces constructed from folded pieces of thick saddle leather, patina-covered mirrors that hang from a twisted cotton cord over one's breastplate and molded-leather rings call to mind a mini hand-shield fit for a superheroine."
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

ANNIVERSARY SALE - only for February

Don't forget my Deep Sea jewelry sale is going on this month to celebrate my one year anniversary of selling on Etsy. Use the coupon code: ANN14 to get 25% off all Deep Sea Jewerly.

And my beloved black coral, formed into a cuff - SALE Price $101.25

The sale ends next Wednesday, February 29th - get'em while they're still hot!
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New logo design

A bit nervous and excited as I unveil my new logo design...I'm very excited and happy with the outcome.

What do you think? I really wanted this new logo to represent where I'm moving and what I'm using in my work. I'm still playing with the banner but I think it works.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Curating an exhibition

I'm venturing into the world of gallery shows and exhibitions - I'm planning one! I'm really psyched and nervous, I want it to go well.

Preyed Upon Exhibition will showcase work that draws inspiration from North Carolina’s rich hunting culture and work that incorporates hunting remains (bones, antler, fur etc.), that illuminates the hunting culture of North Carolina.

Last night I met with the graphic designer for the postcards and reviewed the limited edition print;I love it that we'll have handmade posters for the show! I'll be making the official announcements with graphics but I just wanted to share a little bit of what else is going on besides making jewelry.

Stay tuned for more on this...
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Sunday, February 19, 2012

She's Makin' jewelry NOW

This short has been making the rounds on facebook. It's quite funny and I love Portlandia.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Yet another awesome show/sale at Equinox Gallery. This is the first time I'll have my production jewelry sold at a Gallery/Boutique. I'm very excited and honored to be selling with such talented artists.

I'll be selling my Hunted line of jewelry, with my most popular item - owl talon earrings.

All jewelry sold will be under $100 - a great deal especially since it's all hand made!
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Song of the Day: "Ritual Union" by Little Dragon

This song makes me happy, let us have a ritual union with art, oh yes!
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

One Year Anniversary sale on Etsy

I didn't even realize, until yesterday, that I'd been selling on Etsy since Feb. 11th of last year.

And since I had a very sweet customer email me about a piece that I decided to celebrate with a sale on my Deep Sea Jewelry. All Deep Sea Jewelry is 25% off!

I've created a special coupon code, ANN14. Use this code at check out, only for Deep Sea items.

Here are just several pieces on sale...

Black coral and ammonite - both from Mexico.
With the Etsy coupon code it goes from $140 to $105!!

Sterling silver cuttlefish cast earrings
with a punch of red coral - direct from the deep blue sea!
SALE Price $ $63.75

Love this combo, black coral and ammonite.
SALE PRICE: $63.75

Get'em while they're hot and on sale - my anniversary sale ends March 1st.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

sneak preview

I'm SO, SO excited about several electroformed pieces I'm working on...it's for my contemporary techniques class with Ken Bova.

So here's a morsel of the meal that's to come in the next month (why do I refer to my jewelry as food...maybe because I love them both so much!).

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My funny little Valentine

My dear boyfriend got me these pretty winged earrings from for Valentine's day.

They are from Tribal Style jewelry. I already have two other pairs of their earrings but I just love how the white contrasts with my dark brown hair and fools people into thinking I have gauges!

Part of me feels bad for indulging in such a commercial holiday but the other part of me loves celebrating a day for those you love - not just your partner.

So I hope you too are celebrating a day of love and sharing (as cheesy as that sounds). And from me to you - Happy Day of Love!

Thanks for reading!
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Monday, February 13, 2012

Lumina Gem

This past weekend I drove down to Wilmington with my boyfriend and it was so nice to getaway from Greenville and explore a new city.

Wilmington is great because there are beautiful beaches, a diverse downtown scene with a waterfront and, from what I've encountered, a decent art scene.

