Saturday, September 24, 2016

Reef Collection 2.0

I'm finding that one of the best places to find new ideas is by re-thinking my old ideas. (Recycling at its best!) The pieces from my Reef collection are still selling but I knew the designs could be pushed further. Apparently customers weren't getting bored (which is good of course!) but I was and I think eventually that feeling is going to show, right?

Three new necklaces and new drop earrings will post to my main shop site on Tuesday at noon.



In other news...I was so honored to write for the fall edition of The Polymer Arts Magazine out this month. You can find me all the way at the back, in the Muse's Corner, where I talk about how my Graves disease diagnosis affects my work and process.

Its amazing to me the number of people I've met in the past year and a half who also have some sort of autoimmune disease  - people from all walks of life and very notably, quite a few artists. Camaraderie is a powerful thing, you know, because disease of any sort can feel very lonely. (Art History side note: Not that this is one of the artists that I've met obviously but Pierre-Auguste Renoir was diagnosed with painful rheumatoid arthritis in 1892 and suffered with the disease for the last 20 years of his life but...he continued to paint.)

This is a self portrait of Renoir from 1909.
As I am learning, autoimmune diseases can be very personal and the same disease can produce differing symptoms for different people. (Which I suspect must be one of the problems in treating them.) But I'm hoping that other people with any kind of disease or physical limitation will be encouraged to take care of themselves and to look for their own adaptations in work and life.
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Self-portrait, 1910 Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Renoir au XXe siècle : catalogue de l'exposition à Paris, Galeries Nationales (Grand Palais, Champs-Élysées), 23 septembre 2009 - 4 janvier 2010 , à Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 14 février - 9 mai 2010 et à Philadelphie, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 17 juin - 6 septembre 2010, p. 275. ISBN 9782711855872 Public DomainFile:Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Autoportrait 5.JPG Created: 31 December 1909 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre-Auguste_Renoir#/media/File:Pierre-Auguste_Renoir_-_Autoportrait_5.JPG

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

SUMMER SALE.

The Summer Sale in my Etsy shop starts today, July 26, at noon EST and will run through August 9. Please note: this is a sale in my Etsy shop only however if you purchase something from my other shop, I'll gladly combine the shipping.





There will be necklaces, earrings and maybe a bracelet (still sorting through listings at this point) and 30 or  more pieces will be included. The listings will be marked "sale" and there will be a sale section so hopefully everything will be easy to find.


Quite a few of the pieces are one-offs that I've made while working through design ideas. (If you're interested, newsletter subscribers get an additional discount on top of the sale prices. Follow this link - newsletter sign up is at the bar on the top.)


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Shop site success

My NEW SHOP is open!

I decided to take the completion of my Longest Year line as the time to make the move to shop space independent of Etsy.  Its connected to my website as is the Etsy shop but this way I won't be putting add my eggs in one basket as it were. I'm not sure right now exactly how the division of shops will work but all new work from now forward is going into the new shop.

Reversible necklace

And now, after all the website wrestling, I really feel like its time to just concentrate on the work. Thats where the pleasure is for me, designing and making, and with some different autoimmune symptoms surfacing in the last 2 months anything that reduces stress is literally what the doctor ordered.


I specifically chose to limit the first installment of the Longest Year line to 12 pieces, one for everything month of the year since my diagnosis. I hope it doesn't seem overly sentimental because it was actually more a matter of practicality - I could have designed and designed forever just using this limited selection of shapes.

I've loved the process of limiting myself and then seeing what I can do within that limitation. The shapes in this line are all variations on one, the "mountain" shape in this necklace (save for here and there such as the bracelet toggle which I couldn't seem to resolve any other way although I'll tell you I really tried to make that a little mountain as well).  And for now I chose to limit the palette too except for color on a couple pieces.

This is a brooch/necklace combination. 

What I found, much to my delight I have to tell you, is that rather than running out of ideas, I couldn't find the end of ideas! I could probably work for another year and just keep pushing and pushing this one shape. I'm not sure I will (would I fall out of love with the shape? would I still be able to sell work?)  but I could.

The original necklace where this whole line started.
But at any rate, for the sake of getting a this body of work together I needed to draw the line somewhere and 12 pieces for a line called The Longest Year certainly made sense (Although...there are more pieces already started and sitting on my work table today ;-)

Four stranded necklace - you change the strand that's worn in the back from the black to the longest translucent. 
I'd love to get your feedback on my new work and the shop! I'd also love to hear if any of your who are artists have ever limited yourself this way and how it affected your work.





Monday, February 29, 2016

The Longest Line

This line has been a long time in the making. I'm kind of amazed that it's come to fruition not in spite of but because of my autoimmune disease diagnosis last March.

I introduced a couple pieces not long before I was taken to the ER and didn't find my way back to them up again until later in the spring. In the midst of my ensuing brain fog the repeated shapes became a kind of meditation for me, soothing and steady. And I've just let myself flesh out the line further. It was a "if life gives you lemons make lemonade" sort of epiphany.


The necklace has four different strands - one black, one very pale grey and two translucent and you chose how to wear it, with the black section at the back (as shown) or with the longest translucent section at the back. Who doesn't like flexibility?  Either way its a mid-length necklace with no clasps.  The pieces are flat and so very lightweight and connected with heavily oxidized sterling silver.

In addition to the couple pairs of earrings that dripped into my shop in the past couple of months, The Longest Year line will include short, mid-length and long necklaces, several styles of earrings, a pin and a bracelet and will be ready for purchase on March 7th.  Watch this space for more details!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Snowed-in Birthday Sale!

Not too uncommon for me, the weather man says I should probably plan to spend my birthday (January 24) snowed in. I think I liked this idea when I was a kid but somewhere along the way it lost it's charm. Someday I hope to celebrate another year of life in the southern hemisphere with a picnic and swimming but this year will most likely include coconut tumeric milk and a roaring fire. 

I'll kick off a week long Birthday Sale in my Etsy shop on Sunday, Jan. 24 with new work, one of a kind pieces and old favorites. Use the coupon code BDAY2 when you are checking out for 20% off all total purchases. 



Monday, December 21, 2015

Join the resistance

Christmas dinner for 18 this coming Friday with be the first family holiday we've hosted since I was diagnosed. Surely this is a test of my ability to navigate symptoms. I chose a simple menu and have said "yes" to every offer of help. Decorations are sparse. Gift wrap is simple.

But really...to stand against all the culturally created stress about holidays, to recognize that shopping does not equal love, to cut out the unnecessary and pair down,  is not only good for those of us with autoimmune diseases but, in this day and age, its down right revolutionary.  And I encourage you to join "the resistance" ;-)

Wishing you and your family and friends peace and joy this holiday season because this weary world needs a load of them both! 

  


Monday, November 30, 2015

Shop Small

No, its not JUST Cyber Monday. The sale in my Etsy shop continues through Wednesday of this week. All orders over $75 ship Priority.