Sunday, January 27, 2008

Updated- Submit Your Stories to 'Share Your Love!- Please Pass On!


Updated 'web-friendly' versions of the postcards! Feel free to post! And slightly tweaked version of the call!

SUBMIT TO SHARE YOUR LOVE
1) Name (very optional) or Initials (also optional):
2) Sex (optional):
3) Age (optional):
4) Country (needed) and City (optional):
5) Title (optional):
6) Story (a few lines to a few paragraphs):

Stories to be used in: An artist book! Colleen Baran's 'Love Letter Series'! A book!

All languages are welcome! Because the world is full of love! Non-English stories should come with a rough (at least) English version.

What kind of stories? All kinds! All love! Both big and small love. Overwhelming and soft warm love. Comfy and conflicted love! Stories of first kisses and first sweethearts! Secret crushes and mad flings! All love is welcome! Stories of how you felt, copies of sweet notes left on pillows, impassioned letters. All sincere stories of love are wonderful!

To Submit to info@colleenbaran.com with the subject line 'Share Your Love'. No attachments. Full credit is given to all 'non-anonymous' stories. Submited stories may be reproduced in all publications and media. DEADLINE ONGOING
Questions? Quite welcome- email info(at)colleenbaran.com with the subject line 'share your love'.

Please pass on! Share the love!
And check back for updates!

*edited to reflect ongoing deadline*
(Edited & updated post)

More Work from the Like Wearing a Love Leter Series


Photos of 'You See Me' (2007, Vintage thread, thread, recycled polycarbonate, ink, sterling silver.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Another Retrospective Update- Jewellery Journey Air at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Germany


Another Retrospective update! Above are postcards from 'Jewellery Journey Air' at the Museum Fur Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany. And, charmingly enough, my rings are shown on the left of the back of the postcard- which was a great honour and a delight. The featured ring is "Cloud Ring #2", a set of 11 rings from the Cloud Series.


Cloud Ring #2 (2006), Sterling Silver, hand fabricated. Bannds have parts that are paper flat, often polished to a mirror finish and have tubular interlocking parts. This ring can be rearranged to suit ones mood. And it has been travelling around the world since 2006 in this exhibition.

This was the first if three shows in this travelling exhibition and was in the summer of 2006. The second was in May 2007 at the Galería Isidro Miranda in Argentina. The third ran Sept-Oct 2007 at the Elements Gallery in the Detroit Artists Market in Detroit, Michigan (USA). Future shows tba but are slated so far for Australia and Singapore.

And now there is a catalogue of the exhibition by Christine Bossler for sale on lulu.com. This ring is the one featured in the catalogue.


Photos of 'Jewellery Journey Air' and the Museum Fur Kunst und Gewerbe in Germany.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Photos of pieces I'm working on

Photos of pieces I'm working on in the Like Wearing a Love Letter series.

Vintage thread, recycled polycarbonate, ink, sterling silver.

Mylar, sterling silver.

You can't see it in this photograph, but each layer has words carved into the transparent mylar. They are invisible from certain angles. Seen in flashes of the light. Best appreciated seen in personperhaps. Very, very tricky to try to photograph transparent words on transparent paper. Also here here on flickr

My Collections- Wonderful New Books by Doris Lessing!


Doris Lessing has been one of my favourite authors since I was 17. I read 'The Four Gated City' , a chance thrifted find, and voraciously absorbed it over the course of a long weekend. For the last few years I've been reading or rereading her books from the library- having given away 99% of my collection when I moved 3500 miles (and then back again). But I've start collecting again! Before my favourite books get too old and good copies are hard to find. Pictured above are 21 of the 23 books I've bought in the last few months.

Most are first edition hardcovers in fine condition and they are a great delight to me. The vintage ones from 1960's to 1970's are my favorites! I will always love 70's 60's graphics and the extra pages and the thoughtful attention to detail in older books. I've been using a lovely site to choose favourite printings and verify first editions www.dorislessing.org

In 2007 Doris Lessing Won the Nobel Prize for Literature. I think that I was happier then she was (she had a rather calm response to the news), but I suppose that at the age of 89 one is less moved by such things?

Also seen on the left side is a (yet to be framed) print of 'Make it Rain' by Betsy Walton, an artist whose work completely enchants me.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

More edible jewellery! