Thursday, July 23, 2009

lesson learned



well, yesterday was productive until about 5pm, when i completely and unutterably effed up the pendant (above) that i had been working on for a week. it is unrepairable. completely unrepairable. all i can hope for is to be able to cut out the cabs and re-use them on another pendant.

so, lesson learned.

first of all - don't try to be too aggressive when just starting a new technique. i thought i had enough experience and had been getting better with my embroidery techniques that i could go for a bigger project. aiiighh. that's the sound of a game show buzzer signalling you are not only wrong, but completely out of time and luck.

second - use a pen - not a pencil - to trace your outline onto whatever it is that you are beading on. that way you can actually SEE where you need to end. in a nutshell - your circle won't come out wonky. hopefully.

so, i cried yesterday evening.

i felt like a failure. i felt like i had wasted this entire month learning a new technique rather than churning out the earrings, bracelets, and pendants that needed to be made. joseph had to talk me out of spiralling into a fit of anger and depression. i got the edison talk. i get this a lot. this time it worked. it usually just makes me mad. and i let him take me for cannoli's. that definitely helped.

i guess if i look at it realistically, after a great deal of trial and error, i HAVE taught myself a new technique and for the most part, i am very proud of the pieces i have completed.

maybe this month wasn't such a waste after all....

but today i am making earrings, bracelets, and pendants. sometimes you just have to got your happy place!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

waiting on the glue to dry

i've been at the work table for about 5 hours now - pushing myself to finish 3 more pendants for the show on saturday. truthfully, i have more than enough product to take with me - but the new pieces are important to me and i wanted to have a nice showing of them.

i think i might be obsessed with bead embroidery. i'm not sure. but i think i am.

so i thought i would pop in here while i am waiting on the glue to dry and share with you THE MOST BEAUTIFUL print that i received in the mail this week:



vanessa over at A FANCIFUL TWIST painted this beautiful portrait of frida kahlo a while back and i just fell in love with it. i had the rare (for me) opportunity to see frida's work in person last august while in san francisco and as she is my favorite painter, i knew i had to have a print once vanessa put them in her shop.

you can read all about the painting and the process here.

i have been collecting prints for about a year now - all with interesting words or sayings on them - to make a collage out of over our bed, and now frida will be added to that wall.

actually and honestly - nothing is framed yet - but i am hoping to start this weekend and get some art hung before i am too old to enjoy it! i can see the wall over our bed from my work bench, so i think that is the best place for my lovely collection. you can never have enough inspiration or words of encouragement!

so, that's what's going on here today. guess i will go and see if my glue is dry.

pics tomorrow if the sun shines.

Monday, July 20, 2009

3 finished pendants




i finally got on a roll this weekend and just this morning finished two of the three pendants pictured here.
i am very happy with each of them. in fact, i am not sure i want to even sell them!
well, back to the studio... vintage sequin pieces to be made this afternoon...

Friday, July 17, 2009

isoism jajo expo - july 25th, new orleans



i have been getting ready to this show next weekend.
( click on the title of this post to take you to the page on facebook with all the info!)

it's the first annual jajo expo and of course, my first time as a vendor.
there are going to be a lot of very talented new orleans artists showing.
i am very excited to be exhibiting with such a great group.

i will be "debuting" my embroidery and mixed media pendants - ok, i only have one mixed media pendant ready to finish, but i still have a week so you never know...

so, if you live in the nola area, come by, say hi, and brink me a drink. j has to work, so i'll be going it alone at this one!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

working in the dark

it's been raining here most of the day.
the lights went out for about 2 hours.
as soon as they came back on, i tried to photograph the finished pendants.
i will take some more pics tomorrow if it's sunny as i am not happy with these, but here ya are anyway:



Wednesday, July 15, 2009

catching my breath and hitting my stride

this last week has been a whirlwind of studio activity and more unpacking.
i've had to deal with a lot of unpleasant daily duties out in the "real world" that i had to smile and endure in order to make the most out of my studio time.


we had a little wine tasting party last night - i know - on a tuesday! and several of our close friends were able to come over. needless to say, i'm dragging a bit this morning!


i bought some fresh spray roses that made me soooo happy. i never buy fresh flowers so it was a real treat. evidently, patches thought they were a treat too:



i've been working on some new bracelet designs for fall, took some of my vintage glass pieces to a great used bookstore that also carries jewelry and stuff on consignment, and got the bails in for the embroidery pendants which i will finish and photograph, hopefully today.


my dear friend, niki has encouraged me to move in a different direction with my work - a direction i am giving some serious consideration to. it would take my work in an amazing direction and be soooooo totally different from what i've been doing. experiments will start soon, i am sure.

and a humongous thank you to everyone for the positive response to my gouache pieces! it's so amazing to have positive feedback on something i am just starting to experiment with. and a special thank you to kim creagan who is an amazing artist i discovered on etsy one day while poking around the forums. your encouragement really means a lot

here's another one i have been playing around with. the pattern is actually a combination of two patterns from two different pieces of vintage fabric:


and with that i will leave you with two of my favorite pics from this week:


aren't they just the cutest kitties ever?! yeah, i think so too!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

close up and personal



close up of the two pendants i worked on yesterday.
i need to order my bails and finish them off.
they should be ready some time early next week.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

tuesday's experiments


gouache, pen, ink, colored pencil on water color paper.
learning how to make the paint flow like i want and still give me the color i desire.
using the liquid frisket is a challenge. dug out my colored pencils and was happy with the melding of the two media.
still have lots to learn, but painting makes me happy.

mixed media pendant. the beginning. still don't know if i like it or not. we'll see.


ps. jess gonacha over at pecannoot - one of my favorite blogs and the place i go to get my daily dose of abundance - did a little feature today on new orleans artist art by mags
check it out if you have a chance.

Friday, July 3, 2009

sometimes you just gotta throw caution the wind...



playing with a few ideas i have had rolling around in my head these last few months....
mixed media pendant of vintage glass cabochon, vintage and contemporary sequins, and seed beads on ultra suede.
looks nothing like the sketch i started with this morning.
after several false starts, i decided to just let the piece talk to me.
turned out it wanted to be sequin-y.
who knew?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

i'm back!

well, we're all moved in to our new abode.
it has definitely not been the most pleasant of experiences.
but, the fun part is ahead - decorating!! yay!

of course, the first thing i unpacked was my studio.
a girl has to have her priorities straight, right?
it's still a work in progress. i don't have many pics yet.
it's just a jumbled mess at this point.

but here are a few just for the fun of it:


keep those tools handy


this is our room, too right?


delicas and round seed beads by color




vintage and contemporary cabs for pendants and wall hangings