bleeps & bloops

New blog just for glass work
February 16, 2012, 8:53 am
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I decided to create a special blog specifically for my flameworked glass.

You can check it out here!

or here:

Renegade Craft Fair a success!

My friend Vanessa Fatton and I shared a booth at the Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair. Standing with us is the lovely and talented glass artist Jenine Bressner, visiting from Providence, Rhode Island.

I was really impressed by the fashion of many of the fair-goers. I saw so many innovative jewelry pieces being worn- I got all sorts of new ideas.

My setup was small, so I tried to maximize space by making some vertical displays. One of them was an Xray I found on the ground in Chinatown, which I framed and then displayed necklaces over. It was a hit with the doctor in the crowd, who let me know that it was displayed backwards. The heart should be on the viewers’ right side. Good to know!

It was interesting to see what people were attracted to on the table. The steel wool definitely captivated people and drew them in to handle the pieces.

Clear Pendules Necklace
June 5, 2011, 10:55 am
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Sunday morning jewelry times! Made this one bright and early. I think I am going to do more of these. I really like the clear ones with the different heights.

Pendules Necklace

Made this one today, it’s in the kiln as we speak!

I’m going to be sharing a booth at Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn, next Saturday and Sunday.

Come by!

Beads made for a friend’s jewelry
May 23, 2011, 9:30 am
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Brown translucent beads made with Northstar Nile boro. They’ve got subtle blue interference shades, really nice.

New glass jewelry and Etsy

I have started working on some new glass pendants these days, and I am selling them on Etsy. They are clear Pyrex pendants that are hollow and filled with steel wool. Most of them are quite small, from 5cm to 8cm in length. I have paired them together to create a cluster of multi-sized pendants as well as solo pendants.

I’ll be adding more to this blog as I make and photograph them. Here are two pieces that I have made. The first (cluster of three) has been sold but the second (solo pendant) is currently for sale on Etsy.

I made this next one last week and photographed it this weekend. I’m trying out just a single pendant.

You can find my latest pieces at Larkisadora on Etsy. I’m open to collaborations and commissions! If you’re interested, please contact me through Etsy.

Time Machine: 65 Cameras and an electric pulse
May 5, 2011, 8:20 am
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I saw this woman, Mira Hunter, and her partner Derek Hunter presented this project last night at Dorkbot NYC. They set up 65 disposable cameras on a circular track and triggered them to simultaneously take one photo at a time. Then, after developing all the film, they centered each photo in Photoshop and pieced them together to create this video. Each position of her is one shot taken on 65 cameras, creating an amazing 3D perspective. It’s just genius and it’s very beautiful. It’s gets even better towards the end of the video, where there are falling petals and night time skies.

Light leaked through the cheap plastic of the disposable cameras onto the 35mm film to create lovely mistakes in the form of light flashes and streaks across the pictures.

Mira is a second generation whirling dervish. Typically dervishes are only men, but her father wasn’t too strict on gender norms and taught her all the same.

On Derek’s website, he suggests to listen to the video with headphones since he used binaural microphones for recording, which he says “are meant to mimic sound as the human ear encounters it.” I’m not sure if that translates through YouTube, but you can watch higher quality videos of this on both of their websites linked above.

I’ve become obsessed with knitting mittens
April 24, 2011, 5:20 pm
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I have decided to revive this blog. Obviously a lot has happened since my last post. I stopped making mixes after my external sound card was stolen off of a train going from Copenhagen to Stockholm, along with lots of other gear. I saw that as a sign from above, or something. To move on, to explore other avenues of expression.

I’ve been making a lot of cool crafty stuff this past winter and spring and I’ve been feeling the need for an outlet to show it off to the world. I go through that sometimes. Hibernating, making, exploring, then expelling whatever I made out into the universe.

Among other things, including miniature glass vessels and silversmithing (blog posts on these will soon follow!), I’ve been getting into knitting stranded colorwork mittens. This is my first pair. I haven’t really knitted before. I made a hat once with some coarse homespun wool. Before that I crocheted without patterns and made simple hats. I’m pretty stoked with how these turned out, and how simple they were to make really. Their complex appearance–defying their simple construction techniques–perhaps defines the magic of folk art?

I’m not sure what came over me, but I’ve gotten obsessed with these super intricate patterned mittens. It started with a ceramic lidded jar I found in the trash in my building, covered in what I later learned to be a Norwegian Selbu (rose) pattern. I loved the pattern and wanted to research what it was. Thus began a Google journey which took me to semi-traditional Selbu mittens on this blog. They looked so complicated and difficult yet miniature, perfectly controlled, vibrant and fun. Just the thing for winter couch times.

The more I looked around at other patterns (I gave in and joined… it’s like crack, beware), the more excited I became. I have fallen in love with the patterns of Latvia, Estonia, indigenous Russia and the Middle East. These first mittens of mine were based on a pattern created by a Finnish knitter, Tuulia Salmela, who adapted it from Egyptian stockings documented in Richard Ruttin’s History of Hand-Knitting. Supposedly aspects of this pattern date from 1200 and 1500A.D.

I loved the idea of carrying on a tradition of handmade clothing that goes back a thousand years.

I believe my next pair will be patterned from traditional Latvian figures.

New Piece for World of Imagination Exhibition in NYC

New Painting for World of Imagination Show

I just completed a new piece for APW Gallery’s “World of Imagination II” group show in Long Island City, NY. Its a show of 12″ x 12″ paintings. I’m pretty excited about my submission. It was originally a part of a two panel piece. Sadly the second panel, also 12″ x 12″ (you’re allowed to submit up to five 12″ x 12″ pieces for the show) was incomplete and I was stressing it so I decided to leave it at home. If the piece above doesn’t sell I’ll reunite them and complete the set. The second one was a mixed-media piece that connects to the above painting. Its the meat-and-potatoes surrealistic bit to the whole thing and done in my typical schizophrenic 3D style. Ah well, such is deadlines.

The opening reception is on March 6th from 6-9pm.

The show will hang from March 6 until March 29.

For more info on the show, visit the APW blog.

This is my first realistic painting I’ve done in years and the first I’ve ever completed using acrylics. Acrylic is so tricky with this type of work. I am really curious about the methods other people use to keep it workable for long periods of time. I used a retarder made by Golden that I bought specifically for this project since I knew workability was going to be an issue for the portrait. Even with the retarder, it was still a problem. It was a combination of fun puzzle and great annoyance to constantly be recreating colors and their slight variations as they dried before I could use them.

Submission for Art House’s “The Sketchbook Project: Vol. 3” Goes Into the Mail Tomorrow!

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I just completed my submission for Atlanta-based Art House‘s project “The Sketchbook Project: Vol. 3.” The rules: they send you a Moleskine sketchbook and a voluntary theme and you send it back by the deadline. Then they take it, plus a couple thousand other sketchbooks, on tour around the nation. It’ll visit Atlanta, DC, Philly, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, and Brooklyn. To see where you can view them, check out the link to the Sketchbook Project above.

The pictures above show my interpretation of their theme “Everyone We Know.” The pages are all connected- folding out into one long page and back in between the covers accordion-style. The last image above shows how it looks completely folded out. The black space between the portraits is area that I removed with an X-ACTO knife.

Thanks to everyone who sat so I could draw their portrait and thanks to those friends who’s faces I stole from photos without their consent.

If you live in Brooklyn, you can catch the show at 3rd Ward on March 13th at 7pm.

3rd Ward
195 Morgan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237