Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A message from Elements & Artifacts

Thank you all so much for your support in 2009. It truly means the world to me, and allows me to continue doing something that I love. I promise many amazing new creations for 2010, and a smattering of contests, charity auctions, and sales.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Creative Blathering

• It took me two weeks, and I started two weeks later than I had planned, but I have finally finished outlining my creative projects for 2010.

I am constantly "collecting" ideas; some of them come to me in the middle of the night, or while on one of those maze-like Wikipedia journeys, while driving, watching TV, or at any other time. I usually jot the ideas down, make a sketch, or whatever is appropriate. But then I leave them. I always intuitively know, based off of the design or concept, what time of year I want to work on it, and I know when to come back to my notes to "retrieve" the ideas. By that point, I usually refine or embellish or adjust the initial idea in some way. It's as if the ideas percolate in my subconscious and at some point they can be developed into something I'm ready to share.

Imagine, though, all of these ideas collecting throughout the year. So I finally sat down, organized ALL of the ideas, did some extra research, figured out what techniques or lessons I am lacking, figured out the best time for me to do each jewelry update, figured out when/what I want to do in terms of art prints and paper goods. I made a list of additional goals such as re-creating my portfolio site, making a landing page for E & A, finding a second boutique to carry my work, marking dates for when the biggest gem faires are (so I can save up), and dipping my toe into selling at fairs and bazaars.

In terms of upcoming work, I'm strongly focused on wire-wrapping, but I will still always carry my other styles of jewelry. I also have an eye on working with PMC (precious metal clay) because I already have a plethora of ideas for things I could create, but that is a very ambitious undertaking in terms of supplies needed. What I am saying is, it is definitely next in my queue, but I am in no rush to get there. I want to really immerse myself in this wire work for a while because the ideas are bubbling forth at an overwhelming rate. :)

I still have a couple of things in the pipeline that I cannot divulge yet, but I will conform that the BPTP pendants are off, and out of my hands, and I have no idea when Ted is going to release them. Also, I am finally going to follow through with a collection that I researched and planned out in 2007. Yes, you read that right. Remember when I took almost an entire year off when I was pregnant and had carpal tunnel? I planned it all out then, and even made sketches, and I have 100% of the supplies for it. I just... never got around to it, but not for lack of excitement. It is now slated for Summer 2010 and WHOOEEEE I can't wait!



• Today, my 235' of sterling silver wire arrived, which means I can finally finish the last 6 of 21 new wire-wrap designs. I have more of Gail Kops' moon focals which are just as OOAK and breath-taking as the one before these. I also have some of the most stunning labradorite I have ever seen, and a magical periwinkle-plum shade of tanzanite, and I am so in love with matte silver right now that it is ridiculous.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Snowdrift



I have added Snowdrift globes to the Peppermint and Cocoa & Caramel earrings that are very popular in my shop. This is the third restock for Peppermint, and the second restock for Cocoa & Caramel.

Enjoy!

Click here to visit my shop!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Whirling Wind Moon Art!

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Black Phoenix Trading Post have released Whirling Wind Moon, the Lunacy full moon perfume oil and tee for January 2010. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab offers you an olfactory experience like none other, and Black Phoenix Trading Post offers various unique treasures.

I created the artwork for the t-shirt and perfume label:




WHIRLING WIND MOON
Swiftly walk o'er the western wave,
Spirit of Night!
Out of the misty eastern cave,
Where, all the long and lone daylight,
Thou wovest dreams of joy and fear,
'Which make thee terrible and dear, —
Swift be thy flight!


Dreams of joy and fear: swirling dark and airy musks, mogra, plumeria, hyacinth, lily of the valley, dry white sandalwood, gardenia, pale amber, and oakmoss.

The tee and perfume oil are available for sale until ~December 5th, 2009.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Black Friday Sale at Elements & Artifacts!

This year, I decided to roll out a holiday sale to thank all of you for your incredible support, thoughts, and feedback on my work. This is truly a labor of love, and a lot of thought, time, and work goes into each and every collection. I am constantly reinventing myself, learning, and delving into new conceptual territories. The response to my work is what keeps me going and allows me to continue doing something that I truly love.


I am offering a tiered sale:

On Black Friday, Nov 27th, take 20% OFF your order.

From Nov 28th through Dec 31st, take 10% OFF your order.



To take part in this sale, please place YULE09 in the message to seller box. Complete the Check Out process, but WAIT to send PayPal. I will send you an adjusted invoice very shortly. The date the transaction hits my inbox will determine your discount amount, so do not fear if I do not answer with your invoice right away. The Black Friday 20% will end at 11:59PM Pacific Time on Friday, November 27th. Please pay promptly for your 20% discount; on December 1st I will move unpaid Black Friday transactions to the 10% tier.

