Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Incredible Journey

I am so excited! This morning I went straight to my computer from bed, even before the morning run, shower and breakfast as I was hoping to find out what happened. You might wonder *what* what happened...Well-this!: The rings got there!!!! Winnie Rose Reyes and John Frederick Moye are two incredibly talented artists that met last year in cyberspace for the first time when John commented on an image that Winnie had posted on Flickr of one of her artworks....their artist souls connected in cyberspace and today, a year later they have never met in person as John is here in the US and works as an artist and WInnie is in the Filippines where she is an art professor and independent artist. How's that for an incredible Love story...

Winnie and John found my rings on etsy and she especiially liked my ring The Incredible Journey and she described my art is such a beautiful way that I feel butterflies out of sheer 'honoredness' in my stomach everytime I read the her words.

This is what Winnie wrote to me: "love your designs. I love the raw quality of them. It gives them an ethereal quality. As if they've been spewed and culled by the forces of heaven and earth."

Winnie and John ordered The Incredible Journey rings that I made and sent and yesterday John opened the package while they both watched, Winnie through webcam...thousands of miles apart !
Winnie and John, I am so honored to be a teeny part of your incredible journey together . Please check out winnies blog for the story

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Bronze Bronze Baby

I am totally in love with BRONZclay, an amazing ecofriendly material developed by kind and ultrasmart scientist Dr. Bill Struwe and available from Rio Grande . The material was just released and I was very fortunate to be part of one of the very first workshops taught by the amazing teacher and artist Celie Fago on her farm in Vermont.

BRONZclay is sculptable bronze...bronze as you might know is made out of copper and a little tin and was used by man already 3, 000 years ago. Bronzclay fits perfectly with my eco philosophy in that it is made mostly of recycled scrap copper, and 'regular tin' and a binder. . It is shaped and fired slowly in active carbon and the most amazing patinas form on the surface of the metal.

When you send artwork to be casted in bronze you pay $15-$20/pound casted, this is not the case here, no mon', scrap copper is more expensive then mined copper and then you have the process of making the amazing BRONZclay too...but the end result is stunning...what do you think of my hand?