Five Monkeys Inc here in Des Moines, A few are on the gallery website even! I'll have them back to the store by Friday.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
|I saw this back in August at a antique store and I still dream about it... over 7 ft of dreamy turn of the century storage... drooooollllll|
January is also the time of sales tax payments, end of year inventories, and making sure all my computer stuff is properly backed up. I clean out my photo files and start up new ones for the year as well. job. I like to sort my jewelry pics into some sort of order before I archive them.. that's actually tonight's job.
What sort of *fun*, once a year chores do you have?
Monday, January 9, 2017
The 2 story, entire side of the building mural is fantastic, and this is just 2 little pieces of it. Here's an article that tells some about this specific piece and several others in downtown Des Moines. The article is a couple of years old, so I bet there is even more if you look.
Des Moines is a great city, you just have to look alittle harder for all the good stuff, and it's worth the effort!
Friday, January 6, 2017
|I found these vintage painted Cabs in Colorado on my family vacation last summer.. I immediately started working on a project using them and then... lost my artistic vision...|
Second, I clean my house. OK, I clean slightly better than I do in the summer, because I have actual chunks of time, instead of 5 seconds here and there. But that's not what I really want to do or talk about. Ever.
So Winter is time to recharge batteries, acquire new skills, brush up old ones, work on new designs, investigate art shows and new gallery opportunities, source materials, reorganize one's studio or just simply put away things you didn't have time to put away since July, and maybe, just maybe, finish a couple of UFO's. (Unfinished Objects d'art)
Every artist has them... you start something, all enthusiastically, and somewhere you loose your creative energy, or you don't have exactly what you need, or just just don't have time to do it justice. Or maybe it doesn't work right, and you just can't figure out what is next.
|The plan is to put the Cab in this vintage locket that looks like a pocket watch. The left shows the raw brass, and the right shows it after I've added some patina.|
Other things to think about this month: taxes, end of year paperwork, and getting new jury photos done. I'm hoping to have them in the next 2 weeks and then it's going to be applying to art shows. Jerry and I will be doing a reduced schedule again this year since last year it worked out so well. I suspect actually this is the "new" normal. ( isn't that just a terrible phrase? ) Doing 20 + shows a year is just frankly exhausting! Last year we did 12, and this year I'm thinking 10 at minimum, but no more than 15. 12 seems like a lovely number frankly.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016
|This is a typewriter from 1950, pre - destruction.|
|Close up of the margin bar....|
|Finish bracelet, once cleaned, cut, filed, shaped, and sealed.|
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
|Costume jewelry necklace missing it's centerpiece cab... so I added a vintage watch face and crystal instead.. I adore redos!|
They had this great recap show prior to the season 3 opener, which was damn helpful.
But the first real episode I watched was Occupation.
*****Spoiler Alert *****
Kara thrace calmly eating steak after killing her Cylon captor. Wow. Just wow.
***** End Spoiler *****
So here I am, rewatching BG , and it's just as good as I remembered
My only complaint ( ok this is tongue in cheek) -- not enough jewelry in it, and most of it is booooring.
But that's ok, as I rewatch the whole show, I'm making jewelry... and wrapping Christmas presents and sometimes just watching a great show.
If you haven't ever watched it, I strongly recommend it.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
I'm about 30 minutes in and it's really good, and damn I wish it became the spin-off it was intended to be.
Battlestar Galactica is hands down, one of the best SCFI tv shows ever... up there with Babylon 5, Firefly and Doctor Who (IMO)
I've watched the show in it's entirety - but this came out during the years of no Cable so I missed it. I didn't even know it existed actually. So the best kind of Christmas -- a true surprise and pleasure!
My hope is this necklace, "time Lady" is the same sort of surprise and pleasure. I worked very hard to make the vintage ceramic clock face so it sprins like a game show wheel.
Just putting that bit of fun in fashion that we all love so well. If you are interested in this piece it's available at Five Monkeys Inc Gallery.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
|Made from the little lights from a speedometer. I added the sparkies!|
The holiday season is upon us, and I'm thinking more about what shortbread recipe will I try this year for Christmas than making jewelry.
Not that I can actually turn off that part of my brain off very long. I even have a few commissions on my desk right now, and I've actually been sketching some design ideas. Still I am glad that show deadline pressure is off me.
But the good news is you can still buy my jewelry and right now is the perfect time -- my jewelry makes excellent gifts!
The easiest way would be online... you can see a good portion of my current Mechanical Romance line on the very easy to use Five Monkey Inc online Gallery . If you are in the Des Moines Area, stop by the shop, as I have several other pieces on display that's not on the website, including the fab speedometer earrings shown above. Actually the bulk of my Mechanical Romance line is at the gallery through December, so seriously go check it out. The gallery represents only Iowa Artists, up to 60 at a time, so if you can't find that special present with my jewelry, you can find something else at the gallery to suit anyone!
You can also visit my Etsy store here which has over 100 pieces of jewelry from all of my lines, including my chainmail. I'll be adding new pieces everyday (OK that's my hope )
I still have a few commission slots open before Christmas actually arrives, so if you have something old from a loved one and want to have a new piece of jewelry, talk to me. I've made jewelry for folks using all kinds of things like beloved scrabble tiles, watches and bicycle parts. That way you have a keepsake from someone you love, but in a usable piece of jewelry. Or if you just want something different and unique than what you can buy at icky large retailers, talk to me. I thrive on the different!
Have you seen something on my blog or facebook and you loved it? Well ask... I might still have it, or I can probably create something from scratch that will capture what you loved about the original piece, but customized for you.
So The artist is still in the house guys, just ask. It never hurts to ask.