Think Art Loud

Inspiring, Encouraging, and Promoting the Handmade Arts and Artists

Ok, so now that regular life seems to be calming down a bit, I am hoping to be able to get back to the blog soon. However, I think I may have been a bit over ambitious with my original post schedule, so I will likely be revisiting that so as to find something that works better. The problem is this, I’d carefully structured what kinds of posts/artwork would be featured on what days, and while this sounds great in theory, in practice it’s a nightmare. Here is why: 1) some topics/artwork are harder to find posts for than others, 2) I don’t like to post an artist’s work/photos without their prior knowledge and consent and 3) contacting said artists to get consent is sometimes easier said than done, and it can be a while before you hear back, assuming you hear back at all. I know lots of bloggers do not get permission before they post, but I don’t like that. At the very least, it is a courtesy, but it really goes beyond simple courtesy to actual copyright laws. So, I’m going to be ditching my carefully planned post schedule. Here’s the new post schedule that I’m considering: instead of the daily or alternating post schedule I’ve been using, I’m thinking a monthly schedule might work better. Maybe have one major featured post that fits with the old posting themes, and then however many other posts I actually have time to make. That way, I have longer to plan for the posts, hear back from artists, etc.

Ok, so I know that Veteran’s Day isn’t until tomorrow, but this is a M/W/F posting week and I really wanted to do something in honour of Veteran’s Day, and one veteran in particular: my grandfather, Franklin Bramwell Hepworth.

Memories of Grandpa - Laura Hepworth

This painting is from 2008 and was my final project in Painting I. When we were told that the topic of our final would be completely up to us, I knew pretty much from the start of the semester what I wanted my final to be about: my grandfather who had just gone to be with the Lord in early August of that year.

[The painting measures at 30×40 inches.]

Memories of Grandpa - Laura Hepworth

Memories of Grandpa - Laura Hepworth

My grandfather served in the Army during World War II. He was a lieutenant in charge of a tank platoon. Ironically, he was also claustrophobic so that meant he had to ride with his head outside of the tank which is partly how he was awarded the Purple Heart (he actually received a Purple Heart with two oak clusters, which I was told signifies three injuries and is the equivalent of three Purple Hearts.) I don’t completely remember what the other two injuries were, but the one I do remember hearing about was directly related to his riding with his head outside the tank and a clear testament to the Lord’s protection: a 50 caliber bullet went past the side of his head and popped the eye on that side out of its socket and left it dangling; he picked it back up, shoved it back in his head, and despite the doctors saying he’d no longer have sight in that eye it was his best eye for many, many years. My grandfather’s tank platoon was also present for and actively involved in the liberation of Anne Frank’s prison camp, and on D-Day during the storming of Normandy, he and his tanks were shelling encampments from behind enemy lines to draw fire away from the troops landing on the beach.

In addition to the Purple Heart, he also received the Silver Star and a couple of other pins for his service during WWII and occupation of Europe after the war.

[The portrait miniature is just 2.5×6.5 inches.]

Memories of Grandpa - Laura Hepworth

He loved flowers, and for a time, also worked as a florist……..

Memories of Grandpa - Laura Hepworth

….. as well as a teacher. In fact, on the the gentlemen that used to go to my church was actually one of his students! (Lol, such a small world at times.)

Memories of Grandpa - Laura Hepworth

He was also a pastor for many, many years….

[The landscape on the wall behind the pulpit was painted by my Uncle Chet; the miniature here is 1.5×1 inch.]

Memories of Grandpa - Laura Hepworth

… and one of the godliest men I’ve ever known! He was 91 when he passed way, and that year he and my grandma would have been married 68 years.

In the background of the painting is a portion of Psalm 91, my grandpa’s favorite Psalm. It reads:

14. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue
him;
I will protect him for he acknowledges my name.

15. He will call upon me and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble
I will deliver him and honor him.

16. With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation.

Psalm 91: 14-16

And to all those that have served or are serving, Happy Veteran’s Day and thank you for your service!!

