TIE THE KNOT Pop up Shop! APRIL! DARTMOUTH, NS!

Make Merry Events is pulling together a month of weekly wedding pop-upsin April, and FOj is happy to be in the mix of gear and garb.  If you happen to be planning a wedding or are imagining it someday, come drop in to get some ideas and peruse the thoughtfully curated collection of local products. The first 4 Sunday in April 10am-6pm at 46 Wentworth Street in Dartmouth. 

Mid-Winter Inspiration

We are deep in it. Winter.  However, with Imbolc having just passed, we are on the upswing with Spring looming in the distance.  I am thankful for this, and all of the little morsels of inspiration that crop up in these slower, darker months.  I recently came across the work of Polish photographer Marcin Nagraba and have been so taken with his work.  Especially the series of photographs he has taken of his mother, in the luscious costumery of Agnieszka Osipa.  Feast your senses:

 

 

2016 IN-PERSON SHOW/SALE WRAP

This is the only picture I snapped of the action at Halifax Crafter's Winter Market over the weekend. It was fun and fantastic as ever. Sending out a big THANK YOU to all the organizers and volunteers who help make this magic happen. And some mega gratitude to all of you who come out and share your golden smiles & help support this work. Y'all are magic too!💐

Halifax Crafter's 2016 Winter Market, Halifax, NS.

Halifax Crafter's 2016 Winter Market, Halifax, NS.

This show was the last show that I will be at in-person over the 2016 Holiday season.  If you missed the last two weekends' activities, or saw something at my table that you can't get our of your mind, feel free to check over the webshop, the FOj Etsy shop, our lovely stockists, or contact me directly with any inquiries. 

XO

HOLIDAY SEASON SHOWS!

It has been a full and whirlwindish summer and fall.  Two full shifts of season have cycled through and I've been consumed in the studio with a wonderful slew of custom orders---Thanks folks!  It is such a pleasure to put my hands, heart and energy to your special pieces.  Especially those of you I've worked with to pull into being small but solid and visual representations your beautiful and resilient queer love.  Hmmmm, it is such an honour.

I will be dropping photos of some of this work onto the website sometime soon.

 

COMING UP, I'll be doing two Holiday craft show this season:

1. The Dartmouth Makers, Nov 25 & 26 2016

2. The Halifax Crafters Winter Market, Dec 2,3 & 4, 2016

Both of these shows are always friendly, free, and full of lovely things. Please do come to say Hi.

 

 

 

2016 SPRING SHOWS! COME VISIT!

I'll be out and about at these two fantastic shows over the next couple of weeks:

HALIFAX CRAFTERS SPRING HAS SPRUNG MARKET

APRIL 30TH & MAY 1ST ::  10AM-5PM :: OLYMPIC CENTER 2304 HUNTER STREET HALIFAX, NS

 

DARTMOUTH MAKERS SPRING POP-UP MARKET

SAT. MAY 7 2016 :: 10AM-6PM ::  THE PARISH HALL, CHRIST CHURCH 61 DUNDAS ST. DARTMOUTH, NS

Winter's Slow Burn

I love witnessing the seasonal shifts. I get pretty quiet in the Winter.  Besides the general and constant moving and shaking that a coupla kids & a coupla jobs requires, I tend to stick close to the woodstove, try to catch up on some reading, and percolate.  It can be a dry time of year, but I try to keep the creative juices flowing.  Scheming, drawing, dreaming, reflecting, reconnecting.   It's slow going, but it goes.

In the studio I've been working on some custom projects, some fun custom horsehair pieces (with hair trimmed from the family's horses), a few very special rings for very special lovers, and then some sketching and experimenting with some ideas for new designs.  I've fallen in to a pit of sand casting glory.  By that I mean I've been stuck on it.  Playing, experimenting, guessing, going, experimenting more.  I've been using the process/materials to invite an element of the unknown, of suprise, of the potentially unexpected to my work.  Metalsmithing can be a prettycalculated and exacting craft---so I revel in finding ways to subvert that a bit.  We'll see where it all leads...

 

 

(winter reading included She of the Mountains (Vivek Shraya), Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements (Compilation), A Queer and Pleasant Danger (Kate Bornstein), Briarpatch Magazine, Chani Nicholas horoscopes and the usual smattering of self-help books re: chronic pain/mental health, etc.)

Black Tourmaline/Schorl

Last winter I spent a bit of time in and around Austin, Texas and I brought back some lovely black tourmaline that I've been waiting to work with.  Here you can see a bit of the transformation:

Black tourmaline (schorl) is a powerful stone for protection against negative energies and for spiritual grounding. If this sorta thing floats your boat, you can read a bit more about some of Black tourmaline's properties here and here, or pick up a book about crystals & stones at the library, cause books and libraries are where it's at.

Upcoming 2015 Holiday Shows/Sales

You'll be able to track down some Fervour's Own Jewellery at the following holiday season events!  Come on out to see some stunning handmade goods, support local makers, and give me a high five or flash me a smile.  It's always appreciated.

 

DARTMOUTH MAKERS HOLIDAY MARKET

November 28 & 29, 2015    10am-5pm  

50 Kings Wharf Place, Dartmouth NS        

https://www.facebook.com/events/895293617187227/ 

 

HALIFAX CRAFTERS WINTER MARKET  

December 4, 5 & 6, 2015 (Fri 5pm-9pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm)

Olympic Community Center, 2304 Hunter St. Halifax, NS

 http://halifaxcrafters.ca/

 

WISHBOOK at FRED.    LOCAL HOLIDAY POP-UP EVENT

November 27-December 12th, 2015    

 2606 Agricola St. Halifax, NS      

Hours of Operation:  Tuesday- Friday: 11 am- 6pm.
                                      Saturday: 10 am – 6pm .
                                      Sunday & Monday: Closed

https://www.facebook.com/events/1855016184724791/                                                            

 

 

ARTIST: Pinar Yolaçan

I stumbled upon the intriguing work of Turkish-born, Brooklyn-based artist Pinar Yolacan a few months ago and I keep returning to it, the imagery so provocative.  Talk about adornment.

Here are some images from her 2004 series "Perishables," portraits of English matrons outfitted in animal:

 

And below are images from her "Maria" series (2007), featuring poignant portraits of Afro-Brazilian women, also uniquely outfitted:

S T U N N I N G.

Below are some links to articles/interviews with Pinar Yolacan so you can read about her work in her own words:

Interview with ArtSlant HERE.

Greater New Yorkers interview, HERE.

And to check some more of her recent work:  PINAR YOLACAN