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I'm getting ready for Fogcon and thought I'd post photos of a couple of the designs I'll have with me that are fossils.

Pendant is amber with insect inclusions from 50 - 100 million year ago. Setting is sterling silver.

Close up of bug.

Large opal is a fossilized clam shell.

Both designs are about 2 " wide. I love designing with fossils.

Jade Fish

Feb. 13th, 2017 08:32 pm
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Now that I'm OK, I'm working on several things.

Doing final work on a group of commissions that were delayed in finishing because of the flu.  They are cast in metal and need final metal work and setting.

And I'm also been working on a lily pad pendant with Chinese jade fish.  The fish are antique and a stunning green.

There should be lots of photos as each design is done.

Mostly it just feels good to be making art again.

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I have an extra membership to Fogcon that I’d like to sell. Cost is $55 (currently $80).

Let me know if you’re interested.  I’m really looking forward to the convention.
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Deb and i posted this on Body Impolitic.

As our regular readers know, we don’t usually use this blog as a vehicle to sell our books, and we very rarely hold sales. But this was a good moment to make it easy to give a gift of beauty in hard times.

Familiar Men Gallery and Women En Large Gallery.

So: our Valentine's Day sale, from February 5 to February 28 half-price on Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes and Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes.

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I'm making a patchwork chain for this jade and sapphire water sprite pendant. It will be made of different kinds of chain (some of them antique), semi-precious and antique beads and sea weed links in sterling. I'll put up a photo of it when it's done.

Size is about 2.5 inches. It's sterling with a stunning Burmese jade cut by Lloyd Eshbach and a _very_ dark blue sapphire. The silver seaweed links are going to look beautiful with it. I mostly don't show this big but I wanted folks to see the detail. From the collection of Bayla Fine.

I think I'm finally able to polish so there should be more new work up pretty soon.

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I'm finally almost better. It's been a long month! Still have a bit of a cough so I can't polish yet.

But I am back working in wax. It feels great. Still moving a bit slowly

Photos are of a pearl and an opal I'm thinking about designs for.

Pearl will makee a baeutiful wing for a bird. Shape is perfect. It changes a lot in different lights so thephoto is just catching it in a moment. Its about 2" long

Opal in matrix is Ethiopian. I could have the opal part cut into a finished stone but iI like the way the matrix and the opal work together. Colors are even more brilliant.

It feels really good to be back in the world and making art.
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I’m taking an artists sabbatical this winter, so unfortunately I won't be at
Boskone this February.  

I will  be there as usual in 2018.

I'll very much miss seeing everyone this year but I’ll look forward to seeing you next year!
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I’ve been getting over a bronchial bug for the last few weeks. (It seems to be going around everywhere.)

I’ve been resting and working on getting over it, and not working on jewelry so I haven’t been posting here.

This engagement ring of Joanna Lowenstein’s is the last piece I finished before my holiday break.

The boulder opal pendant/ sculpture and the Fordite design are cast in silver and as soon as I’m completely OK I’ll be polishing them.

Have lots of design work going on in my head.  Hope to be back to posting regularly soon.

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I’m finishing the miniature of the Irish setter puppy. It’s very detailed and I keep doing a little more work.

And I’m also doing more work on an opal pendant/sculpture that I thought was done but now I want to put a few last touches on it.

The photo is of the opal for that pendant/sculpture. It’s 2 inches high and simply stunning.  I’ll put of a photo of the finished design.

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I’ve been working on a very painterly piece of Fordite that’s going to be a large tack (pin). I’m doing very subtle patterns in the wax that will set off the vivid colors in silver.

And I’ve finished the next to final version of a  7-section abstract asymmetrical silver and diamond necklace. Now I need to let it sit for a while before I make the final changes.

And I'm working on a major pendant/sculpture with a stunning opal.

The photograph is of a pendant set with rock crystal that has goethite inclusions. Only goethite would have the red flashes. (The white in the photo is a lamp reflection.) It’s about 1 inch high and the design is in silver.

Goethite (FeO(OH)), (pronunciation: /ˈɡɜːrtaɪt/ gur-tite) named after the German polymath and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832), an iron bearing hydroxide mineral of the diaspore group, is found in soil and other low-temperature environments. Goethite has been well known since ancient times for its use as a pigment (brown ochre). Evidence has been found of its use in paint pigment samples taken from the caves of Lascaux in France. It was first described in 1806 based on samples found in the Hollertszug Mine.

