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I'm working on finishing work for people from Fogcon.

And I've been carving waxes including a botroidal plume agate set with what will be bronze bubbles in a design that's also Victorian influenced. I'm really enjoying the combination in my work.

Life was disrupted for a bit when my cat (who very fortunately came back) was lost.

Photo is of a glorious bug from Lois Bujold's "A Civil Campaign"




 
And this is a photo of Eva Folsom wearing her glorious bug.


 
 


Opal Studs

Mar. 22nd, 2017 08:47 pm
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This is my last post until I'm back from my down time. Enjoy the spring!

I made these opal studs for Rebecca Burgess to compliment her other stunning opal jewelry. I was
delighted with how beautiful they look.



They are actually small studs but I wanted to show them in detail. I love opals.
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Fogcon was wonderful. I saw lots of people I really like that I hadn't seen in a  long time. The Memory Landscapes panel was amazingly inspiring and helpful for my work. Deb and I wrote about it on Body impolitic "Old Stories Told in New Ways: Memory Landscapes Revisited"

At Fogcon, I brought Brenda Clough a pendant I made for her in sterling with two stunning green jade fish that her parents had brought out of China long time ago. Actual size is a little over 3".




I took a photo of her wearing the pendant.

I'm taking some down time finally in a few days. So mostly I'm getting the last couple of commissions in the mail before I relax (photos will follow) and doing catch up work.
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Almost finished getting ready. Will be able to post photo of jade fish and
lily pads after Brenda Clough comes for it this weekend. Will be doing a Memory Landscapes panel that is also very much going to be a conversation about art and resistance. Something that's very much on my mind.

Looking forward to seeing everyone. And as always, bless my cat sitter.
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Cross posted from Body Impolitic

I'm doing the final work for Fogcon but thought I'd post about this exhibition here.

Thais Gouveia curated a special issue on the female body for the Bravo Digital Gallery based in São Paulo entitled "The Body At All Ages" (click on the link and scroll to the bottom of the web page). She chose photos on the subject portrayed by living women photographers. I thought her choices were thoughtful and illuminating.

The site is in Portuguese, and I copy edited some texts translated through Google. I think that these are basically accurate.
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One photograph she chose is my photograph of Queen T'hisha from Women En Large (above).
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Portrait 4 by Mona Kuhn from her Bordeaux Series.

Born in 1969 in São Paulo to a family of German origin, Mona Kuhn lives and works in Los Angeles. She moved to the United States in 1992, to study at Ohio State University and the San Francisco Art Institute. Her first book, Photographs, was published in 2004, followed by Evidence (2007) and Native (2010). Her work was exhibited and / or included in the collections of the J.Paul Getty Museum, The George Eastman House, among others. The picture belongs to the Bordeaux Series (2011), a collection of portraits and landscapes. In this series, she photographed relatives and close friends in the same red environment, always in the same chair.



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Photo of Maryam, a 50-year-old homeless woman living in the capital, by Tahmineh Monzavi.

Monzavi was born in Tehran in 1988. The photographer and filmmaker graduated from Azad Art & Architecture University of Tehran. In her work, she seeks to show hidden groups in Iran's society, culture and art.


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Artist at Work by Elina Brotherus.

Finnish Elina Brotherus lives and works between Helsinki and Avalon in France. Always using herself as a model, she decided to deepen this practice in the series Artists at Work (2009), to which the image ... belongs. "Who's watching who? Who is the artist, who is the model? Who gets the 'last look'? ", she says, while posing for artists Jan Neva and Teemu Korpela.


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I recommend looking at all of them - the photographs talk to each other.
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I had a commission to make jade earrings with sculpted Irish Setter drops. I decided that given how small they were they needed to be puppies so the head could be large enough for the viewer to immediately see the dog and not just a shape. These took forever and required great detail. I worked from a number of photographs including this one I took when I was visiting the actual puppies. Needless to say the puppies were adorable.   It wasn't good light but I got what I needed. I made younger puppies so the head would be more prominent.








They are a little over half and inch for the silver puppies. But this size photo gives a sense of the detail.

They are from the collection of Wendy Czarnecki.
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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.

Enjoy!
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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.
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Nahamura Fumiko

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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.

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postnobills-natal-sanmiguel

Post No Bills - Ruben Natal-San Miguel

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joyfulvision-zaslov

Joyful Vision Mara Zaslove from series “Lifecycle

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sunday-february-14th-smyth

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

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meandmyselfsantucci

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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