Pam at Alittlepieceofmyart.etsy.com has a contest going on that I could not resist entering. For a mere eleven dollars I got ten items to peak my imagination...really wanted the little German boy's head... and I get a chance to win money as well. The more artists that enter the more the winning pot.
Having no idea what I would do to pull all these items together...I opened the package and inspected each little item. Like a two year old...the first thing I did was pop the head off the skeleton to see if the little boys head would work there....yes!! The little leg was not a stretch of the imagination to work as well. So off to create...a necklace? That was my first impulse...but the amber pointed dangle could be dangerous! I envisioned wearing my stunning new goth masterpiece to the airport and being locked up for trying to slip on the plane with an object of destruction. I suppose you could even hold an unsavory at bay with such an item?
So wearing my new creation was out! I have been admiring Spirit Boxes for a while and thought I might have all the needed oddities to create a box. The little boys head on the skeleton reminded me of my digital collage in my cabinet of curiosities shop...Do One Thing Every Day that Freightens You. Perfect...I had plan. I had created a nice little ACEO of this one collage, with glitter and all, that would be the tie in for color scheme .
My next inspiration was from Steph at http://vladthebatsattic.blogspot.com. I received the lovely faux bone earrings that I had won in the same postal delivery that day. They were so lovely I decided to use my Spirit Box more as a jewelry display. Don't they look lovely in their little nook? I added her bracelets, and my wonderfully colorful necklace from Elsie at http://elsiee.etsy.com to the mix and I was off and running with ideas.
The display box actually fell into place rather quickly once all my little additions were in one place. Can you find the ten original contest entries? Such fun, such a challenge....hope I win!!! As I was telling Pam...I am already a winner! Look at each of my friends work, displayed not in a box hidden from view...but out in the open for stories to be told...and touched and worn and not forgotten for even a moment!
That's all I can say right now....but look very soon for a posting about folklore, fairytales, and the genius who created the Babba Yagga portrait that helped me win those gorgeous earrings by Steph at http://vladthebatsattic.blogspot.com. A rare talent herself!!!
New Etsy artisan and shop on the horizon! ...I'll treat you soon... I promise!!
I am so happy with these little guys. Could not have wanted a better firing or colors for them. They are so small... 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
I was playing around with an old broken deer bone and it leaves just the greatest impression in the clay...pumpkins were a must from the first beads. My hubby's idea actually. I thought it would be too much trouble to make the leaves and vines...but it was doable...is that a word? Such pretty little treasures...I don't mind if they don't sell!
I am doing my first festival in many years this Saturday in Reidsville, NC at the new Market Square. It is an afternoon event with music and food and lots of other artists as well. IF I make it through the day...will let you know how it goes. Tim Amos, a friend and fellow potter is sharing the booth with me...wish us many sells and good exposure for our work. I'll get some snaps of Tim's work and share as well.
There are so many talented potters in this area...I think maybe I should start featuring them in this blog space. I'll see what I can do about that!!
I am so close to my 200th sale!!! To celebrate...the purchaser who buys the 200th item will receive free one of the following items...your choice...just convo me with your selection and I will tuck it in with your order! Good luck!
Steph at Vladthebatsattic ask for a name for one of her new treasures. After some thought, I decided her new face reminded me of Babba Yagga, a Russia witch of great notoriety. Instead of a little written story...I did a digital alteration showing Babba Yagga and her home which stands on the leg of a chicken.
My alteration is from an other Halloween picture alteration in my Wondrousstrange Etsy shop.
Go visit Steph's blog to see the posting for the contest....http://vladthebatsattic.blogspot.com/2009/08/teeth.html....And her work is a must see...so viseral, so primative yet so stylishly now!
Enjoy your visit with this outstanding artist from Belgium!