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, April 5, 2016

Ondine Collection Trunk Show at Schroko's Hair Studio

I love having my studio in Uptown Greenville especially because I've made several life long friends with other business owners, such as the ladies at Schroko's Hair Studio - Sarah Schroko and Candace Joyner.  Two fabulous ladies that LOVE doing hair.

I met them about three years ago, right around the time I moved into Art Avenue and I'm very excited that I'll be hosting my next trunk show at their hair studio!  If you recall back about 3 years ago, Schroko's Hair Studio worked with myself and Paula Chrismon for our Auerlian Nights Fashion Show - the hair they did was SO baller.

Ondine rings, in bronze, sterling silver and oxidized silver. Photo by Tara Locklear.

Of course Candace Joyner at Schroko's does my hair and it's the best whenever I go to their salon.  I get the four star treatment! I mean, she made my hair purple!!! I want to go back again so bad but alas...it's too much maintenance. 

So if you live in Greenville, I hope you will come out to the trunk show and purchase new and old pieces from Eilisain Jewelry

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Monday, April 4, 2016

I am the master of my domain

Ha, I really am! And let me tell you it is not easy being a master....it's hair raising and frustrating as hell!!

I'm in the current state of migrating my old website to a new more sleek version, in addition I'm closing several other sites and outlets.  So get prepared my friends and online family - I will no longer have an Etsy store or this blog!   Yes that's right I'm finally going to have all my jewelzzz on one site. 

My estimated timeline for getting all of this done......dun, dun, DUN: this Friday, April 8th.  Also the date of release for the Ondine Collection.  

Yes, you may ask yourself - why did she have two separate sites for her jewelry.  Well it's a complicated answer that honestly served my customers more than my business.  My current website won't allow me to use coupon codes for sales and events yet etsy does.  And I've had this blog since 2009 and I've loved this place for journaling my growth, but really one place makes it easier for both myself and you, the customer.

But now, I will have my blog, sales and new inventory on ONE website and I'm very excited about this however that means I have to 'rewrite' a new site.  This will be a task that is worth every minute of frustration, I'm sure of it.

On to more fun and exciting things like new images and pieces that have been in the works for awhile.  Enjoy!
Up close detail shot of the 18kt gold plated silver double owl talon torc.  Photo by Tara Locklear.

The Hunted II Double owl talon torc, 18k gold plating finish on sterling silver. Photo by Tara Locklear

A new iteration on the crow claw ring, with a double terminated lapis lazuli.  Photo by Tara Locklear

And new image of the bronze double owl talon earrings. Photo by Tara Locklear.
As always thank you for reading and stay tuned!
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Friday, April 1, 2016

It's almost here....a bit of a teaser

I just got the product photos from Tara Locklear, and I'm super excited.  Ya'll know by now that I get happy when I'm about to release a new collection.  I can't help it, one of my friends compared it to sharing a baby with the world.  Granted....pregnancy is much more intense but that's about how I feel when I've put my heart and hands to work on new jewelry.

So here is a bit of a teaser and notification of the Ondine Collection and special trunk show I'll be hosting at my favorite hair salon, Schroko's Hair Studio in Uptown Greenville on Thursday, April 14th.

The Ondine Collection takes inspiration from the ocean, specifically the texture and colors that come from the cuttlefish bone and the beautiful iridescence of labradorite, azurite and lapis lazuli - think blues, purples and deep greens.  And you may ask, what does Ondine mean? Well, as you know I have penchant for strange words and names, it is taken from the French folktale story of a nymph that falls in love with a human.  Dreamy right?

Khristi Thomas looking deadly beautiful in our pieces.
Photo by Aileen Devlin, makeup by Meagan Wilson.

I love how this piece looks like some sort of octopus or third eye. Photo by Tara Locklear.
I had to push the release date back a bit, however the entire new collection will be posted for sale on Friday, April 8th! 

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Having a teammate

Ya'll have heard me sing the praises of having Ashton Neibel in the studio, and it's true.  Not only is it fantastic having her assistance but also it's amazing having someone to bounce off ideas and share the ups and downs of being a jeweler.

I look back over the past six months of having Ashton in the studio with me and I cringe to think of how I would've survived if I hadn't had her help.  Obviously I'd survived but it would've been incredibly stressful.
It's not just having her help that has made my life in the studio easier but also mentoring Ashton and watching her grow has given me a sense of purpose, pride and made me more aware of my habits and work ethic.

