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rings made from electrical wire

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Jewelry for ArtsFest 2012

found object earrings

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upcycled earring organizers

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plastic bottle caps and found object pendants

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found object necklaces

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Found Objects are my Friends

I’ve been having fun making new jewelry recently! When I first started making earrings and necklaces, I focused a lot on reclaiming old jewelry and using things like keys and metal washers, etc., to give my stuff sort of a modern steampunk kind of look. These new pieces I’ve made are kind of a little different- more off the wall, I guess. The found objects I’ve used in some of these are kinda funky. Here, just have a look at a few:

 

 

And then there’s the paper earrings that I’m experimenting with! These are some of my favorites. I use heavy stock paper (like postcard thickness so it isn’t all bendy and not quite as fragile as it sounds) combined with found objects. The ones I’ve made so far are really big and dangly so they really make a statement! But because they’re made with mainly paper, they weigh practically nothing, it’s so cool:

  

Only about half of these earrings have been posted in my Etsy shop so far. If you click on the thumbnail pictures above, it’ll lead you to the listing on Etsy if they’re for sale. If you love one of the pairs above but don’t see it listed in my shop, let me know! I’ll post it for ya :)

 

 

 

 

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April’s Art Auction

Something I should have blogged about three months ago, but never got around to it- Guacamolly’s first grade class project that I helped with back in April for Teasley Elementary’s Purple Party and Art Auction!

I did write up a little blog post about the piece of art that I donated to the auction to help them raise money, but I never got around to writing about the piece of art that Guac’s class collaborated on.

So, each class at the school made something to be auctioned off at the fundraiser. Mrs. Ivey (Guac’s teacher) and I brainstormed about what to make- something that all 20 kids in the class would each have a part of. I suggested something having to do with recycled materials, or “upcycled” art. We didn’t really have any kind of budget for this project, so we wanted to make sure that whatever we used, could be free, or at least as cheap as possible. I donated pretty much all of the materials including the 4′ x 3′ canvas, all of the paint and glue, and tons of stuff I had lying around like buttons, stamps, confetti, paper scraps, plastic lids from soda bottles and milk cartons. Mrs. Ivey also had lots of stuff in a huge storage bin in her room- scraps of paper, string, tissue paper, cotton balls, etc.

I gave the canvas a coat of pale lavender paint, gridded it off so that each kid would have their own square to decorate, and viola! After spending the entire day on the floor (egad, my knees hurt BAD for the next week!) of the classroom helping the kids each become fabulous artists in their own rights, the finished product was this:

Isn’t it great? The pictures don’t do it justice. I took this particular picture right after it was done, so the glue and paint and what not was all still wet. I didn’t get a picture of it standing up on an easel or hanging on the wall, darn it. Oh well.

There were 4 squares left over after each kid designed their own, so Mrs. Ivey decorated one, and I filled in the last 3 with leftover paint and odds and ends. I wrote Teasly 2011 in one of them:

After I left it to dry over the weekend on the floor of the classroom, I came and picked it up, took it home, and painted layer after layer of Modge Podge and Elmer’s glue over it to seal in all the buttons and stuff. I really hope that it’s held up well for whoever bought it at the art auction. It would suck if all the stuff started falling off, piece by piece, and ended up on the floor behind their sofa or something.

I sent out a few emails to the PTA mothers who were in charge of the auction and the donated art pieces, trying to find out how much things sold for. I would really like to know how much money my personal donated artwork and this classroom project raised for the school. Nobody ever got back in touch with me though. I do know that the entire auction (tickets and dinners included, not just the art) raised roughly $11,000 for the school, all of which paid for field trips for everyone- a little over 500 kindergarten through fifth graders at Guac’s school.

I never thought I would be such an involved mom at my daughter’s school, I just never thought that was me, ya know? Grownup responsibility? That’s crazy talk.  But the older Guac gets, the more I do. I paid my PTA dues at the beginning of the school year, I volunteered 3 days a week in the media center, I volunteered at the Scholastic Book Fair,  I helped with art projects at Xmas and and this auction, and I chaperoned one of the field trips to the petting zoo. I never thought I would ever admit this, but being a mom’s not half bad :)

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My first commission is… “strangely professional.”

Hello friends and loyal readers. I’ve been absent from my blog for a week or two now. Life has been going full force recently. Which is good– I’m not complaining or anything… I just haven’t had the time to sit down and write a new post on here for a little while. I figured what better day to waste time in front of the computer than the day I have a huge job interview? I have so much to do today to get ready. EEEEP!

So last week, I completed my first actual commission of my artwork. I was asked to make some wall decorations for my husband’s work, Social Street Media. Our friend Jennifer is the owner of Social Street Media and she said just to make something cool. She wanted something mixed media. Instead of making one piece of art, I made six different framed mixed media/found object pieces that go together.