While we were in town I figured we'd visit Lumina Gem, where Brad Bass runs his jewelry shop. Brad used to apprentice at the Jewelry Doctor, where I currently apprentice, you can see the influence Ellis has on his students, Brad's jewelry display is quite tasteful...there were several pieces I wanted to try on and dream of purchasing.

I really wanted to try on the pave set earrings.

Brad's shop, Lumina Gem, provides a wide range of services; custom designs, repairs, GIA-knowledgeable expertise and contemporary jewelry such as David Yurman and other fine jewelers. Beautiful display of fine jewelry.

Brad's goldsmith shows us his custom built bench.
*He even made another bench for his home studio.

Brad's office space.

When I returned to work at the Jewelry Doctor today I told Ellis I'd visited Brad's shop and he was so proud; you can tell he enjoys nurturing the future generation of jewelers.

thanks for stopping by my blog and reading!
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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Progressive Landscape

Watch this wicked video of Kat Cole's sculptural work for her senior show - it's like delicious bite of goodness...leaving you wanting more. Kat is graduating this spring with an MFA in metals/jewelry at ECU and I sure am gonna miss her.

Gah, I'm SO proud and kinda, in awe, of Kat's work - she really does bust her ass in the studio! I've known Kat since I moved to Greenville and have truly found her as inspiration and mentor in the field. I think you will too after you see what she's making.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Cuteness of the day

This is so not jewelry/metal related however we all need some animal cuteness on a regular basis. Enjoy these rolly polly panda bears, *those two on the right look like they're making out! naughty pandas...

Happy Friday!!

funny pictures - GIF: I Meant to Do That!
see more Lolcats and funny pictures, and check out our Socially Awkward Penguin lolz!
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentine's day sale

Tomorrow, Thursday and Friday from 9am-4pm
the ECU School of Art and Design guilds'
will be having our annual Valentine's Day Sale
featuring wicked artwork by budding artists.

The sale will be in the lobby of the Jenkins Fine Arts Building -
so if you live in the G-Vegas area come by and support independent artists!

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Erika Stankwytch Bailey jewelry

Here's a sweet lil' video of Erica Stankwytch Bailey talking about her work at the American Craft Council show in Atlanta...reminds me of the good ole' days when I assisted Biba Schutz and Valerie Hector, it's HARD work doing a craft show but that is where the market is at.

Erica is an ECU alumni, so that makes her extra cool! Just kidding, no seriously, it's wonderful to see her out there in the real world making it happen. She's been a full time metalsmith since 2004 - pretty impressive. Rock on Erica!

Hope you enjoyed.
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Monday, February 6, 2012

blogging for Crafthaus on the ECU symposium

Mr. Ebendorf and Leia Zumbro taking a break
between workshops.

Hello my dear readers, I forgot to post that I'm blogging over at Crafthaus about the 2012 ECU Materials Topics: Merging Methods Symposium that happend just about a month ago!

Please visit weekly, Sunday evenings I blog, to read about all the exciting workshops and discussions that happened at the symposium - I think if you do you'll want to come next year.
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Sunday, February 5, 2012

fill in the colors

As you know, I've been learning a new craft, Screenprinting, and I quite enjoy it but find it intense and of course, requiring patience - just like any other craft. But once you learn the steps, like a recipe, it becomes less and less obtuse and more square....hehe, ok, bad joke!

I found Two Elm studio on Etsy by Erin Mcintosh and I love her work, it's a fun and simple investigation of color and shapes. Very liberal and dream like.

You can purchase her prints here on Etsy, support an independent artist.

Hope you had a great weekend!
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Friday, February 3, 2012

New earrings on sale in my Etsy shop

Fresh off the bench ya'll! These black coral hoops go very well with the cuff. Check'em out in my Etsy shop.

I'll have these on sale at the ECU Valentine's Day sale next week - if they don't sell by then.

Hope you're having a great week and thanks for visiting my blog!

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