So here are some fun and candid shots Aileen Devlin took of us in the studio.  Laughing, working and being silly.  Oh and side note, can you tell I love to accumulate notes, inspirational cards and stuff?!

This is the true spirit of my studio, being real and having fun!

On the grind, literally.

Talking out ideas, upcoming events and our adventures from the weekend.

We're trying to be cool here. 
Ashton Neibel in the zone...jewelry zone
Thank you for reading and indulging me in celebrating my amazing intern!
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

My journey with animals

I love animals and my fascination and appreciation for them has grown quite a bit over the past several years.

However, I will say, I wasn't always comfortable interacting with them.  I'll never forget back in my 20's I was visiting my friend's parents house and her mom had 3-4 rabbits.  One got loose in the backyard and my friend told me to grab it, well I got scared and I let her do it.  My friend gave me a hard time but honestly, I didn't want to get bitten.

Gangsta Squintsy, my first cat.
Stevie, my 2nd fur baby aptly named after Stevie Nicks.
I didn't grow up with animals, cats or dogs or any other small creature.  I certainly wanted one, and asked Santa every year. Alas, I never got a puppy.

Finally in my late 20's, around December, when I was working at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria.  There were posters for a kitten with no eyes that needed a home.  Of course this broke my heart and I said to myself 'you are a grown woman, and you can finally have the pet you want'.

So of course I picked up Squints, she was an itty-bitty kitten with no eyes.  The cutest cat ever, and mean too! She loves to bite but she's also a cuddler.  Then about 4 years later I found Stevie 'meowing' from a gutter.  Stevie and Squints definitely didn't like each other, they still don't but they now tolerate each other.  She is the sweetest cat! She loves to be petted and....well I could go on and on about my cats.

The point being of this post, is that it can take awhile to get comfortable around any animal but what I've found is that respecting them, learning about their habits and needs can help with living with them.  Not only that, animals help us to learn about ourselves.  I think it's so important and critical to our own survival as humans to respect them and their habitats.  Also, take time to visit the animals in your area.  Or go to a place that shares them and treats them humanely. 

Anywho, thank you for reading and indulging me in writing about my most coveted fur babies!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Why you should sign up for my newsletter

I'm sure you get inundated, like myself with lots of emails.  And half the time you may not even open them.

However I will tell you that there are probably a handful of newsletters that I truly enjoy getting and that I KNOW I'll learn something new.

One of our most recent email offers.

With that said, I want to give you some very good reasons as to why you should sign up for my E-LIST.
  • I'll tell you how to take care of your Eilisain Jewelry, as well as all of your jewelry.  Such as, how to remove tarnish on silver.
  • You'll understand how to wear your jewelry - new and fun ways to be creative with adornment 
  • You get special invitations to shows and events across the country 
  • Find out more about our future collections and what we're doing in the studio 
  • And lastly - you get FIRST dibs on new collections and SALES
    Whoops, last and BEST reason why? You get 15% off your first order when you sign up!
I provide to my subscribers the first chance on sales and first pick to new pieces.  And also I won't spam you, yes I email about once a week which pales in comparison to the deluge of emails you will probably get from other sources.  

So I hope these reasons will only further encourage you to sign up
As always - stay golden!
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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Re design and changing

This is the year of change and transformation, for myself and my business.  As you know, if you've been reading my blog, I learned quite a bit last year especially about running a business.  I had a big learning curve participating in craft shows as well as managing new collections etc.  

So with that said, I am in the process of having my logo redesigned and I'll be migrating to a new website/platform within the next 6 months. My current website, as much as I love the ease and functions of it, does not have some necessary features I want in a website.  Part of my vision for my website is for it to be easy to navigate and purchase pieces and learn more about Eilisain Jewelry.

I share these goals with you because my audience is a big reason for these changes, including myself.  Online shopping is a major part of our lives these days, and I like mixing my brick and mortar shopping with online.  And to be honest, it makes life extremely easier when you're busy running around, working and you don't have time to go store to store.  I'm incredibly hopeful about these changes, I'm working with a fantastic graphic designer and I'm planning the future of my business so it's sustainable and successful. 
 As always, thank you for reading and joining me on this journey!

