The other day I dropped in on an OCAC class on children’s book illustration. Portland author/illustrator Johanna Wright was visiting, and gave a wonderful slideshow about her work and journey to become a storybook illustrator. She brought copies of not only her own books, but also some of her paintings, drawings, and books by authors she admires.
Among the Weeds
Her talk was very inspiring and motivating to keep working doing what you love. I will be stopping by Powells soon to pick up a copy of her book Secret Circus and Bunnies on Ice- check them out for yourself, too!
OCAC’s graduating class (yours truly included) is putting together an exhibition opening May 17 2013! We are all working very hard to make awesome work for all of Portland to see. Check out our Kickstarter campaign, and please contribute funds for the success of our show and fantastic rewards like these…..
Studio ephemera packet
See you in May!
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Tagged enamel, jamieson diemer, local art show, OCAC, Portland, thesis
Since May of last year, I have had the privilege of working as an apprentice at Alchemy Jeweler under master jeweler/owner David Iler. Mostly I watch, help with sales, and do odd jobs, but I also have been able to work on a few projects.
Gold and raw diamond cube engagement solitaire
Silver and amethyst cuff
My favorite task is to work with commission clients. I love hearing and seeing what ideas they have already, and then translating those ideas into drawings for jewelry we can make at the bench.
Renovation of existing jewelry
This was my first time working with palladium, platinum, and diamonds!
One down side to trying to blog from an iPhone is I had no idea how small the pictures I’ve been uploading look on a normal computer screen! *sigh* Here I am with some normal sized photos for you:
Along with many others last year, I spent an inordinate amount of time following the every move of Kate Middleton as she transitioned to Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. I was enthralled most of all by her fascinators and hats (What Kate Wore is an entire blog devoted to chronicling her fashion choices). This input definitely percolated through my not-so-subconcious into my making. I made this hairpiece last year in my electroforming class. I was playing with natural materials- electroformed seedpods and grasses, feathers, scrap silver- and they came together as a fascinator of sorts. I’d like to think a fairy might make this fascinator in the forest.
This piece was made last year in the same electroforming class, for an assignment exploring the theme of nostalgia. I find I am most nostalgic for time periods I have never lived in. The last part of the nineteenth century was a Golden Age in many respects. Over-the-top headdresses drawn by Mucha and worn by Sarah Bernhart and later performers such as Theda Bera are immensely exciting for me. This headdress features pierced copper, electrofomed objects, and enamel. Now I can pretend to be a silent film star!
Photos by Dan Kvikta
We happened into a pair of tickets….
….that requested “nautical steampunk attire”, so I threw together some chain-and-seashell-detritus hair ornaments and hoped for the best. Joe looked like he had spent all day working in the boiler room!
We saw Y La Bamba, The Jezebels, and some fabulous steampunk costumes. We even saw some jellyfish-
Live music on a sternwheeler paddling up and down the Willamete is highly recommended!
Oregon College of Art and Craft annually commissions a piece of work from each department to be auctioned at the Art on the Vine event. This year the commission went to my classmate Laura Mapes and I. We collaborated on a convertible neck piece, and boy was it a busy summer!
The camellia bushes on campus were our inspiration
Laura cast twigs and carved leaves….
While I enameled and fabricated…..
photo by Dan Kvikta
All done! Whew. And now on to thesis……
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Tagged alchemy jeweler, camellia, Dan Kvikta, enamel, jamieson diemer, Laura Mapes