Thursday, December 31, 2009

A bright and shining NEW YEAR to everyone!

I chose one of my very favorite images from 2009 to wish you the best possible NEW YEAR, New Decade, New Life in 2010.
From my heart, I wish the very best to all my readers and students, to everyone who embraces true creativity in art, to everyone who is earnestly searching for his/her own voice and making an effort to contribute originality to the world instead of merely copying the artwork of others.
Blessings on you!
Happy wrapping,

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Christmas, Everyone!

Wishing you all a happy Christmas today, and a better future for our dear country. My prayer is that God will bless America—not because we deserve His blessings, but because we desperately need them, as we need Him.
Sharilyn

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New book arrival!

I'm so excited about my brand-new book, 100 Art-Jewelry Inspirations! My first copy just arrived in the mail, and it looks fantastic.
The print quality is very good and my jewelry looks terrific photographed in glossy full color. Each page has at least one photo, and a few have more than one (max of four) smaller photos with a title and brief description. There are no instructions in 100 Art-Jewelry Inspirations; it is a portfolio featuring a selection of original jewelry pieces that I have designed over the years from 2001 to 2009.
If you'd like to see a preview of the first 15 pages, click here.
The book can be ordered in soft cover (pictured) for $24.95 or hard-bound for $39.95. The book measures 7x7 inches and includes 80 full-color pages of high quality paperstock. Although the title is 100 Art-Jewelry Inspirations, there are actually a few more than that! I couldn't resist giving my readers just a little bit more than promised.
I hope you enjoy it!
Sharilyn

Monday, December 14, 2009

Biker-Chick Bangle Workshop this Friday

If you're interested in learning to make the coolest mixed-media bracelets ever, come join me in a workshop this Friday at Monica's Quilt & Bead Creations in Palm Desert. We'll use silver, copper and brass wire, found objects, coins, copper tubing (from the hardware store), and leftover beads from other projects to make a hip bangle-bracelet.
For info and a supply list, click here.
I haven't been blogging very much lately because I've been really super-busy re-photographing much of my jewelry. This is an ongoing project that began when I decided to publish a portfolio of my jewelry designs from 2001 through the present, and publish the photos in a small book entitled "100 Art-Jewelry Inspirations" (click here for information).
At first I thought that I could simply use the numerous photos that I have already collected over the years, photos that I use to promote my workshops. But then I decided that I'd really like to create a more professional look to my presentations. I considered hiring a photographer, but once I checked out the prices (from $60 to $90 per shot, ouch!) I realized that I would have to do it myself.
In the past I have used a light-tent system from Table Top Studio (click here to see the jewelry photo kit that I use) which has served me well for many years. I love this system because it allows me to create either simple shots or elaborately propped images that look like something out of a magazine. I can use various backgrounds such as handmade paper or fabric, tiles, etc. I love using props in my photos—interesting rocks, tree branches and bark, little arty objects that I pick up during my travels...
But I was hoping for something a bit different this time, and I found it! Table Top Studio has just come out with a new system called "Black Ice" which gives you that really cool black background with a spotlight on your subject. It's not nearly as easy to use as the photo cube, and takes a bit of practice setting it up just right, due to the reflective nature of the surface you photograph on. But, after a few tries I think I've gotten the hang of it. I believe my photos are turning out much better than before. I love the reflections and shadows, mmm-mmm!
The bangles pictured above are just one of many photos you will find in my new book, 100 Art-Jewelry Inspirations, which you can order at blurb.com. Or if you would like to make a Biker-Chick Bangle of your own, meet me at Monica's this Friday and we'll do it together.
Happy wrapping,
Sharilyn

Saturday, December 12, 2009

100 Art-Jewelry Inspirations

If you're looking for inspiration, here it is!
I just uploaded a brand-new book featuring a portfolio of my wire-art jewelry to www.blurb.com. "100 Art-Jewelry Inspirations" is not one of my typical how-too books; instead, on each glossy page you'll find high-quality images from my handmade jewelry collection with a brief description of each piece.
I've been designing and making original wire-art jewelry since 2001. I decided recently that it was time to present a full-color portfolio of my work in an affordable format. This 80-page book measures 7˝x7˝, is in full color, and printed on premium paper. You'll find 100 (actually, more than 100 because I always like to deliver more than I promise) jewelry pieces professionally photographed with a brief description in a caption beneath each photo.
Necklaces, bracelets & bangles, earrings, and pins—it's all in "100 Art-Jewelry Inspirations," and I think you'll like it!
To see a free preview of the first 15 pages of the book, click here.
Happy wrapping,
Sharilyn