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.

summer pendants & autumn plans

Well, I’m home again after spending some time in the studio in August-September. It was much needed, and awesome. And as always, way too short. I could easily do with a month or so more studio time, just to finish what I’ve started…

But time’s up and I have to keep my creative self in check… School is starting again next week and there will be no time for doodling. I can’t believe I’m going back to college! (yes, again…) The time is finally here, and I’m giddy. 😀

And to celebrate, I’m doing a workshop in October with the talented Lotte De Mey on stone setting! Check out her unique pieces on Penelope’s Verbs and her paintings (this is her portfolio). I adore her work and I’m really looking forward to the workshop!

And now for some pictures: this is what happened in the studio this summer!

A green goddess talisman:

green goddess

Pebbles:

3 pendants

A delicate balance in pendants  & earrings:

a delicate balance

a delicate balance

a delicate balance

…Do you remember this ring?

growing ring

It has been sprouting crystals lately:

tube ring

…and something else all together, can you guess what this is?!

can you guess? :-D

tube ring

earth & moon

 
This weekend I finished the moon spirit, a sister to the earthy one I created this summer. I’m pleased with with the way she turned out: a silver halo with starry sprinkles (7 of them, not unlike Rossetti’s Blessed Damozel…hehe). 
 
 

The TalentDevelop newsletter just had a piece on muses and creativity, and referred to a page on the history of daimons, genii and muses which fits right in here, with my little girls! 😉

More on Flickr, also some work in progress photos.

of rings, sketches and a zazzle

I’m getting increasingly busy again with the new semester at library school (and a short but exciting internship at the Sint Lucasbibliotheek in Gent! I’ve already raided the glass section…), and as a result my blog and art projects suffer a bit (thank goodness for little sketchbooks that I can carry around everywhere!).

Last week I participated in the Dag van de Ambachten, like last year at the awesome Glassworks studio, and was so busy melting glass and interacting with artists & visitors that I totally forgot taking pictures!

Luckily I can sneak some studio days this week in which I hope to finish some of my current projects before it’s half a year later again. All jewelry: the purple sister to my earth goddess pendant for my dear friend Vocisconnesse, the coral pendant (or brooch?), murrini ring, drop pendant and more which  I’ve baptised the specimen series (the organic shapes go back to my fascination with nature when I was 11-12 and collected treasures in boxes and filled notebooks with my “scientific” observations…back then I wanted to become a paleonto-bio-geologist and took it very seriously, LOL)

Meanwhile I’m also working on my first project in pâte de verre (wikipedia), although it may take until summer before I can start. Well, until then I can do some sketches and make some preparations… Moldmaking being one of them. Oh dear. In April I’m attending a demo of a bronze casting, hoping to get some insight there…

Oh! I almost forgot: people inquired if I made prints from the glass gardens, the fused squares from Nur der Mensch, the glass/copper panel I made last summer. Well, here you go! I opened a Zazzle store which has just that (and mugs!).

The (blank) posters, note- and postcards sell per 1, but the (also blank) “invitation cards” are per 10. I included them because there you have different sizes and paper options (from recycled to pretty linen textured), and you can customize it all. If you have suggestions for prints or items you’d like to see in the store (the dog T-shirt for sure… :-p ), let me know.

Also, any tips on photographing transparent but textured glass panels?