I've pulled a few things out of the shop over the last few days so that I can put them into the Artisans Store, a local gallery just around the corner from me. Rather than my assemblage/narrative work (although I have submitted some of these pieces) I thought I would concentrate on the embellished/embroidered textile cushions. Here they are on display in my kitchen the night before:
Here's a collage of the necklaces in more detail.
I also thought single bangles might be a little more accessible (ie. easier on the pocket) than stacks:
Really simple but I am pleased with how they turned out. I'm thinking about putting some in my etsy shop.
All this switching stock around has left the etsy shop a little depleted. I know some people have an item for sale in several sites/locations at once but my brain just can't cope with this. I have listed a couple of new things though:
I've found a new way to attach bails to the textile cushions - cut a short piece of wire, paddle each end and drill a small hole. Bend the wire in half and place over the cushion. Insert a long dress makers pin (glass head or hammerhead) from the front to the back through the cushion and holes in the wire, secure the pin by bending it so that the sharp end lies flat against the cushion and then trim off the sharp end with wire cutters. You can then over-sew the bendy end of the pin to the cushion or put a bead over it - whatever works. It's a much neater technique although still a little time consuming.
I'm still lovin' working on the bangle stacks:
This one was in the etsy shop but is now in the Artisans Store.
I really like this white/cream set - it's even got a bit of bling.
For those of you that sell on etsy - how are your sales lately? Mine seem to have taken a bit of a nose dive over the last few weeks. Not sure if it's the time of year, economic climate or, perish the thought, people aren't liking what I'm doing enough. Mind you, compensation is meeting (online rather than in person) some really lovely people and that doesn't seem to be impacted by the seasons or the GFC!!
Talking of lovely people ... I don't buy many jewelry magazines but I have splashed out on a subscription to Belle Armoire Jewelry which is hugely expensive as I have to have it mailed to me from the US. I see that the Autumn issue is essentially a tribute to some of my favorite artists including; Tracy DiPiazza from pipnmolly, Janet Loomis from anvilartifacts and Cynthia Wolff from beatnheart. You guys rock.