Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Early Summer

I have finished my summer jewelry collection! With it are many reinterpretations of past summertime inspirations, plus new explorations and wire techniques, and the introduction of some element-based sacred pieces.





You can browse the entire collection at elementsandartifacts.com!
There is also a complete gallery of this collection on Flickr.



Later this summer there will be new Thunderclap pendants, a new design featuring a gorgeous Gail Kops moon focal, the "fire" version of the Litha fairy festoon, and a surprise or two.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

SF Etsy Sampler - A Tasty Trunk Show!

We are excited to announce that the Artist Xchange Gallery in San Francisco will host the SF Etsy Sampler, the first-ever SF Etsy Team Trunk Show!



Nibble on free refreshments while sampling the superb work of 20 talented Etsy artists from the San Francisco Bay Area. At the SF Etsy Sampler, you'll find an assortment of awesome art and irresistible handcrafts—delectable jewelry, terrific textiles, fun accessories, beautiful home decor, fabulous fashions, and yummy bath and body treats.

There's something for every flavor in the SF Etsy Sampler: sweet, spicy, a little bit nutty, rich, dark, or thoroughly decadent.

Artist Xchange Gallery 3169 16th St. San Francisco

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sneak Peek! Everything With Wings is Restless

I'm ramping up to release my Elements & Artifacts summer jewelry collection later this week!

For this collection, I chose to revisit a number of concepts from past summers. Since my themed collections also include various myths, symbols, and elements relating to each season, there are always things that I want to reinterpret—especially as I evolve my work to learn new materials and techniques.

I have learned three new wire/metal techniques for this collection including a cabochon setting experiment that turned out so much better than I anticipated. I also have a new winged piece that was sketched and designed at the time I released Luciernaga. The time didn't feel right to release it then. Since so much of my work is related to the ebb and flow of the seasons, I wanted to wait for the magic of Litha and Midsummer to be in the air. :)

I've been working on going back to the idea of history, artifacts, magic, and elements. To that end, a couple of element-based pieces:



Spirit of the Four Elements
To the elements it came from
Everything will return.
Our bodies to earth,
Our blood to water,
Heat to fire,
Breath to air.

Empedocles was a Greek philosopher who established the presence of four magical elements. These four elements were referred to as "roots" and were identified by the mythical names of Zeus, Hera, Nestis, and Aidoneus. Additionally, Aristotle added aether as the fifth element, the quintessence.




Litha

This piece is inspired by the magic of Litha, or Midsummer, and the energy and spirit that weaves its way through Brian Froud's Faerieworlds Festival. I was there many years ago when it began and it has been a hallmark of my summers for many years. I intend for this winged festoon to be a standing item in my shop, available for custom order in the palettes of the four elements; this one is water.




In the Garden of Proserpine

I created the above pair of earrings for myself so that I could get a new wire technique under my belt. The design is by Joanna Kun, and a slightly different pair like this will be in my summer update later this week.




The Ambre Lantern
It is there, luminous and elegant:
a beacon for lovers, a wind dancer,
a soft glow on the path of a lonely dreamer
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I made these lantern earrings for the Etsy TeamBPAL design challenge. The theme was amber, and I plan to include these in my summer update. You can view all the gorgeous amber entries over at the TeamBPAL blog!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bat's Day Labels and Art Nouveau Wanderings

I recently worked on a couple of last-minute art projects for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.

The first project is one that, more that anything else lately, shows off my long-standing interest in the Art Nouveau/fin de siécle aesthetic. My design thesis project, which I worked on throughout my final year in college, was centered on those movements and they, in turn, have slowly filtered into much of my creative work over the past decade; filigree swirls and curves and flowing shapes are often found in any form of visual art I create, whether it's design, art, or jewelry. Mucha and Beardsley? Yes, please. :)




The second project was to create the labels for the exclusive perfume oils that Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab offered at the Bat's Day Black Market on May 1, 2010. The fragrances are classic, and Beth tapped into each goth stereotype perfectly. My personal favorites are Gothabilly and Romanti.Goth but my tastes do run toward musks and resins anyway.



Here are the official perfume descriptions:

GEEK.GOTH
Highly caffeinated, profoundly sugared lemon-lime soda.

GOTHABILLY
Black vanilla, Egyptian musk, Rožolj liqueur, and black cherries.

LOLI.GOTH
An effervescent combination of pink musk, white peach, wild strawberry, pale woods, iris, and raspberry leaf.

RIVET.GOTH
Black leather, tobacco absolute, rust, gritty musk, and machine oil.



ROMANTI.GOTH
Dark vintage musk enrobed in a velvet black swirl of plum, precious resins, opium tar, sweet incense, and Nepalese amber.

VICTORIANA.GOTH
English rose, lilac, frankincense, violet leaf, French lavender, and wisteria encased in amber and splashed lightly with a ghastly garden herb tincture.


I got through those labels on caffeine and adrenaline. I haven't run a tight deadline like that in years! :)