Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Revisiting Older Thoughts: Drawing Iceland

Last year I described a drawing project I had begun in which I layered lines I saw in photographs of Iceland: the edge of a glacier, the curves of moss-covered rocks, the peak of a mountain. I worked steadily on the project for awhile and made a few pieces I really liked. Some drawings are made with several pieces of paper layered on top of one another, each with a single line drawn on it, while others combined several lines onto one sheet. I also liked experimenting with my photocopier or with effects in iPhoto to vary and degrade the line quality. However, the project was put on hold because I got caught up with other work and obligations. I would like to revisit the project now because drawing is something I can do without a studio and because something really nice is happening with these marks. And if anything, drawing these lines again is a way for me to stay connected with my home away from home and the memories tied to every photo I took. 

Sólheimajökull glacier tongue in south Iceland, taken in May, 2014

You can see more images on Flickr including some process pictures.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

This is What I Found Here

Gothenburg and Southern Archipelago, Sweden, 2014

I am without a studio at the moment, a challenging place to be. The studio is an important place for artists, obviously, and I am feeling its absence. In addition to my Pearl Piece (which you can still contribute to!), I'm looking for other ways to create beyond making objects, things I can work on anywhere. This week I will share these with you starting today with my collecting and arranging project titled This is What I Found Here. This series is a play on my first solo show in 2011, This is How I Remember It. The basic concept for that show centered on using my memories of important jewelry to create new work that was carefully arranged for the exhibition. For this new project, I have arranged different objects I collected according to where and when I found them. This documentation is a great way for me to explore composition and negative space, shape and line, and color and texture. Working intuitively, the process allows me to think spatially and arrange objects in a pleasing way. It's also serves as a method of recording the history of my experiences and memories through objects. This series of photographs is a work in progress. These pictures were taken at different times and the lighting is different from image to image. I am still playing around with editing each photo and would like to add to the series over time.

You can see all the images taken so far on Flickr. 

Blönduós, Iceland, 2015

Richfield Springs, New York, 2014

Allendale, Michigan, 2014

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

"...those boundaries between the two worlds."

 Spring House

I signed up for my first semester classes a few weeks ago and recently found out which seminar class I will be taking. The class is called "Lining the Wild Bee" and it will be lead by Mark Thompson, professor of sculpture and fine arts. Here's the course description, along with a few of Mark's works:

"This workshop will focus on the borderlands between human cultural activity and the natural world. Drawing on my 40 years of project work in this field, the emphasis will be a return to first principles of direct experience in contrast to more abstract experiences of representation. Through projects, readings, and several Saturday field trips, the class will explore the boundaries between the wild and the cultivated, the feral and the domesticated - those boundaries between the two worlds. Special emphasis will be given to an examination of the historical crafting and engineering of the landscape and waterways of the San Francisco Bay Area. The early projects will include tracking wild honeybees in the woods to find that one tree in 10,000 holding a different life. Field trips will include the Model of the Bay, the Headlands, the Camera Obscura, the Delta region, and the Underground Gardens of Baldassare Forestiere. Gary Synder, Rebecca Solnit, and Anne Dillard's' writings, along with Andrei Tarkovsky's film Solaris will be among the works we will review. The history of the decoy along with the evolution of the cabinets of wonder and curiosity to the contemporary natural history museums will be examined."

Invocations (above and below)

How good does that sound?! I am psyched. 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Recent Customs

wedding necklace of spray painted pearls for Adrienne

Some of the last things I made before I moved were custom pieces: an 18K gold wedding ring, a 14K gold bracelet, a spray-painted pearl necklace. Custom pieces are always fun, often a challenge, and a great way to connect with clients. I think my favorite requests are those in which I get to use gold, alter a production design, or play with spray paint. I made a few other customs last fall and winter and thought I would share them with you now as well. You can view the collection of custom pieces I've made in the last few years on Facebook.

18K 8mm wedding band with dot detail for Brad and Katey

14K hammered gold chain bracelet for Elizabeth

Small Arc earrings with 14K gold ear wires with catch, Bouquet Necklace on a 14K gold chain, Tokens Necklace with two roses and hot pink teardrop on a 14K gold chain for Olga

"Mother and Child" ring with garnet and tourmaline for Christy

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Shop

With summer here and a new home in California, I decided to update my Etsy shop with some new photos. The pieces you see listed there now are in stock and ready to ship within 24 hours of your order. And, you will receive exactly what's pictured. This paired-down selection of my History Repeats, Line Drawings, and Regal Graffiti collections are my only offerings while I'm without a studio this summer. Please stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks and months... and please feel free to email me if there is something you are interested in but is no longer available. I'll do my best to accommodate your request. 

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Monday, June 22, 2015


Here are a few first observations of my new California home. I'm living in San Jose about an hour south of San Francisco. I'll be here temporarily as I look for a good place in San Francisco and hope to move before school begins in September. Every day I go for a walk in the morning before it gets too hot. There isn't a lot of shade here so the sun can be intense and I prefer the morning quiet regardless. I'm enjoying observing the highly textured bark of native trees, the unusual and often strange desert plants, fantastic graffiti and street art, colorful buildings, and intriguing abandoned spaces. I'm also beginning to understand the layout of the city and where I live in relation to all sorts of places--walking is so good for this! My favorite places so far include the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens and thSan Jose 

See more pictures on Flickr:

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

More Celebrating

Crown Nine just published a great blog post about the show with more pictures. It really was a fantastic night! And as Kate says on the blog, there is still lots of time to visit the shop to see the work in person and try pieces on... plus, check out all the handmade jewelry currently on view. I am thrilled to have my work alongside such a beautifully curated selection of contemporary jewelry. 

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