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Archive for September, 2008

FlashFilm Homepage, originally uploaded by antigenre.

A few weeks ago, I was contacted for an interview by FlashFilm, a very cool online fashion magazine from Japan. One of their editors found me through Trunkt (I’m happy that my premium portfolio is paying off).  I was very excited this morning to see that the complete interview was just posted on their website!

Take a look:

AntiGenre Interview

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New Moos, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I just spent almost a week in Kansas with my family – it was a lot of fun, except for the tornado warning and the constant reminders of the recently-passed Concealed Carry law.  I picked up some neat vintage treasures, including the pleasingly-distressed metal filing draw that I used for the background in this photo of my new Moo cards. 

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I love my Google Alerts!  I recently participated in an interview with StyleList, a comprehensive online fashion magazine, as part of their Indie Designer Interviews series, and it posted to their blog yesterday afternoon.  Well, aparently it got picked up by WhyGossip.com and one or two other fashion blogs, so my daily Google Alert was full of article headers that featured the same little snippet from the interview.   As I glanced over the alert, I realized that there was something a bit off about the WhyGossip one – the wording was different, and it took me a few seconds to realize that it had been run through some sort of online translator.  I have no idea what language the original English text was translated into, or why it was then translated out of that language back into English, but the results are rather comical:

Original Text:

We’re pleased to introduce the fresh, modern designs of Lauren Markley. You can find the work of this Princeton, NJ based jewelry designer at her Etsy shop, AntiGenre.

WhyGossip Text:

We’re entertained to inform the fresh, recent designs of Lauren Markley. You crapper encounter the impact of this Princeton, NJ supported adornment specializer at her Etsy shop, AntiGenre.

Crapper.  Yes, I am entertained to inform you that ‘crapper’ is the best translation of the word ‘can’.  Oh my!

Anyway, please check out the full interview here at StyleList!

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Well, This One Better Stick!, originally uploaded by antigenre.

Click HERE to see it in Treasury West!

I made a treasury this afternoon shortly after the server malfunctioned and a bunch of them disappeared. The ones that were made after that (like this one) either disappeared or got switched to another curator’s page. So I just did the same one in Treasury West!

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This week marks my first week as an almost fully self-employed jewelry designer!  I officially ended my full-time position at the non-profit in Princeton that I have been working at for almost a year and a half last week.  I’m still working there part-time, but going forward, the majority of my waking hours will now be devoted to making jewelry, developing new designs and learning new techniques. 

I’m really excited about this new direction that I’m going in, so to mark this occassion, I’m having a weekend sale!  From 12:00am Saturday, Sept. 6th, to midnight Sunday, Sept. 7th, some of my best-sellers will be marked down 20% in my Etsy shop.  The sale will be limited to items that are in stock and ready to ship, so I’ll be able to get them out the door ahead of my trip to Kansas on the 11th.  So stop by this weekend, and tell all your friends!

Speaking of going places, my trip to Kansas is from the 11th to the 17th.  I’ll be hanging out with my family, going to a Laurie Anderson performance and checking out my mom’s artwork at the Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, KS.

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Copper Rings, originally uploaded by antigenre.

I’ve been meaning to make some more pieces for men but have only now gotten around to it. This is a set of three hammered rings made of heavy 12-gauge copper wire. Check in with AntiGenre on Etsy, because these and some other new items will be up soon.

In other news, thanks to all my wonderful customers, my business has been steadily growing, and I have just recently been fortunate enough to be able to cut back on my hours at my day job.  I’ll be spending a lot more time at my work bench and will be able to concentrate more fully on my jewelry.  Hooray!! I’m really excited about this, and to celebrate, I’ll be having a launch sale in just a few days – I’ll post the deets as soon as I have them!

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