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Song of the Day: Kavinsky "Nightcall"

I've been obsessing over this song for the past week, I had it several years ago when it came out and I've just re-discovered it.

It's so good.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The shared collective

Last week I was in Atlanta for the American Craft Council show and I had such a great time and met so many cool people.

Thus I want to share with you that when I participate in craft shows, the best part of them is meeting other artists and sharing our experience and knowledge.  Of course I enjoy meeting new customers and participating but seriously, I so enjoy getting to know other artists and finding out how they balance a creative life with family and life demands. 

We all share the collective hardship of trying to be successful.  So sharing a booth with five other people was fun and made the show so much better! 

Jewelry trade score!! From top left, Olivia Shih earrings, Oru pendant and earrings, Betty Jager ring and Leia Zumbro ring. 

My Hip Pop booth
Trying to look profesh'
Meet Ms. Ruby, she stole the show at our booth!

All of my neighbors and Hip Pop artists were so cool! Niki Frisk the booth behind Ms. Ruby is an aerialist!! I mean, how cool is that and she lives in New Orleans.  Then there was Jim Charles with his beautiful pearl and plastic necklaces and earrings, he was the lone male in the show.  And so many other amazing people. 

I am looking forward to the next Hip Pop show!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The process

I realized the other night that as much as I post about new pieces or collections I'm working on, I haven't elaborated enough on the process.   How do I make all my jewelry you may ask???

And though you may be well aware that the method I use to achieve my pieces are through casting, the beginning is researched and sketched out several months in advance.

My notebook is where it starts, writing out ideas, small sketches that move into images and drawings of stones.  I also 'play' and arrange some bones and random bits I keep in my studio.  Then once I have an idea of what stones and bones will be used I layout the pieces and put the connections together, of how they will interact.  This is truly the fun part for me, where the collection fleshes out.

 I also create a Pinterest board, collecting colors, outfits and more that shape the mood of the collection.  For me this is where my inner fashion designer lives. 

Once I have a strong and cohesive collection designed, I work on the actual pieces.  I make molds of the bone, for example the Bast collection and play with the wax pieces.  Combining them in new ways and how will these pieces work on the body and hands. 

I transition throughout the weeks, sitting at my wax station to finishing the pieces at my bench.  I do enjoy the back and forth of creating and then finishing.  I've gotten better at it over the years as well, knowing when I need to sit down and dream up new pieces. 

So there you have it, the process in a nutshell!
Thanks for reading.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Necklace sizing chart

I just discovered this handy chart! All of our chains are 28" which hang just in the middle of the chest.  However with the next collection we chose 20" to display our prominent pendants - don't worry you will see soon!

I thought some of you may appreciate this chart, next time your shopping for chains or you need a guide to help you determine what chain is best for you. 

As always thanks for stoppin' by!

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

It all comes back to water

I'm a true Pisces sign, I love the water, I can be a bit emotional at times and all the other qualities that go with being a water sign.  With that said, throughout the past several years the theme of water and ocean resurface in my collections.  As you may have noticed with the Ondine collection, it's based on a nymph. 

Well, I was going back through old photos of my first collection when I moved into my studio at Art Avenue, this was back in the spring of 2012.  I loved this collection as I used old coral from my trip to Panama and it was a challenge in how to put these pieces together.  Also I'd never used brass, it's a beautiful golden color but no fun to solder!
Aragonite stones with brass and sterling silver, 2012. 

Aragonite, copper and sterling silver. 2012

Black coral electroformed and spray painted, brass. 2012

Black coral, electroformed and spray painted, sterling silver and brass. 2012

Sometimes going through old photos like these get's my creative juices flowing and also reminds me of the variety of pieces I've made.  As much as I love working with the talons, I enjoy breaking away and trying a different approach.  Most of these pieces have sold and aren't listed on my website or on Etsy.

I hope you enjoyed viewing them and as always thank you for reading!
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Monday, February 29, 2016

I've got a SNAG, and it's a good thing

Okay, cheesy title yes but it got your attention right?

I'll never forget that day I was working at the Golds Gym when I lived in Arlington, Virginia.  I found a copy of Metalsmith and flipped through.  It was the spark that got me moving towards taking metals and jewelry classes.  There were ads for several schools and places to take classes and I thought, I need to do this.

