Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Growth


Effective August 2017: Elements & Artifacts will shift from large, themed collections to smaller but hopefully more frequent clusters of concept-based jewelry while I earn my Master's in art therapy psychology. Life is change, growth is optional, and it is my hope that my creative work will continue to develop in the coming years. I look forward to this time of transition and transformation. 

Stay tuned, for I do not intend to leave E&A behind! I anticipate releasing new work this autumn.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Milestones

I have two bits of exciting Elements & Artifacts news! 

First, today I reached 5,000 sales—a hard-earned number given the one-of-a-kind and limited run, handcrafted, and concept-based nature of my work. Since 2005, I have sent my work to over 28 different countries, sold my work to benefit human rights organizations and relief efforts, had two (going on three) pieces on TV shows, and carried work in two museum gift shops and an art gallery. I wouldn't be here without all of you, so THANK YOU. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.



Second, my Indigo Hour necklace appeared in Season 8, Episode 5 of the hit TV show The Vampire Diaries, which aired on The CW on November 18, 2016. The episode is titled "Coming Home was a Mistake". It was worn by Kristen Gutoskie's character Seline. 


Friday, November 18, 2016

Artist's Statement: Ask the Moon to Come


This collection, more than any others, holds deep personal meaning. Ask the Moon to Come ties together threads and memories from my childhood. It connects with a beloved Lady in the Moon story-turned-meditation that has been a longtime comfort, a source of insight and wisdom, and a beacon of hope in dark times. As I was developing the concepts for these pieces, the breath-taking meaning behind Sara Bareilles’ song Satellite Call came to mind and was integrated alongside other inspiration found in Rumi, Hafiz, Sappho, Pablo Neruda, and more. 


Put your thoughts to sleep,
do not let them cast a shadow
over the moon of your heart. 
Let go of thinking. 
—Rumi

This collection further brings together personal explorations, Self-work, mindfulness practice, and creative research that I’ve done across several years, starting in Portland and continuing to present day. It draws on the idea of the moon as a symbol of introspection and drawing inward, of the interplay of light and dark, of dreams and archetypes, of the heart, of cycles and patterns found in life, and more.

This collection also connects to the development of my concept-based artwork. Most notably is the body of work by author Marina Warner, a mythographer and historian known for her writing on feminism, art, history, and especially myths; she draws fascinating connections between these things and shows why some stories and depictions hold such deep meaning or significance. Additionally, Joseph Campbell’s Hero With a Thousand Faces delves into the reasons that people revisit, retell, and add their own creative voice to the myths. I learned of past beliefs, folk takes, moon spirits and myths with the addition of The Encyclopedia of Spirits by Judika Illes.



Lastly, this collection draws upon more than one area of my art background: ink illustration, graphic design typesetting, and traditional printmaking techniques (relief printing/intaglio) were adapted into my jewelry techniques. Flammarion’s 1888 star/meteorology engraving served as an anchor for the moon pieces and was used to imprint several pendants in this collection. 

Perhaps this is all superfluous compared to the visible, tangible pieces or personal connections that the viewers will make themselves, but it’s rare that I really dig deep to outwardly share my art process. I felt compelled to communicate the meaning behind this one since it has been a profound experience to research, develop, and create. 


Awake my dear.
Be kind to your sleeping heart.
Take it out
Into the vast fields of Light
And let it breathe.
—Hafiz

There is a moon inside every human being. Learn to be companions with it.
—Rumi

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The full collection (including sold work) can be viewed on Flickr.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Elements & Artifacts Anniversary Collection: Autumntide

I’m excited to announce my new collection of work, not just because September has always been a pinnacle month for Elements & Artifacts in terms of the season, the size of my creative output, and the anniversary celebration, but because this marks 11 years of selling jewelry as part of my creative freelance work with 8 of those years as Elements & Artifacts. The launch of Elements & Artifacts was truly a turning point for me, where my work—art and illustration included—moved from general creative work to concept-based, themed collections where the whole aims to be greater than the sum of its parts.



I love this time of year. It holds the warm, golden cast of light that signals to me the end of summer and the advent of autumn. There exists a slight chill in the morning air with the promise of cozy sweaters in the weeks to come. September also marks my wedding anniversary and the birth of my beautiful daughter.




I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you for your new and continued presence. Thank you for your excitement, referrals, feedback, comments, and support over the years. Every single thing means so much to me and enables me to shape and grow this offbeat combination of intensely creative art, jewelry, and design work. 

Each order placed in September will be shipped with a random assortment of anniversary celebration swag: Bath and Butter Market lip butters in Chai or Cinnamon Cocoa, Bath Teas, pumpkin spice caramels, fine art bookmarks, and more!




Thank you again for all your love and support! Happy September! 





Friday, July 15, 2016

Summertime

It's not often that I release new jewelry without an overarching theme that binds them together, but I've done just that! Sure, these can still be said to be summer-inspired overall, but they are drawn from my entire body of work, from seasons to oceans to creatures of the otherworld to moons, and more.

After my last release I knew I wouldn't have time for a full release with my busy summer, so I sat down and worked backwards, starting entirely with unnamed pieces and no concepts in mind. Some, such as with Beekeeper and Thunderclap, became revisited theme and designs. Others were completely new or else finally gave me a chance to utilize a stone or pendant that had been unused for some time. It was a light-hearted, fun way to make a collection even though my pacing was not as efficient. :)

Here are a few highlights:



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