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Wow! It’s been an incredibly busy year and while I’ve been back at work on a ton of different projects, I haven’t been keeping up here at all. Sorry about that and I’ll try to do better!

The gallery is usually open our regular summer hours, Tuesdays to Sundays, but it’s always good to check in by phone or email if you want to stop in since I am called away now and then. I can usually accommodate early or late appointments too, so long as you let me know.

The biggest change is that the etsy shop is now closed. They’ve made using their payment system mandatory for sellers and I’ve decided it was time to move on. I’ll post here when I’ve figured out a new on-line selling venue but of course, can always do mail orders through the store. Just call, or drop me an email and I can let you see what’s available.

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IMG_6940It has been quite a while since I made a new batch of masks. I shouldn’t have taken so long a break, but kept getting distracted by stuffies and jewellery, since those are the bulk of what’s needed for shows. At any rate, a new group just got finished! They were done to use up the last of the edging lace. It makes beautiful crowns and is the best accent for the feathers I’ve found but, because it was salvaged, it was in limited supply. All the full crown masks made with it had found homes, so I decided it was time to just go ahead and use what was left. I stuck to most popular colour combos so there is one gold and black, (pictured), a gold and white and one silver and brown. The silver one also used up the last bit of the long natural coque feathers. It’s always hard to reach the end of a favourite supply, but I should look at as a chance to do something different. Either way, it’s going to be hard to see these ones go.

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The hunt is always one for suitable spider bear components,

Small spider bear

Small spider bear

but they have been scarce lately. Eventually I was able to find a pair of smaller bears that still have the great, slightly broken coat fur that works so well for the spiders. One of the good things about working with bears of a similar type is that I have figured out some consistent ways to achieve the look I want. So at least it’s a bit easier to both round out the body to a more spidery shape as well as knowing where all the extra limbs are going to go. Each face is a bit different though. Figuring out what eyes fit best with it’s existing ones and where they’ll go is something that changes every time. The palps also need to be a bit different on each spider too. This one got a pair of slightly longer and narrower ones since they better suited her narrow muzzle. Even after to long wait for me to have a new one I can’t say that I’ve now got her around since she’s already headed off to a home across the border. Oh well, back to the bear hunting for me!

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One of the great things about the digital age and on-line commerce

sea turtle in frame

sea turtle in frame

is that it is possible to get direct access to an amazing range of independent artists. Jewel Rene is one that I first met through the Regretsy group. She does an adorable series about a one-eared blue elephant called Hellephant, (and she recently published a children’s book about him, “Hellephant Has A Day”) as well as a group of Grumpy cat portraits as famous authors. (I have Edgar Allen No on a t-shirt) Most of the art that I end up framing for the store is antique or vintage but now and then I like to mix in some new ones and couldn’t resist her sea turtle. The frame he’s in is a Fotiou molding that looks like tortoise-shell, so it was a perfect match! The image may be fairly small, since it’s a 5×7, but he has enough presence to still work well, even with such a dramatic frame. (there is also a good article about her here)

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***This event has been cancelled. I will repost if/when we pick a new date for it.***

 

Etsy is having a worldwide craft party on June 20th.  It sounded like a fun idea and, when I talked to the Perth County Visitors Association, they thought so too! They have a great space, in the Visitors centre and we will be making jewellery from 7 to 10pm! The plan is to share a bunch of different ways to make new pieces you will actually wear, from the older bits and pieces that are lurking in the bottom of the jewellery box. If you don’t have any broken or dated bits, you can also bring along buttons, fabric, feathers or leather pieces and we’ll work with those. Take something old and turn it into something you can wear and enjoy instead of keeping it stuffed in a drawer! You can sign up at the Etsy Eventbrite page. It’s free to sign -up but we will probably be charging $5 at the door, for supplies. Everyone is welcome and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me and I’ll try to help.

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The Etsy shop has always been a bit of a melange, considering how many different

red gold gilded leather necklace

red gold gilded leather necklace

things we’re into. It’s main focus has always been the masks but some vintage and supplies were always there and now, the stuffies are part of the mix as well. When I recently started with a new line of gilded leather jewellery, I realized that I just didn’t want to throw it in there too, so I’ve opened a new shop, just for it. I’ve called it Gilty Hearts, since most of the pieces are gilded hearts. It’s been fun to actually use the some of the sterling silver leaf I’ve had around as well as some of the variegated leafs. This tiny heart is one of the red ones. The metal sheets are apparently heat treated to cause the colour changes. I’ve found that it’s hard to predict exactly what they will look like until they are fully finished since most of the sealants that are needed to preserve the finish, can cause some random colour changes. This one turned out really well, with a strong pink/red range.

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While hunting stuffed animals for the making of mutants, I’ve come across quite a number of

miniature mutant frog stuffed animal

miniature mutant frog stuffed animal

miniature stuffies as well. They are too small for much in the way of cuddling but they are the right scale to be worn as pins. (or in the hair, as was suggested to me) Now that enough have been collecting for me to get properly creative with the mixing and matching, a number have been finished. One of the first to get done was this frog. I was surprised to find out that I’d managed to find three of the same, but the bodies were too small to support a Cerberus-like trio of heads so instead, one two-headed frog was made and the other one got the extra limbs. I’m showing him off today since the finished shape is almost a shamrock. (nothing says “St. Paddy’s Day” like a tiny, green stuffed toy mutant, right? ) The plan with these is to keep the pins, hair clips and ponytail elastics on hand and any can be be attached, depending on how the client wants to wear them, since it only takes a couple of minutes to sew them on. Of course, they can stay as plain mini-mutants, if that’s what’s preferred.

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