new thinks in the think tank

7 04 2009

here’s some stuff i’ve been looking at.  i’ve made several of these collages and am trying to figure out what to do with them.  some pieces of them are hopefully going to make into mother of pearl.


some pieces that i’m working on i want to be like ikebana for the body.  ikebana is amazing stuff.  if i could do that, i’d be on the right track.


i’ve also been collecting some wonderful old rusty things.  this is a beautiful nail from mike @ velvet  da vinci.  spring here in ohio reveals tons of rusty old bits in parking lots.  it’s like an easter egg hunt finding them.


and then there’s the latest spoons i’ve been looking at.  this one i found in a new orleans antique shop.  apparently for dispensing medicine, particularly to children.


i’m close to finishing several spoons yet completion seems so far away and covered with snow sometimes.


swaps and collaborations

7 04 2009

i’ve fallen in recently to working with other artists on some small projects.

emily watson somehow finds the energy to run artist exchanges and has put together a massive international swap.  the premise is to take something that has been laying about the studio being unproductive and send it on to another artist who takes that object, makes something useful and  sends it back.

i received a nice little package from erica millner @ mio studio in lancaster, pa.  it includes some aluminum, ebony, cocobolo and redheart woods.  i know nothing about wood.


i see spoons in there somewhere, somehow.

i sent a package to tosca teran at nanopod studio in toronto with these tidbits: one thai kyat note, a mother of pearl handle, a sterling cone, 2 borosilicate vials and two blue glass cabachons.  good luck tosca.


on a different track:

then there’s the piece that chris hentz finished milling out for me from one of those first digital files.


i want to take that file and apply it to james thurman‘s mokume kane.  he sent me a 5×8 block of laminated black and white paper to experiment with.


using this file should make the most of all the layers in the block.  results soon, i hope.

you can see james’ very funny and informative video of how he makes and uses this process here.

finally, i committed to giving away 5 pieces to 5 facebook friends including penny watson-crum (a former student and amazing musician in california), sabrina hazelwood (childhood friend in bath, england), erika uzmann (CIA student), terry knapp frick (college buddy, virginia) and joan dulla (jewelry artist, arizona).  in exchange, i get  one piece from annissa cordova in new york and all of my recipients have to commit to sending 5 pieces to 5 of their facebook friends who will do the same.

i went a little bit over on my 5 commitments so i will be doing exchanges with colleen terry (CIA student) and rachel shimpock (former student).

i have all year, i can make them anything i want and hopefully it will be fun for everybody.  thanks to annissa for passing that forward.

i’ll post what develops.

art of opening announcement

7 04 2009

JUNE 09 UPDATE: i was very pleased that usula newman, curator of jewelry at the Museum of Art and Design in NY purchased my decanter/wine stopper for her own collection.

that was very exciting.

i was tickled to see that the announcement for the art of opening used my image for the decanter for omar khayyam.

see post.