Saturday, March 19, 2011
I have been doing some work with bone, hand-carved Tibetan skulls. Traditionally these pieces are part of Malas: Beaded necklaces or bracelets that help Buddhists keep track of how many mantras they chant. Skull-shaped mala beads help chanters reflect upon the inevitability of death and the necessity of embracing lives filled with compassion. Design Boom is a great resource for explaining the skull in other contexts. I personally appreciate the Tibetan view, as it resonates deeply with my feelings.
I created a sterling wrapped frame which was then antiqued for the skull bead. The pendant is ready to hang from a nice piece of leather or perhaps a sterling chain. The necklace would be a great accessory for either a man or a woman. A small, simply executed talisman such as this is great signature piece that can carry deeper meaning for the wearer.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Yesterday I hung my new sign for my studio, located at the Studios at 210, in the Benton Harbor Arts District. The sign was created by Revolution Design, which also is located in my building. They did a great job!
On a side note, notice the view I have from my studio, that is reflected on the glass of my windows. Love it!
The door to my studio is located down the hall right next to VC Metalworks, and not far away at all from Elizabeth Kirian Photography studio. Did I mention that I have great neighbors? :)
So the sign helps to clearly identify my studio and how to contact me, if someone doesn't make it around to my door where my business cards are located.
On Friday, March 25 there is an Art Hop in the Benton Harbor Arts District from 5-9. Not only will my studio be open, but there are over 15 locations with artists showcased at each venue; enjoy food, libations and music along the route. It will be a fun night from the Tabor Hill Tasting Room to the Studios at 210 up to Brunson Hill ArtHouse and all the great places in between. Come join us!