All Black Friday sales will begin shipping on Monday, November 30th and Tuesday, December 1st. Priority and Express shipping upgrades are available by request right up to the last shipping day before Christmas. New snowflake pendants and new peppermint ornament earrings will be added over the next week or two.

Much thanks to every single one of you, and wishing you a warm and happy holidays and a lovely new year!

SHOP: http://elementsandartifacts.com

Winter Solstice Treasury

My Persephone's Underworld earrings were featured in a Winter Solstice Treasury on Etsy! :)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Craftgawker

My Dew Drop Fairy earrings showed up on Craftgawker tonight! :D

Have You Been Naughty or Nice?

A recent art project of mine:



Make your plea, or let the dirty denizens of Black Phoenix Trading Post decide for you!

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Black Phoenix Trading Post have released their 2009 Naughty or Nice Inquisition for which I have created the artwork! Enter a plea and receive a Naughty or a Nice t-shirt plus a corresponding perfume oil. This year they are even including a miniature stocking stuffed with random silliness and an Imp's Ear vial of a scented perfume oil such as Trinket, Tchotchkie, Knick Knack, or Spare Change.



Images in this post are respectfully swiped from the BPTP website. Oops. Does that mean I should plea for the Naughty tee? ;)

CLICK HERE to visit the Inquisition page at Black Phoenix Trading Post! Beth has done it again!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

FoundHandmade

My filigree star was featured on FoundHadmade today! :)

You can view it HERE.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sale Details Coming Soon

I will be posting advance information for my Elements & Artifacts Black Friday Sale later this week! I just need to get the details finalized and they'll be up by Friday which gives you a full week to plot. You won't want to miss this one!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Special Elements & Artifacts Announcement!

Introducing a new signature style for Elements & Artifacts: ornate wire wrapping!









Viewing the body of my work over the years, it is easy to see a slow evolution in my art and jewelry designs. Reinventing myself is part of my creative process and something that is integral to my inspiration and growth as artist.

This year, I took a big jump with my art when I bought an Intuos4 tablet and began the process of learning to draw on something other than paper or canvas. It has added a new dimension to my skills and has bridged the gap between traditional fine art and graphic design.

This year, I finally chose to take a bigger jump than usual in my jewelry, and my workspace is now equipped with a bench block and various other tools for hammering and wrapping and oxidizing wire. I've been interested in learning these things for years and I am devoted to learning the techniques that will allow me to make my own mark.

This new metal and wire work can be viewed as another facet to my creations at Elements & Artifacts, and I hope these techniques will be a tool that will add depth and variety while also setting my work apart from similar jewelry artists and followers. The more I expand, the more I am able to articulate my concepts and inspirations so that the feeling or emotion behind something is communicated to you as the viewer. That is my ultimate goal as an artist as I continue to explore what my heart and mind conjure.

Here's to growth and change, exciting new offerings, and a new signature style for Elements & Artifacts! 2010 is going to be a good one while I work to fully claim this new venture. :)

Yule Jewelry Collection 2009

Support artists and creative craftspeople. Buy handmade this holiday season!

Elements & Artifacts is pleased to announce the final jewelry collection of the year: Yule! Glittering rubies, emeralds, and sapphires are featured in everything from silver bells to tinsel, with frosted silver branches and leaves, hellebores, snowberries, Yule queens, The Nutcracker, winter storms, northern lights, Winternights, and more. Enjoy!

A few quick details:

• If you want something that has been sold, please ask! Many items in my Yule update can be re-made without having to wait for new supplies, which means it is still very likely to get to you before December 25th.

• I am offering gift certificates by request, and rush shipping is available as we get closer to the bulk of the holidays. Priority Mail upgrades are available by convo at any time, and I am willing to do Express Mail overnight through to the final shipping day before Christmas. Please use your own discretion when selecting a shipping method as I cannot guarantee package arrivals for anything other than Overnight shipped by the morning of December 23rd.

• Custom orders and requests are always welcome. If it is past my November 15th holiday commissions deadline, I cannot guarantee arrival by Christmas, but in many cases it is still possible to get things in time. I will be quoting the turnaround time for custom work on a case-by-case basis.

• I have included many affordable stocking stuffer earrings in this update! As a fun bonus, the first ten Yule orders I receive will have a FREE pair of peppermint globe earrings added to their package!












To view all 90 items in this collection, go to elementsandartifacts.com!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Wanton Voluptuousness

I just barely got my hands on these bottles for which I designed the labels! Black Phoenix Trading Post released a Limited Edition series of Lucy Westenra offerings for Halloween.



