Thursday, April 23, 2009

eclectic, eh?

It's a blog carnival. And the question is: What makes you an eclectic artisan?

According to wikipedia, eclecticism in art "describes the combination in a single work of a variety of influences..."

Interesting. My first thought about the word eclectic was of various media being used to create. But in doing research (you know, my usual five minutes worth) the connotation as it relates to art, architecture, etc., is more related to historical and/or cultural influences. So, for instance, a building designed using elements from various centuries might be labelled eclectic architecture.

So, to answer the question, what makes me an eclectic artist, I would have to say it is the combination of old ideas with a new medium, for example, my tarot art.

The tarot and its well-known icons are centuries old, but the materials used here are very new, specifically the polymer clay.

Another example of old concept, new materials is the rainstick. This style of instrument is one of the oldest, but polymer clay is new and modern.

So, how are you an eclectic artist? Or an eclectic whatever you are? To join in on this blog carnival, visit the EART etsy team blog.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

YEART sale!

The what now?!?
The Eclectic Artisans Team of etsy is having a spring yard sale. In my shop, that means that all supplies - beads, buttons and pendants - are 50% off. (To take advantage of this deal, just make the purchase on etsy, but wait to pay until I send you a revised invoice with the savings.)
Other members of the team have great deals, too. Check out these shops:

Monday, April 13, 2009

a thousand splendid suns

Finished this one this weekend. Here's the NY Times review. Mostly I just kept thinking over and over again, "this is the effect of religion in our world." I lean more and more away from the concept of relativism and more toward the idea that humane and equal treatment everywhere is what we need to be fighting for.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Business Wish List

Some stuff that would lead to certain efficiency and success...

1. A tumbler to polish beads.

2. Convection oven for baking big stuff!

3. Bright lights and a better camera for photographing products.

4. Marble slab as a surface to work on.

5. A bathroom in the basement (er, I don't really anticipate this one happening any time soon.)

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