This is from Wikepedia. I had no idea that the stone was named after Goethe.

I love the red flashes.
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(cross posted on livejournal)

Since all my major books and projects have been portraiture, I was especially pleased to have my portrait of Fumiko Nahamura in the exhibition "Portraiture" at the PH21 Gallery in Budapest (November 24 – December 13, 2016).

Portraiture emerged as one of the most prominent genres of depictive media early in the history of the visual arts, and the tacit or explicit rules, conventions and cultural expectations have always influenced the ways by which artists approached the genre. Photography is no exception; numerous different and characteristic styles of portraiture emerged throughout the history of the medium. Today we live in an exciting new era for portraiture. There has never been a time in human history when so many portraits were produced day after day as in the era of digital technologies. Photographers have responded to the cultural, social and technological changes by reinterpreting the age-old genre of portraiture, and it is always an exciting and rewarding task to organize an exhibition for some of the recent achievements in the field.
PH21 Gallery.
Nahamura Fumiko


I met Fumiko Nakamura through Okinawa Women Act Against [US] Military Violence. In my Women of Japan suite. She was filmmaker and peace activist who retired after 40 years as a school teacher to found non-profit Ichi Feet to document the horrors of the battle of Okinawa and the subsequent suffering.

The photos in the exhibition are exceptional both in the variety of the images and the very different concepts of portraiture. The choice between them was really impossible. I really like the images below and would strongly recommend that you see the whole show.


Post No Bills - Ruben Natal-San Miguel


Joyful Vision Mara Zaslove from series “Lifecycle


Sunday,14 February - South Harlem, New York City from series “Just One More” Jonathan David Smyth


Me and Myself Elena Santucci
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I've been busy carving waxes in my studio and should be back to journaling regularly from now on.

The series of photos below are a necklace that I made for Brenda Clough from exquisite jade that her grandparents brought here when they came from China. Working with jade of this quality is always a joy.

Photo of the necklace  - pearls in butterflies are natural pearls.

Close up - carving on the wings are lovely.

Brenda wearing the necklace at World Fantasy.

I'm currently working on several new designs including a necklace of asymmetrical textured silver pieces set with diamonds.  i just finished a pair of garnet and peridot earrings in wax. I'm feeling very energized around my work.
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I really made a lot of new rings for World Fantasy. I just set and packed the final ring - really lovely mosaic opal.

My boxes with my velvet and displays are also on their way to being packed. I'll be putting chains on the last few pendants, including my "Gorey" cat in silver.

I've been playing with patinas in bronze and just finished a double dragon bronze pendant as well.

I'm brings a jade butterfly necklace commission to World Fantasy and also a water sprite with jade and sapphire. I'll be able to put up the photos when I return. I'm pretty happy with the photos.

I'm really looking forward to seeing folks I know there and catching up.
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Still working on designs for World Fantasy Con. I just finished a jet and pearl lacework pendant with roses, and a dragon with pearl, antique Chinese glass and crystal.

Still have some pieces left to polish.

  • Turkish Colla wood, sterling and turquoise and cinnamon diamonds. Approximtely 2.25". From the collection of Bayla Fine

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I'm a little shorthanded for help setting up at World Fantasy Con in Columbus. I haven;t been told officially but I"m assuming that set up will be Wednesday and early Thursday.

If you're coming to World Fantasy and would like to help me with setting up, I'dd appreciate your getting in touch.

Really looking forward to being there
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My daughter, the choreographer Cid Pearlman, made 2016 her Year of Free. As a way to make more art accessible to more people they are all free to audiences.The last group of performances are coming soon in October. I’m really proud that she’s doing this.

Economies of Effort: 1 is a stunning dance of world building and power. It knocked me at when it opened in 2015.

Cid says:
The set begins as a box – part Ikea, part Home Depot, part museum installation – out of which the dancers  build their own world.  Performed in the round, EoE: 1 features a set designed by visual artist Robbie Schoen and music by composer Albert Mathias.