OCEANS OF LOVE AND MILLIONS OF KISSES (Bath Oil)
Why can't they let a girl marry three men, or as many as want her, and save all this trouble?

Orange blossom and honey.

LUCY'S BOUDOIR (Room Spray)
Rose water and lavender with stargazer lily, white carnation, bois de rose, white iris, violet, and honey.

LUCY IN DARKNESS (Room Spray)
Denn die Todten reiten Schnell. Black opium poppy, laudanum, blood, and a chaplet of garlic flowers.

LUCY, KISSED (Perfume Oil)
Diabolical voluptuousness, a siren song from the grave: juniper and yew brushing against blackened violets and funeral roses, red musk and hot blood, veined white marble and icy, brittle musk, all pulsing with the sinister, hypnotic scent of patchouli, amber, oude, and cubeb.

I think, by far, my favorite is the Lucy's Budoir spray, but the perfume and the bath oil are tied for second. It is a lovely, dark, and artistic offering, and the label creation was very enjoyable. :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Commission

Sometimes a commission comes along that really captures me, and this is one of those times.

I was asked to make a cuff bracelet out of a viola bridge that had been replaced after about 16 years of use. An object like that can become symbolic in so many ways, representing the love and pain of her art and the work that went into creating all of that music.

She requested that this piece be fairly minimal, so I went with a smooth black chap leather and a blackened snap, then I wired the bridge to the cuff with a darkened oxidized silver wire.

I enjoy all of my collaborations, but this one was such a personal piece and very different from what I usually create, and I am honored to have been able to help her with it.





Thursday, October 29, 2009

Holiday Commissions

Please contact me before November 15th if you are planning on getting any customized jewelry made and would like it in time for the holidays! Shipping times to get supplies to me as well as to get packages to you can vary wildly with the holiday rush and I'd like to allow extra time even though most of my commissions tend to be completed in 1-2 weeks.

I will possibly limit the number of holiday commissions I take on if my project load starts to look to big.

I'm working on something really big and exciting to go with my Yule collection and the accompanying Stocking Stuffers. Stay tuned, and save your pennies! :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Little Lunacy - Peach Moon

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Black Phoenix Trading Post have released Peach Moon, the Lunacy full moon perfume oil and tee for December 2009. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab offers you an olfactory experience like none other, and Black Phoenix Trading Post offers various and sundry treasures.

This was my first time doing Lunacy art for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! That's something I never, ever expected to say, and I thoroughly enjoyed working on this project. Here is what I created:



PEACH MOON
Smoke hangs on the stream,
The peach-trees shed bright leaves in the water,
Sound drifts in the evening haze


Dew-covered peach blossom, white tea, moonlit musk, night-blooming jasmine, ho wood, and chrysanthemum.

The tee and perfume oil are available for sale until November 5th, 2009.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Another Autumn Jewelry Giveaway!

The very essence of autumn, to me, is about abundance and sharing. And with that, I am announcing another jewelry giveaway which is hosted by Creatively Yours. Click on this link to see the prizes and learn how to enter!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Excuse Me

Excuse me while I flail for a moment. I am working on so many awesome projects right now that I can hardly contain myself. Art! Yule! Jewelry! Commissions! BPAL! BPTP!

I also just scraped together some extra couch change to get a Wacom Intuos4 Drawing Tablet.

*waves arms around wildly*

Now back to business. Composure, Alicia.


(Maybe I should back off on the coffee, too.)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Autumn Leaves Giveaway

HUGE Autumn Leaves Giveaway event! You can enter to win up to 11 autumn-related items including an Elements & Artifacts necklace.



Go HERE to enter. Good luck!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Calavera

Art prints of "Calavera" are now available at Elements & Artifacts! Happy October!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Elements & Artifacts Reviewed on Musings from Mom School

Musings from Mom School has a lovely Elements & Artifacts review up HERE!

I just donated a necklace for the blog's upcoming Autumn Leaves Giveaway, which has eleven other confirmed artists, so stay tuned for news about how to enter!

Many new things are percolating with Elements & Artifacts, my art blog, and some other secret projects. The next few months may be very interesting. :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Patch of Pumpkin Keepers



I just created a second run of Pumpkin Keepers since the first run was so popular. With it are new Steam Queen pieces, a revisit of my Day of the Dead earrings, and a couple of whimsical amber necklaces which gave me the opportunity to play with some of my new Grade A amber briolettes. Enjoy!

You can view the new work at Elements & Artifacts!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Batgirl

The other day I stumbled upon these adorable little coffee cup cozies!



