Eddie Myers: I use Imported papers, Mulberry and Ginwashi. Each lamp is handmade and signed by myself. First I weld a heavy steel frame, then wrap each panel with styrene backed paper, a tedious process that leaves me with a very durable lamp. I then drill and glue lucite spheres for feet. I also use lucite rods protruding through the shapes that glow softly. The simplest of my designs takes 14 hours to produce.
I don’t know about you, but my calendar is full of summer birthdays! Here are a few gift ideas to help you cross some of those birthdays off your “to do” list.
I am a big fan of ceramics, as you might have noticed. I love to have little bowls scattered around the house to collect keys and jewelry. This sweet little bowl by Village Clayworks is the perfect size to catch various bibelots and looks fresh and summery at the same time. I’m sure anyone on your gift list would be pleased to have these little ladybugs in their home.
It’s summer, time for lots of parties that will put your kitchen into overdrive! It’s easy to keep your kitchen pretty and well-stocked with a supply of handmade goodies.
First up are these yellow damask tea towels from Fancy Boutique. The yellow color screams summer while the damask pattern adds a hint of sophistication. Also, check out the Fancy Boutique etsy shop for aprons to pretty yourself up while you’re working in the kitchen.
McComsey Designs is a shop full of silver and gemstone jewelry with an organic feel. Julie’s passion for making started when she was just two years old and drew on her kitchen wall with a red crayon. While her parents weren’t happy, from that point on she was always obsessed with making things with her hands. Drawing, painting, building things with scraps of wood from her dad’s workshop, ceramics, she was always looking for a way to keep her hands, and mind, busy creating.
It was a ceramics class a couple of years ago that led Julie to jewelry. She was inspired to create big chunky ceramic beads for jewelry and after some more research and a few trips to the local jewelry supply place, she got hooked. Now her life currently focuses around all things jewelry – tools, metal, stones, designing and learning new techniques. There is just so much more she wants to learn to do and not to mention the designs in her head just waiting to be brought to life.
It wasn’t until just recently that she realized that she could actually make a business out of her creativity and so Julie took the leap into selling because she loves knowing that someone else is enjoying something she made with her own two hands. Stuck in a corporate 9-5 job, she was able to break out and start her own business with the support of her family. She feels incredibly luck to be doing something she is so passionate about each and every day!
I believe in supporting handmade and being a part of a renewal of the forgotten handcrafted arts. I always thought it would be fun to start a company that preserved and taught people how to do all the traditional crafts and skills that are slowly disappearing in our society. Be it blacksmithing and metal work, stone cutting, fabric weaving, fresco painting, or building a gothic cathedral from the ground up. Seems like these days everyone is more interested in speed and cost rather than craftsmanship and making something they can truly take pride in.
Like all of us artists, Julie’s favorite piece changes all the time. For now her Rock Pile ring is her favorite, inspired by the beautiful walls she discovered on a trip to Greece she took with her husband that were made made by piling up rocks in a slightly organized way. I love this interpretation in ring from. My favorite, though, is her Blue and Green of the Sea Necklace (so much so, I almost didn’t post it so that I could save it for myself).
If you happen to live in the Portland Oregon area, you can find Julie’s work at Paseo Artisans. While some day she would like to do some art fairs right now she is focused on learning new techniques. She is mostly self-taught and has taken a few classes but mostly has learned through reading and experimenting. Her many areas of interest and her background in fine art, art history, architecture and graphic design have led her to creating pieces often using organic, simple, clean lines.
I have always had a strong interest, ok, obsession with all forms of art, design, and architecture – all of those elements along with just ordinary items and places I have traveled to are all influences. Everything I see gets my mind spinning. I can’t look at anything without analyzing its design, color etc. and how I could apply it to something I am making. I once came up with a great design idea when I looked at the pattern on my bathrobe one morning. I put my heart and soul into every item I make. Mass produced items are a bit soulless to me. There is nothing behind them but a machine. And in this age of technology I feel that humans are becoming less connected with each other. Buying something handmade in a strange way gives you a bit of a connection with its maker. The handcrafted object is something of great value that we have forgotten in our society.
You can find out more about Julie on her website.
Sometimes when you’re looking around at all the beauty that is handmade, you just get the urge to do it yourself. If that describes you and you’re the jewelly-beady type, I’ve found some beauties for you.
Right: Transparent Disc Lampwork Beads by HMB Studios $25.
- AAA Lemon Quartz Faceted Fancy Cut Drops from LillyLuxe $89.
- Carnelian Hearts from littlenovelties $9.
- Agean Blue Mykonos Greek Ceramic Beads from Black River Beads $1.75.
- Vintage Czech Glass Buttons from Reduction Nation $4.75.
- Bungee Beads from Dancing Star Beads $4.75.
- Enameled Metal Rose Leafbed Cabochons from MousyBrown [missing-shop]
- Chalcedony Multicolor Flower Beads from YStudio $10.80.
- Green Flowers from Daisy $2.69. [missing-shop]
- India Red Aventurines from Bead Mart $1.65.
- Czech Gemstone donuts from All Things Beaded $2.40.
- Brown Vintage Coat Button from The Button Hole $3.
- Smoke Glass Bellflowers from The Garbage Goose $2.50.
- Peridot Quartz Glass Teardrops from Bead Mart $0.95.
- Sea and Moss Mykonos Greek Ceramic Bead from Black River Beads $4.25.
- Smooth Polished Watermelon Tourmaline Briolettes from alittledazzlegems $45.
- Olivine Fluted Round Glass Beads from The Garbage Goose $2.25.