Mirror Mirror on the Wall

How Inspiration Strikes

To be honest, the inspiration for this upcoming collection came from the stones themselves.

I’ve mentioned before that my rocks talk to me. So, that’s where I usually go first. I had purchased some moonstones a while back and was enthralled with their sparkle and depth.

I loved them so much that I hung them on my desk light above my work bench so we could hang out. As I sat with them I got the distinct feeling that they wanted to be included in a collection that had something to do with the divine feminine. They’re very on trend, these mighty little stones.

You can see where we started. Neither of us were feeling it until about the 8th sketch. Then, bam! There it was.

Mirror Mirror.

As I continue to work on the collection it has me thinking about women’s issues. How we give so much power to what we see in the mirror because of what we’ve lived our entires lives hearing about our appearance.

I started to feel sad and disappointed because I knew that these gems wanted to be uplifting, and I felt that I was failing them with my thoughts

Disney Villains are More Interesting

Then I remembered, part of the problem that we, as women, have taken on is exactly what I was doing. Trying to ignore that there ARE issues, and putting on that smile that is expected of us.

Oh, no, no, no. I couldn’t have that. That’s when I heard the evil queen chime with a “Mwuahahahaha. I have just what you need.”

I decided to dive into the duality that we all have inside us, and harness the power of the evil queen with some poisoned apples and berries.

I know. Taking a little darker turn, yes? But if you think about it, the villains are usually more interesting, aren’t they?

As I worked I wondered why that was. The only thing I could come up with was that I think we secretly long to be able to do some of the shit that they do. I mean, set our sights on something and go for it without having to hold back. Show the world the power that we have inside us because whether good, or bad, we’re pretty damn powerful.

I can’t wait to show you how the next phase is shaping up!

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Lifestyle Photography – Warts and All.

Yesterday I cinched up organizing my Instagram accounts. Or, at least I think I did. I’m really trying to figure this marketing stuff out since getting back into the game.

I now have one IG for business (the polished, no-nonsense account @quirkyandodd) and a personal one where I said I’d share more of the “warts and all” stuff of everyday life of an artist, and more behind the scenes of the studio (@lorigreenbergart).

So, here’s the first warts-and-all photo. I can’t believe I’m showing this. I know I need to master lifestyle photos. It’s been a crick in my craw (is that a real saying?) for a while now. I’ve tried and given up many times, but this time, I’m determined.

Doesn’t this photo just make you laugh? I mean, who even has the idea that you can put something gorgeous in a pile of rocks, stage it with some really cool pods and a little bit of their flowers for a pop of color, and it will magically work?

You know what I see? A pile of rocks and dismembered greenery. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some pods! But these look like little green asses that have been severed from their little garden troll bodies — if garden trolls are even green.

I won’t even get into the whole, “your gorgeous ring gets lost in all of that” issue. Or the shadows. ::sigh::

What the hell, y’all? I need some serious help!

No-Work Weekend Jewelry Making

I'll be making jewelry on the weekends...

...but it won't be for sale.

I can’t believe I just typed that. Being a working artist, everything is always for sale, isn’t it? Well, I learned the hard way that that’s the fastest way to take something that you love and turn it into a j.o.b., which leads to b.o., I mean, burn out.

On top of that, if you’re like me, when you’re not making stuff to sell, you’re always thinking about new ways to sell it.

You may rationalize with yourself and say, “But really, I *do* like doing it all.” And I wouldn’t argue with you. I love being immersed and as passionate just as much as the next guy, and it’s all good…until it isn’t. It creeps up on you and once you get to that point, it’s H-E-double-hockey-sticks getting out of it.

So, this weekend, I proactively said no more. Or in the wise words of Beverly Hills Chihuahua: NO MAS!

I declared a no-work weekend.

I argued with myself over this, and whined a little, “But I looooove making jewelry…I don’t want to stop on the weekends.” So, I came up with a compromise I could live with.

I recently took a class with Cynthia Toops, the master of the polymer clay micromosaic. Y’all know I love me some micromosaics. Did you know I used to do polymer clay? Yep. Back in the day that was my first bead making and selling gig, before I got into glass. I feel like I’ve come full circle.

Anyway…spending time making something that someone else taught me will guarantee that I won’t turn it into a product line. Why? Because that’s just damn tacky. Cynthia is right when she says that the technique isn’t hard, it just takes a lot of time. Just how I like it.

clay micromosaic sterling silver ring

I had this setting laying around from a failed glass stone setting attempt so I used it for my second polymer clay micro mosaic. The one below is the first one I made, in class, with another bezel that had a snafu with the stone I was going to set.

So, Friday came and I thought, I need to get a bezel made for my no-work jewelry making weekend! I’d spent a lot of the week working on designing an upcoming collection and I didn’t have it in me to toil with more. So, if it’s not dots I’m falling back on, it’s eyes, of course.

I liked the setting I’d already worked on so I set out to create one that was similar.

I realized that the method I use for creating the decoration around the edge is also mosaic-like. At this point I’m thinking I can probably relate anything in life to something to do with mosaics. Art mirrors life. Or the other way around?

I like it. I think it’s going to be a good one.

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