For me, the piece is fundamentally about what it means to be a maker, and I am particularly interested in the frictions that exist between creating something with bodies (theoretically intangible) and building something that has a solid shape (with the illusion of permanence). In radical acts of self-sufficiency, self-containment, and sustainability, the dancers control all of the technical aspects of the production from the set to the sound and lighting.

I've been working with an amazing group of dancers on this project (Julia Daniel, Molly Katzman, Collette Kollewe, Lyndia McGauhey, Chelsea Renfree, Cynthia Strauss), and we've reworked the material from a quintet to a sextet. Economies of Effort: 1 premiered in 2015 at Joe Goode Annex.

Looking Left is an annual dance festival in Santa Cruz the features original dance by a variety of companies. The outdoor site specific setting is wonderful.

Cid Says:
Stripped down, streamlined and succinct, Looking Left is a somewhat annual dance and performance festival in Santa Cruz.  This year ten dance artists will present site-specific works in and around the grounds of Santa Cruz’s historic City Hall. Choreographers include Molly Katzman, Damara Vita Ganley, Katie Griffin, Cynthia Ling Lee, David King, Cid Pearlman, Cynthia Strauss & Matthew Shyka, and Collette Kollewe & Erin Reynolds. This year’s festival features three youth companies – Motion Pacific Teen Co./Artists in Motion (AIM), the Kirby Dance Company, and Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center’s Teen Company.

And to repeat all of this remarkable work is free. Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, October 12, 7:30pm, FREE
Economies of Effort: 1 (2015)
An evening length dance exploring the virtues of self-reliance and the creative impulse.
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Friday & Saturday, October 14-15, 7:30pm, FREE
Looking Left/Dance in Unlikely Places
An evening of site specific performance.
Santa Cruz City Hall
809 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Wednesday, October 19, 8:00pm, FREE
Economies of Effort: 1 (2015)
An evening length dance exploring the virtues of self-reliance and the creative impulse.
Joe Goode Annex
401 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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I'm mostly getting ready for World Fantasy Con in Columbus. Working on some new rings among other things.

I wanted to put up both an image of the copper ore cabochon pendant I wrote about earlier and what it looked like on the woman who bought it at the Kansas City Worldcon. I had a lot of trouble getting both the highlights on the metal and the vivid color of the stone, but the light at Worldcon worked.

Copper Ore Cabochon Set In Bronze


Photograph of Cheryl Brin, who purchased the design at Worldcon.
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I'm back for my marvelous downtime and have been doing the usual intense catching that happens after vacation. (At least to me.)

I'm happily back doing the art I love. And working on a necklace made with beautiful antique jade pieces and natural pearl for Brenda Clough. I particularly love working with fine old jade.

Also working on a bronze design of floating bubbles.

It's late but I wanted to star posting again now that I'm back in the world.

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I wanted to put this beautiful opal pendant before I take some post Worldcon down time. Kansas City  was wonderful and exhausting.

The opal is even more stunning in life.  Metal is 14kt.  Design was very interesting to develop and I'm very happy with the way it works with the stone.


From the collection of Rebecca Burgess

Ill be putting up some jewelry mages from Worldcon after my down time.  Bye for now.
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Laurie says:

This is a group of shadow pictures that I’m considering for my major work in progress, Memory Landscapes. The gallery is here and a description of the project is here. Since I'm in the process of creating a complex aesthetic of memory and memoir, the description of the project is also a work in progress.

I'm putting them up much larger than usual to give a sense of what they'll look like as iPad art.

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I posted about some of the shadow images earlier this year. I’ve been working on the photos and the associative memory chains but haven’t been writing about them nearly enough. The shadow pictures represent a place where you space out and “your brain goes to Brooklyn”, so to speak.

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We remember vividly, with intervals of presence without definite thought or focus. (This is not the optimal description but I’m working on it.)

I have a newer “in progress” version of the associative memory chains that includes some spoken word pieces and shadow photos that I’ll be linking to and writing more about pretty soon. Here is the present version I have up. Check it out if you’re not familiar with the project.


I’ve been somewhat obsessed with these shadow images in recent months. I’ve also been working on some shadow video that I’ll be posting about as well.


I’m taking some down time so I probably won’t be posting for a few weeks. Then I'll be putting up a major photo from Memory Landscapes.


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