April 2011 Blog Posts (19)

That Chain So Crazy!

Note: I've been working on this blog post for quite a while now, and I'm honestly not sure it's going to make any sense, so good luck reading!

One of my favorite things about jewelry is it's role as a communication device which turns the wearer into a billboard expressing the wearers beliefs. Traditionally, jewelry also doubles as a portable…

Added by Islay Taylor on April 28, 2011 at 5:04pm — No Comments

2011 Bead Dreams Finalist!

One of my beaded polymer clay submissions was accepted into the 2011 Bead & Button Bead Dreams International Competition!  I am thrilled beyond words!  I mean I am over the moon, feet not touching the ground, flying… Continue

Added by Marlene Brady on April 26, 2011 at 5:40pm — 1 Comment

Triumph of Maximilian

Anyone familiar with my recent work knows that I'm very keen on scrolls and banners! In Sheffield last month, I went to an exhibition of woodcuts by Hans Burgkmair (and others) dating from around 1512 and which were commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I as a means of commemorating himself after he died. It seems that Maximilian I was obsessed with his own death and immortality. One of the most amazing features of these prints - for me - was the scrolls and banners portrayed in…


Added by The Justified Sinner on April 26, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Post Show Report

The Freshest work at the show? By some standards*. I had a great time at the Smithsonian Craft Show, meeting wonderful artists, hearing people laugh out loud to my wearable wall piece "Hot Water", selling new multiples and one of a kind work. Although, some artists felt the show was less busy than last year and it did conflict with SOFA NY, which isn't desirable, I did pretty well for all new work and no mailing list.


*Edgy art can be polarizing with strong negative and…


Added by Thea Clark on April 24, 2011 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

the SA Article as text

To those who followed the link on my previous blog and couldn't access the whole article, here it is in text form. Sorry for the inconvenience.


Author: Shelley Carson


He is one…


Added by Gail Golden on April 21, 2011 at 9:41pm — No Comments


The New York SOFA show was last weekend, and I was thrilled to have my work taken to the exhibit by Sienna Gallery and The Opulent Project. TOP organized a display called COSTUME COSTUME, which featured handmade contemporary jewelry by emerging artists who deal with the subject of adornment, costuming, and jewelry. TOP installed a photobooth in their space so that attendees of SOFA could…

Added by Islay Taylor on April 21, 2011 at 6:48am — 2 Comments

More on Gormenghast

When I was in my early 20s, I read compulsively Mervyn Peake's trilogy, "Titus Groan", "Gormenghast" and "Titus Alone", a remarkable body of work which is, superficially, fantasy writing: Alas! it is too often dismissed as such. In fact, what Peake created was a fantastical portrait of a rigid, class-ridden society on the brink of collapse, a parable for Britain in the early-mid 20th Century.


As mentioned before, a gift of a polymer clay owl skull prompted me to create a…


Added by The Justified Sinner on April 20, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments


I'm excited to be part of The Opulent Projects upcoming project, COSTUME COSTUME, which will be making it's debut at Sienna Gallery's booth at the NYC SOFA exhibit from April…


Added by Islay Taylor on April 17, 2011 at 5:59am — No Comments

the good life

I recently won People's Choice Best of Jewelry in the Millicent Rogers Museum annual "Miniatures" show here in Taos. My award is dinner for two at the Bavarian Lodge, which is an enchanted traditional Alpine restaurant and hotel deep in the high country at Taos Ski Valley (elevation, approximately 11,000 ft). Since the lodge is closed in the off season, I "must" wait till summer to take advantage of this special gift. What a pleasure that will be!

Added by Gail Golden on April 15, 2011 at 10:08pm — No Comments

creativity and eccentricity

I recently had 2 major surgeries, the first in my life. The recovery time is much slower and more tedious than I expected. My major frustration is not being able to get back in the studio yet and make jewelry. So, to fill the hours, I've been reading.

A Lot.

I love to read, but really. Can we just go whack on some metal now?


I recently read this article published in the Scientific American about how the creative mind is indeed different than a "normal" mind (See…


Added by Gail Golden on April 15, 2011 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Beneath The Skin Exhibition - Review

Beneath The Skin

Sheffield Institute of Arts, 24th March - 24th April


Jivan Astfalck, Elizabeth Callinicos, Jack Cunningham,…


Added by The Justified Sinner on April 12, 2011 at 12:27pm — 2 Comments

What's happening with Radical Jewelry Makeover - Santa Fe!


Right now we are working with the Santa Fe community to bring together student and professional jewelers for the October Makeover. We are re-designing our curriculum to more effectively bring participants up to speed on ethical practices and sourcing for jewelry. We are looking for a house to rent while in Santa Fe (at a non-profit rate (as close to free as possible)) so that all of our project assistants and documentarians can stay under one roof. And we are yes, fundraising. We…


Added by Ethical Metalsmiths on April 12, 2011 at 10:28am — No Comments

Please Vote for 2011 Ceramics Emerging Artist

Hello Fellow Artists,

Please vote for your top 2011 Emerging Artist in Ceramics through Ceramic Arts Daily.

Vote Here: Ceramics Art Daily

The winner gets a $500 gift certificate to Bailys Pottery Supply- just in time for setting up my new studio!

Added by Kala Stein on April 12, 2011 at 10:07am — No Comments

SF Chronicle uses image from Craft Forward

Met this interesting student, Jeffrey Basile, at Craft Forward because of his killer sweatshirt, and the SF Chronicle used my photo in this Sunday's STYLE section. Check out the article on…


Added by emiko oye on April 9, 2011 at 6:40pm — 1 Comment

Craft Forward Visual Diary

This is your Brain on Craft  (image from Frank Wilson's lecture, Hand Made Minds in the Digital Age)

Can't believe just last week I was immersed in round-the-clock Craft for 3 days straight at CCA sponsored…


Added by emiko oye on April 9, 2011 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Mediterraneo International Competition of Contemporary Jewellery 12-19 April 2011



Two of my pieces were selected for the exhibition Mediterraneo 

at the Museum of Natural History of the  Mediterranean in Livorno, Italy



Added by Liana Pattihis on April 7, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

new horizons

Every day is an opportunity to reinvent oneself. To me, this is a creative act, and one which requires a bit of courage. Pushing oneself out of the comfort zone can be hard work. Being creative every day can be hard work. There are days I'm intimidated by the self-appointed task of making a living through creativity. It can take a lot of energy, and at times, a little too much navel contemplation. 


This describes also my feeling of starting to write about my work, my process,…


Added by Gail Golden on April 5, 2011 at 11:17am — 1 Comment

Tool Lust

This month’s EtsyMetal Blog Carnival** question reminds us of the old joke about the dog chasing after a car.
2Roses and 6 other artists get in touch with your inner tool junkie at http://www.jewelrytutorial.blogspot.com

Added by 2Roses on April 5, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Craft Forward begins today. This is no joke. Find out about the future of craft.

 Friday afternoon (April 1) is the opening event for Craft Forward, the reception for Manufractured and the keynote address by Glenn Adamson. These two events are the high points of Craft Forward for me!…


Added by Harriete Estel Berman on April 1, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

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