Sunday, August 29, 2010

Weekly Challenge: Week 14 relic

slate fragment

I unearthed this (and others) while prepping my front yard for a flower garden. I'm sure it's part of the old slate roof.
They're all so pretty and now I have a collection of them on my front porch.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Weekly Challenge: Week 13 reliquary

heat treated copper, sterling silver, old rusty nail
I'll try to get a good shot of me wearing this in the near future...

oh man! I am in love with this one! 'nuff said.

Monday, August 23, 2010

I'm all class!

or more accurately, I'll be teaching a class!

I am offering a 6 week Memorial Art & Sculpture course at PAAL this fall.

We'll start with a history of reliquaries and remembrance art. I'll have plenty of visuals, including some of my own work. You'll learn about traditional and non-traditional techniques used to create these special memorials. Then I'll help guide you while you create your own sculptural piece(s) or jewelry in memory (or celebration) of a loved one. The last class is on November 2nd, which coincides with the Mexican Dia de los Muertos. We'll have a traditional celebration of our own while we discuss and review each artist's work.

My class takes place on 6 Tuesdays, starting September 28th, from 6-8 pm. Classes will be held at the Petersburg Area Arts League in Virginia.

Click here for more info and to sign up.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Weekly Challenge: Week 13 relic

old rusty nail (2.5" long)

I have been carrying this thing around for a long time. I wish I could remember exactly where I found it but I've had it since I was a student at RISD (so it's been at least 19 years). I've kept it with my jewelry tools since I graduated. Really, I just like it.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Weekly Challenge: Week 12 relic

metal skeleton key charm (1" x 1/2")

Charlie found this a while ago, thought of me and brought it home as a gift.
I've trained him well, no?

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Weekly Challenge: Week 11 reliquary

sterling silver, found weathered feather

I struggled with the design of this one. The feather is so pretty and roughed up; it has so much history to it. I just wasn't sure where I wanted to go with it but finally decided on this brooch. I wanted to honor the full life I hope this bird had.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

Weekly Challenge: Week 10 reliquary

wooden frame, ribbon, a note from Mom

I felt like I needed to channel my inner girl scout camper here (since that's when she hid this for me). I always went for arts and crafts or horseback riding sessions at Timber Trails (CT girls, holla!). Yes, it's a little bright. I chose sunny mom colors and classic craft techniques to refer back to the cheeriness of the note.
I will hang this up and look at it every day. And I will try to have a great day, dammit!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Weekly Challenge: Week 10 relic

a note from Mom (this one I remember. I found it in my duffel bag once I got to girl scout camp)

I recently found this envelope labeled "notes from mom". I've saved quite a few. She used to hide notes in my duffel bag when I went away to camp. She used to leave me notes on the kitchen table before I left for school. She did that a lot when I was in high school; she'd leave me a note with lunch money or a piece of candy or a cute picture of dogs from the paper or just to tell me I didn't have to "creep sit" that night (you know who you are! xo).

Especially now that she's dead, I truly cherish all the little things she used to do. It was (and still is) one of the ways we connected with each other.