Thursday, October 17, 2013

Jewelry Display Board

Happy birthday Ian!

For Ian's birthday I offered to make a jewelry display board to hang in his office to showcase his art.

There's a lot of steps to making each earring and pendant, but the essence is that he models it on the computer, it's printed off on a 3D printer and then cast into metal and wooden insert are put into place. I love his designs! I have the turtle and love showing it off to people. (The above awesome photo is property of Omerica Body Jewelry, Inc.)

Originally I was going to make and ship the display to Ian, but spontaneous me flew to Colorado and decided it would be way more fun to create this together. In the past Ian and I have collaborated and those memories are some of my fondest of us together.

We spent about an hour at the thrift store looking for a potential shelf, or an object with drawers, or a mirror or a something to serve as a framework for this display. It couldn't look cheap since how the jewelry are of high quality; the wood inserts have stunning colors and beautiful grains and the metals are full of tiny details and polished to a shine. We found the perfect object-a wooden cheese board!

The cheese board who was lucky enough to have a higher calling- he's now "fine art."

We then went to a hardware store and hunted for a way to hang the jewelry. I resisted the urge to ask an employee, "I'm looking for a mesh, or maybe a hook, or a nail to hang necklaces. I'm not doing home repair. I'm making art. Do you have any suggestions?" (I've done this before and they hate me.) Instead we walked around and questioned everything. It was so much fun! We decided to go with a black aluminum mesh, that's ridged and decorative.

Back at the ranch construction was a joy. Everything went together so easily! We decided to make a shelf out of an old leather belt and insert that in the middle of the black aluminum mesh. The shelf would serve as an easy to show off the earring plugs.

The workbench in sunny, 82 degree weather. (The day before it snowed. Oh how I miss Colorado.)

We finished the jewelry display board the day I returned to California. I wasnt ready to leave it behind. I wanted to keep looking at it and admire it. Thank you Ian for sending me the photograph of the finished jewelry board so I can look at it anytime. And thank you for making your own birthday present with me.

To see more of Ian's stunning work, check out Ian Southwell's portfolio.
To buy any of the jewelry go to Omerica.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Jackson Pollock Action Paintings

I've found the art form that makes me all sorts of giddy and pumped up!

Action Painting with acrylics!!

As apart of an art/martial art camp that I designed/led, one of the activities was making Jackson Pollock inspired action paintings using white bed sheets. The kids wore clothes that could be trashed. We flung paint. We squeezed it straight from the bottles. We filled up squirt guns with paint. 
It was an absolute blast!!! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

2013 Book List

11. Divergent by Veronica Roth

(Finished. Couldnt put it down!)

This book reminded me why I love to read "fun" books. I love being so connected to characters that I cant wait to read more about what's going to happen to them. New Year's Resolution is to read the last two books in the trilogy!

10. The Happiess Project by Gretchen Rubin

(Finished and LOVED!)

I'm still digesting this gem that I picked up at the airport. I will share more soon. 

9. Kira Kira by Cynthia Kadohata


Newbery award winner for best kids lit. It made me sob. (You get very connected to the characters.)

8. Zen Seeds, Reflections by a Female Priest bu Shundo Aoyama

(currently reading)

Written like Aesop's fables, they're short 1-2 page entries on insights by a Zen priest. 

7. Shop class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford

(I had 2/3 of the book. I agreed with the authors argument that working with you hands is a dying craft and is super valuable for society to not lose that skill. )

Written by a motorcycle mechanic about the value of working with your hands.

6. Fighting Fire by Caroline Paul


A San Francisco Firefighters autobiography of what it was like being one of the first women in the SFFD. Beautifully written. Engaging. I literally read until I couldnt sit any more. I neglected everything for 2 days, until I finished this gem.

5. Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

(finished reading)

A quick and easy read. It was a nice break from my how-to books.

4. Sport Riding Techniques by Nick Ienatsch
(currently savoring!)

After reading A Twist of the Wrist, I've been eager to find another how-to ride book. And then a friend gave me Sports Riding Techniques. I want to be an old rider, so I'm studying what the professional riders know (plus it's REALLY fun to ride).

3. The Complete Book of Chinese Health and Healing by Daniel Reid
(Enjoyed flipping through)

Yep. I could use more of this in my life. I am working on being more relaxed and zen.

2. Trust Agents by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith
(I had a hard time wanting to spend more time on the computer to use these skills, so I just read the first few chapters.)

This book teaches how to use social marketing and goes into the psychology on how we think. I love it!

1. Chaplin My Autobiography by Charles Chaplin
 (finished reading)

I had no idea that Chaplin made so many movies. At the beginning of his career he was cranking them out one a month. That must of been so exciting to be constantly creating!