process |shop.

shop_logo_bigI had an etsy shop years back–almost ten years back! I wasn’t at a time or space to really grow that shop or make it work. So, it closed.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about certain aspects of my making–some of which I’d like to share with the world.  I’ve also got nearly a month and a half this summer, between jobs–a perfect time to explore some of this.

And so, I’m in the process of reopening my shop. To start, it will simply feature some of the jewelry I make; there will be ready to wear pieces, as well as some optional custom beading options.

Eventually, I’d like to feature a few other items, like screen printed t-shirts.

Will you buy? Stay tuned.

make | hand painted necklaces.

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I love trying new things. As part of my recent and burgeoning studio practice, I started painting a whole host of beads without any idea where it was going.

And then, I hit the spray studio. And then, I remembered I had antiqued leather and linen yarn in my stash.

Eventually, these necklaces were born. I’ve worn the left two every day since I made them; I gifted the turquoise and silver one to my friend and studio mate, Rebecca. She just so happened to be wearing the perfect handmade tank top that morning, like it was kismet.

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I’m even getting so obsessive about this particular practice, that I might considering selling these, if I think there is interested buyers out there. What do you think? Would you wear something like this by me?

As part of the kick off to Me Made May, today, I sport one of these necklaces. It’s not clothing, but its handmade jewelry. Does that count?

toast.

I stitched up this hilarious cross stitch pattern for my good friend Mackenzie, in honor of her 31st birthday. She’s a K. West fan and a lover of all juxtaposition; this seemingly antique feeling stitchery and script made for the perfect marriage to a 21st century rap lyric.

She loved it. Framed and gifted. Here’s a snap of it before framing. You can purchase the pattern from Raging Stitches here.

final batik.

While this isn’t the “maker” project for me (too much of a perfectionist to deal with the loose nature and all the imperfections that come with applying hot wax to muslin), I am happy I worked with 12 middle schoolers for 10 weeks and was exposed to something new.

I love making things with my hands. I love teaching the making. I love seeing kids’ progress, their ebbing and flowing, their unhappiness with the product, and their happiness with a product. I, too, experience all of that, all the time. It’s the maker way. It doesn’t mean you stop.

For now, here is my final batik of the term before I ironed out the wax. I’m happiest with this one, of all the batiks I made this term. I doubt I’ll be doing this again, but you never know. I think this batik will turn into a zip top pouch for all my knitting notions.

What do you think?

grain & gram, 4.27

I just discovered Grain & Gram, and despite clearly stating it’s a gentleman’s journal, I care not–this is my new favorite blog, hands down. Not only is every photograph, design, created with hands endeavor absolutely stunning, I mean…the rest speaks for itself.

What does it say about me that I really dig, apparently, a quality gentleman’s journal?

Discuss.