Hey Beautiful People! This is the last few days you can see the Beauty of Life, so get yourself down to the Portland Building if you haven't already! At 6pm on Friday, the doors will shut forever on this one. Usually I find another venue to travel my shows, but because of the early sales on Kickstarter, this one could only be shown once in its originally intended format.
The upside of that is that I have found inspiration from my highest level Kickstarter supporters to transform some of the unsold work from this show into a new entity. This weekend is the 17th annual Sitka Art Invitational to benefit one of Oregon's gems, the Sitka Center. I have been fortunate to be invited to participate for the third year and made a few brand new pieces for the event. Inspired by my Beauty of Life show, I made four little wall-hung panels that house a number of small brooches, which can be removed and worn.
The panel is about six inches square, made of walnut.
This piece is made from old frames and many of the leaves are various hardwoods. The scale of this bird brooch is smaller and more detailed than many of the pieces from the Beauty of Life. Here's an image of the reverse side, showing the pin backs and how the mounting system works.
This was a lot of fun to work on and I plan on making several more for Velvet da Vinci before the end of the month. Here's a few images to show you what will be at Sitka this weekend:
I also have a menorah in the Sitka auction this year. Each piece is freestanding and half of them have a little birdy on the base.
See you at Sitka! (click on the image below to see a larger version with more details about this event, or click here to be magically whisked away to the Sitka Art Invitational website.)