Saturday, March 28, 2009

New in store

I have had a very busy and productive day. After swimming lessons and birthday present shopping the little fella was all tuckered out which means mum got some good workshop time.

New in store today are my Gooseberry Pendant

I expect to be very busily producing over the next 6 weeks as I have a date for some gallery space coming up... more info to come soon!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Making a mark

I am preparing to build up some stock levels in order to display, and hopefully sell, my work through a local shop or gallery in Melbourne.

Something that I have been meaning to get around to is getting a stamp of my "Makers Mark" made. The problem is not getting the stamp made, but rather settling on a design for my mark. I would liken this decision to selecting a tattoo. Selecting the symbol that will forever mark a piece of jewellery as my work is similar in my mind to deciding on an artwork that will permanently adorn your body.

I have come up with a design that started with my signature, I sign my name with a lower case "e". It shrinks down well (it has to be clear at just a couple of millimeters). I like the fluidity and asymmetry of it, as that also reflects the style of my work.

What do you think?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Who will you be today?

I'm going to let you in on a secret... I have found Peter Pan's little sister and she is a new member of DUST (Down Under Street Team).

Now before Kate from Kreated rushes off to persue a career as an astronaut I have asked her to answer a few questions so we can get to know the person behind the fabulous jewellery.

Thanks Kate for taking the time out to answer my questions...

Your bio on Etsy as well as your mini-bio here on dust are fabulous and full of excitement and wonderment. Is there are serious side to Kate?

Keeping my feet on the ground is a challenge for me. I can be serious, but I don't express it that often in my art. I tend to express it more in relationship to people. I think someone called me “too serious” when I was younger and I've avoided it ever since! I suppose there is a balance to be found between being really grounded and having your head up in the clouds believing anything and everything.... and that's where I try to live.

I do get an amazing amount of joy out of creating things for people and I tend to light up like a child when I'm inspired, excited or amazed by something (and it can be something as little as the way the light is hitting a leaf as I'm walking down the street). I'm a photographer by trade and so have, I guess, learned to see and observe more than the average person. The aim of my game is to bring a lightness, fun and joy to people through creativity, and that is something I am serious about.

Do you sketch your designs first or do they evolve; has a piece ever completely surprised you?

A bit of both really. Some pieces I sketch out for “later” and then might go back to them, but others just begin with a notion and a hunt through the local op shop or my stash at home. I then just feel my way through. The pieces where I'm using metals or pre fabricated objects I tend to sketch out first a bit more.

The piece I'm working on at the moment started with an urge to do something in coffee and cream so I have been hunting for the right textures and fabrics, but the actual technicalities of the design have been sketched out.

With the series I created for an exhibition I did a couple of years ago (such as Tin Man), the main pieces were sketched and then the rest I created as I went along. I guess the basic principles apply for most of what I create and you can't know exactly how something will balance weight wise until it's created.

Oh, did I mention that I can't really draw? I probably would sketch more if I could.... my sketches are really the design equivalent of stick figures!

As for a piece surprising me, the textile ones usually almost always do. The first cab off the rank with those was Candy & Floss and I was surprised at how fun, versatile and attractive it was to wear and how many people were taken by it.

How long have you been making jewelery and how did you get started?

I've been making jewellery in various incarnations for about 6 years. I needed a necklace to wear one night and it just started from there.

The textile ranges evolved about 2 years ago though when I prolapsed a disc in my back. I was bored out of my brain (I couldn't really walk, couldn't sit, couldn't lie down, just stand) and needed to find something to do with myself. Parts of the technique I use are almost a little aggressive so it was a good tension relief too!

Do you have a favourite of your own pieces?

I have been working on a range using hardware (nuts, bolts etc) which I hope to get up soon and my favourite piece is from that range. I've worn the prototype to death but then put it in my handbag with some chewing gum (what chewed up chewing gum was doing in my bag, who knows!) and now need to make another.

From the ranges on Etsy right now, I do love Tin Man, but probably wear the prototypes of Her Name Was Violet and Candy & Floss the most.

Where do you work, is your space organised or chaos?

I work from my tiny “mouse house” of an apartment and there is NO organised in my chaos right now. There has to be an element of it of course given the cramped quarters, but when I'm in full working flight, there is just stuff everywhere! If I'm working in the middle of the floor, the whole floor gets covered and when I stand up, there's just that one little clear space where I was sitting.

I try to keep things organised by sorting them into groups. My ribbons live in an old suitcase (in a tangled mess) and the fabrics in plastic tubs with the wool. Actually I'm a fan of old suitcases for storage but they're not the most practical things.

Can I please have the "Tin Man" for my birthday? Ooops just kidding!

Given that your birthday is today, it may be a bit late ;)

Oh ok then... Maybe my hubby will let me use my money from K-Rudd to get it instead?
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Finally... work in progress

In between a bunch of social engagements this weekend I have managed a few moments at the bench. Although I didn't get anywhere near as much done as I would have liked (or had planned), a little progress is better than none at all.

This week I am working on a bird pendant to match my bird earrings and white bird ring. I had already cut out the bird a few weeks ago, this weekend I wanted to add the bail and finish it off and then complete another piece that I have in the pipeline.

I have decided to hang the bird from a short length of chain to give it a little movement. I have started by creating a bed for the chain to be attached.

I have coated the piece in flambe (a mixture or borax, boric acid and metho) to protect from fire scale. The flambe is activated by burning away the metho.

I use two coats of flambe front and back, then I apply flux to the area that will be soldered.

Next I attached the chain by soldering the half jumpring in the countersunk beds I created earlier.

The result is rather icky looking (for now), but the chain is attached. I just have to make and attach the bail to the top.

But for now, into the pickle to get rid of the gunk.

Unfortunately that is as much as I got done this weekend. I did however have a lovely weekend with family and friends and the Melbourne weather was just perfect... Hopefully I will have some completed pieces next weekend.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Hey Hey - It's a Giveaway!!!!

I have had a busy few weeks with family friends and a holiday and have not blogged for some time. It's time to jump back in with both feet and I have teamed up with Kirsty from Filmless Photos to bring you a great giveaway.

I think we are all continuously striving to improve our photography, and the lucky winner of this giveaway will have a helping hand in the guise of Kirsty's How to Take Great Product Photos eBook - PDF.

Kirsty's book is intended to be a guide on taking good product photos for your online store, and providing you with a basic overview on photography terms, techniques and things to take into consideration.

You can learn a little more about Kirsty in the blog feature I did on her in February.

Ok, now that you are all pumped about this great prize I had better let you know how to win! Entry is simple, you just have to sign up to follow this blog (existing followers gain automatic entry).

For extra opportunities to win you can:
  • Post a comment on this blog telling me your favourite item from Filmless Photos and why it's your favourite, please include your email address so that we can contact you if you win. (worth 1 extra entry)
  • Write an entry on your own blog promoting this giveaway, add a comment to this thread so that we know you have done so and include your email address. (worth 2 extra entries)

The winner will be chosen at random on Friday 3rd April 2009 and will be published in my blog. Kirsty will email you your prize directly. Good Luck!