Jul 31, 2011

Hogwarts Quartet

my fren Barry @ Rustnstuff called it "HP deprivation therapy" and i think it is the perfect phrase to explain my state of existence! i promise this is gonna be the last Harry Potter post i'm going to put up. whilst i continue with my HP deprivation therapy ... i will no longer subject you guys to this torture anymore ... O_o

in the past week, i have made more little books in tribute to this well loved saga. first i made 3, and they were all sold out within 2 hours of listing. not only that, i have received quite a number of commissions to reproduce ... the books i mean. and that's what i've been doing. last night, i made a 4th design ... and did a photo shoot on the Hogwarts Quartet this evening.

and just a little peek over the top ... coffee stained pages which still smells quite lovely!

let me just briefly introduce them :

you have all seen this before ... Wingardium Leviosa. this is what i call "the Revisited" version

i suppose, this spell must have the deepest impression on me. Hermione Granger cast this spell to perfection in the HP 1.

Mischief Managed ... comes from the Marauders Map, a magic map created by Moony, Padfoot, Wormtail and Prongs with the sole purpose of ... well, up to no good.

whilst the other books are reproducible with some variance... this one is not becos i only have 2 pieces of that antique crest. so i guess only 2 people in the world will have it. which is a shame really, becos i love this design.

Expecto Patronum ... must be one of my favourite spells! an extremely strong spell to cast away those dreaded Dementors that suck the life out of you if you happen to cross them.

and the last design ... Quidditch, a famous Wizarding sports not unlike football to Europe or basketball to America, only, this sport is played flying on broomsticks!!

and so you have it ... the Hogwarts Quartet. i hope those of you who need HP deprivation therapy will find solace here.

and since the theme challenge @ Simon Says Stamp & Show this week is "Anything Goes" ... i shall try and make it for the 12 midnight submission dateline tonight with this post :) so hop over there and have a look at all the beautiful entries that have already gone in ...

Jul 28, 2011

buried treasure - Thailand revisited

this week at The Altered Page, Seth has re-introduced an interesting and fun blog event called Buried Treasure. we are encouraged to dig up an old blog post and re-post it again on our blogs ... what a fun way to give an old post another chance in the light!

so here is my Buried Treasure - my trip to Thailand and the amazing art that Thai people make!!

yes! i'm back :) i had a pretty amazing work trip to bangkok. amidst the "work" i manage to eat a lot (courtesy of a fabulous host who we met there :), see a couple of places, do a tinzy winzy bit of shopping and capture some amazing pictures :))

temples ... were pretty amazing ... their beauty is awe-inspiring!
wat po ("wat" meaning temple) - this is a temple that has both thai and chinese influences. this is also where the local masseurs come to learn their craft, as the temple houses one of the oldest massage center and school.

wat po is glorious under the sun!

thai design and architecture is a work of art.

chinese giant deity stands as guardian to the doors.

just look at the intricate architecture!

ok ... that's me trying to be creative with the camera :p ... taken from beneath a bonsai tree.

the massage school & center

sunset temple - located just by the chao praya river, a lovely place for evening walks.

sunset temple @ sunset :)

one of the walls of the temple

sunset temple in night light ... simply magical!

food! glorious food!

our host fed us really well!!

local arts & crafts ... the thai people are amazingly creative!
(all the photos in this section were taken by my other half ... i was too busy looking at stuff!)

these i love :)) and they were inexpensive!

whimsical paintings

@ jak to jat weekend market

chopsticks with an attitude :)

handmade earrings.

monks and deities - i dunno what these figurines are made off, but they look amazingly real!

antiques anyone?

steampunk awesomeness!

recycle art

handcarved wooden buddhas

all in all ... this was quite an amazing trip, tho i wish i had more time to do shopping :) definitely will go back to Bangkok real soon. afterall, it's only a 2-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur :)

entries are still open til Saturday. if you want to participate in Buried Treasure, please go visit Seth at The Altered Page and leave him a message :)

Jul 24, 2011

of Potter & wings, books & music

Harry Potter ... what can i say, but ... WAARGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! it's over!!! *sob sob sob* 10 years of my life dedicated to Hogwarts and this is the end! i will miss it so very much.

yes ... besides being a Middle Earth Elf ... i am also a Witch, a Vampire and a Narnian, depending on the time of the year :)

to mark the end of a fantastic and magical 10 year saga, in my little own way, i made a little piece of jewelry dedicated to Hogwarts and all those loyal to it.

Wingardium Leviosa ~ for those of you who are not familiar with Hogwarts' spells, this is a spell for levitation. say the incantation "Wingardium Leviosa", and make anything from a feather to Aunty Marge levitate :)

a mini handmade book to wear round the neck, and perhaps also serve as a place for the wearer to pen in some useful everyday spells on its ...

156 coffee stained writable pages :)

spot also the Deathly Hallow symbol on the 2nd shorter necklace? both, part of the same piece, or if you choose to, detach the shorter necklace and wear it on it's own.

and since Wingardium Leviosa has everything to do with wings and aerial movement ... i think it will be fitting to submit this piece in for Inspiration Avenue's challenge this week, themed Wings

and now for a quick peek at some other pieces i've been making over the week.

fascinated by MaireDodd's resin paper components for a long time now, i finally got a chance to use the ice resin that have been standing there mournfully looking at me for the past 6 months. i tried out resin paper.

2 pairs of earrings i made out of miniature music notes on coffee stained paper and then ... resin-ed.

interesting ... aren't they not? the music notes are 2-ply, back and front. and they feel as if they've been laminated. only, more beautiful.

another mini handmade book, which has already been sold ... is a silver version of the last one i made. this one i called Bohemian Rhapsody ... and yes, the music theme and resin paper continue to be present here.

i am quite loving these long book "double" necklaces ... am definitely inclined to make more :)

Jul 13, 2011

of neutrals and browns

i haven't been really productive in the past 2 weeks. i was thinking a lot. i received several commissions and i am always nervous about commissions! i do tend to think a lot on commissions ... how i would want to design the piece so that it reflects the person who has commissioned it. i think that is the most difficult and time consuming part ... waiting and waiting for that "click" in the head which means "woohoo!! you can start making it!". sometimes the "click" NEVER comes!!!

but in the midst of commission-thinking i did manage to make a couple of things ... i had to actually. just to switch channels, so that the brains don't get stuck in oblivion.

Nimloth of Eressea ~ i think from the name you must already know that this one doesn't belong in our world :)

the story behind this handmade journal goes like this ...

It is believed that the day when the White Tree shall flourish once again, will be the time of the return of the King. The White Tree of Gondor is the last survival of the Nimloth tree that grew in the island of Tol Eressea. It was a gift by the Valar to the Men of Numenor. The tree’s fate closely mirrors the fate of men. The fall of Numenor saw the burning of the Nimloth tree … but all was not lost because Isildur managed to smuggle a seed back to Middle Earth, where he planted in the courtyard of the White City.

On top of this metal pedestal, sits a rustic piece of veined milky white Picasso Jasper, symbolizing the single surviving seed of the White Tree rescued by Isildur.

Surrounding the seed pedestal, fully hand-sculpted using epoxy clay, are tendril-like roots forming a protective wall round the seedling. These roots lay dormant but not dead, awaiting patiently for the return of the King, to once again spring to life.

the veins took me a whole night to sculpt! and i wasn't even sure that they will come out nice, or how i would treat them afterwards ... tho i am really happy with the final results. i love how stonelike the off-white acrylics and aging made it.

i've always been a blue and green person. i love all shades of blues and greens, but even more so ... i love it when the color is undecidable ... it's blue but it's green, it's not really green neither is it blue :) HAH!

however, lately ... i have been drawn to neutrals and browns. well ... by neutrals, i mean off whites in shades of grey, green and fawn. and brown as in old world brown ... and it probably includes all the brass wires i torched which turned a grey brown. so so gorgeous!

which brings me to another book i made ... this time a wearable one which i called Boho Opulence.

i have been browsing thru some beautiful bohemian fashion/lifestyle photos in tumblr lately, so i thought i might want to make something "boho" with tattered fibers, antique looking beads, leather, coffee stained pages, and a dash of opulence ;) and the fact that, i've always romanticize of living a life of a traveling bohemian artist (tho not too keen on the "in poverty" part) when i was younger. who knows ... when the kids are all grown up, i might just do that ;)

right, before i wrap ... there is a blog challenge themed "brown" at Kristin's Twinkle Twinkle and i will be submitting this piece for the challenge. do hop over there if you have anything "brown" this week!

so ... what is your "current" favourite color/s? does your favourite color change over time?

Jul 3, 2011

the Pulse

this weekend marks the beginning of the 5th edition of The Pulse, a yearly event held by Seth Apter @ The Altered Page.

in Seth's words ... The Pulse is

The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. The Pulse is a collaborative project that aims to introduce you to new artists, help you get to know familiar faces even more, and allow you access into the creative hearts and minds of a very talented crew of individuals. More than 130 artists have answered a series of questions which make up The Pulse. Their responses will be presented in a series of online posts.

the event proper began this weekend with 3 consecutive postings at The Altered Page, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. thereafter, there will be continuous postings every Sunday of the week right up till the heart of 2012 :) i have been invited to be part of this fantastic coming-together-of-artists-from-all-over-the-world event and am truly honored to be included :)

see you guys at Seth's place ... go visit :) postings are already up!!

P/S ... leave a comment on one of the three weekend posts this week and stand a chance to win the "The Pulse - The Zine" :)