Thursday, September 30, 2010

September Giveaway Winners

I want to thank everyone who helped me celebrate the second anniversary of Elements & Artifacts in September! It was an epic month, and to top it off I attended the Modern Eden opening just one day past the exact Elements & Artifacts anniversary date. Then, a few days later, I had the pleasure of having lunch with Gail Kops of Beadles.

Some of you may remember the post I made that announced the details of the anniversary celebration. I sent out countless note cards with your orders, ran out of a case of Priority Mail boxes, and now it's time to announce the two prize winners!

First up is lucretia, who won the $40 gift certificate!

Second up is piratepiskey, who won the sugilite and amethyst Pumpkin Guts necklace!

Congratulations, ladies!

Thank you again, to all of you, for every inch of support along the way. It means so much to me.

What's next? I am working madly to prepare for this year's final rush of November vending, shows, and jewelry parties...and I can't forget Yule! Lately I have stepped into experiment land, and I just put the finishing touches on a serious labor of love that took countless hours to complete. I can't wait to share it!

Moon Bat!

Moon Bat! Moon Bat! Two little moon bats have flown into Elements & Artifacts! (Hehehehe.)

Tomorrow I will be announcing the winners of the September giveaways! If you placed any order at all during the month of September, you are entered!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

TeamBPAL Friday Spotlight

I'm in this Pumpkin Pie a la Etsy Treasury! Isn't it cute?

I'm cross-posting my interview from TeamBPAL's blog! :)

Welcome to our next Friday Spotlight! Every other week, we feature a new interview from one of our TeamBPAL members.

This week, your trusty blogger is finally up for her own Friday Spotlight! I'm Alicia of Elements & Artifacts. Let's go!

Tell us a little about the items in your shop. What do you make?
I create inspired artisan jewelry and artwork based on various myths, legends, histories, cultures, and customs. I tend to release my work as collections with overarching themes, while also including items that reflect the seasons and elements for that particular time of year. For instance, every year I reinterpret the months of the year (in Latin) and various symbols that reflect the ebb and flow of the four seasons. I adore the aesthetics of the fin de siƩcle and Art Nouveau movement and my favorite time of year is Autumn and Halloween.

My jewelry work has a very strong focus on ornate/filigree wire work, hand-forged wire elements and earwires, textured metalwork, precious metal clay (in fine silver, bronze, and copper), and of course sparkling gemstones.

I love the added challenge inherent in difficult materials and advanced techniques and I find it very rewarding on a personal level. As an artist I always strive to evolve my work and, in turn, myself. Elements & Artifacts will always be a work in progress. My ultimate goal in this is to tap into each concept in a way that best evokes its feeling and mood. I draw upon my inspiration, research, and personal style—as well as reaching into new materials and techniques—to offer what I hope are unique, wearable artifacts.

What is your creative process?
My work is very conceptual and my creative process with jewelry mirrors the creative process that my art professors taught. At any given moment, I am brainstorming for upcoming collections. My creative process involves an ever-rotating medley of research, reading, and sketching ideas in my idea book. There are times that ideas for collections will percolate years before I ever start the actual work on the jewelry. Even so, most of my planning and sketching involves one or two key design points per item. When it's time to create, I sit down and open myself up to see what sort of spontaneous inspiration comes to me in creating the rest of each piece. I love having a balance between planned elements and spur-of-the-moment creativity.

Which Etsy Teams do you belong to?
TeamBPAL, the California Crafter's Club of Etsy, and the San Francisco Etsy Street Team.

Late Autumn Rustlings: Bonfire

When you are not creating things, what do you do?
Most days, I am wrangling the chaos that is parenting an energetic toddler. I also take ballet and pointe classes with Western Ballet Company and do freelance graphic design, illustration, and tattoo design. I love to travel, visit the ocean, fire dance, play WoW, and find new/cool places in the city.

Tell us two random, interesting things about you.
1. I have spent the better part of my life in art classes. However, I absolutely cannot stand the feeling and texture of charcoal and dry pastels. It literally raises the hair on the back of my neck until it's off of me and I can no longer hear or sense the way it rubs on the paper. I have had to struggle through numerous semesters of 3-hour studio classes with my hair standing on end, goose bumps on my arm, and the occasional body-wide shudder.

2. Forget dinner and a movie! I can eat inhuman amounts of movie theater popcorn, and would choose it over many other things. I also carry a miniature salt shaker in my purse for my popcorn.