I delivered them out to their office last week, but I wasn’t able to install them yet because Jennifer’s waiting on a large vinyl business logo to go in the center of the wall of the front reception room, and as soon as it’s up the pieces I made will go up around it.

I snapped a couple of quick pictures here in my makeshift studio (aka my dining room) before I delivered them. I was planning on taking some photos of them once they got hung up at the office but since that didn’t happen last week, the photos for my portfolio are forthcoming.

I went with a wood and metal theme for the most part. I chose to make the backgrounds of the pieces pages from various books- a Spanish/English dictionary, Peter Rabbit, Huckleberry Finn, Super Fudge (remember that book from when we were kids?), etc, because the business is all about writing. Professional Writing Services and what not. Sorry the above picture is kinda yellowish, my camera at the time sucked horribly. I have a new one now that seems awesome so far. I have yet to take pictures of my art with it. I think it’s gonna kick ass, though.

The background for this one is made of pages from an English thesaurus. The pages contain the words “social,” “street,” “media,” and various others. I’m super proud of the four hand-cut filigrees in the corners. I made them from paperback book covers. I impressed myself. I also wanted to incorporate a handmade look to the business logo in juxtaposition to the sleek graphic-designed actual logo.

Jennifer said she loved them and even ended up paying me a little extra than what I charged her for them. I thought it was super sweet.

When Chuck (my husband) first saw the finished project, he described them as “strangely professional.” I gave him shit about it, but it was an awesome compliment, actually. For the most part, my art can be described as contemporary: fun or funky, young, modern, and “hip,” if you will. teehee!  But when I need to knock something out that’s appropriate for an office- a professional commission- I think this proves that I can do it.

Do you have any more ideas or suggestions for me for the next time I have a commission? Do you have an actual commission you want to hire me for? I need the work for my portfolio! Now is the time to contact me about it because I’m still an up and coming artist as far as that goes, so my prices are quite reasonable still. Just wait until I’m rich and famous! Soon I’ll be charging exorbitant amounts :)

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VixenInc Redux Jewelry

Found object jewelry. Yessir, I may have found my calling. I love it! It combines some of my favorite things and favorite forms of art.

Recycled, reclaimed, upcycled, multi-media, mixed media, found objects, antiqued, vintage, steampunk, industrial, metal, metalwork, unique, quirky, fun, funky… these are a lot of the tags I use when describing my jewelry in myEtsy shop.

Key, skeleton key,  lock & key, washer, watch face, eye hook, pop top, paper clip, plastic toy, resin ring, keychain, swivel clip, charm… these are just some of the items I use to make my jewelry- all earrings and necklaces, so far.

And here’s some photos of what I’ve made just in the past few days:

    

    

  

As of right now, all of these earrings and necklaces can be found in my Etsy shop. I only just posted them yesterday! But soon they’ll sell like hotcakes! I hope…

Here’s the first jewelry sale I made! The listing was up only about 12 hours before Miss Donna bought it :) She’s my second mom and my best customer!!

I hope my new jewelry gets a lot of attention and does well. I have a lot of fun making these and I want to make more! A lot of the fun for me comes in the searching for items to use. Junk shops, thrift stores, yard sales, and friendly donations (hint, hint!), here I come!!

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Teasley Art Auction

In two short weeks,  Teasley Elementary School (where my daughter is in first grade) will hold its biggest fundraiser of the year- the annual Purple Party Art Auction! This year it will be held on Saturday, April 30th, at The Vinings Club here in Smyrna, GA from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. Tickets are pretty expensive (for our one-income family) to attend the dinner and silent auction, so I’m totally donating a couple of items, but sadly, I won’t be attending. Boo.

I was contacted via my Etsy page by one of the PTA moms in charge of the auction and asked if I would like to contribute some of my Upcycled Art items such as paper ornaments and gift bows, and then I also decided to make one of my mixed media sculptures as a second donation. I should have taken a better picture of my upcycled donation before I gave it to her, but oh well. I made a cool box/container, a picture frame, a few envelopes, some gift tags, paper ornaments, and gift bows. The total sale value of the package was $60 and I hope it brings at least that at the auction.

I did have the presence of mind to get some good pictures of the mixed media sculpture I made and donated:

It’s titled “The Yellow Mold,” from my Mold Series that I’ve been working on recently. It’s by far my favorite one I’ve made, and if I hadn’t donated it to the auction, I totally would’ve kept it for myself. Sheesh.

The Yellow Mold is approximately 10″ x 14″ and priced at $75. Who knows how much someone will pay for it at the auction? I hope the school gets some money for it and I hope whoever buys it loves it as much as I do.

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