10.30.2010

Amazing Knit Skeleton



Wow.

Fiber artist Ben Cuevas knit up this totally incredibly detailed skeleton for his installation Transcending the Material at the Wassaic Project in Millertown, NY. The whole town is in on the gig, with installations up through January 20, 2011. Sounds like a great day trip!


Tip o' the hat to Craftzine for the link.

10.29.2010

Day of the Dead


The Crafty Chica has a nice roundup of dia de los muertos crafts that are not only relatively easy to do, but look like a lot of fun. I'm digging the mug - imagine how fantastic it will look in bold colors too! To make it even easier, you can use food safe porcelain markers that don't require a kiln to set.

10.27.2010

October


O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
To-morrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
To-morrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow,
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know;
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away;
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes' sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes' sake along the wall.

~ Robert Frost

10.25.2010

Making a Statement


Just completed this necklace for a client. I like how it references a more conservative style in the design while the bold, modern colors give it an edge.

The red faceted coral is the focus here. I've not seen this cut before; the client had it and wanted to build a necklace around it. Together we chose the irregular-shaped agate for the pendant, which I then crowned in freshwater pearls.

Takes a strong woman to rock this piece. A woman unafraid to make a statement.




Go Gorgeous.

10.23.2010

Boyfriend Scarf


So my beloved had a birthday recently and I crocheted a scarf for him full of riotous fall colors. He says he loves it. More importantly, I love it on him and that's all that matters, right?

In fact, I'm so enamored of this scarf I decided to adapt it for a new gift market opening up in Brooklyn in November. But more on that later.




10.19.2010

Falling for Turquoise


Hear the word "Fall" or "Autumn" and most people think of russet, orange, brown, red, yellow, gold...all rich, warm colors that I love. But there's something to be said for going against the grain. Turquoise is beautiful in autumn, reflecting the color of the sky that beckons coolly and crisply between branches, setting off the changing colors of the leaves.



The stone has a long and distinguished history, dating back to 3000 BC and ancient Egyptian empires. Through the centuries, turquoise has been often worn as a talisman, adorning daggers, sabers, headgear (to thwart the "evil eye"), and animal bridles. Americans generally associate turquoise with the southwestern traditions of Native silver jewelery, where the use of turquoise is tied to the belief that the sky-blue gemstone opens up a direct connection between the sky and the sea.



At all times and all over the world, turquoise has been worn as natural protection against the powers of darkness. If in earlier times it was thought to preserve horse and rider from unexpected falls, it is regarded today as the protective stone of pilots, air crews and other occupational groups who are exposed to an especially high degree of risk.

In modern gemstone therapy, those suffering from depression are recommended to wear a turquoise or a chain with turquoise beads. Turquoise's cheerful color is said to endow reticent personalities with more confidence. It is also often given as a gift, a stone of friendship, for turquoise is said to be responsible for faithfulness and constancy in relationships.


As the days grow shorter and night falls sooner, doesn't it make sense to adorn yourself, or someone you love, with a bit of protection, a charm against the coming darkness of winter, and a reminder of the endless possibilities above, if only we remember to look up?


Go Gorgeous.

10.17.2010

Autumn Leaves


Totally charming DIY sewing project over at Design*Sponge. So simple, and can be applied fairly easily to other designs as well. This would work with big mulitcolored circles, or even pumpkins! Go forth and craft...

10.14.2010

Persuede @BK Flea this Saturday, October 16


Get you Fall shopping on at the Brooklyn Flea this Saturday, October 16th.

I'll be there with Melody's Addiction from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Stop by and say hello! The weather and the jewelry is going to be fine!

Plus, the Flea features hundreds of top vendors of antique and re-purposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as new jewelry, art and crafts by local artisans and designers, not to mention super delicious fresh food.

Located in the schoolyard at 176 Lafayette Ave (btw. Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.) in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

10.10.2010

10.07.2010

Persuede @ Brooklyn Flea This Saturday, October 9


Hey Party People,

I'll be at the Brooklyn Flea with Melody's Addiction this Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Stop by and say hello! The weather and the jewelry is going to be fine!

Plus, the Flea features hundreds of top vendors of antique and re-purposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as new jewelry, art and crafts by local artisans and designers, not to mention super delicious fresh food.

Located in the schoolyard at 176 Lafayette Ave (btw. Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.) in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

10.04.2010

Weekend in the Country

Spent a few days in the mountains of Pennsylvania, tromping through the woods, breathing in the crisp green air, and listening to the echo of bird calls in the hills.