Test Tiles

Have you ever had a thing that you had to do, lodged in the back of your consciousness, just waiting to be acknowledged and given room to breathe? This has been it for me since November. When there aren’t enough fresh moments to go around, months can slip by, when all I can do is get everything configured correctly for the operation, but can’t commit to it’s execution. The stars seem to have to be aligned in just such a way for the start to occur, but then, the rest will flow with greater and greater momentum as the front-end of the process get’s out of the way.

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Encrusted Gems

I used to deal in salt accretion as a medium to express the passage of time. While not hardy enough to take the abuse of wear, I had it in mind to construct felt ‘gems’ and use them as an armature for cultivated crystal growth. The results were good and will be honed further. I would like to try this on the inside of something next time, like a glass bubble brooch, maybe that would suffer impact better. Too big for casual wear, these could be painstakingly made just to be destroyed in some ritual use over the course of an evening. That’d be worth the expense.

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Red Hot Art: Love-Hate

The conclusion I’ve drawn from this little test run is that the venue was certainly not the right one for what I have to offer, and that the average hipster craft-fair goer may not be the best audience for my work. Don’t get me wrong, there are problems on my end as well, I have a great deal of revision ahead of me to improve upon my line. I find I’m uninterested in selling on Etsy for similar reasons. Too commercial, not enough soul, not enough of a purposeful, crafted experience. I want to create some kind of ritualized transaction, something meaningful to both me and you as the buyer. I want it to be about relationship building. But for the time being, these events are golden opportunities to trouble-shoot my craft, pitch and presentation.

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The Devil in Detail

Oh how it stings when all the separate components of a thing are fabricated, and then won’t seem to connect quite the way you thought they should. They’ll work, but not perfectly, even though you tried mocking it up beforehand, there’s so often some little variable that sways the outcome from great to good. With practice and repetition, these things will work themselves out, but if you’re constantly weaving different found materials in as a part of your primary means of working, this presents a challenge.

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Waiting in the Wings

Here I sit, in the sandbox, learning a new vocabulary, new ways of seeing connections and new materials to experiment with. Things I’m discovering are the value of weight, drape and movement, how to invoke sentimentality and preciousness through carefully honed suggestions of it. What is too big for the wearer? What is underdeveloped?

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