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23 March 2010 @ 11:09 am
Driveways, Steampunk Jewelry, Operas and the SuperBowl  
I thought it might be nice to announce some of the crazy stuff that's been happening of late in my life.  All things considered =- its been pretty dang good.  Ups and Downs of course - many many computer issues in the past months appear this week to be fixed.  Or fixed enough.

I've been writing less.  Much less.  Probably due to the fact I seem to have an inability to split myself too fine - either its photography / jewelry or writing.  Sure I poke violently at the writing at least once a week but it all seems like it can only go so far.  If I'm obsessing over jewelry then I can't seem to obsess over writing. 

Anyone else find that they can only split themselves so fine in the creative department?

Since TheJob finished up last year I have been sorting my way through working for my brother 4-5 hrs a day (or more) - which pays the majority of the TheRent.  It's great to get the chance to talk to people from across NA - but the subject (green driveways) is less than stellar.  It becomes routine - but I still enjoy it because I get to hear all these great accents and find out that its chilly in TN, raining in parts of Texas, and there might be sunshine in a part of Michigan if the low clouds clear up.  It keeps me going.   The only problem working for my brother is my brother - and his completely random pay.  But i have a lot of freedom so I'll shut up (mostly) about it and just hope he remembers to deposit my paycheque.  Nuff about the driveways.

My jewelry got used in a TV Commerical during this year's Superbowl.  Not that you can really see it well, but its there.  Fame? Fortune? Not really, but its cool.  The Commerical is called:  YOUR TIRES OR YOUR LIFE  by Bridgestone - sorta a post apocalytic spot. 

The first real magazine shoot that features my work is called "A GASLIGHT ROMANCE" in the
Feb/March issue of AUXILARY MAGAZINE.  I was contacted by a stylist who was looking for some alternative steampunk kind of stuff - its a 7 page spread - on pages 40-47.  I'm amazed and impressed at the entire process of these photoshoots - which usually involves a handful of people - who are Very Nice.  The Beautiful People all were quite welcoming to the newbie.  Very Cool.

Charity work continued - still does.  Various donations to a local theatre group for an auction.   A hundred n forty for Haiti.  Stuff like that.   I like to be able to create something that ends up going to a good cause.

Recent Big NEWS:
The Santa Fe Opera Co - will be carrying my jewelry in their Gift Shop this summer season.  I was recently contacted by them to produce a selected line of steampunk jewelry for the World Premier of the Opera, "Life is a Dream".  Yeup... you read that right - steampunk and opera!  Some how I've also managed to produce an image that they'll be using on their Libretto cover too.  Here it is - in 3D (just like AVATAR!).  Not really but it is actually somewhat a sculpture.  I'm planning on a bunch of sculptures soon - details to follow as it develops.
 looks a bit dark because i've run a filter on it.  Details on Flickr.

gi_jules on March 23rd, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
I have the same problem. If I'm focused on painting, that's all that will come out well. Ditto the writing and the drawing. Not that drawing's been much of a thing for, oh, six or seven years. Right now there's nothing going on but packing, thinking about packing, throwing things out and packing some more. Can't wait to move. Blargh.

That thing is awesome. Those little doohickies in the middle remind me of the pipes of a pipe organ.
clockwork_zeroclockwork_zero on March 24th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
its too bad cause you draw really really well! Whats the new place like? gimme some details.. :D I'll have to remember to get your new addy too.

The doohickie is a good term. its a vintage brass stamping - some art-deco style that I thought was going to be small - cause I don't read descriptions too well. Its a few inches long. I thought it made a nice curve.

Great White Snark: Yummy Surfergi_jules on March 24th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you kindly. Hopefully once I've got some new surroundings the gears will start turning again. Right now they're just kind of grinding and making a lot of noise and smoke. Wait, that's just the sound of me thinking.

Jim Carusojasonbeast on March 23rd, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
If I'm focusing on one medium (writing or music), sometimes my inspiration for another medium will dry up completely for a while. Once in a great while, I'll get a burst of inspiration for another medium, but when that happens, it's usually a complete change of gears, and if I was writing and got a musical idea, I won't write anything substantial for a while after working on music.

Queen Victoria *wished* she had a crown that awesome.
clockwork_zeroclockwork_zero on March 24th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
re: Queen Vic!
cooooool :D

i guess i'm at that stage - if i get back to writing more seriously I can't imagine making the jewelry with the same vigor. I do get those bursts of inspiration - and they result in jewelry or in this case - the crown. Usually i need a trigger to get the idea - in this case the opera peeps asking me if I could do it. took a week for the idea to strike after a few not-good results I realized i needed to actually "build" it.
All the letters I can write: girl in a hatwendelah1 on March 23rd, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
It's been a long time since I've tried to do anything creative but write, but yeah, we all can't be Leonardo de Vinci.

Your work is brilliant. It's wonderful to see you getting the recognition you deserve.
clockwork_zeroclockwork_zero on March 24th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
i actually got close to blushin there. I usually don't so its a rare thing. :D

Maybe by the time I'm in my 70's I'll have a passel of followers/assistants to help with something. Leonardo is a good inspiration for me, now that you mention it. He really could create a lot different things. Perhaps when I'm Very Old (vs just feeling it) I'll be able to produce a variety of great work. hah!

How goes the writing?
Erzebet Bartholderzebet on March 24th, 2010 09:47 am (UTC)
Anyone else find that they can only split themselves so fine in the creative department?

Gods yes. I'm not writing much either. It's all making books and editing. I can't seem to juggle everything I want to do, so some gets left behind.

That is a lovely piece. I'm still desperate to own something you've made. :)
clockwork_zeroclockwork_zero on March 24th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
making books is a wonderful thing! Editing though makes me sick to my stomach. I have oh... 10 things I can immediate think of that I wish I could edit. The editing process escapes me.

I've got a bunch of bone things going right now. I'll have to let you know some of the sneaky details when I get things organized. heheheh

we should do some kind of trade or something. I'm going to have a lot of new work coming in the next few weeks. I'm really hoping to get a few sculptural pieces done - although I'm finding it difficult to keep some of them together. ah the mix of metals! sigh.
Erzebet Bartholderzebet on March 24th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
Bone things! Yes! Give me sneaky details. :)

I would love to do a trade. I've got a couple things here that I'm having a hard time photographing, shadow boxes with bone, and quite a few limited mini editions coming up. Which would you prefer, book or art?
clockwork_zeroclockwork_zero on March 24th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
well.. right now I'm constructing mini-sculptures of gears, objects and bone. teeeny tiny ones. I'll have some photos up some time soon. I am planning a blog accnt that will have some SF/future with them. But more as it all develops!

oh gods. books or Art?
left arm or right?
Erzebet Bartholderzebet on March 25th, 2010 09:00 am (UTC)
I hope I'm online when you post the pics. Tiny bones! *swoons*

How about I try to get photos of the art before you make your decision. Seeing the stuff tends to help. LOL