Sunday, June 26, 2016

Photo section added once again

After a few years, I've added the photo section back on to my Splash page.  I've been asked once in a while if I offer services for product photography (I do all my own jewelry photographs) or family portraits, so I placed my mini portfolio back up on the site.
No prices are listed as the site acts as a portfolio, but prices are usually $100/hr - don't like charging more than that as I don't advertise myself to be an acting professional in the field. I have a Nikkon with a few nice lenses and a few small lights for indoors, but that's about it.  I find it more than sufficient for my uses. :)
To get in contact, just email me. Working on a new ink and colored pencil work for the past 2 weeks. I'll post an in-progress soon.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Updates on the website

I have been expanding my business horizons the last year, diving back into traditional art - charcoal, painting, drawing ect. 
I'm taking a sabbatical from jewelry for financial reasons.  I do still have plenty in stock, I just need to put a hold on ordering new materials for little while.  I have materials to work with this summer though, including new enamels from my last round of ordering!

I am on the call list for downtown Ellicott City's "support the artists" shows - they run every 2nd Sunday of the month from April until October.  It is not juried nor judged at all based on your work. Sadly, it's only 14 spaces and priority is given to people who participated in the previous year's show. If someone is not available, they will send out emails to the rest of us on a first come, first serve basis. There are 24 interested, so I'm not holding my breath.  The Art on the Avenue jury should be announcing accepted vendors in the upcoming weeks - looking forward to that!!

Now back to the traditional work I was talking about!  I have been focusing on improving my drawing/painting.  I started making more and more and I've accumulated quite a few drawings now and people have been asking if I am selling them.  I decided to put them up on the site as a portfolio for now. I did not include it this year for my Art on the Avenue application, but if I can get a spot at this Ellicott City show, they said they don't mind what I put up for sale - they just want to support local artists.



I am looking to get them digitized so I can get prints made; all I have right now are photos I took with my camera and things get lost or colors get warped.



I've been focusing a lot of human figure and portraits since that is the most challenging for me, but I have been working on other subjects in my journals below.



If anything is of interest, contact me and we can discuss prices or if you are interested in a piece.  Right now, I only have originals for sale, but prints should be available soon!

I've also begun making a series of block prints.  Mostly for cards, though I have printed on pillowcases and may makes some more of those and well as bags in the future.  On my main splash page here, there is a portal to view first look samples of my prints as well.  Nothing too official yet, but it's in the works.



Saturday, May 9, 2015

FoldForming Pieces

 
Next I have fold-forming pieces.  They make look big, but they are paper thin and extremely lightweight.  They are shaped by hammering and hammering and MORE HAMMERING until the metal has moved and flexed. These are the first few pieces, so they have not been listed on etsy yet. 
 
They will be for sale after I make more of these beautiful items.  If you are interested in purchasing, send me an email (artofswann@gmail.com) or contact me through my etsy shop and I will streamline your order. :)
 
 





 
 

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Photographs and new listings

Finally got around to photographing my new finished pieces!!  I'll be releasing them in a series of posts.

Today I'll be showing a selection of the finished Enamel pieces!  The enamel Earrings are now listed and you can click on the photograph to link to the page.


https://www.etsy.com/listing/232547391/enamel-copper-cup-dangle-earrings?ref=shop_home_active_2




https://www.etsy.com/listing/232548725/enamel-copper-cup-stud-earrings?ref=shop_home_active_1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/232548725/enamel-copper-cup-stud-earrings?ref=shop_home_active_1





Saturday, March 7, 2015

Foldforming

I just took a foldforming class with PLG. Photographs from today's workshop. I can't wait to try out finishes!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Enamel earrings and rings

Just finished my first round of enamel earrings! They are priced at $25-$35. I'm currently working on creating lightweight, adjustable rings in the same "cup" style! The pair of long silver dangles will be available in different colors once my new enamel order comes in.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Enameling additions to The Silver Swann

Been a little while since I've blogged!  I've been busy taking some classes with the Patuxent Lapidary Guild - wish I had more money and time to take everything I want to take NOW!
 
A more permanent expansion of The Silver Swann is the addition of ENAMEL!  I've quickly fallen in loooove.  For those who don't know what enamel is, it is glass that has been melted and fused to metal.  It works perfectly with my designs and gives me a great opportunity to diversify my pieces and accomplish things I couldn't do with torch or patina finishes.  PLUS enamel colors are predictable/consistent.  As of right now I'm working with opaque colors on copper, but I am ordering transparent colors for my silver pieces.
 
 
Above I am working on earring sets with different copper cups.
 
 
 
The next two are colored pendants with several colors overlaid.
 
 
In-progress pictures of creating colored chevron necklaces.
 

 
A kiln I got to use at the guild that's around 200 years old!
 
I created pieces with PMC which will be for sale once I make the chains.   They will be a limited line as I do not have resources to reasonably create pieces at this time consistently.  Hopefully in the future I will be able to expand more permanently.