...my obsession with shiny sharp sensuous things... mostly things glass, metal & stone... I'm susan barton and this my twisted perspective of life as an artist... my bead neurosis with all the entrails... I also love to 'feature' bead artists and their work. I gain a perverse sense of satisfaction knowing others have this affliction as well...
Years ago when my life was less complicated I did a lot traveling throughout the US. One city that became a favorite of mine is San Antonio TX. My husband and I found a wonderful shop down by the river walk that specialized in folk art from Mexico. That folk art shop was my introduction to El Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead also known as All Saints Day, a holiday that is celebrated in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd. I am also a hoarder of Anne Choi beads, she has a couple beads and charms with sugar skulls on them that I just had to have, but of course I had to buy a few to subsidized my obsession. One thing about Anne and her work, if you don't purchase the beads when she has them on her site many times she moves onto other designs and the bead you had your eye on is no longer made... above is one of Anne's charms.
When I discovered Gary Wilson's work a few years ago I was in love. I immediately began to hoard his work and only recently begun in earnest to incorporate it into my jewelry pieces. His work is very sensuous, tactile and just outrageously gorgeous to look at. The man is a genius. If you find yourself mysteriously in front of his booth at a gem show with your mouth agape with a little bit of drool, you know you have arrived.
I have never found any other lapidary's work that compares to his, I love his rocks.
It's been awhile since the last post. Inertia struck, it's the only way I can describe it. Inert. Promise that this entire post won't be depressing ;) but I do believe that mental illness still carries a stigma and that many times is the unseen disability, or ability when you can turn it around. Since childhood, throughout of my life, I have dealt with my recurrent major depression. Art has played a big part in my life and made a big impact on my recovery.
This time is different, my 'inertness' has a great deal to do with the loss of my pet pig, Henry. I so believe in the power of animals and what they give to their human family. It's been six months since we had to have him euthanized, I still think of him every day. He was the biggest pain in the ass, he was the sweetest boy, he could be incredibly crabby, he gave really good kisses and you watch him think. I could complain to Henry about my husband and it later came out that my husband also complained to Henry about me! Henry was discrete and kept his secrets, he was a sweetie. We both miss him and laugh and tell stories of all of his quirky antics!
i have sold my jewelry on etsy for two and a half years and have done well. i love the site and i want to continue selling there. but in the end it all comes down to business is business. since the infusion of 27 million dollars from investors and the change in business leadership etsy has shown that etsy will do what is best for etsy and i can respect that. i do what is best for my business too.
since the new search change and now with etsy adding meta tags to our shop title, many seller's sales have dropped dramatically and no longer show up in google search. a couple of sellers noticed that change in April of this year and have spent considerable amount of time and great determination to figure out why such a change in the views of items, google alerts and outside sales that originated from google search had dropped so dramatically.
well, what was discovered was that since April of this year etsy had inserted additional meta tags into our shops. the insertion of "handmade" was placed before every item description or name we had listed in our shop. we protested, many of us were very upset to learn that there was a "handmade" tag inserted in front of everything! finally etsy saw the error of their ways and removed the handmade meta tag on June 11th after the uproar in the forums. but what remains is the meta tags that etsy inserted in our shop titles.
the "archaicdesign on Etsy" was inserted into my shop title without my knowledge or consent. it takes up considerable real estate meta tag space. nor, did etsy ever inform any of it's sellers that this was done back in April of this year.
i think i can speak for many sellers that are protesting this change because we really want etsy to succeed, when etsy sellers succeed etsy in turn will succeed. the etsy admin have not said one word in regards to our forum threads, they only seem to want to close them. here are a few threads and a petition that is happening now on etsy. i can't guarantee that these threads will be open if you chose to read them but i will try to post relevant threads in case these are closed too.
i knew that when i started featuring and writing about seed bead artists that i wanted to feature Darcy Horn of The Jade Dog Designs her work is so diverse and interesting that it shouldn't be missed, i love her combination of metal and her seed bead art work within her jewelry. the top and bottom photos are from embellished bags the middle photo is of an intricate necklace, please take a closer look at her beautiful pieces. when looking through her shop i hadn't realized just how diverse and beautiful her work truly is, it's gorgeous and her photos tell all!
please be sure to check out her shop, thank you Darcy!
want to add a third column to your blogspot? this site is the best i've found, I am severely html impaired and only took about 2 hours for me, but for you? probably fifteen minutes! I have to admit that I am not sure I like it but will give it a whirl, I like a cleaner simpler look to a blog. I am thinking of offering advertising spots on my blog, thus the third column. here is the site, three column bogger.
just a quick note on banner size, it needs to be 928 by 100 px to fit within the outline for the 'minima' layout.
i took two classes from susan lenert kazmer, a patina on metal class and an ancient metal weaving class. here are a couple of photos, i wish i had better images to show you, if you ever get the chance to take a class from her, do it, you will not regret a minute of it!
