Sunday, December 21, 2008
Well, well, well don't we look pretty? Christine Lyall had her art opening last night at Rex Art Framing. She looked great! She wore my feather top and coral cuff, she was a perfect model and received plenty of compliments on both her work and mine. Christine had my cards and booklet out for the taking, just incase anyone wanted to check out more of my work, thanks Christine. It was very strange seeing someone wearing my work in public, I wish I was invisible so I could hear all the comments. The most important thing is, I learned a lot about what I would do differently to the pieces like A. make them function better and B. make the pieces even more edgy... closer to where I want my work to go. I am feeling confident that every step my work takes is closer to my ultimate vision.
Checkout Christine's work, because if you don't you will miss out!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
This is what I'm working on.
Just kidding! My very fabulous mother in law has gifted this incredible 1950's "How to Crochet" book to me. Do you think she is trying to tell me something heheheh. The book is filled with amazing Vogue type shots of these starlet type women wearing these intricate patterned sweaters, hats, headbands, chokers and also has tons of doilies turned into table clothes and bed covers, really fun stuff! This was definitely inspired by the Arts and Craft Movement. Ahhhh this is what the evil industrial revolution did... Ahhhhh the evil technological revolution, it's all happening again, this is why sites like Etsy and ten's of thousands of craft sites are so popular and why people want to have one of a kind hand made objects. The major difference is that now we have and use technology as a tool... better tools which make for a faster process to compleat the task quicker. Read about the Arts and Craft Movement it's incredible how history repeats itself and not in a bad way like gaucho pants but in a good way.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
My lovely tools
This is what the top of the dining room table looks like. I got the ceramic "New York style" ceramic coffee cup from my office secret Santa, Christine. She is having an exhibit of her work on December 20th at Rex Art Framing, 3160 Coral Way, Coral Gables, go check it out... good stuff!!! Opening reception starts at 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I'm still here!
Sorry for the long void in communication. I was busy uploading a million pics to my new Etsy site. I have taken the plunge AAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!! I was really a bit torn about being part of Etsy. But now that I am part of this community of artist it's actually pretty cool. Artist that are part of Etsy I find to be extremely supportive and are very helpful. You have to check out rosetung she makes the most beautiful pieces and one of my top favs!!! On the site, folks send me messages to tell me how beautiful my pieces are, how great is that? Which is really cool since we all know the life of an artist is a solitary one.
The photo is a peek at my new piece. I'm attempting to mix fiber with metal to create a necklace. It's quite large and a statement if someone is brave enough to wear it. I am finding that I definitely have a narrow following, and that suits me just fine.
Thanks for stopping by, I'll try to write more often.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Giving thanks to nature
Ligma Blue Bracelet
Hi everyone! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving. I had an interesting one since I spent it in Monticello, FL. I have never been and had lined up a couple of yarn store visits and a trip to an Alpaca farm. To my great happiness Really Knit Stuff yarn shop was having a 40% off sale on Saturday. The only catch was in order to receive the 40% sale price you had to be at the store at 7 a.m. As the day progressed the 40% was reduced to only 20%. Some women had bags and bags filled to the rim with yarn. I on the other hand went for the really innovative, funky stuff that normally cost way too much to buy. I was very selective because both you and I know during a sale like this the frenzy can really get you buying things that you will regret later.
The trip to the Alpaca farm was so awesome. My sister in law had discovered a farm in the area and emailed me the info. I contacted Leslie Eckhart one of the farm owners of Alpacas Pure & Simple and asked if she had any wool for sale, she told me she had some and would be happy to sell it to me. It was raining so hard when we arrived at the farm and she was so kind to show us the Alpacas and talk to the entire family (10 of us total) about the process of growing and shearing these amazing animals for their fur. I have never met any of the animals that have come from the yarn I use and I treasure the opportunity to do so. Thank you Leslie!!
I had begun a bracelet before I left for my holiday and I took it with me to Monticello to work on during the relaxing moments sitting outside by the barn fire. I had Paul cut a disk out of lignum vitae wood, make a hole in the center and drill some random holes around the circumference. I crocheted the wood using natural fibers and wanted to recycle the dead wood and make it my own type of wood. I call it Ligma Blue Wood. I am liking the combination of hard and soft materials to create my own "natural" objects. I might work on another bracelet or maybe something even smaller, like a ring!
I'll love to hear your comments.