Shortly after I joined the Society of North American Goldsmiths, an organization (one of the founding members was my former professor Bob Ebendorf) to further the advancement of the metals/jewelry community and foster growth and provide cohesion to the field.

Then as I further delved into this new field, and began to consider studying professionally and earning my second degree I decided to attend the conference, this was back in 2008 and it was held in Savannah, Ga.  And this was also my first trip by myself, meaning no friends and no family - I knew no one at this event! It was a bit scary but I make friends easily, a by product of being an Army brat.

When I arrived at the airport I made friends with the Kansas State people, Elliot Pujol was so friendly and we chatted waiting for the shuttle bus to take us to the conference hotel.  I was incredibly grateful to have made friends and since I was born in Kansas, hanging out with the Kansas crew seemed very appropriate.  Thus at the conference I gathered brochures and 'interviewed' other students about their schools and what they liked about them.

I was very much interested in going to Savannah College of Art and Design, plus I loved the city.  However the pricey tuition kept me from seriously considering it an option, back then it was $32,000 a year (very near the salary I was making at the time!).  In the end, East Carolina University offered the most for my money - four amazing and diverse professors and the tuition was very affordable.

Okay sorry for the long winded story but SNAG took me on the journey from the beginning of where I am today and that's why, if you're a jeweler or a metalsmith or both you should JOIN - there are fantastic resources - job opportunities, grant offers, exhibition announcements and many more.  I'm super excited to attend the upcoming SNAGneXt Conference in Asheville this coming May.

For me as a studio jeweler that doesn't often get a chance to commiserate and share the trials and journey of a jeweler I LOVE getting to catch up with my friends at the SNAG events and geek out over jewelry and objects.

I hope you join and understand that it feeds and fosters the community.
As always thank you for reading!
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Friday, February 26, 2016

Poem of the day - Guide to the Other Gallery

Guide to the Other Gallery

This is the hall of broken limbs
Where splintered marble athletes lie
Beside the arms of cherubim.
Nothing is ever thrown away.

These butterflies are set in rows.
So small and gray inside their case
They look alike now. I suppose
Death makes most creatures commonplace.

These portraits here of the unknown
Are hung three high, frame piled on frame.
Each potent soul who craved renown,
Immortalized without a name.

Here are the shelves of unread books,
Millions of pages turning brown.
Visitors wander through the stacks,
But no one ever takes one down.

I wish I were a better guide.
There’s so much more that you should see—
Rows of bottles with nothing inside,
Displays of locks which have no key.

You’d like to go? I wish you could.
This room has such a peaceful view.
Look at that case of antique wood
Without a label. It’s for you.
“Guide to the Other Gallery” by Dana Gioia from 99 Poems.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

#girlboss, bossbabe, BOSSLADY

So lately I've really been owning these words.  It's not because I have an intern or that I'm telling someone what to do, it's more with that fact that I respect myself so much more and hold myself accountable.
Me at my bench 3 years ago. 
It feels liberating and scary to admit that I'm my own boss; that I control the wheels of my destiny.  Back in 2008 when I was first getting started working in the jewelry industry I thought to myself that I could never run a business and that I'd need someone else to set the standard and tell me what to do.

But things started to change while I was in school at ECU (East Carolina University), I started making plans and projecting where I wanted to be in 5-10 years.  And low and behold I'm getting there.  I've secured grants, studio equipment, created my own website, do my book keeping, market my work - the list goes on and on.  And now, even having an intern.  I think that cemented in my head that now I'm mentoring and teaching someone else how to be a #girlboss.  And it is SO gratifying.

Kristie Esposito King and Caroline Hedgepeth - two bossbabes that I truly admire and respect.
And when I did begin my journey into the jewelry industry, I had such amazing and supportive mentors (Dawn Benedetto, Valerie Hector, Biba Schutz, Ellis Cutrell, Lawrence Miller, Timothy Lazure, Ken Bova, my parents and so many others).  Jewelers that gave me access to their studio and equipment.  As well as invaluable advice and lessons that I'll never forget.  I think for any industry you may be in, to have someone guide you and provide insight into journeying your career is so essential.

