Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Changes, inch by inch, wondering and wandering...

You might have noticed I changed my avatar. This is the basic image I put together: skull (from the halloween stuff that stays out/in process all year, rose, copper fabric, black velvet, and finally learning the macro function. Then I went into Flickr and added some text.
And then had darling hubby Dylan redo the same in graphic converter to split the text into two text boxes... Because I just had to have "designs" in script. Isn't it funny how sometimes an idea just sticks in your head? Nothing else will do. So now I'm pretty happy with it.It's a little spooky, a little girly, has two of my favorite colors – pink and copper (the copper fabric was from a shirt of mine - loved it but it was so itchy!). Having my photo as my avatar just felt too personal to me. And how I look is not me. I am definitely self-conscious about having my photo taken, my voice recorded... it never looks or sounds like me... to me. Apparently the image I have of myself in my head is quite different than the reality captured by technology. Will my avatar stay as the "Rose Skull"? Knowing me probably not for too long... there are too many sides of my personality that I want to express, already I see something missing in this image... there is no green...nothing growing, twining, looping, swirling... the silk rose is static, man-made, the flower of the rose, though, is its most transitory part. See how the contradictions abound in even the simplest things.

This post started in my head as wanting to be about blogging... why do I want to do this, put myself out there. Deryn Mentock recently posted about Artful Blogging and authenticity. My friend Tam also was raving about this issue so I had to get it at my Tuesday Barnes and Noble/Starbucks coffee stop (I will miss that now that my daughter's cheerleading is over).
I can't wait to sit, read, and absorb more of this fabulous magazine. I am hoping it will help me clarify what my goal is: personal exploration, self-promotion, documentation... all of the above. Someone on ArtFire wrote a nice post about reasons for blogging that I will try to link to here.

As I am working so hard on building a business, I want what I do to feel authentic to me. That means being eclectic – I don't think focusing on one product or even type of thing will work for me. That means not starting Twitter or Plurk- because I don't care what I have for breakfast, I can hardly be bothered to track my Weight Watchers points, why should you? The concept does intrigue me, however "Contradictions, again!" so I might change my mind. There are just so many options, choices, decisions, every minute of every day... Twisting, turning, spinning, hoping, dreaming, yearning... the circle never ends...

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Some beautiful people...

I just have to rave about the ArtFire community. In the month or so I've been working on my shop I've made the acquaintance of so many amazing women - inspiring, supportive, helpful, funny. During the last few days of crazy volunteering at the school - all 500 kids' handmade clay face portrait tiles are up, grouted, jointed, polished... it looks amazing - I have missed following the forums.

3zArt makes decorated switchplates (hey me too!) with cool funky fabrics... they are so bright
and happy.

Monday, March 16, 2009

New items on ArtFire - mini memo books

I just added memo books to ArtFire this morning.
5 mini memo books with pens... These are altered notebooks, approx 4 by 3 inch composition books - the ones with the black and white covers. Shiny and new to fill with your questions, comments, thoughts, lists, notes, dreams, directions, doodles....

This is what your mini memo book might look like in 6 months to a year, after the kids have drawn pictures in it and on it, you've torn out pages to exchange phone numbers, made innumerable lists, and spilled coffee over it (and in your purse).

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Next generation of artists

My son Ethan -8 years old- loves to make art and all kinds of creations. So since I'm making jewelry 24/7, he wanted to join in. For this necklace he used the tiny metal wire scraps from wire-wrapping, making eye hooks, and my mistakes (oh no!). I knew my little recycling container was a good idea, just didn't know so much good stuff could come out of it. I love the kinetic quality of this necklace. Can you tell Ethan studied Calder in Art Literacy with mom this year?

He selected the props and choose some effects in the first two pictures. Today I learned how to use the macro function on my camera. Yay me! I hope it will make a noticeable difference in the quality of my jewelry photographs.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cloth Paper Scissors Charm Swap

Originally uploaded by debvandet
My charms for Cloth Paper Scissors are in process. Using Dylan's old green work shirt, cotton fiber fill, vintage thread, copper wire and yellow glass butterfly beads I've made little pillow charms. I love that I used mostly recycled materials for this charm swap. I've actually made quite a few more than I need, okay... to be honest I'm making 12 of each, but I'm going to use some for swap-bot and some for Art & Soul in October.

I am really excited to start swapping. Photos of the finished project will be up soon.


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

My lovely chickens...

Jesse, Stripey, Sweetie and Little Red are so happy free ranging in the garden and hunting for bugs and worms. They love to scratch up all my leaf piles for future garden beds. Chickens are happy creatures.And then, it's on to the deck to visit their Chicken Mommy/Rooster... me, the one with the food. "Hi, do you have any treats for us? Can we come in? Corn, please!" What you can't see is the reaction of the resident cats, Toni and Momo, who were sitting right next to me, watching these interlopers very carefully.

Life may be crazy, the car has to go into the shop today, there are dishes multiplying exponentially as I'm typing... FOR REAL... and I have piles of horrendous laundry waiting... to wash... to fold... to ignore... as I try to plan out a day that accomplishes something fulfilling. That is the constant struggle and question, isn't it?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Jewelry for Stephenson Auction

Part of a gift basket for my niece's school auction. My sister is putting together quite a few really cool things (other than what I have here, of course). Enjoy!

Silver and Gold, one for you and one for a girlfriend, or both for you, depending on your mood. The black beads are vintage, quite possibly jet, and not 1970 vintage, but great-grandmother
Eva vintage, so most likely pre-1940. The small crystal disks are from the same era. I will probably cry when I use them all up, but they are just the most perfectly versatile little beads.

Two microscope slide necklaces with vintage image reproductions, "Oui ou No?" above is highlighted with gold and has a reverse image of the Eiffel Tower. Both are on silky black cord with silver magnetic clasps. The necklace below is highlighted with silver and alcohol inks with a transparency image. And the final contribution... a wine charm with an image of a palace (think fairy tales and chick flicks) for a lovely bottle of wine for two friends to share.