Monday, January 18, 2016

David Bowie, more favorite videos, pictures and links

     It's amazing to see such an outpouring of Bowie love everywhere, everywhere, everywhere.   It's also been a Bowie fest around here, so I'm posting some more links, pictures and videos.  A mix of favorites and good finds.

     David Bowie honored with his own constellation

     The Belgian radio station Studio Brussels and the MIRA public observatory have honoured Bowie by naming a constellation shaped like a lightning bolt after him. The creation of the constellation is part of the Stardust for Bowie tribute project, where fans can use Google Sky to add their favorite Bowie songs with a short note to a virtual version of the constellation.

There's also a petition out there to put him on the new British 20 pound note.

David Bowie and Alexander McQueen interview/conversation in  Dazed & Confused from 1996

"Bowie Is blowing our minds" made for the V&A exhibition Bowie Is.   My favorite parts showed pages with his songs written out by hand.  Love that.   They "sought insights from musician Thurston Moore, artist Jeremy Deller, music journalist Simon Price, dedicated Bowie fan Ziggy Jacobs and artist Daphne Guinness. Between them they traced Bowie's career from the 1960s, and took a close look at his approaches to the creation of music, image.

* A peek inside Bowie's art collection on  artnet

     *  Neil Gaiman's Bowie 'unabashed fan fiction'  The Return of the Thin White Duke , also in Trigger Warning (which by odd coincidence I had just put on hold at the library).

* A moving article in the  Guardian talking about his last 18 months of creativity.   

Classic Starman performance that is everything great.    This has always been one of my favorites, or high on the list anyway.  Starman from Top of the Pops in 1972

Paper Cranes cover of Blue Jean 
From the Bowie tribute album 'We were so turned on'.  This was made a few years ago.

This art gif that I've seen everywhere, by Helen Green

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

David Bowie, gone but not gone

     David Bowie, gone yet never gone.   A beautiful, brilliant, eternally creative, elemental man.  He was one of my first crushes, and it has never gone away.   Because how could one not love Bowie?

      I met him once (briefly, mostly just a hello), but I can still remember his smile.

      Below are a few videos from YouTube.  A couple are the original videos, others just songs.
      So many songs I could include, but these are a few that struck me yesterday, as part of my own 24 hour Bowie fest.


Life on Mars?

Space Oddity

Oh! You pretty things


Memory of a free festival

Touch, we touched the very soul
Of holding each and every life.
We claimed the very source of joy ran through.
It didn't, but it seemed that way.
I kissed a lot of people that day.


"The Sun Machine is coming down, and we're gonna have a party."
"The Sun Machine is coming down, and we're gonna have a party."
"The Sun Machine is coming down, and we're gonna have a party."
"The Sun Machine is coming down, and we're gonna have a party."
"The Sun Machine is coming down, and we're gonna have a party."

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

70,010 notes on tumblr

Came across my Ring a Day 35/365 with 70,010 notes on Tumblr .  It's a photo of  me wearing a photo of my I miss you ring.  Ring a Day 35/365 from my Ring a Day project.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

My Brooch in Behind the Brooch

Happy that one of my brooches was included in Behind the Brooch by Lorena Angulo. It’s a beautifully laid out gallery book showing the often unseen creativity and thoughtful details on the back of brooches. Showcasing those secret parts so often only seen by the select few who see the work in person.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year!


 Happy New Year!
A few favorite photos from Pinterest


Prints in the snow  mark the scene where a hawk caught a meadow vole 

                                                            frozen spiderweb

Thursday, August 1, 2013

TIJF Pin Ball Catalogue

TIJF Brooch Show Catalogue 
 Juried by Alisha Marie Boyd and Annie Tung 
Happily my brooches 'Brooch a Day 50' and 'Lips, Blood Skin' were both included in this beautiful show.

 The Toronto International Jewellery Festival presents the Brooch Show.   Celebrating the diversity of contemporary jewellery expression in the brooch/pin format from around the world.    The selected images were of brooches from over 80 artists and designers. 

The catalogue is a book full of lovely diversity, some of my favorite pieces include those by Paul McCLure, Felieke van der Leest, Bridget Catchpole, Marta Mattsson, Francis Willemstijn, Barbara Stutman, Laura Deakin, Andrea Wagner, Ramon Puig Cuyas, Rebecca Hannon,  Annie Tung, Gabrielle Desmarais,  Tanel Veenre, Lana Filippone and France Roy- though to list all my favorites would be an even longer list.  

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Repeat Repeat at Harbourfront Centre

Lovely photos from Repeat Repeat at Harbourfront Centre

Repeat, Repeat
Harbourfront Centre
April 20 – June 16

Bande des Quatres, Colleen Baran, Anneke van Bommel, Cinelli + Maillet, Lana Filippone, Karen Konzuk, Van McKenzie, and Eric Petersen
Curated by Melanie Egan

More photos ( also by Tom Bilenkey) of Repeat, Repeat and their other current shows found in Harbourfront Centre's Spring Exhibition folder on Flickr. All extraordinary exhibitions, the photos show just enough to be both full of exciting work and an enticement to see more. I wish I could have been there in person.

This exhibition is presented by Harbourfront Centre as part of the inaugural Toronto International Jewellery Festival (TIJF) in conjunction with Meta-Mosaic, the 2013 Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Conference.

Multiples and repetition have been central components of design throughout the history of jewellery. In ancient times, natural elements such as shells, bones, and feathers were strung together and worn to depict status; used in religious ceremonies; and worn for protection and adornment. The great movements of western art history are littered with examples of repetition: from granulation to chain making, hammered textures to engraved patterns, and glass beads to pavĂ© settings. This rich history continues to fuel today’s designers. Harmony and rhythm are used to create works that reflect contemporary ideas and conditions. The conventions of the past have not been abandoned, but are instead re-imagined and built upon.
In the contemporary jewellery community, one-of-a-kind work is championed as a unique form of expression, while multiples, particularly ‘production jewellery’, are often devalued. The eight designers in this exhibition do not shy away from repetition; they use elements to form the building blocks for their designs, whether those elements are ideas, related forms, motifs or gemstones. They use traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques to create works that are inspired by natural forms, architecture and pop culture.
This exhibition celebrates Canadian work that is chic and desirable, wearable and accessible and continues a conversation that connects the past to the future of contemporary jewellery.

– Melanie Egan, Head, Craft, Harbourfront Centre