1.31.2011

sssssssssssssssss


yay gold!  snakes!  rubies!  a tiny gold ring for your pinky. sculpted to have a primitive &  organic feel & cast in solid 14K yellow gold. this little snake ring wraps itself around your pinky and has a 1.5mm red ruby eye. fits ring sizes 3-3.5.  freshly listed in my etsy shop.  

365 project: two hundred and thirty two

i bet these apartments are TINY!

1.26.2011

hoping for spring






a little something i made in the middle of winter. (ie: last week) i sculpted little flower petals, they're cast in solid sterling silver, oxidized to bring out the texture and folds, and then polished to bring back some of the bright silver parts. including the loop this little petals measures just under 1" long. detailed on both sides. comes on fine 20" sterling silver chain, plated in rose gold.  each petal is one of a kind.  i usually don't like mixing metals, but i love the look of the blackened silver with the rose gold!  available in my etsy shop.  

365 project: two hundred and twenty seven

1.25.2011

yeah, i'm not going to make very many of these.





i won't be making very many of these leather t-shirt bags, because they take a really really long time... but i still enjoy making them.  mixed messages?  yup.  here's a new one i just listed on etsy and ponyo looking rather handsome.  you can see her toe hair!  nosy cat walked right into my photo shoot.  

my jewelry set-up


this is the jewelry station portion of my studio.  there's also giant desk/paperwork/research station, serger station, sewing station, industrial sewing station, shipping station, leather station, two commercial rolling racks, a wall of fabric and not a lot of floor.  all crammed in about 200 sq. ft.  thank goodness for floor to ceiling industrial shelving.  

i bought the desk off of craigslist for $30, i'd been looking for a small single pedestal oak desk for ages.  before, i was using a 50's double pedestal steel tanker desk, but that thing was a monster, and way too big for the space, so i sold it.  i spent about 2 weeks stripping this desk, it was painted blue (my most hated colour) painted speckled white/grey underneath, and then a thick coat of gooey varnish.  i stripped it down to the  bare wood.  even underneath.  an interesting learning experience, wouldn't do it again.  

kozyndan prints above the desk.  

an antique machinist tool box right below that.  i found that treasure on ebay, years ago.  it was falling apart, machinist tool boxes that weren't falling apart were wayyy out of my price range.  i refinished the entire thing.  love the little drawers, i even lined them in new felt.  

ear protectors, respirator, safety glasses hanging off of the shelf.  diagrams of some of my necklaces with measurements.  the essential foredom flexshaft, polishing machine, lots of little drawers for little parts & supplies.  the green box on the right wall is a little antique wooden box (the most perfect tiny dovetailed corners!) i drilled it into the wall and turned into a shelf.  there's a electric wax pen living in there, crock pot of acid balanced on top, ultrasonic underneath.  hmmm.  i use a small butane torch.  that's a tv on top of a filing cabinet on the left.  and a giant jug of poison under the desk from my friend aisling.  oh and to your right, poof on her window perch.  

365 project: two hundred and twenty six

this isn't a cheesy font! these vinyl letters are actually weathered and peeling! 

1.17.2011

pony-o


porch kitten update.  still pretty adorable.  she's big, has a bit of a gut.  you can hear her walking from across the house, she's not light on her feet at all, especially on the stairs. not sure if it's the extra toes, but this cat would not be able to sneak up on anything.  she still hates strangers.  she hides when people come over, except for my friend phil.  ok, back to doing my quarterly taxes.  happy monday.  

365 project: two hundred and eighteen

1.13.2011

so long hq...



it's hq's last vernissage this friday.  that's tomorrow.  as you may know, hq is closing forever at the end of this month, and hq, we've had so many good times!  so make sure you come by to buy some good looking art.  and great books, and super clothes.  and vintage shoes.  here's the facebook event.  photos via hq.   

BFF
Friday, January 14th, 2011
6-11pm
1649 Amherst (Metro Beri/IQAM)

To celebrate the 50 + exhibitions we’ve curated in the past 5 years, Headquarters is proud to present “BFF” (Best Friends Forever). A retrospective look at all the amazing work and incredible talent that’s been showcased on our walls.

We’d love to see all the friends of HQ, both new and old, come out for our final exhibition before HQ closes it’s doors. Owners Tyson Bodnarchuk and Angie Johnson are moving on to new exciting projects, but would love to see you all for one last hurrah. All are welcome for an amazing night of art, music, drinks and good times!

This may be your last chance to check out some of the incredible work by artists from around the globe, so be sure to get here early before your favourite pieces get snatched up!

Featuring work by:
Birdwatchers Of North America - Montreal/NY/Winnipeg
Garrett Van Winkle - Winnipeg
Josh Taylor - Concord, CA
Daniel Lim - New York
Sean William Dawson - Beeton, ON
Peter Thompson - Ontario
Samantha Purdy - Montreal
Pishier- Quebec City
Rupert Bottenberg - Montreal
Kristen N. Brown- Tampa, FL
Aya Kakeda - New York
Jen Storey - Montreal
James Kerr - Montreal
Fred Casia - Montreal
Laura Berger - Chicago
Lisa Marie Godfrey - Houston, TX
Benjamin Deshaies - Montreal
Olivia Jeffries - UK
Angie Mason - New Jersey
Team Macho - Toronto
Tyson Bodnarchuk - Montreal
Mimi Traillette - Montreal
Matt M. Cipov - Millwuakee
Sarah Guidon - Montreal/Denver
And a whole heck of a lot more….

Music by DJ Garry Vickers

365 project: two hundred and fourteen

1.09.2011

new: foxtail earrings









i wanted to make a simple long earring that wasn't too flashy or whorish.  these are dangly oxidized sterling silver earrings made from a square foxtail chain. the long foxtail earrings hang 4" down from the stud with a thinner chain connecting the bottom of the foxtail chain to the oversized butterfly back.  the short foxtail earrings are made with a slightly thicker square foxtail chain and hang down 2.5" from the stud.  these were oxidized to a matte black and then hand-rubbed to bring out some shiny silver highlights.  the last photo shows both lengths worn together.  freshly listed in my etsy shop.  

365 project: two hundred and ten

1.07.2011

new necklaces: big rollo & double wheat







made these before the holidays, but didn't get around to properly photographing them until now!  oxidized sterling silver chain necklaces, with a centrepiece of chunky oversized rollo chain, or two loops of wheat chain.  (and of course whatever other chunky big chains i can get my hands on).  i hand rubbed the chains to add a bit of shine to the black oxidized sterling silver. this necklace will evolve as you wear it, and will become shinier over time.  these are kind of like a flexible version of my oxidized braid necklace!  

a perfect simple necklace to wear everyday (well, i've been wearing mine nearly every day), slips right over your head, and it's also great for layering with other necklaces.

26" all around.

just listed in my etsy shop!