the bead and button show classes and shopping where a blast. i wish i had the energy of someone a few years, ok, a lot of years younger than my 51 years! what a frenzy!
the first three days were with alan revere, what an incredible teacher! ask him any question relating to metalsmithing and he is so willing share his 30 years of experience and knowledge with you! a total technique person :0 thanks alan! i learned a so much in his class!
the next two days were with susan lenart kazmer in a totally opposite perspective with technique, almost anything goes! susan is limitless when it comes to getting a desired result. always creative taking her classes.
i will post more photos of both classes within the next day or two.
damn, ever say to yourself, i will be organized and ready to make this road trip, leave with everything packed without forgetting anything? got munchies, tools, metal, my funky bead stash, camera, tickets, underwear, toothbrush and the list goes on...
this time? will i ever pull it off? just once, self, get your crap together and let's go... not going to happen ;) i'm so predictable.
my brain just realized that i will be traveling to Milwaukee to the Bead and Button show this Saturday, the 30th. i usually go with friends but this trip will be solo. i'm excited and a bit intimidated at the same time. i am in Alan Revere's "master" metalsmith class. as i write this i am laughing, it's been a while and my skills are a bit rusty but i know i will absolutely love every minute of it!
i know Lisa from across the pond. that inland sea that we call Lake Superior, i live in minnesota, Lisa lives in wisconsin. i have taken classes from Lisa at our local bead store and i have to say that we all marvel at what she comes up with as far as design, color, and technique that she incorporates into her original bead work. please check out her etsy shop, savoystudio.etsy.com
i want to thank everyone for their insight, advice and suggestions, i am very grateful, thank you! one event that has rapidly snuck up on me is the bead and button show in milwaukee :0 i'll post more later regarding the show!
~~~ i'm in one, a big one. finding it hard to create anything that requires being organized enough to pull something out of my proverbial hat. if you care to ;) comment about what it is that allows you to move past it to be creative enough to be productive again.
i love this. synchronicity, when color and beads and shape come together to make art. i think walrustusk creates some of the most elegant pieces of beaded jewelry, hair clips and brooches using shape, seed beads and color, her pieces are incredibly striking. Jen's photography of her work is extraordinary as well. please visit her esty shop and her blog, another favorite. thank you Jen!
the 'handmadeology' site is having a photo contest. i added one of my first metalsmith pieces that i made and the one of first photographs of my jewelry. how can my photography be better when it first started out than it is today? how does that happen?
cobalt blue. i love the color especially in glass, it's so striking with all it's intensity.
i make stuff. beaded beads, chain, wire wrapped beads with no purpose in mind. the doodads end up in small glass bowls or in a wicker basket that i paw through every once in a while. this cobalt blue beaded bead jumped out at me the other day, it demanded bead caps and a lapis lazuli dagger too. it ended up on a handmade chain with a small trillion faceted iolite bead. sometimes, that's how my stuff gets made, no plan, rhyme or reason. everything needs to wait it's turn, sooner or later i will get around to you...
sometimes ya just gotta love whimsy! the play of colors and patterns in these two pieces by dorothydomingo are just too much fun. i love finding art and jewelry with combinations that make a piece pop!
i love taking a vintage component and turning it into a contemporary piece of jewelry, i think a lot of us do ;) a vintage swarovski crystal, secunda cut, in the color of seal, with a gold foil back and a seed bead stitched bezel.
SmadarsTreasure is an artist on etsy that makes beautiful beaded jewelry. many of her pieces have a very ethnic look and feel to them that i love to see in seed bead jewelry. her work is beautiful in color and the composition of her pieces. here are three of pieces of her work that i would like to share. gorgeous, thanks Smadar!
a little cross pollination here ;) it is spring time after all! check out this site, Etsy Trends for their latest picks with trendy colors and style. they have chosen two of my pieces for their site! thanks Trends!
when i started to make jewelry it began with seed beads. i was on a mad mission to learn every stitch and technique because stitching seed beads into jewelry had a profound fascination for me. stringing, bead embroidery, gourd stitch, weaving and 3D sculptures, everything! i needed to do all of it and i did, i still love it!
i will be introducing some of the incredible seed bead artists on etsy on my blog. so many times seed bead work is undervalued and not appreciated for the time, design and incredible talent that is needed to become an artist in seed beads. it truly is an art form!
these three beautiful pieces are by Patrizia Tager of triz on etsy. her gorgeous work has incredible color and the detail used in her pieces is exquisite. please stop by her shop and look at her incredible work, it's lovely! she's one of my favs!
this is when i fell in love with borosilicate glass lampwork beads, when i saw multiple layers of glass that had been gold fumed and encased in crystal clear glass.
when i discovered these incredibly beautiful beads. i was forced by some unknown freak of nature, compelled to buy five without any plans whatsoever to create or god forbid sell them when made into jewelry to anyone else. i am a hoarder after all...
the really sad part is, i don't remember who made them, jeff olson? if anyone out there does please drop me a line, it would be greatly appreciated!