Instead of using the cardboard cup sleeves offered at local coffee shops, use the re-usable bat cup sleeve! I tested the bat cup sleeve with hot liquids and it effectively protects your hands and insulates your drink, plus the fabric is amazingly soft and the stitching shows a fine attention to detail.

Batgirl93.Etsy.com

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Elements & Artifacts Halloween!!

It is nearly Autumn, and a handful of days later, October! Thus, I have completed my Halloween set for 2009. I stumbled upon idea after idea, and before I knew it, my collection was nearly two times larger than normal. I even set aside over a dozen ideas to save for next year!

Here are a few highlights, and the rest are for sale at my website! Coming soon: new printed note cards with my artwork, art prints, steampunk and victorian grunge jewelry, and then my Yule collection!

Elements & Artifacts



















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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

24 Hour Sale

In celebration of my baby Eve's 1st Birthday, I am holding a 24-hour sale at Elements & Artifacts! Take 20% off any item on Thursday, September 3rd. Sale ends at 11:59PM, Pacific Time.

Instructions:
1. Visit Elements & Artifacts and go through the check out process.

2. Enter Happy Birthday Eve in the message to seller box before you complete your order.

3. Do not send payment yet. When I see your order with the birthday message, I will send you a revised Paypal invoice with the 20% discount. Once you pay, your new jewelry will be beautifully packaged and on its way to you!

(Your payment does not have to be submitted before the 24 hour period ends, but your order must be placed before September 3rd is over.)

Enjoy! :)

StarGazing WoodElf


I was asked if my Symbols art print could be featured in StarGazing WoodElf's blog, and of course I said yes! Go here to read it!

This piece is many years old, and it was actually one of those stream-of-consciousness pieces where I just scraped and scraped then immediately began the copper etching process before I could allow myself to think too much about it. It's a mish-mash of symbols and the elements.

BPAL + Neil Gaiman + Art

Last week I was busy creating some website artwork for the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab site. The art is a combination of hand-drawn ink and vector drawing. Since the new art went up on the website with last night's Lunacy update, I am now able to share some screencaps here. :)

First, we have a little skully scroll at the top and bottom of the left navigation bar.



Then there is the scroll work for the new Neil Gaiman landing page.



I also created the images for the Anansi Boys and American Gods sections. Anansi Boys features an abstract take on Anansi's "story weaving", and American Gods features Mr. Wednesday, or Odin, with shadows of some of the Gods from the novel.



Tuesday, September 1, 2009

24-Hour Sale

In celebration of Eve's 1st birthday, there will be a 24-hour sale at Elements & Artifacts on Thursday, September 3rd! 20% off any item! Stay tuned for details!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Chrysanthemum Stone

Congratulations to Kate W., who is our winner of the Septembris contest!

I received a couple of correct guesses for Chrysanthemum Stone, but the majority of you guessed Bloodstone. I have never worked with that stone before, though I am familiar with it. Perhaps I need to acquire some for future projects, eh?

There will be at least one more contest listed here before the end of the year so keep your antennae up! I will also be posting a Black Friday and holiday sale the day after Thanksgiving. Stay tuned!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Atlantis Rising

I just found out that my Atlantis necklace was featured in this lovely oceanic Treasury! :)

Elements & Artifacts Autumn Collection!

I finished my autumn collection! Autumn is the highlight of my year, followed closely by Halloween and Yule, so this was a dream to create and photograph.

My Halloween collection will be up sometime between the first day of Autumn and October 1st, and I promise my resin leaf pendants will be in that update since they didn't make it into this one. :)

Feel free to contact me if you need something reserved or held until payday, or if something you love has been sold.

http://elementsandartifacts.com





Autumn's Branch
Tangled branches of shadow
wrinkle crisp lines in
the September air.




Autumn Sun
The autumn sun burns brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.



Black Oak
Listen ...
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break free from the trees
And fall.




Sugar Maple
Listen ...
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break free from the trees
And fall.




Acorn
The oak sleeps in the acorn.



Indian Summer
The Indian Summer is said to be the dead summer's soul, returned in autumn with a final blaze of warmth.



Chrysanthemum
Never have I seen a more breathtaking array of autumn colors than in the full bloom of a chrysanthemum.



Mabon
Revel in the bounty of this harvest, which is also a festival of the wine deities. As such, it is also a time of mischief and merrymaking!



Lughnasadh
Middle summer; the first harvest.



Autumn's Lullaby
Sleep away the night
As leaves fall beyond your window.
Gold and red swirls of delight,
Where the feet of Autumn dance,
Faerie-like on the ground,
With whistling winds blowing round..



The rest are at http://elementsandartifacts.com!!