Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Place - Composition Exhibit

Through June, my map jewelry will be a part of an exhibition at Composition, a beautiful shop in Colorado.

The theme of the show, PLACE, makes my heart swell... and the photos on Flickr are nearly convincing me to hop on the nearest plane, train or automobile to go see the show in person.

The vintage school maps they have on display are dreamy... I can picture these hanging around my house. I remember loving these layered pull-down maps in school... I always wanted to roll them up and down and use the teacher's pointer stick to point out all the places I'd love to travel.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Fashion Capitals of the World

New in the shop, inspired by the great trend-setting runways of the world, and my new found obsession with Project Runway. If only there was a Project Jewelers Bench...

Here it is... the Antique Map Bracelet featuring the fashion capitals of the world.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

CCAD Art Sale - Saturday!

Join Me April 18
for the
CCAD Art Sale
Work by Students & Alumni
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
In the Loann Crane Center for Design

$50 First-choice from 9 – 10:30 a.m.
$5 General from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Faculty, staff & students free with valid CCAD ID

Admission is charged at the door.
Cash, checks and credit/debit cards are accepted.

Free parking

This popular event features blown glass, ceramics, paintings, handmade paper, drawings, apparel, photography, sculptures, prints and jewelry. More than 125 students and alumni bring original work to this one-day sale. Go to CCAD's Web site for a campus map and directions.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Fictional lands...

Illustration by James Gurney from Jouney to Chandara.

This morning I attended a presentation by James Gurney at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Better known as the creator of Dinotopia. An amazing illustrator, he gave a very detailed lecture about his illustration processes from plein air paintings, dressing up as his characters and taking some comical photo references, visiting store rooms of archeological museums, and getting private access to the Library of Congress' collection of millions of books. His work is really quite amazing and his daily blog holds a wealth of technical information for illustration and painting exercises as well as a history of illustration and academic realism. I regret not taking my son out of school for the afternoon to see his lecture, but I will be purchasing a copy the imaginative books for him to discover. I especially loved the detailed maps he created of his fictional reality and the imagined antiquarian journal where the story began.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Coming soon... baby birds!

A female Peregrine Falcon is nesting in the nest box monitored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. They have a live webcam streaming 24 hours a day from the 41st floor of the Rhodes State Office Tower downtown Columbus where the nest box is located. You can watch it here. Pretty soon there will be baby falcons fledging and learning to be the fastest animal alive!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Columbus Love!

I was excited to find recently that Eva at Sycamore Street Press compiled a Columbus City Guide for Design*Sponge. It made me happy to see a list of many of my favorite places around the city. If you've never been to Columbus, you should plan a road trip and use this list as a guide. You will be sure to enjoy yourself!