So there you have it, I declare myself A BOSSLADY! 

haha, thank you for reading and stay lovely friends.
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Monday, February 22, 2016

Of mermaids and nymphs

I've been a bit absent from my blog as of late, it's been a busy several weeks.  I was in DC at the beginning of the month for the Cabin Fever hosted by Crafty Bastards and then a week later (aka last week) I was in Las Vegas for my first wholesale show, Pooltradeshow with Magic and that was just craziness!

So here I am, finally at home and in throes of starting/finishing my spring/summer collection Ondine and I'm super excited about it.  It didn't take me too long to know how I wanted this collection to be and whom to work with.  We will be shooting this weekend with Aileen Devlin and it's going to be a blast.

I wanted to give you some insight into the new collection, I'm going back to the ocean for these pieces.  I truly love going to the beach and though I'm not much of a saltwater person there is so much mystery and beauty in the ocean.  I began to do research and came upon the story of Ondine, written by Frenchman Friedrich de la Motte Fouque, a tragic love story of a nymph that falls in love with a human.  Of course this story draws upon the myth of sea nymphs and mermaids, this collection isn't just based on Ondine but of the sensuality and otherworldiness of the ocean and it's vastness. 

I haven't set a date yet for the release but not to worry my friends I will keep you posted. 

As always thank you for reading and stay lovely!
xo Lisette
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The good, bad and the ugly

It seems that everyday when I log onto Facebook or check my yahoo account somewhere in the world, beautiful animals are going extinct, ancient forests are being torn down and there is toxic lead in our water.  It depresses me most of the time but also makes me determined.

I ask myself, what can I do? How can I help make a difference in the world.  I'm sure some of you have the same thoughts going through your head.  Or perhaps you don't know about the fact that palm oil is used in many American products such as coca-cola, snack etc. however palm oil comes from Indonesian and South American countries specifically it comes from the habitat of animals like the orangutan and tigers which no longer have homes due to the destruction of forests with palm oil.

So I decided to come up with suggestions and ways you can 'take action' from the comfort of your home.  Simple everyday steps that help protect your environment and ones far away.  Some of you may think, 'what difference does it make?'  but that question is very easy - a BIG difference.  When you multiply you times a thousand others it creates a huge effect.

1.  Send emails, calls, faxes to your members of congress, legislators and council members.
Dedicate an email address specifically for your calls to action, that way you won't get spam mail to your personal address.
Some of my favorite organizations are:
The Ocean Conservancy
Alaska Wilderness League
Sierra Club

2.  Share this information with your family and friends, educate and urge them to take action.  The more the better!

3.  Do your part.  Recycle, reuse, reduce.  It is that simple.   Pick up trash on your walks and throw it in the trash bin. 
  • Reuse shopping bags
  • Donate old clothing to homeless shelters or use them as drop cloths
  • repair and maintain the stuff you do have instead of throwing it away
  • Use a water bottle instead of purchasing more water bottles
  • Volunteer in your area or get to know where you live.  
If we all do just a little bit, that compounds into huge changes. 
thank you for reading and stay lovely!
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Saturday, January 30, 2016

American Craft Council

I've finally been accepted into an American Craft Council show! Well the Hip Pop show, I had applied last year and wasn't accepted and this year that changed.  I'll be participating in the Atlanta show in March.

When I first began working and learning about the jewelry field back in 2004 when I lived outside of Washington, D.C. I worked at the American Craft Council show for several jewelry artists, such as Valerie Hector and Biba Schutz.  It was such an invaluable experience, learning the behind the scenes hard work of doing such large shows.  I recall telling myself that I wouldn't participate in them due to the immense about of preparation and how draining it can often be, as you can imagine my mind has changed a bit.

The ACC shows are the top tier of craft shows, they only select the best artists in the country, so it is essentially a stamp of approval when an artist participates.  Granted, I will say that when I worked at the previous shows (roughly 8 years ago!), the clientele is a bit older and not necessarily my demographic.  That has changed, ACC has done such an amazing job reworking their image and inviting a younger audience to the shows as well as engaging emerging artists.  The Hip Pop shows allow emerging artists like myself to participate and show our work without breaking the bank.  I'm incredibly grateful for this opportunity and so looking forward to meeting the other artists as well as established ones.

