Sunday, 27 February 2011

Jewellery design templates

I got an email yesterday from a company in India called Isomars  who produce jewellery design templates. They cost about £5-7 each and they ship any where in the world.  I've not used them before but the templates seem a brilliant toy- sorry I mean tool- to use with metal and polymer clay.

Anyone interested in doing a joint order ( shipping's about £15.00 ) 

Saturday, 19 February 2011

I'm in a book- wee-oh!       

It's an American edition and as far as i know is out sometime in march. It's full of lovely work- including quite a few UK artists, like my fellow WOW friend Lucy Sylvester and Bea Jareno.

I'm quite proud!!

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Metal clay competition on Crafthaus

A walk on the pier circa 1898

I've mentioned Crafthaus before, its a lovely site full of great artists and active members. 
Susan Silvy and Christine Norton are co-curating an online exhibition on Crafthaus titled: "MetalNew Directions: Powder Metallurgy (Metal Clay) in a Sheet  World."
 Ann Davis is heading the jury team which also includes Jeanette LeBlanc, publisher and editor of Metal Clay Artist Magazine, and Gywnne Rukenbrod, Executive Director of HandMade in America. The exhibition will run online from April 15, 2011 to May 15, 2011. 
Currently, there is an open call for entries for the exhibit which is scheduled to be viewable online at .The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2011 and participation is available to Crafthaus members only. 
The call for entry, as well as the application to join Crafthaus, can be found at . The exhibition will remain online after the closing of the show.
Art Clay World has generously offered to host a photo exhibition of the New Directions: Powder Metallurgy (Metal Clay) in a Sheet Metal World exhibition at the Metal Clay World Conference this summer in Chicago! Therefore, those artists juried into the online exhibition will gain additional exposure at the conference.

Finally, a print catalog is also going to be produced of the exhibition. All proceeds from the catalog are going to CERF (Craft Emergency Relief Fund). Each artist juried into the online exhibition will have a page dedicated to them within the print catalog showcasing up to three images with a short write up and contact information.

Created in 2008, Crafthaus is a lively online social network/community of contemporary fine craft practitioners and enthusiasts. It currently hosts over 2,000 artist members from around the world as well as a number of art/craft related publishers, institutions and galleries. It is an edited website and an annual membership fee of $20.00 is involved in joining the community. Crafthaus regularly features a selection of their artists, and awards 2 artist grants each year. It hosts monthly changing online exhibitions, curated by and for the membership exclusively and lists a wide range of exhibition and publication opportunities. Members are encouraged to display images of their work (photo guidelines apply) and to communicate with each other both within and across media "borders."

Monday, 14 February 2011

A heart by any other name...

Well, love 'em or hate 'em hearts are here to stay. Looking back thro my own archives it seems that I've been 'doing ' hearts right from the get go of my jewellery making. I'm not crazy about them but they're always popular and with a bit of creative thinking they can be quite cool.

A little selection follows...and as the man himself says.

Where so ever you go, go with all your heart.


Sunday, 6 February 2011

Art from all over the world

It's been a while- have you missed me?

The Daily Telegraph had an awesome list of websites to keep you busy for just about-EVER!

Put aside a few weeks/years and check out:    the most comprehensive modern art archive by a single institution to date with 34,000 works, including reproductions of sketches, photographs ans ephemera not displayed in the galleries.  You can fork out £450.00 for the Thames and Hudson book of Van Gough's recently published illustrated letters or, at no charge, view all 902 letters here.   Up-close and in 3D, examine the brushstokes on some of the world's greatest masterpieces, from Velazquez to Goya.  More than 4,000 babies were left at the Foundling Hospital between 1741 and 1760. A token, usually a piece of fabric, was kept as an identifying record. This is an online only exhibition of the contents of the museum's fabric archives.

and in case this isn't enough!   A multimedia magazine but with a compendium of poems, lectures, essays and readings, the best of which are the historic recordings of modern American poets reading their own work.

Normal service- blog wise resumes next week!!