What has been your proudest moment since opening your Etsy shop?
It's so difficult to pick. I will never, ever take for granted all of the lovely notes that I get from happy customers. I still recall the first sale I made to a stranger. I am still over the moon that Gail Kops of Beadles offered me a designer page on her website. I am also very excited about having my work shown at Modern Eden, a fine art gallery and studio in San Francisco.

Enchanted Oak Forest

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
Be consistent in your efforts and creative output, remember that you are your own best marketing tool, don't be shy about getting the word out about your work, always strive to improve your photography since that is the most important selling point for online sales, be honest about your inspirations, be supportive of other creative friends and teammates, and most of all have fun!

What handmade possession do you cherish?
There are countless that I'd like to name, but I'll go with my sacred talisman which holds a magical symbol on the face of it. It was hand-carved by a dear friend of mine and finished into a pendant.

If you could have any item on Etsy regardless of price, what would it be?
It is so difficult to choose only one, but lately I've been fascinated with the art of lost wax casting, so I'll link to these Smoke Wing Cicadas. I'd probably go with garnet, and possibly a pendant rather than a ring.

What other skill or talent do you wish you could possess, if you had not taken this creative path?
While I would not trade anything I have in my life right now, I have always wondered where I'd be if I had pursued a performing career in dance.

Where else can we find you on the web?

That's all for this time! Have a wonderful autumn weekend!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pretty Indulgent

Last year I was approached by a friend who told me of her upcoming e-tail/retail project, and would I like my jewelry to be sold through her business? Well, of course! Pretty Indulgent is a Canada-based virtual boutique of beautiful and unique items. The site is now live! You will find a medley of artisanal scents, sparkly things, and items that are sure to pamper.

I have created a forged wire earring series called Maison de l' Art Nouveau for Pretty Indulgent. Each creation draws upon the essence of the Art Nouveau artist for which it was named.


I've often spoken of my love of the Art Nouveau movement. The year I spent buried in it while I worked on my design thesis did not tire me of it. The writhing plant forms and smooth filigree curves still draw my eye in as I visually trace where each line is going and where it come from.

Art Nouveau was the first new decorative style of the twentieth century, and the imagery was introduced as "sudden violent curves generated by the crack of a whip". That description led to the term "whiplash" which was often applied to the characteristic qualities of other Art Nouveau designs.

There is often a tension between the decorative and modern expressions of the movement, but most Art Nouveau works hold a strong artistic unity whether they are rooted in strong contrasts, ornate natural forms, or feminine curves and colors.


You can view the Flickr album for this collection here.

Visit Pretty Indulgent and use code 'sept10' for 10% off your order. =)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Opening Reception

Tonight was the opening reception for Reliquaries at Modern Eden. The gallery is just gorgeous! :D

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Modern Eden

I am very excited to announce that my Elements & Artifacts line of jewelry can be found at Modern Eden Gallery & Studio, located in the North Beach area of San Francisco, CA!

My work will be introduced with their exhibition, Reliquaries. The opening reception is on Saturday, September 18th, 2010 from 7-10pm.

Elements & Artifacts is showing both new creations and variations on old favorites. The photo below shows Skeleton Key, a new wire creation which further explores the style of my Ossuary pendants as well as continues my explorations of colored metal patinas which I began in early spring.

Modern Eden
403 Francisco St. @ Powell
North Beach, San Francisco, CA

Gallery Hours: 12-7pm Wed-Sun

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Handmade Spark Gallery

Handmade Spark has created a new Gallery with eleven unique necklaces. My latest Beekeeper necklace is item number seven in the gallery!

If you are so inclined, I would love to get some thumbs up "Like" votes and/or comments! You can find my item HERE, and the main gallery page is HERE.

Bees hold a special meaning to many cultures across time and
geography. No matter the origin, the most commonly held belief is that
the bee represents the human soul. It is selfless, immortal.

The symbolic meaning behind bees is something that has fascinated me for many years. Each time a Beekeeper necklace sells from my shop, I make a new one with a different design and interpretation. This is among the longest running series of reinterpretations in my work.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Candy Corn Crazy

Isn't this an adorable Treasury? It makes me want some candy corn which is among my favorite candies for Halloween. My earrings are in the mix! You can visit it here, and comments/clicks are appreciated!