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unseen Etsy snaps

4 Oct

When approached by Etsy to be a featured shop, I was detailed with the task of taking portraits of both my studio and myself. At first I was a little overwhelmed by the idea: as a self-taught photographer who often dislikes being in front of the lens, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to even capture the mood of my studio, let alone the one in my heart… However, all it took was setting up the camera on a tri-pod, rigging the self-timer, and just creating as I usually do. I was thrilled with the results, and I am very proud of these shots. Etsy shared 9 of my photographs in the interview, but I thought I would show you the extra snaps that I took.centered2 06 04 11 12 10 desk 05I would encourage all artists, designers and makers, to set up a little photo-shoot for themselves in order to document their process, craft and studio space. These images let your customers and future buyers connect even better with you; they can directly see your involvement, the touch of the your hand, and the beautiful space in which the work is created. Too often do these aspects of our work remain a mystery; it is nice to give our interested customers and friends another look at our process and creative space.

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fawning over altered treasures

4 Sep

Fawning1I recently wrote about my new gold-guilded basket that I created for my cruiser bike. I had plenty of extra spray paint left-over from my DIY activity that it was just fawning to be used for another project… pardon the mandatory pun, but later that week I was in a local  thrift shop and came across the most adorable ceramic sculpture of a baby deer. Fawning2 Fawning3 Fawning4However I guess adorable could be a questionable term if one wasn’t capable of looking past it’s horrible brown two tone glaze finish, chipped front paw and tacky hand scrawling on the back, in order to see its darling shape and precious character. Fawning5 Fawning6Spending only 50 cents and making use of my leftover spraypaint, turned a questionable 3-D piece of art into a true studio gem. Next time you are thrifting, don’t ever be off-put by a sculpture or a vessel’s color; if the shape and style is something you admire, you can transform the finish into any color of the rainbow!

oh, hello there.

17 Aug

A big hello to all of you wonderful people! I’m sorry I’ve been quiet lately; I’ve been busy finishing up some exciting commissioned projects (one pictured below) ordered via etsy, (still) unpacking into the new pad/studio, and also preparing for a big opportunity that just came my way (I can’t spill the beans until mid-September).20130817-071818.jpg20130817-071833.jpg

I thought I shouldn’t stay mute for too long though, and wanted to ensure you that I have some fun things to share soon. The most exciting of which will be some peeks into the new studio!!! I also plan to do a “half full” bike ride adventure soon (my other optimistic outings can be seen here, here and here). I started carving a new relief plate for some prints this fall and am excited to see the piece evolve. I recently tapped into my green thumb again, and treated the new place to some pretty plants (a couple pictured below).20130817-071908.jpgIs there something you’d like to see on the blog in the near future? Features you’d like to have come back? DIYs you’d like to learn? Leave a comment with your ideas! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Xo