blowing bubbles!

I reduced the price of my bubbles necklaces as I’m concentrating on other collections now. Wouldn’t they make a lovely holiday gift? 😉

bubbles!
brown, orange and green

bubbles!

bubbles!
pink, light yellow and warm green

bubbles!

bubbles!
tea rose orange & swirly green
bubbles!

bubbles!
dark green, yellow and lilac (with green dots)

bubbles!

bubbles
yellow, dark blue and green

bubbles necklace

Meanwhile I’m busy working on my papers…deadlines are approaching way too fast (as usual). I just have to start writing! How come it’s always that hard just to start?!

However, research on my paper on dance theatre brings me to exciting new places: the world of traditional Indian dance mixed with contemporary narratives at the December Dance festival in Bruges. This is Akram Khan, the curator of the festival talking about Kathak, a classical dance from North India:
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treasured & linked

Here comes the sun by atelier stellaria featuring a bubbles necklace:
http://www.craftcult.com/js/trwi.js?s=2&l=4da99a8e98d88eef16336087&r=16073&t=s&m=0&u=14388640&

bubbles necklace

…and framed cuties by fellow Belgian Etsian Octopurse featuring these delicate balance earrings:
http://www.craftcult.com/js/trwi.js?s=2&l=4dadccf222656d918b12a4d1&r=16074&t=s&m=1&u=6374815&

a delicate balance: earrings

And ecological link love from handmade Europe featuring the Napjesdrager! Thank you so much! Do check out the other ecological blog links too and let yourself be inspired…

a delicate balance: new earrings

a delicate balance: earrings
pea green, dark green & white
a delicate balance: earrings
dark orange, red & white
a delicate balance: earrings
blue, green & white

a delicate balance: earrings
white, red and dark yellow

I changed the design a little bit, leaving out the ring on top (as you can see on the first pairs) because the weight of the glass bubbles keeps the balance really well, just like the pendants:

a delcate balance: pendant2
pendant 2
a delcate balance: pendant3
pendant 3

I love how the transparent spheres catch the light!

You can find them on Etsy.

If you like to see more of this series, the photos are bundled in a set on flickr and you can track down other posts and the work in progress on the blog by clicking the tag “a delicate balance” (under this post or in the left menu on my blog)!

And this is the 6th blog post of the year! That’s already half of the number of last year’s posts… 😮

There’s still more to come, I want to tell you about a little project that I just started. Something that’s funny as it is icky… 😀 icky sticky glass. What could it be? More soon, I promise!

sunsets & summer trees…

During the week of holidays after my college exams I was able to retreat to the studio for a couple of days, for the first time since September. I guess it’s a good thing the studio is in Ronse and not in Ghent, or I would be there all the time instead of working for school! 😉

As usual, I had many ideas, but I didn’t have all that much time. So instead of rushing to try to realize those ideas, I worked on a couple of pieces that I had started in Feb. 2010, from a batch of glass cabs I had made in the summer of 2009. It was nice to finally get around finishing these! Or at least these three, as I didn’t get to finish  the whole pile…

In other news, you can find them on Etsy!

I called this series essence (on flickr & etsy), because the organic shapes and colors remind me of moments of quietude… Which in these dreary & cold February days mostly means the warmth of summer to me, so here I am again with sunlight and green leaves! 😀 And one starry night too.

sunny green trees brooch
starry night pendant

 
sunset earrings

glass cabs!

sketchbook project & etsy & aarghh

Boekentoren
No, the blog hasn’t been forgotten or misplaced, but as for a change this year I have been a wee bit busy, going back to college, volunteering at the Sint Lucas library and all. But it’s been great, so far! Lots of work: class, researching in the little specialist libraries all over the Blandijn next to that pretty Boekentoren (right >>). Now the deadlines for papers are coming up, and exams in January it has its share of the stressies, but… ooh it feels good to be back. So long I don’t flunk, of course. Argh! See? Stress.

I will feel better after January’s exams so I know if my study method works. The subjects aren’t too hard, but I fear my brains being rusty. LOL. We’ll see. Wish me luck!

The Sketchbook Project: 2011That means I haven’t been back at the studio, but I’ve done some little things here at home, in Ghent. Like the Sketchbook Project! An initiative by Art house coop in Brooklyn NY. The goal was to fill a moleskine sketchbook, working in a theme you could choose from a list. 
I’m quite self-conscious about my drawing and painting abilities, so I thought it would be good for me to participate and see what happened. Drawing didn’t work out, so I painted. And cut. And then I drilled. And sawed, stamped, painted some more, sewed, and was done with it. I had such a great time! Nothing like drastically altering a once pristine sketchbook.  😉 It has become a little freak… 
My theme was Night time stories and I used a quote by Breton, from his first Surrealist Manifesto, about the poet Saint-Pol-Roux leaving a placard outside his door whenever he went to sleep. The placard said: “the poet works”.

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torturing the poor thing:
sketchbook project WiP

:::: see the whole project on flickr.

The sketchbook is being sent back to Brooklyn where it will go on a tour in the US!  The neat library system (each sketchbook has a barcode) will keep all artists up to date of how many times their sketchbook has been borrowed.

And in other news, I’m back on Etsy! You can find some of the creations of last summer:

“lunar essence”
lunar essence

“green goddess”
green goddess

“a delicate balance” earrings

a delicate balance

And the website & blog have received their yearly dusting. I even went as far as to add a webpage about me/my creations. It’s not an artist statement really, but it’s a start.

listed!

talisvrouw necklaces
pretty in peridot – Dawanda (talisman-talisvrouw series)

Yay, I listed some new necklaces and earrings on Etsy and Dawanda! It does make me happy when I do, ’cause I haven’t found a rhythm to do this on a regular basis yet. I’m in awe of artists who can -for me there’s work or school that comes first inevitably, and then there’s a loooooong road from the initial idea to the final finished and listed piece of jewelry. Mostly because of practical reasons like the studio still being built up (and the house being renovated) to finding the right (natural) light to photograph and finally, health reasons too. Although I have been feeling stronger than before (touch wood!), that chronic fatigue still requires me to take things easy.

duizendbloem - morrocan blue
morrocan blue – etsy (from the duizendbloem series)

So some of the items you see here, finally finished and ready to set out into the world find their beginnings more than a year or so ago! Go figure.

This one for example, is part of the fairy tale fragments series, which I introduced back in june but only got around finishing a week or so ago. This one is all silver, fused and forged, with gemstones depicting melting ice and blossom petals (please view full size on flickr!):

emerging (through sunlight)
emerging – etsy -and all about Persephone!

I wish I could stop restraining myself and just throw myself into creating full time, but that wouldn’t be wise in these economically challenging times…so short, bright bursts it is then…

more bubbles!
budding green – etsy

And there’s one more thing: a film tip: Let the right one in. Swedish. A boy and a girl and their friendship (OMG so sweet!). And the occasional severed head (she’s a vampire after all).

Loved it. 😉

Aarghh, the brand new Etsy shop! And a tiny rant.

aarghh.etsy.com: now how does that sound? 😀

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… 😉

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!

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