Tuesday, October 07, 2014
|Hammered copper, handmade glass beads.|
|Handmade copper box chain bracelet - $95|
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Sunday, August 17, 2014
|16" byzantine sterling silver chain|
I may have never been introduced to London until high school when it might not have had the impact it had on me as a little girl, if it weren't for this unexpected birthday gift.
I've been hooked on adventure ever since. So I'm unpacking some jewelry making supplies this morning and a little slip of paper falls out. It's one of those cutesy things store owners do to be memorable so you will want to go back there.
So what should be on the paper but this quote from Jack London: "You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club." Hello, I've been doing this all my life. Following a creative career path, I have been a journalist, editor, magazine owner, travel writer, website developer, gallery owner, and now I'm into handcrafting jewelry. The creative lifestyle may not always be a lucrative one, but by jeepers, you are going to have fun, learn a lot and meet interesting people.
I just completed a byzantine sterling silver neck chain. A friend of mine said I must have a lot of patience, "no, that's not me, I have no patience."
Then she replied, "Determination."
"Yes, that's it, determination."
Saturday, August 16, 2014
|Erin Mitchell at the Guggenheim|
Being a journalist who specializes in art, and owning a small gallery of my own, I'm somewhat credible when I say, and this is my opinion only, that it is difficult to exhibit art in this incredible building that can compete with the grace of the architectural masterpiece itself.
It took architect Frank Lloyd Wright 15 years, 700 sketches, and six sets of working drawings to create the final design for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In 1992, the building underwent extensive renovations and a rectangular tower was added.The new tower was designed by the architectural firm of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, who analyzed Wright's original sketches when they designed the 10-story limestone tower, which replaced a much smaller structure.
It wasn't my first time to visit this wonderful structure, nor will it be my last, and while the exhibits were world class, I especially enjoyed Carrie Mae Weems photographic exhibit,
I couldn't keep my eyes off the building as it pulsed with people from all over the world. I can't wait for my next visit, and this time I'll have to take some video shots of the motion of the building.
No exaggeration aside, my daughter loaded up the red-headed Elliot three days after he was born and we trekked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Not only is that kid going places, he has already been to some too!
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
24 x 18″, acrylic, auto paint, acetone finish on canvas
Saturday, February 22, 2014
(c) 2012 - Ruth Mitchell - all rights reservedI have really gotten into creating "Pretty Penny" earring designs. It started last year when I discovered some wonderful sheet copper left over from building our house. I started experimenting with the rich metal, then I discovered beads!
These three pairs feature handmade beads by my friend Grace Hobbs, who also makes beautiful chain mail bracelets.
The name "Pretty Penny" comes of course from the copper elements in the earrings. I started out using surgical steel hoops as they are the most hypoallergenic solution, but then I started using some silver findings as well. Findings are what the "hardware" part of the jewelry construction is. I have recently discovered that I can construct my own findings, which gives a whole other design element to the earrings. Please visit our Facebook page, either Buyoutsidethebox or Bottle Tree Gallery if you are interested in seeing more of these creative designs. And yes, of course all items are for sale.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
|"TheTwins" - Sondra Seaton|
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
|"Magical Music" $1,200 - 29x35 framed|
Terri Haugen is an award winning self-taught Artist, who is best known for her Batik paintings. Batik is an ancient cloth art traditionally made using a manual wax-resistant dyeing technique. Terri is considered to be one of Americas foremost Batik Artists, and her work has been featured on the covers of National Magazines such as Yankee and Readers Digest.
Terri's work is collected worldwide; her strong sense of design along with her romantic nature and painterly qualities has brought international recognition, for her Batiks. Each of Terri's Batik paintings reveals a command of materials and techniques. She has mastered the traditional method of overdying and combines that with more modern techniques. Her work features a wide range of colors and subtlety of hues, to complicated bright color combinations difficult to achieve in Batik. Her experimental work is fun and unusual.
Batik, is an ancient art form. It has been known to exist in the 4th century BC, in Egypt where it was used to wrap mummies. It was also used in early times in Asia, China, India and Africa..
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Saturday, June 15, 2013
Artist Karen E. Johnson came in one day and said, "are you interested Western art? Well, I love Western art, but wasn't sure if it would be compatible with what we have going on here in the store.
"Let's see what you've got," I told her. Turns out she spends a lot of time traveling out West with her husband, and has a plethora of small but ravishingly beautiful images. This is one of them. One of the cool things Karen does is to carry the detailing of the painting around the side of the canvas.
Karen's small but impactful images are a great value at $30-$40 plus shipping. Go to the Bottle Tree's Facebook page to view them all.
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