FiberArts Cafe

So, if you are a fiber artist in or around the New Jersey area, you might want to check-out the FiberArts Cafe. The FiberArts Cafe is owned by Carol V. Moore and is located in Millville, New Jersey. Whether you are a knitter, crocheter, needlepoint artist, or any other form of fiber artist, the FiberArts Cafe is sure to be a place you’ll enjoy visiting. They carry all manor of supplies, tools, books, and also offer workshops.

In addition to the wool, bamboo, alpaca, cotton, and acrylic yarns that the FiberArts Cafe carries, they also carry an selection of more unusual yarns, as well as, yarns that have been handmade locally! Also of note, is that the store carries work made by local fiber artists, so be sure to stop by and appreciate their work!

Interested? Great! Here’s where you can find them!

501 N. High Street, Ste. L
Millville, New Jersey 08322

Store Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: noon – 6pm

Group meet: Monday & Wednesday: 6pm – 8pm

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Beautiful Memories of the Past by Nina Gore Art

Nina Gore of Nina Gore Art is a henna artist. Now generally, when you think of henna, you think of it being applied on a person, and while Nina also applies henna to skin, Nina Gore takes henna out of the realm of temporary body art and into the realm of fine art. By applying the henna technique to other materials such as glass, paper, and canvas, Nina Gore Art also allows those who may be uncomfortable with body art to enjoy the beauty of henna in another fashion: as a painting. Not only that, but she has found that, unlike when applied on a body, the henna won’t fade over time like it otherwise would.

A Vibrant Peacock by Nina Gore Art

Nina Gore has an amazing eye for pattern and composition! In addition to the henna, sometimes Nina will combine it with oil pastels bringing an entirely new dimension to her work: that of colour.

If you would like to see more work by Nina Gore Art, here’s where you can find her:

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Grape Soda Necklace by Instinctively Indie

The artist behind Instinctively Indie is Ann Jepsen. Ann Jepsen creates unique upcycled jewelry from all sorts of bits-and-bobs. Her jewelry features lots of upcycled buttons, pieces of vinyl records, soda cans, marbles, melted crayons, and so many other interesting objects.

Cool Tones Melted Crayon Bracelet by Instinctively Indie

Instinctively Indie jewelry is cute, colourful, and full of vintage whimsy you just can’t help but love it! When not creating beautiful jewelry, Ann Jepsen can be found at home chasing around her home in Sioux City, Iowa with her family.

If you would like to see more of Ann Jepsen’s beautiful creations, here’s where you can find them!

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Black Eyed Susan Bakelite Bracelet by Uniqlets

Uniqlets is owned by jewelry artist Lisa Rosenberg. As her businesses name “Uniqlets” would suggest, Lisa specializes in making one-of-a-kind and unusual pieces. She especially enjoys bringing new life to vintage materials such as old jewelry, vintage buttons, or, really, any unusual object that strikes her interest and could create a bold statement piece. Uniqlets jewelry is fun, colourful, and very different from other jewelers work. Every piece is certainly a statement piece of jewelry and sure to get noticed!

Pearly Grace Bracelet by Uniqlets

If you would like to see more of Lisa’s work, here’s where you can find it!

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Hi, everyone! I know it’s been a long time since I last made a blog post, but I’m going to try and start posting again now that my summer art shows have come to an end. To get things restarted again, I thought I’d share some of my excitement from this summer: being invited to consign my jewelry to the Artistica art gallery in Dexter, Michigan.

Artistica is a small art gallery run by four ladies who are artists in their own right. I met one of the managers while exhibiting at the Midland Summer Art Fair where she was also exhibiting her work. The next month, I got a phone call from her asking if I would be interested in consigning some of my work to their gallery. And, of course, I was!! I then spent the next two weeks making a whole pile of new pieces specifically for the gallery so that I wouldn’t diminish my show inventory.

Here are a few of the pieces I brought down to Artistica!

Trizanov bracelet

Sterling silver and Dragondust Trizanov bracelet featuring Chrome Diopside beads. Trizanov is one of my own designs.

Half-Trizanov bracelet

Sterling silver and Dragondust Alternating Half-Trizanov bracelet with Iolite. Alternating Half-Trizanov is one of my own designs.

Vipera Aspis bracelet

Sterling and copper Vipera Aspis bracelet. Vipera Aspis is own of my own weaves.

