Aug 25, 2011

of travel, time and pulse ...

how fast time flies ... it's approaching the end of August already and autumn is on the way. i still remember blogworld a-buzz with the excitement of the approach of spring like it was yesterday!! i haven't been very good with blogging i must admit ... excuses? plenty! but i needed any extra time i could wrangle to make things.

i've finally completed a long delayed commission for a lady who approached me in spring ;) she wanted a journal. she is about to embark upon a journey of a lifetime, traveling the world (how COOL!!) and she wanted a place to keep her memories. she gave me some specifications, things she liked like hearts, wings, keys, warm colors, old maps ... and a date that is of significance to her. here is what i came up with ...

this is Journey

i loved how it turned out ... esp the heart with the little copper wings. gives me the feeling of freedom and a heart taking flight! and that date of significance, is etched in aged brass and embedded into a brass vintage name plate. i hope she likes it :)

this week's challenge theme at Simon Says Stamp and Show is "Travel" ... and i think this journal fits perfectly, so i'm gonna go ahead and submit it :)

another commission came in from another lady residing in the UAE a couple of weeks ago. this time, she wanted a piece of jewelry as a remembrance of the people she loved and lost. she liked one of my previous designs called Facets, a necklace that you can wear many ways. but she wanted to include a key on the minute book and the phrase Memento Mori ... WOW!! i didn't know what the phrase meant until i googled it, and it was powerful ... it's a Latin phrase and it means 'Remember Your Mortality'

i was so touched by her story that i was inspired (probably not the best word to use ... can you be inspired by pain or sadness?) to make another piece. i came up with this mini book necklace called Time Turner

"Have you ever wanted to right a wrong, to do things differently or to tell a passed one that you love him ... Have you ever wanted to turn back time"

that, was the idea behind Time Turner. notice that the burnt clock on the cover has it's number going backwards? it symbolizes the turning back of time ...

she loved them both and took them. i hope these pieces would bring to her peace and healing in time to come. i felt really honored to be entrusted with her story and hope that my little contribution has helped her is some way.

to wrap up this post, i want to share something really exciting! i am SO thrilled becos this is my first time :)

i was chosen to be amongst the 100 contributing artists in this new mixed media book by Seth Apter. WOOHOO!!!

i'm not allowed to show you the piece that's gonna be in that book, but here is a sneak peek of the cover :) it will be out March 2012!!


if you like to visit the author of this book Seth ... here is the link to The Altered Page

Aug 18, 2011

what's on my table


trying to complete my commissions!! and who said she was uncomfortable with commissions? see that little black paper? yup ... eat my shoes ... that's just one side ...

fortunately this time, most of them are "made to order" commissions, so not too bad ... just reproducing my own designs :) see them little books? my Harry Potter series ... many MANY of them ... so moi is actually VERY happy :)

wish i had a larger space tho ... my hammering area is as big as that hammering block

usually i have tea ... but today i had chocolate ... well, it's Milo, our favourite chocolate drink :) need a refill ...

empty jam jars put to good use ... need to change that water tho ... and my airplant is still ALIVE!! miracle!

well ... at least i got this little heart done ... well ... half done ...

just thought i'll let you guys know that i am still here eventho i haven't been visiting ... hope everyone is well :) ... will see you guys soon :) xoxoxo

Aug 9, 2011

guess what ...

came in the mail today!!

OMG!! metal goodies!!

Barry is a sculptor who lives in Australia. he lives with Fiona on this absurdly beautiful place, on top of a hill, on what looks like acres and acres of land. Barry and Fiona make art, they collect art too. the first time i met Barry was when he bought one of my handmade journals and a pair of book earrings for Fiona. of course that time i didn't know that a MAJOR sculptor had bought my art ... UGH!! when i knew, i told my hubby and actually went red!

now Barry and Fiona collect art ... MEGA art from real artists!! and that acres and acres of land i was talking about? is filled with art ... sculptures!! i was floored when Barry took us on a virtual tour around his home on his blog ... it was like an art gallery!!

Barry and Fiona owns a bank ... a "rust" bank :) if i were nearer, i would be part of their fixture. they also own a junk yard filled with recycle metal that Barry works with. he collects beaten up metal stuff that no one wants, and beats them up even more to create something like this ...

yes ... and that's the view from his house ...

so lets get back to the subject of what came in the mail today ...

raw, unpolished metal goodies and ...

cut, polished and even form-folded pieces from Barry to ME! lil ole ME!! YAY!!!

now ... i am going to just touch and feel them for a bit (honestly, the polished metals feel so very nice!!) before i start thinking what i can use them for.

thank you so VERY VERY much Barry!! for sending me these wonderful wonderful stuff to play with :)

if you haven't visited Barry yet, please go ...

and if you live anywhere near Maleny ... this couple is having a studio open day on the 20th and 27th August weekends :) wished i could be there ...

to sum up a very happy me day :)

happy happy happy ^,^