My B-day Art-8 students (Chittenango Middle School) created these clay masks. We used Sax Colorburst glazes. They have silica flakes that pop in the kiln creating confetti-like effects.
I offered students thirteen different colors and asked that they use at least six, making sure to place three coats of glaze on the mask for each color. It was tricky because the glazes transform in the kiln – there is that allowance for serendipity that doesn’t work if you are a control freak, but totally does if you are experimental.
I added a wire to the back so they can hang on the wall. Students took them home today. I miss them already!
As I sit here writing this post, I am wearing the outfit pictured above. These leather jeans are like butter (butttaaaahhhhh….). And the cashmere tunic sweater is perfect-o. Such is the problem of a fashion blogger – how do you continue to wear newbies in the real world and not your very favorite pieces? How to you mix it up to keep it all fresh?
I guess keep doing what I am doing as long as it is fun? I must be a fashion role model for someone out there.
More bracelets. My dining room table is the bracelet factory. These are from the ethnic series, meme series and horses! All are leather with fur (rabbit and sherpa). Rebecca from Tandy Leather taught me how to add snaps. Bracelets fit 5 1/2″ to about 6 1/2″ wrists. The ones that tie have eighteen inches of suede string attached, so they can fit a larger wrist.
Mine is 5 1/2″. I took a poll of wrist sizes via texting a bunch of friends to get a sense for what was standard. Bracelets really need to be tried on. They are infused with positive energy – you kind of need to feel the vibe. It will be so cool when they find permanent homes. They are like foster kittens. Kind of hard to let go…but I think I am ready to be ready (to be ready) to sell them. <3
These Tashkovski collection bracelets are part of the War & Peace series. They are made with vintage US Army patches and pins. There is a Girl Scout patch in the mix (it is from the ’50s!) and a peace pin that was originally designed to protest war. The idea with these pieces is to respect everyone’s position. I truly admire those who serve our country.
$35 – CROSS
CROSS – (BACK)
Ultimately, peace is the goal. Find peace within yourself first and your world will change. I promise you that. <3
I have been working on photographing, pricing, labeling and cataloging the Tashkovski collection bracelets. Here is the group I just finished – a combination of cameos, vintage pieces and St. Christopher medals. Each is one-of-a-kind. Handmade bracelets created with pins in leather, rabbit fur and sherpa.
(NFS) – CAMEO-1
I have a bit more organization to do this weekend before the launch. Once I get it all sorted, I will free up time to make more (and start the process all over again). <3
Dominoes have become my bread and butter – I have been collecting them for many years, using them in my oil and collage paintings since the ’90s. I think they look amazing in these bracelets.
The idea is to create a domino effect. You pick numbers that have meaning for you. You run into others wearing domino bracelets. You find you have a number/numbers in common. You strike up a conversation. Friendships are born.
$25 . – DOMINO-13
DOMINO-13 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-11
DOMINO-11 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-1
DOMINO-1 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-23
DOMINO-23 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-6
DOMINO-6 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-17
DOMINO-17 . (BACK)
It is an idea, a dream, a deep wish, a desire that people can find an element of common ground through fashion and accessories, if that is the way. There are no coincidences.
$25 . – DOMINO-20
DOMINO-20 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-24
DOMINO-24 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-19
DOMINO-19 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-16
DOMINO-16 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-21
DOMINO-21 . (BACK)
They are priced at $20 or $25 depending on style. I love the vintage flavor to these pieces. That they have survived for so many years and have such delicious patina. And the smell of leather is intoxicating. <3