Hopefully I will see you there in Hot-lanta!
Thanks for reading.
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Friday, January 29, 2016

If you love jewelry and history

Then you have to read Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession and how desire shapes the World.  I've been reading it over the past several weeks and it's fascinating how much jewelry has influenced and changed our world.

There is no denying that what has shaped humans and culture is our handmade objects, our inventiveness specifically with ceramics and jewelry.  It is how anthropologists and archaeologists have learned about our past.

I'm loving this book for the drama and the fact that I learn about jewelry and historical facts, such as how the French Revolution began. I'm making it a goal to read more this year and take time to learn more of the history behind jewelry so this was a perfect match!

As always thank you for reading and have a lovely weekend!

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Going swimming next month

It's a fun play on words for my venture into wholesale tradeshows.  I'm so nervous and excited that I'll be going to Las Vegas next month to participate in Pooltradeshow.

They say that you have to take risks when you run a business and this is one that I'm praying will pay off.  Sometimes it can be very tricky to know where to invest your money when it comes to shows; as you know I learned alot last year from participating in smaller craft shows. 

This year my goal is to broaden my market and get directly in front of buyers.  So here it goes, next month I take a big trip to the city of Sin!

Here is a fun poster I designed for the show, with my booth number.  And psst. if you're a buyer maybe I'll see you there.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

A Red, Red Rose

Brigid Collection photoshoot, by Aileen Devlin

A Red, Red Rose

O my Luve is like a red, red rose,
     That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody,
     That’s sweetly play’d in tune.

So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
     So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
     Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
     And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will luve thee still, my dear,
     While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare the weel, my only luve!
     And fare thee weel a while!
And I will come again, my luve,
     Tho’ it were ten thousand mile!
“A Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns. Public domain.
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Friday, January 22, 2016

My first workshop

I'd been planning to reach out to some small art schools to teach but I never got around to it last year, y'know with doing shows and making jewelry some plans and goals get dropped off!  Well I couldn't say no to my friend Danielle James (and fellow ECU alumni) when she asked if I'd be interested in teaching a casting workshop at the Eureka Springs School of Art where Danielle is a metals instructor and coordinator for the programs.

It's going to be new and exciting and I love those kinds of challenges.  I'll be teaching students how to recreate nature/objects into jewelry and finished pieces.  Plus I get to visit this infamous town, Eureka Springs.  Danielle waxed on and on about it before she left Greenville, after graduating with her MFA and I knew I had to visit!

You can view the class description here and sign up.  My session is 9 and begins July 4th through July 8th.  It's perfect timing - fireworks and casting? Hell yes! I know that not only will my students learn a new process but I'll learn how to teach a good 4 day workshop.  I'm just super pumped and excited about this class.
my cheesey profile photo and description
 as always, thank you for reading and stay warm and lovely!

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Dressing the body

Looking over images for postcards and promotional materials, I begin to see a pattern and I realize how much I love the photos by my photographer and friend Aileen Devlin.  She's just so damn talented!

I recently sent out this collage to my email list.  This moment of holding jewelry and the way the ring lays down the finger is just so seductive! It's what I love about jewelry and dressing the body.

thx for visiting!
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

recap first day of ECU symposium

As I usually do I'm going to give a lil overview/recap of the ECU symposium.  The theme for this years symposium was In Flux, a play on words if you will.

Some of the presenters and workshops were by more seasoned artists such as Martha Banyas, Barbara Minor and Don Friedlich and then there were new and upcoming artists and designers such as Leah Pierce, jewelry designer for Bottega Veneta and Lauren Tickle (she creates intricate pieces using money), Ben Dory and Marissa Saneholtz.

I thoroughly enjoyed Martha Banyas presentation and the inspiration behind her work, from her trips to Bali to creating batik prints with her enamel.   And her enameling techniques and paintings are exquisite!

So here are some quick snaps I took during the symposium and I'll be adding more posts throughout the week.  

One of the awesome aprons by the ECU Metals Guild
My guests and friends: Erin Younge, Danielle James and ECU Metals Professor Ken Bova.
A lovely pin from the pin swap.
Audrey Peck and myself. 
Of course we hit up Christy's for after hours talks and catching up. Half of the fun is what happens after the symposium.

Me, putting in my 3rd blade, drove me insane at the Saw, File and Solder race at Dirty LAM
This quick video Tara Locklear took should work but it may not!
thank you for reading and stay lovely!
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