Sunday, January 18, 2009

CLKcreative -- featured Etsy shop

I love bracelets -- they're my favourite item of jewellery. I've had this one marked as a fave on Etsy for a few weeks now. It's little dangles of square and round beads added to a lovely, simple length of brass chain, and I think it's gorgeous!

The maker is CLKcreative of Michigan. She says of herself:
I am 37, born and raised in Michigan and currently reside in the metropolitan Detroit area. I have been creating jewelry as a hobby for several years and started selling it online just over a year ago. I enjoy trying new techniques, designs and materials.

I work primarily with wire (sterling, copper and brass) as well as with gemstones (favorites include amazonite, labradorite and tiger eye), wire, and resin. I also enjoy beadwork techniques and will occasionally make a macrame piece.

I love the colours in this Amazonite, copper and Czech glass memory wire bracelet. The copper beadcaps and sections of chain make it sparkle beautifully :)

I encourage you to check out her shops at Etsy and ArtFire, and her blog!

CLKcreative's Etsy shop
CLKcreative's ArtFire Studio
CLKcreative's Blog

Thursday, January 8, 2009

New at dangerousmezzo -- PRINTS!

I'm very happy to announce that I will now be offering prints of my original 5 x 7 inch collages. I've never sold reproductions before, only the originals, so this is a departure for me.

Each print will measure 5 x 7 inches, and will be printed on the highest quality acid free art paper with acid-free inks from the high resolution scans I've taken of my work over the years. I've made a couple of test prints and I can say that I'm thrilled with the depth of colour and the quality of the results.

I'll only be producing ten prints of each collage -- and each one will be numbered and signed by me. When the ten are gone, they'll be gone for good.

This article shows the first two I'm offering for sale. At the top is "wake up", a dreamy mixed media piece which could be happy or sad, depending on the viewer's mood.

This is "Past Perfect". The original was a heaviliy over-painted portrait based on a glamour photo from the 1920s, with found text forming both caption and title. It's very typical of my style and remains one of my favourites.

An older artist friend of mine used to tell me that any work of art looked 35% better once it was framed, and I tend to agree with him :) One of the lovely things about prints is that they're so very easy to frame: much easier than having a piece on stretched canvas framed. Here's a print of Past Perfect slipped into a commercially available photo frame, matted to 5 x 7 and under glass. In North America 5 x 7 is a standard size for easily-available and affordable frames and mats, so it would be easy to prepare a print as a gift or for yourself.

I've got prints of the two collages in this article up for sale in my ArtFire Studio, but I'd be happy to print up any of my previous works. In nearly all cases I have the original scans at high resolution. You can see the 5 x 7 collages I've sold here at Flickr. If you'd like a specific work, please contact me through this blog, or through my shops at ArtFire or Etsy. I can print a work and list it for sale in either of my shops for you.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Pam Dover -- Featured Etsy Artisan

As a collage artist myself, I love the art form and I vastly admire other collagiste's work. I first saw Pam Dover's work on ArtFire, but she has an Etsy shop, as well. I love her sense of fun, her command of volume and shape and her woman-positive stance.

The piece pictured above is "Red Dress" a print of an original collage artwork. Pam sells her work, which includes a lovely line of stationery items, through her company Inspiration turn Design.

She says of herself:
I am in my mid twenties and trying to take my passion for art and design and create something great from it! I have several areas of interest mixed media collage art, digital design for personalized stationery and invitations, along with "Eco Chic" crafts, and photography.

The work above is Size of a True Woman, a print of a collage that was auctioned off for a V-Day event to support a battered women's shelter. The original was created using vintage dress patterns.

Pam is about much more than collage -- please visit the links below to see more of her work, learn more about her and to purchase her creations!

PamDover Etsy shop

Inspiration turn Design ArtFire Studio
Inspiration turn Design website
Inspiration turn Design blog