Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Stream of Stars

You guys, I have been excited about this collection for months. This new collection, titled Stream of Stars, is a reinterpretation of the Constellations and the Night Sky collection that was released in early January 2011.

I generally wait longer than a year before revisiting a non-seasonal theme, but I was beside myself with excitement when I discovered this summer that I can turn my artwork into textures for imprinting onto metal. Constellations, I thought.

The seed of inspiration for these constellation-based series came from my childhood, my dad's telescope, and a road trip. I have always been fascinated by stars and space, constellations and planets, wishes and mysteries. Then, in the spring of 2010 I was on a long middle-of-the-night road trip from LA. The sky was clear and crystalline, the stars so low and bright that the Big Dipper, normally up in the sky, had nearly slipped into the horizon. It was absolutely breathtaking.

This time I offer Cassiopeia, Orion, Hercules, Perseus, Pegasus, The Southern Cross, The Seven Sisters, The Big Dipper, Draco, star clusters, and the Milky Way in addition to the twelve Zodiac Asterisms, two Moons of Jupiter, a nebula, and an array of showcase pieces. Enjoy!

In darkness, the stars shine forever...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Persephone's Choice

So much can be said about the myth of Persephone and the symbols contained within. Like many others, I have been fascinated by the story of Persephone for a very long time. As I grow and change, so do the symbols and meanings that I find within the myth.

This art piece is one that percolated for a couple of years, but the specifics of the illustration recently hit me over the head while I was sitting in traffic of all places. This piece is layered with meaning and personal significance. It draws from my experiences with the Eleusinian Mysteries via ritual theatre, "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell, "The Power of Myth" by Joseph Campbell, "Persephone Unveiled" by Charles Stein, "The Labyrinth" by Catherine M. Valente, my role as a parent and mother, and the constant change and evolution within my personal life and creative work.

Since my creative work so often centers on myths and the ebb and flow of the year, the following quote from The Hero with a Thousand Faces sticks in the forefront of my mind. The author delves into the reasons that people revisit, retell, and add their own creative voice to the myths:

"...while all stories have already been told, this is not a bad thing, since the retelling is still necessary. And while our own life's journey must always be ended alone, the travel is undertaken in the company not only of immediate loved ones and primal passion, but of the heroes and heroines—and myth-cycles—that have preceded us."

At the start of this piece I decided to show it as a work in progress; as such the photos below range from pencil sketch, to ink line, to shaded ink, to french gray shadows, to the final colored piece. It was created on smooth bristol with ink and Prismacolors.

Blank note cards featuring Persephone's Choice will be available tomorrow at Elements & Artifacts! A limited number of 10x13 poster prints on premium paper stock will also be available!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Stream of Stars Sneak Peek

Coming later this week, a reworking of the Constellations and the Night Sky series!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Holiday Madness Sale 2011!

It wouldn't be right if I didn't follow tradition and offer a Holiday Madness Sale at Elements & Artifacts!

From now through Monday, November 28th, you may take 20% OFF your order with the code YULE20. Even better, if your order total before shipping is $100 or higher, you may take 25% OFF with the code YULE25. 

Please note that custom orders are not eligible for these discounts. 

Please enter the code in the Shop Coupon Code box just below the payment options in your cart! The discount will be automatically calculated for you.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Custom Orders Closed

At this time my custom order queue has grown long enough that I am closing off further custom orders so that I can complete the listings that have gone up in the shop. THANK YOU for the amazing response to this! If I didn't get to you, please hold your ideas until next time!

Thank you again for your understanding this year while I worked on a new set-up for custom orders. Opening them for intervals still allows me to take on your custom requests while keeping my workload in check during the times that custom orders are closed. I will continue to leave windows of time open, when possible, for future custom order periods!

