Archive for March, 2008

Treasury Screen Shot, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I think everyone loves getting gold stars! I know I did when I was a kid in grade school and a gold star (sometimes they were green or red, but hey…) was the highest form of praise on homework, tests or art projects. Needless to say, I’m always happy to see a gold star in the treasury list on Etsy. Not only is great press, it means that someone takes my work seriously, appreciates the quality of the photo and sees the featured piece fitting into a larger theme of colors, items or ideas.

SandBlueGreen was put together by UnaOdd and will expire early in the morning on Tuesday, March 11th. Take a look at it while you still can, and be sure to check out UnaOdd’s Etsy shop!

My Oblate Earrings can be seen in my shop.

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Experiments, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I’m just now getting my new drill set up and getting started with it. Unfortunately, I can’t create a permanent set-up for it because of how tiny my apartment is and how crazy my cat is. There’s no place that I can keep a ridiculously heavy motor hanging up where it wouldn’t become a hazard to everyone.

These fun little discs are one of my first experiments, and I’m not sure how they’ll turn out. I think I’ll keep this pair for myself and refine the pattern – and my technique – a bit.

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Branching Out

Nest, originally uploaded by antigenre.

This is one of my favorite collage photos. It’s not a ‘photo collage’ but rather a photo of a collage (see the flickr post for an explanation of the process). It dates from sometime in 2003, either just before or just after the mess in Iraq got started.

I have several other similar pieces, and I’m now wondering if I should offer them in my Etsy shop. Better yet, should I open a new shop specifically for prints? I think that AntiGenre has started to develop a fairly unified look and feel (um, does that mean I’ll have to change my name?), and I’m not sure if I want to diversify and risk cluttering it up. I also have a bunch of intersting things I could sell as supplies: sea glass from the beaches in Japan, vintage and antique kimono fabric, stones, beads, my own handmade headpins and hoops….

Lots of people have more than one store on Etsy. Does anyone have three or more? What’s the highest number of shops held by one owner?

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I’ve recently found a fantastic source of these amazing brass findings!  I have no idea what they are supposed to be used for, or where they were made, but I love them.  They come in a great variety of evocative shapes and sizes – just looking at the rows and rows of bins starts my head spinning with all kinds of ideas. 

The earrings pictured are my Coriolis Earrings – lightweight, sexy, sophisticated!

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I finally got myself a drill!  I’m excited.  Metalliferous has a great deal on a basic flexshaft set-up, with a motor, handpiece, foot pedal, and 84-piece accessory kit (and who doesn’t love to accessorize??). 

I learned a few basic techniques in the class that I took this past fall and winter, and I’m ready to start experimenting and expanding on those techniques.  Any helpful advice is welcome.

I have so many ideas that I’ve been storing away in my head and my sketchbooks that I can now start to realize.  I can’t wait to get everything set up! 

Watch for new and interesting items to start showing up in my shop!

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Then subscribe to the Pilot Mail Art Project!  Pilot – founded in part by my brother-in-law, Reuben McLaughlin –  is a collective of artists and writers based in Toronto, CA, whose goal is to assist other writers and artists by developing a strong community and by creating exposure and access to markets.  

To date, they have published three Pilot Pocket Books, collections of writings enhanced with illustrations done by talented artists.   The books are available at several locations in Toronto, including Pages, Book City in the Beaches, and This Ain’t The Rosedale Library. Order forms for the books can be found on Pilot’s homepage.

The Pilot Mail Art Project offers 6- and 12-month subscriptions; subscribers receive a piece of original artwork each month.   My husband and I have received several beautiful prints so far and are looking forward to getting more.  The project is an inexpensive way to get some great pieces of artwork and to support some truly talented people!

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