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New Jewelry with Altered Photographs

 

 

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My latest creative endeavor has been making jewelry from altered versions of photographs I took on various jaunts. Twice the fun for sure and several of the pieces are also my new favorites to wear. Lots more to come I’m sure. 🙂

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Inspired by Ombre

One of the great things about selling both online and at a brick and mortar store is that different items sell well in different places.  At Augenblickphoto my photo stones are most definitely the biggest seller with my photo wood blocks a close second.  For some reason they don’t sell nearly as well in Mitten Im Walde whereas my jewelry, which barely sells on etsy, does very well there.  Having two venues keeps me busy with all sorts of ideas for both.  I love this new statement necklace I made this week.  I’m not usually one for trends, but I do love the ombre look that has been all the rage for some time now.  I plan to make similar necklaces in different colors.  Fun, fun!  🙂

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No Sun and Yet it is Summer

It’s the first day of June and yet it is far from being summer or late spring in Berlin. An icy wind was blowing on and off all day and the sky was so dark as though a storm were on the horizon though it never did start raining. A native Californian, I was programmed for so long that summer is summer is summer. But in Berlin it is unfortunately an optional season…..I tried taking some photographs for some new photo earrings I want to post in Augenblickphoto, but there was just too little light. I did like the photograph I took above. There is L’Inconnue de la Seine, my muse, looking as mysterious as ever. Let’s just hope she’ll help the summer come.

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Canvas Me


A few weeks ago I finally made some handmade canvas prints of my work. It’s an idea I’ve had for a while but I was never quite sure how I wanted to do it.

A few months ago I found this great natural weave cotton at the Turkish Market here in Berlin. I didn’t have a plan for what to do with it, but I knew I had to have it when I saw it (craft stores, hardware stores and fabric markets can be a very dangerous thing for a natural-born experimenter like me…)

A few weeks ago I finally bought something I’ve wanted to play with for a long, long time: a stapler gun (being kept most definitely out of the hands of my children!) I decided to then staple the natural cotton onto canvas frames and add a photograph with a transfer and voile. The results can be seen in this post.

I only have two of the canvas pieces listed in Augenblick right now, but many more are still to come and to be made (especially with a triangular canvas I’m very excited about playing around with…) I have a big editing job to do over the next few weeks in my “real world” job so things might be slow in progressing, but definitely stay tuned.

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New Photo Jewelry At Augenblick

I’ve offered photo jewelry in my shop Augenblickphoto for a while now, but I’ve never really expanded the section.

Part of the problem is the materials (mainly brass frames) are fairly expensive which made me a little more reluctant to experiment than I might have otherwise.

Also, the jewelry never got that much attention or sold well, though handmade jewelry, in general, is hard to market.

I recently found a new way to make jewelry that I’m very excited about.  I print my own photographs on white plastic and then seal the pieces with matte varnish.

The material is fairly lightweight but also thick enough to be substantial.  I’ve been enjoying mixing metals with the pieces, from raw copper to matte gun metal to antique brass.

I’ve been wearing a lot of the pieces myself and love the organic look of them and the feel.  Just like my photo stones, only a little better.

The photographs shown here are all pieces I plan to list in the next week or so, so please stay tuned.

 

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The Secret Room

I used to have this re-occuring dream that I would find an extra room in my house, often rough and unfinished, that I had never seen before.  Amazingly enough, I discovered just such a room in my apartment house earlier this week.

I went upstairs to pick up a package from the neighbors on the top floor and realized that the stairs went up further from there.  Two doors were at the top.  I knew what I would find behind them.

A Dachspeicher, a sort of unfinished attic room that a lot of (but not all) buildings in Berlin have though you don’t always have access.  The doors to this one were unlocked and various boxes from various neighbors were stored there.

Needless to say, the light coming through the small skylights onto the unfinished gray walls was amazing.  I will definitely do something with images there that will later be presented in Augenblickphoto so stay tuned.  I just hope I don’t find too many more mummified pigeons like the one I found today.  Gross!

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Mehr Hingabe

When I was fifteen, back when there was practically no internet (yes, there was such a time…) I joined a pen pal club and wrote hundreds of letters to people all around the world.  I knew then that someday I would live in another country and learn to speak another language.  It was so clear and so obvious that I never doubted it though I didn’t necessarily think I would move away forever.  But I’ve been in Berlin for 12 years now.  My children were born here.  My husband is German.  I don’t think I’ll ever go back.  I told someone recently about this decision I made at 15 and they asked me why.  But I didn’t really have an answer.  I love my family and think Northern California is one of the most amazing places on earth.  Still, I was meant to leave and so I did.

Anyone who has mastered another language will tell you there are sometimes words that best describe something you would need sentences or even paragraphs to describe in another languages.  One of these words is the German word Hingabe.  In English Hingabe can be translated as devotion, abandon, surrender, indulgence, commitment, addiction…..One word for all that vastness.  Somehow I feel the mask L’Inconnue de la Seine is calling for mehr (more) Hingabe  in all its possible translations.  I’ve photographed the mask so many times and lord knows I’m not the only person she has inspired.  I’m planning on using words in some of the work in my shop, though I’m not sure yet how.  But please stayed tuned.

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