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! 😉

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. 🙂

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

cat’s eye murrini

So dear readers, this is how a murrini (a millefiori that doesn’t look like a flower) is born… :-p Many thanks to my mom who patiently took the action photos…

Actually I don’t have a picture of the first step because I only realized halfway through that I wanted some pictures of the process -it involved making a blob of black glass and pressing it into the pupil’s form.
I layered it with a hint of pineapple sparkle (vetrofond) first and then lots of amber.

layering, keeping it hot, layering…oh -missed a bit! 😉

actually only afterwards I realized this eye reminded me of something…hence the lolspeak.

melting, rolling, melting…

and we’re pulling! weee!


Who’s our cute little Sauron eye? :-p

Thanks for watching. 😉

fun with dystopias

I do love me some dystopia.

If you know me a little, you know I embrace my inner geek and watch a lot of Sci-fi with a side of fantasy and horror. It seems as if these genres tell more about the narrator’s vision than others, and dystopias (usually some sort of SF, although LOTR can be one too) even more so, focusing on the negative aspects of a imaginary society to point out a hopefully better one.

It can be quite sad and desperate and woe is the human race, but at the same time it can give a good laugh too. Like why do the buildings always have to look so Art Deco and the bad guys (and good guys too) wear Gestapo uniforms? Dresses and flowy clothes suddenly not convenient anymore? You try to do those combat moves in a stiff uniform, LOL!

Most of them have precious little nature in them, it’s all city and ruins (and space). And for some reason people don’t sweat in the future (although some movies do show the grubbiness of life, thankfully) .

So most of the movies in the list I’ve watched, but I’m really crazy about just a few, like Serenity, 1984, Metropolis of course (trailer), Star Wars (the old trilogy pretty please…), THX 1138 (you’ll never think about Bach’s opening choir of the Mattheus Passion quite the same… 😉 ), Fahrenheit 451 (Oskar Werner who played Montag, the main character, had also played Mozart in a 50’s bio pic and I used to have quite a crush on him!)(I was about 12… 😉 ), the Matrix, Blade Runner, La cité des enfants perdus (Director Jeunet being of my favorites, cf Amélie Poulain), Dark city (a classic with a dreamcast, and a creepy kid in said gestapo uniform… :-p director Proyas made The Crow and I, Robot as well) and my recent discovery of Himmel über Berlin (I saw City of Angels when it came out, but boy am I glad it didn’t compare to this -at all! what were they thinking?!).

And that’s just a few movies, don’t even get me started on literature! 😉