I wish you all a warm and cozy Thanksgiving!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Solo Exhibit on Etsy Stalker

Elements & Artifacts was given a Solo Exhibit on Etsy Stalker! Click through to read my interview and learn how to enter the necklace giveaway! :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Custom Orders

Custom Orders have been the big thing on everyone's mind ever since I made the decision to close custom work for an interval of time. I have been humbled, and at times overwhelmed, by the sheer number of inquiries I have received in the time since custom orders were closed. It is actually quite astounding. I wish I could say that I have all the time in the world to take every request year-round, but I have been short on both the time and the creative energy it takes to properly complete custom orders on top of my usual workload. This won't last indefinitely!

However, I am very excited to announce that custom orders will temporarily open starting today, Wednesday, November 16th!!! They will remain open through the end of the month or until I need to divert my time and energy back to other projects. I promise to do my best to accept as many requests as possible during this time period without sacrificing the quality of each custom order. Unfortunately, I may not be able to work through every request during this open custom order time period; I hope if you find yourself in that group that you will hold your ideas until the next time around.

There is a slight change to the custom order setup so that I can give each custom piece the attention it deserves and manage my workflow in ways that allow me to batch like items. Please read carefully:

1. Submit your custom order request via Etsy convo only. In that convo please include as many details as possible to summarize your idea for the custom order. Include such details as the metal type, colors/gemstones, and any other special requests you may have. It is extra helpful if you include url links to examples of my past work if your custom idea happens to draw upon designs that have been in my shop at some time or another.

2. I will confirm receipt of your request and will ask follow-up questions if needed. Please note that your request is not a guarantee that I can take on your project, but if your project comes up in the queue while I am accepting custom orders, I will contact you to confirm that you're still committed. Price quotes, turnaround times, and custom listings will be discussed from that point forward.

3. I will take five custom projects at a time for the duration of my open custom order period. As each custom order is finished I will rotate a new custom order into the queue.

4. My turnaround time will vary per project, depending on communication, supplies, and the complexity of the project. Some will take only two business days, others could stretch into a few weeks especially if supplies must be ordered.

Thank you for all of your patience over the past year while I sought to keep my work schedule in check!

Ready, set, go! :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Yule 2011

I am excited to present my Yule 2011 collection which holds over 100 new items! I have woven in new concepts and designs to go with old favorites. There are also revamped pieces which are better executed now that I have a firmer grasp on certain techniques and materials.

One slight change in my offerings includes a move toward more petite pendants and focal pieces. The larger statement piece still have their place, but I have been drawn toward smaller, more delicate pieces that can more easily be worn on a day-to-day basis. The first photo below is a smaller version of the solstice sun mandalas from past years.

I have sought to offer items at nearly every price point and there is also a Stocking Stuffer sub-series with a healthy selection of handblown glass globe earrings, both old and new. The earrings are presented with new Yule-Frost Orb handblown glass foil pendants in both warm and cool winter themes.

This collection plays off of the duality and tension between the cold/wintry and warm/festive aspects of the holidays and winter season. I hope you love it!

Please stay tuned in the coming weeks for three big announcements! You won't want to miss them! :)

Don't forget those secret coupon codes that went out in your Halloween orders! :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It's Coming...

Tomorrow is the day! Until then, here is another preview from the Yule/Winter collection.

I am extremely excited to revisit the filigree snowflakes which were part of my grand reveal of ornate wire wrapping exactly two years ago! However, in order to revisit them I wanted to move from the original tutorial that was used into something of my own design.

Here is the past Danagonia version:

The new version is one that took a few sketches and a great deal of thought in order to work out the logistics of the armatures, as well as how to connect them in the most elegant way possible. It is also much more petite, minus about an inch in diameter from the former. I also wanted my version to have a movement and flow; as such, the spirals came into the picture. Here is the end result:

And here are previews for Decembris, The Ice Storm, Winter Rose, and Snow Flurries:

I aim to release everything mid-morning tomorrow, November 2nd. It's just a few days earlier than it was last year, but there are very good reasons for this. You'll see. ;)