Lolly Pop-up!

In less than a week aarghh is coming back to Antwerp for the Lolly Pop-up! I’m showing pins and note cards and earrings, but there’s so much more -all wonderful Belgian Etsy designers and creators.

I’ve got to get back to my rendez-vous with Mr Schopenhauer *sigh* but I’ll try to be there on the 21st. See you then! πŸ˜‰

Here’s a litte sneak preview:

it IS almost Valentine, after all.

red blood cells on a blue china dish

a new release! what could it be…? dot dot dot…

notecards glass garden
note cards!

simplicity on

site 2010 screencap - simplicity!

Despite all the name changes…
This is the new look for
The picture changes when you refresh the page. Can you find out how many there are? πŸ˜‰

Here are some of the old skins…it seems like ages ago!

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What’s in a name?

Big news: I’ve decided to drop artemissne as a name for my creations, and to just use my own. A big step! πŸ˜‰

Artemissne has kept me company for about 3 years, and was linked with the screen name I had adopted before: missne. Missne was an elfin character from my favorite children’s book by Inger Edelfeldt -mysterious, unknown and perfect for my online life and the rediscovery of my own identity.

logo evolution

So when my creativity started leading its own life, I thought it deserved a name of its own too, a small jump to artemissne. There you had Artemis, missne, and art in it. I liked it.

I designed the logo at that time -a spiral reminding me of my love of fossils and all kinds of stones as a child, natural forms and patterns that still inspire me.

Sometimes you need to take another name to grow into your own. That’s what happened, crazy as it may sound: I’m ready to use my own name for my creations. Call me a late bloomer. πŸ™‚

So practically that means I’m changing all the artemissne extensions on most websites to kristienberghs, and I apologize beforehand for the bookmark updating troubles. I’ll update with a list on this blog.

Aarghh remains aarghh though, so you don’t have to worry about the mothership. I don’t intend to change the name of my homepage, it has been with me since I first set foot in virtual space in 2001. It refers to a castle in my favorite Monty Python film, and to the various sounds I make when either burning my fingers in the flame, touching hot glass, cutting myself on glass, sanding or sawing or filing off my fingers, nails, nose (1 occasion). That’s what you’ll get from playing with fire! :-p

Studio tales

Well, that was a nicely busy day! The page on my studio is ready in a more or less acceptable form. I had this page in mind since late 2007 but only got around doing it now! Luckily I had some help from my blog -tagged with studio– and my flickr “studio stuff” collection.

I hope this is a good place to start for people who want to know what the heck I’m doing and how I do it -I’m open to suggestions if you like to know more!

right now I’m setting up the goldsmithing studio there -the soldering torch got installed recently, and I’m looking into some mobile IKEA kitchen workingspaces to serve as forging and possibly stained glass window setting tables. The studio space and money is limited, so we have to be creative. As if that ever were a drag… πŸ˜‰

Aarghh, the brand new Etsy shop! And a tiny rant. now how does that sound? πŸ˜€

So that’s for a good start of 2009! Etsy “Your place to buy and sell all things handmade” is a marketplace for artists/sellers and buyers like Dawanda. Only American based, so everything’s in dollars over there.

I’m gradually adding jewelry to it and I will probably start selling glass beads and murrini (my own, of course) on it too! It’s just we had so little natural light here today that my pictures didn’t really come out well, so for now there’s only 1 necklace up. The rest will follow when I can do a better photoshoot!

And I had a little adventure on Facebook: participating in a discussion! Even expressing my opinion. Oh my! It must have been a first! :-p I don’t usually do that, you see. I’d rather steer away from discussions and stand on the sideline, nodding politely to all the parties while thinking my own thoughts. But not expressing them, oh no!

– Well, it’s on my to-do list of 2009: learn to speak up! I’m 30, for crying out loud! I think I can, right? LOL. Well it’s never too late to learn… πŸ˜‰

Don’t bother about the specifics -it was on animal abuse which is something I have very strong feelings about, so I had to step in (for once). I doubt it had much effect on the persons concerned but it felt good to give a voice to my thoughts in a constructive manner, not engaging in name-calling and anything. Even if I don’t think they were into reasonable discussions whatsoever and they probably thrive on whatever attention they can get, be it positive or negative. Of course if I had the chance I’d go after them with an axe or so. Yes, that would be lovely! Axe-murder in the morning, tea in the afternoon: who’s with me? People who hold so little respect for animals get the exact same amount of respect from me. Anyway, glad I learned from the experience and happily moving on!

19/1/2009 ETA: Yay! the FB lampworkers community stepped in too, mass-unfriending this person. Which seems right: it’s the least we can do. Pity spaying and neutering isn’t allowed on cat-haters…sure would solve the problem!

21/1/2009: just saw he removed the entire thread (I replied to). Typical! Well, I won’t spill any more words on this sad little bully. But this whole thing did have a positive outcome after all: it brought a group of lampworkers closer!

a new skin for

There! I managed to get the new skin of my homepage designed after all. It’s a yearly ritual for me, sort of setting the tone for the next year. It’s like shopping for clothes, really. I love it. πŸ˜‰

So 2009 will be sunny and fresh, with lots of light shining through. I even went for a white background. Never thought I would! :-p Yellow green, grey green and fuchsia are the colors, and microcosmos the theme.

earthy leafy aarghh…

De nieuwe site is er! Het was bijna een jaarlijks ritueel om het uitzicht en deels ook de inhoud van aarghh te veranderen/verbeteren, maar deze keer denk ik dat het wel wat langer in deze vorm gaat blijven!

Jippie, the new & improved website is finally online! I’ve worked on it since november or so, only never full time, just bits and pieces that I was finally able to glue together last week. (Being down with flu can give all sorts of inspirations…!)
And I love the new look! Well, I’d better because I worked hard on it… it’s earthy and organic and tactile …and more importantly, you can finally surf through the whole thing without ending up before closed doors: web pages I intended to make or to finish since aeons but never quite got to it, or getting lost in the forest where I had just pages opening up to new realms, with links on it that didn’t get you home again unless you used your browser’s back button all the time… Nope: some structure, at last! Yay.

You know, a personal website can be organic, growing in certain places and retreating in others…mine started out as a challenge: when I finally got internet in 2001, Lotte asked me jokingly when my site would be online…I was so surprised, had hardly gotten my toes wet, still marveling at everything I encountered (“oh look, an animated gif!!!” -you know…) when she patiently taught me the basics and some photoshop and then suddenly…I ended up on aarghh. :-p The website sure has been a playground for me ever since!
I have the feeling this new coat is a keeper -the looks and contents have changed quite often over the years because the purpose of the site changed, in 2001 I wouldn’t have dreamt I’d be where I am now and so the site changed from personal growth/survivor page into this artist site. And it feels damn good. πŸ˜‰

One little project within the site is play, where I got to put some of the remains of the site’s former form. It’s just a start but I’m having lots more wild ideas for it (well, what’s new! LOL): colour as an affect, an archetype of something, as a sound and a smell…

P.S. I don’t have all the English translations up yet, on the bio page and the one on the jewelry collections, sorry about that! Working on it. πŸ˜‰