What do you get when you cross..
Just wait & see…
The combination of these *gorgeous* photos from Half A Dream Away and being so goshdurned excited about my new piece means it’s hard to resist the temptation to post all about them. So I won’t!
I can’t resist using layers in my work, as you might be able to tell. I love these simple squares against each other. Having initially thought about soldering them together, I decided to leave them hang free; there’s something lovely about their more ‘fluid’ look.
All Square earrings by WaterMemory. Sterling silver simple tube squares (whoo, try saying that five times fast!) on a sterling silver C-hook. (Click the image to enlarge.)
Ah go on, will we go for another? A necklace this time. Now, ye definitely won’t be able to ascertain from the past few posts that I have any sort of obsession with green, no sir..
Oh So Green Indeed necklace by WaterMemory. Pea green Delica seed beads, with 4mm Swarovski jet bicones, finished with a sterling silver simple tube toggle clasp. (Click the image to enlarge.)
And there you have it; a few previews of some of the beauties soon to adorn the very-whizz-bang-indeed WaterMemory website. Do let me know what you think!
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of working with a couple of geniuses. A wonderful designer, and a gifted photographer. I learnt a whole lot about fabric and photography from two people who have forgotten more about each than I could ever learn.
BB King always said it was a great idea to play with people who were better than you, so you’d constantly grow in your own craft. I can really see his point.
So, courtesy of the genius behind Half A Dream Away (a truly gorgeous photoblog), I bring you a little preview of the delights coming to WaterMemory shortly. J’s comment on seeing the beads on these was “Granny Smiths”, which was the precise reason I bought them in the first place..
8mm ceramic rounds (one of my best finds from Berlin), 4mm jet Swarovski bicones hand wire-wrapped with sterling silver, all on a
sesame seed bun sterling silver C-hook, made last Friday evening. (Click the image to enlarge.)
So gentle readers, I leave it to you. What do you think? Would you like another preview or three?
Saturday just gone marked four weeks to the DesignerMart relaunch and I spent much of the weekend working on new pieces. I am in a knitting groove of late, and have a good few bags ready for felting (or more properly, fulling, but that word is usually followed by blank looks and bad puns).
This year, I’ve decided to add new sizes. Much and all as I love and adore my tiny purses and big ol’ totes, sometimes you need an inbetweener- the bag that will hold your phone and your keys and that cute wobbly headed bat* who acts out soliloquies from Hamlet (what? That’s just me?). Ahem. So this year, I’ve added bags that will do just that, while looking fabulous.
Apart from that, it’s all about the gemstones this week. I’ve got tiger’s eye on the brain and I’m thinking tiger’s eye coins with a lot of tiny seed beads.. a sort of web effect. Oh heck, yes.
Expect a sneak preview of all these items soon- I feel a Roger-esque fashion montage coming on!
*Minky. Likes: fruit sweets, long flaps along the beach and Ed Wood films. Dislikes: asparagus and morning appointments. Call him, ladies!
Ah, January- not only home of delightfully crisp diary pages and finishing the stragglers in the Thornton’s box, but one of those months that is chock-full of sneak previews of Ripping Good Stuff (TM). Let me just channel the spirit of Jesse of Jesse’s Diets Fame to get in the mood:
So, to the jewellery..
This year so far, I are bin’ mostly indulgin’ my new-found love of shell. Last year I introduced some chunkier neckpieces, using shell paired with Bali or Hill Tribe silver or Swarovski crystal. This year, a little more of the same but with new, contrasting materials.
You can expect more use of various fibres in my jewellery- silk and felt and organza oh my!-as well as a bit of fabric here and there. Think wearable, elegant multi-media pieces that don’t itch, damnit.
I am also working on a range for people who like their jewellery a bit more lean– expect silver, wood and a bit of knotwork.
In my fibre work- more crochet this year than last. More lovely small bits and bobs to adorn yourself and your home for not too much spendage, and in lovely new yarn blends. I will be paying attention to wool alternatives for my vegetarian and vegan friends, so expect a bit more on that.
Papercrafts will involve a couple of new techniques here and there (awfully curious about quilling, for one!), and an increased usage of recycled and/ or reclaimed materials.
Overall, 2010 in WaterMemory Towers will be about continuity- I tried some new things in 2009 and they worked- as well as a few new bits and surprises, and expanding my merciless dominion of the Internets. (Well, a shop at DaWanda is as good a place to start as any, right?) Sustainability is not going to go by the wayside with me, just because times are tough. You can expect me to continue paying keen attention to where my supplies come from, continuing my support for smaller suppliers and choosing the ethical alternatives.
A few weeks back, I introduced a new range of earrings at Cow’s Lane. Nothing unusual about that, apart from the price- these earrings, sterling silver & all, go for €5/ pair. (Gratuitous plug time: this range, the ‘Perfect’ range, is on sale every Saturday at my stall at DesignerMart at Cow’s Lane, and the earrings are so lovely, they’ll even make the tea*.)
(* Note: probably not.)
One of the first pieces of advice that sellers of handmade wares offer is not to underprice your goods. The issue of pricing- how to price, how much to charge etc etc- can be a touchy one. (Just take a look at the Etsy forums!)
I don’t feel that they’re underpriced.
I introduced these earrings for very specific reasons. Firstly, I wanted to offer people something a little different, where I can compete with (and often beat) prices in high-street shops but offer them something that is a lot higher in quality. I’m also aware (as everyone else is) that the aul’ funds aren’t the best for many of us right now, so I wanted to offer something that was a little more in reach for a splurge.
The reception has been absolutely brilliant. I’ve been careful to use a wide range of colours and materials- ceramic, glass and metal- and people have been very complimentary. (Definitely need to use more pink though- this Pink Allergy is beyond a joke.)
Think of it this way- a pair of earrings, in your favourite colour, for €5, and they won’t turn green in your ears/ aggravate any nickel allergies/ fall apart after a couple of wears. So, not only does the customer benefit, but I get to see people being pleasantly surprised at the price, as well as falling in love with some of my work. Result!