Wednesday, November 24, 2010

3 new necklaces online:)

australia necklace, sterling silver, $175
these 3 pieces are now in the online shop - i love how cj can change an ordinary photo (& by ordinary i mean background, half in shade kinda thing) & make it look a bit profesh..
i've taken some pics of the rings too so they will follow soon!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

MARKit this sunday!

i'm very excited to be attending MARKit this sunday. it's only the second one that's been held & there are LOTS of great people that will be there too, so plenty of opportunity to do some chrissy shopping! here are some of the stalls i'm looking forward to buying from:)
Dawn Tan
illustrations (also, i just had a look at her blog then & saw that she's made some huge soft sculptures of packets of sweets! wow!)

amazing clothes & jewellery (i can't find link but it's really worth having a look :))
Betty Jo
beautiful brooches & homewares
Beci Orpin
homewares::& jewellery::& & haven't got enough words to say how much i love what she makes!
A Skulk of Foxes
jewellery & tshirts (cj has some of the tshirts & they're great!)
Ask Alice stationery
Sass has designed an amazing range of gift cards & notebooks - perfect as prezzies!Okt-ober dee::Bags & jewellery

see you there!

Monday, November 22, 2010

there's a bear in there

'bear hug' original, waiting (on a luggage tag) to have a rubber mould taken of him
I've been working on the new necklace this week, wondering if i'll be able to have him ready before MARKit this sunday (!). So far so good - here he is (above) ready to go back to the casters. An original design usually goes back & forth between the bench & the casters about 3 times til that early process is finished. So here he is at the end of stage 2. I've added a couple of pics (below) to show you some of the process.
Here he is at the start of stage 2. At this point he is the only one i have, he was originally carved in wax, sent to the casters & returned in silver. He is really heavy (it's hard to make things fine enough in wax) so it's time for a crash diet..
I loved how chubby he was so instead of removing metal from the outside, i took it from the inside, the reason he's black is that i made a section too thin & had to resolder him!
Cleaning him up now that he's in silver allows me to get finer detailing & a good surface as well as being able to make him the weight that he needs to be - he's now ready to be sent back to the casters, this time for rubber moulding.
Here is his first progeny, destined to become a necklace..*so proud*
I'm happy with how he looks but he still needs a hallmark + a place for the chain to go through.
To make the hallmarked plate i use 2 x letter stamps & a gooseneck 925 (silver) stamp & a small piece of silver plate.
so here's nearly the end of stage 3..he just needs a bit of polishing then he heads back to the casters to make a mould of him as a necklace!
so, fingers crossed i'll have one to show you at MARKit this sunday :)
..& i'm hoping to have the other new necklaces on the website some time this week!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

what is art & why is it in the tree?

seen above Merri Creek, Clifton Hill
someone went to a lot of effort..
very arty huh?
discuss :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

My creative space..making Bear Hug

beginning stages of the newest member of the anime-animal series..
(made of sterling silver, the surface is whitish & sandblasted - this is what it looks like when it comes back from the casters)

As a companion to 'run rabbit run' & 'fantastic fox'..'bear hug'. The photo doesn't show it well but he has a curved huggy kind of back, loving but shy...& his head is a bit wonky so he looks a bit quizzical too.
This one was carved out of wax (like the rabbit & fox) but in my excitement to have him cast i forgot to take a photo..oops.
If you would like to see other creative spaces, be sure to visit Kootoyoo!

'run rabbit run' & 'fantastic fox'

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

StudioShop opening times!

oh, & this is me, just in case we haven't met before..
starting this friday & saturday the StudioShop will be open from 11-5pm!
so if you're in the area i'd love it if you'd stop by, if you have some spare time you could also do a very lovely shop around..i recommend starting at the Nicholson St side of Gertrude St, Fitzroy... Mattt Bags then my place:) Cottage Industry, Little Salon, Sonido (for coffee & arepas..yum!), Meet me at Mikes then maybe up a bit to Third Draw Down then down Brunswick St to Naked for Satan for a cheep&cheerful lunch (& maybe a cider :) we went there recently & it was really good..the pixantos were only 50c each!..but that may only be for a limited time)
hopefully see you soon!
Victoria Mason StudioShop
5/19 Gertrude St
Vic 3065
open 11-5pm Fridays & Saturdays

the truth about backpacks

after many years of wanting one, i bought myself my favorite backpack EVER..the Japanese school-kids' bag of no-choice, the 'randoseru'.
Big enough for my laptop, boxy enough that i don't feel like a sports-fraud.
As i headed off to the city wearing a lovely summer dress i re-learned an embarrassing lesson that i'd long forgotten..
Backpacks. Eat. Skirts.
that's all i'm saying *blush*