Sunday, October 28, 2012

New Necklace at Mobilia Gallery

As part of my extremely busy week recently, I finished and delivered a necklace to Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge for their winter necklace exhibition. I wanted to create something that was similar in spirit to the one I made for their last necklace show, but without the wearability issues that plagued the last one. I came up with the idea of lowering the number of elements but increasing their individual complexity, which gives the necklace visual impact while also making it easier to wear. Below are some snapshots of the finished project. The opening reception will be on November 17th, and the show will be on view through December 28th.

Friday, October 26, 2012

New Consignors

Last week I had appointments every single day to either bring work to existing consignors or shop it to new ones, all over the greater Boston area. Many of the new stores were contacts from Arlington Open Studios, and everyone was looking to stock up for the holidays -- I ended up seeing my holiday cards a lot earlier than I would have expected this year! Here's a list of new stockists I've added and what they carry (in addition to Blue Cloud Gallery, 13Forest and Mobilia Gallery, which also received a new necklace this past week for their upcoming necklace show -- more info to come!):

Cambridge Artist's Cooperative
Harvard Square
- A wonderful coop gallery on Church Street in Harvard, showing the work of many local artists. They currently have a selection of my imaginary map cards.

Brookline Village
- Part bead/jewelry supply store and part jewelry/wearables/housewares boutique. They currently have some of my pendants and stud earrings as well as holiday cards and Boston area map cards.

Bestsellers Books
Medford Square
- A really lovely little bookstore/cafe that recently reopened on High Street in Medford Square. They have holiday cards (from all three years!), Boston area map cards and a small selection of imaginary map cards.

Artful Heart Gallery
Arlington Center
- A beautiful gallery space right at the beginning of Broadway that shows jewelry, wearables and art by local artists. They currently have a selection of earrings as well as pendants.

Note that the cards in most of these locations (along with Blue Cloud Gallery in Ball Square and 13Forest Gallery in Arlington) are exactly the same unit retail price as on Etsy (and at my craft fairs), so if you're local and looking for a card you can skip Etsy's shipping fees by shopping at any of these retailers instead! The next craft fair on my schedule isn't until mid-December, so keep these locations in mind if you have any card needs (including holiday cards!) before then.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New Stop-motion Drawings

I'm working on a couple of 15x20 drawings at the moment, and yesterday I took a few hours to photograph them for animation while drawing. I set up a camera on a tripod next to my work, focusing on the paper until it filled the frame, and then started drawing. After almost every line (and breaking some long ones in the middle), I would lean over and snap a photo with the camera. I ended up with about 800-1000 photos for each piece, taken over a period of about 1.5 hours of drawing. I downloaded, resized and renamed the photos into a sequence, and then brought them into AfterEffects for color correction, timeshifting and rendering into video. The process took most of the day, but I love the way it shows the drawing process on its own, in a sort of mysterious way that eliminates the actual creator.

Timelapse Drawing - Water Map from Emily Garfield on Vimeo.

Timelapse Drawing - Network Map from Emily Garfield on Vimeo.