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This month’s featured gallery is Artist Made Jewelry. Handcrafted jewelry is not only an expression of the artist who created it but of the one who wears it. Whether created in silver or gold; plain or sparkling with gems and stones, artist made jewelry is a coming together of personalities that is unique. Throughout the remainder of March, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s Jewelry artists.
So Jeo Katherine LeBlond
I love tiny intricate designs and challenging myself to work with the smallest and most fragile of eggs was just a natural progression for me. The designs are drawn out and the egg goes through the same waxing and dyeing process as with a normal sized egg, just on a much, much smaller scale which requires special tools and a very light touch!
I work with shell cut-outs but also with tiny whole eggs such as parakeet, dove, cockatiel and finch. The most difficult to work with are the finch eggs which only measure about 3/4 of an inch tall. Their paper thin shells are so fragile that they will often crumble into nothing as you are working on them. Taking them to the point where they are wearable jewelry is a painstaking process; most don’t make it past the dyeing stage. They then they need to be filled with a special polymer through the small pinhole where the contents were emptied out and after that many layers of the same polymer are applied on the outside giving them incredible strength, durability and UV resistance.
Often fragile collectibles such as Pysanky are kept in cabinets or glass domes, displayed but out of reach of the viewer. Pysanky jewelry allows the wearer to have the closest proximity to something that most people only catch a glimpse of and knowing that the wearer thinks that my work is special enough to be worn and displayed on their person makes making egg shell jewelry such a rewarding process. – So Jeo Katherine LeBlond
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If you are planning to enter the August EBSQ shows, you had better get it in gear. The end of the month may be a few days away, but it will be here before we know it – especially for those of us with a holiday weekend coming up. This means if you are participating in the Pet Portrait Swap and you haven’t finished, you really need to step it up so as not to disappoint your partner and miss out on the voting once the show closes. At the moment there is $50 dollars in the Pet Portrait Swap kitty.
If you are interested in seeing what has been entered in this month’s shows so far, you can see it all merely by visiting the EBSQ Shows page. There you can see entries in “Pet Portrait Swap ’08″, “Welcome To The Theatre” and the “Flower Of The Month: Begonias” shows. You can also utilize the chipin.com feature on the individual show pages to contribute to that show’s prize kitty. These prizes are awarded to the “Member’s Choice” winner for each show. The Member’s Choice winners are selected by the EBSQ membership.
Now go and create. It will be September soon!