Monday, June 28, 2010

Some follow up

I would like to take a moment to answer a few questions that have been asked recently about my challenge.

#1. Gifts from a Stranger wanted to see a size reference for the Week 2 Reliquary. As you can see, the pod is pretty big. Also, the seeds have started to take on a life of their own!

#2. My sister Saca wanted to know who this lady was. The Widow Clicquot was actually a savvy business woman.

#3. My friend Karen wanted to know more about my process for choosing relics.

Well, I've been collecting and saving things forever. I'm sentimental like that. I never really had any plan to actually DO anything with them. They held special meaning for me and that was enough. They are my tangible memories. But since my mom died, I've been even more obsessed? fascinated? enamored? by reliquary objects. I'm even developing a funerary line of jewelry for My Precious Studio. The comfort I get on a daily basis from wearing my own reliquary necklace is something I cherish. Plus, if I can create something meaningful for another person, well, then I've made a difference I can be proud of.
When I choose my relic each week I don't always have a preconceived design in mind. Sometimes I see it and think, "wow, I know what this will become"...but only sometimes. Other times I think I know but then something else entirely crystallizes in my head.

#4. My friend Noah asked me if I was stressing out yet. He'd know, since he's the Skull-a-Day guy!

My answer then was, "not yet". Although I know it's just around the bend! I was talking about it with my friend Tracy recently. I was telling her how it's started to make me think differently. I've jump started my creative process. I know all about working with deadlines but to have this challenge out in the open is something new. Theoretically, all the world will see what I do, or don't do. I'd hate to fail. So I choose a relic and start visualizing the finished reliquary. All while thinking ahead to what my next relic will be. Hopefully it's good stress!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Weekly challenge: Week 5 relic

cat teeth: fangs (each tooth measures about 3/4" in length from root to tip)
these are from my friend Noah's rescued cat, Willow. She is fine, by the way.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Weekly Challenge: Week 4 reliquary

This was a happy memory to work with. Especially since I just celebrated my *gulp* 41st birthday. Turning 30 is a huge milestone for a lot of folks. I had just ended one long relationship, started a new one and had high hopes for my future. I had a lot to look forward to. *cue the line of stray cats at my doorstep*
Great champagne with great friends is where it's at people. Check it!

bronze, sterling silver, ribbon, metal champagne topper thingy

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Weekly Challenge: Week 4 relic

metal topper thingy from a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin (my favorite champagne) on my 30th birthday. I drank it with one of my best friends, Jessica, in Brooklyn, NY.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Weekly Challenge: Week 3 reliquary

I kept thinking of a phantom limb while making this piece. And for the record, as sharp as these points are, I did not draw blood.

copper, sterling silver, rose thorn

Birthday face lift

...but not THAT kind! It's my birthday today and I thought my blog could use a little redecorating. I've tweaked the look a little and I've also added a bazillion links and rearranged the categories. Happy clicking!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Weekly challenge: week one reliquary

oxidized sterling silver, cat whisker

I actually made a box to sit this whole piece in, but in the end it overwhelmed this tiny little reliquary. I like it better alone.

Friday, June 4, 2010

It's like magic

Rainbows are like magic.

This one (double rainbow, actually) happened yesterday and I was lucky enough to see it right in my own backyard!
I was inside at the time but thanks to a great group of friends who call each other to look at full moons and rainbows, I caught it.