Celtic Flower bracelet

I’m not sure why, but I’ve been making a lot of pieces lately in lime green and hot pink. This one is Celtic Flower bracelet in sterling silver and that lime green/hot pink enameled copper colour-combo I’ve been favouring lately. It sold at Artistica the day after I set up my display!

Byzantine bracelet

Sterling silver, burgundy, silver-gray, and blue-black enameled copper bracelet.

Celtic Flower bracelet

Copper and blue and orange enameled copper Celtic Flower bracelet. I really like how this one turned out. It reminds me of forget-me-nots.

Half-Romanov bracelet

Copper and lime green enameled copper Alternating Half-Romanov bracelet with Pink Topaz. Alternating Half-Romanov is one of my own designs.

Crotalus bracelet

Copper Crotalus bracelet. Crotalus is one of my own weaves.

Trizanov earrings

Sterling silver and Dragondust Trizanov earrings with Chrome Diopside, Pink Chalcedony, and Pink Sapphire.

Half-Trizanov earrings

Sterling silver and Dragondust Alternating Half-Trizanov earrings with Iolite and Tanzanite.

Dragonscale earrings

Copper Dragonscale earrings.

Romanov earrings

Copper and lime green enameled copper Romanov earrings with Pink Topaz and Pink Chalcedony.

If you would like to see more of the jewelry that I brought down to Artistica, you can find it here.

Summer Blog Posts

Posted Monday, June 16th, 2014

Hi, everyone! Sorry for the recent lack of blog posts! I just wanted to let everyone know that as we are now entering the art show season, the number of blog posts will be becoming more erratic due to having to dedicate more time to preparing for shows. I will still be making blog posts as frequently as possible, but fore the next little while I may only be able to manage one or two blog posts a month. The blog post schedule should be able to go back to normal about mid-September.

If you do a lot of shows, or have higher priced items, then you’ve probably considered, or will eventually be considering, accepting credit cards at shows. Accepting credit cards at shows really does make quite an impact on your sales. Since I started accepting credit cards at shows, I’ve noticed not only increased sales, but also an increase in the average price, so I would definitely encourage other artists to look into accepting credit cards. However, as there are several different options out there for doing so it can be very confusing to find which method would be the best one for you.

Most methods require that you have a merchant account service (sometimes banks offer this) which will rent or sell you the credit card processing equipment. Some of the methods will approve/decline the cards right away, while others record the needed information requiring you to phone the information into your merchant account service to complete the payment(s).

Regular credit card processors and merchant accounts can be very expensive. Besides the cost of the equipment, merchant accounts charge a monthly fee (whether or not you’ve actually processed any cards that month), as well as, transaction fees for each credit card payment (the % varies for each credit card company).

Thankfully, these merchant account services are no longer the only options out there for accepting credit cards, Other options out there are: Intuit GoPayment, Square, or PayPal’s card reader. All three of these options allow you to accept credit cards via a smartphone and know straight away if the card is approved or declined. I use Square and absolutely love it. The card readers are free and there’s no monthly fee, so the only cost is a small transaction fee which is the same for all credit card types. Square is the method I would most recommend, but I know others that have used Intuit GoPayment and PayPal that are also really happy with their choice. Whichever one you choose (if you choose to accept credit cards via a smartphone), just be sure to do your research as two which phones they are or are not compatible with.

Wearable Wednesday: Heirloom Ribbon and Beadworks

Posted Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Coral Ribbonwork Corsage - Heirloom Ribbon and Beadworks

Heirloom Ribbon and Beadworks is the product of the imagination and artistry of Pamela Scudder from Los Angeles, California. Pamela specializes in one-of-a-kind bridal, special occasion, and costume accessories. She has been making them since 1989.

Chocolate and Teal French Ribbon Millinery floral Applique - Heirloom Ribbon and Beadworks

Pamela’s love for the elegance of Victorian design is very evident in her designs! She also draws a lot of inspiration from the beauty found in nature. Pamela creates headpieces, tiaras, jewelry, hair combs, and bridal accessories; all of which are beautifully and intricately designed.

If you would like to see more by Heirloom Ribbon and Beadworks, here are the links:

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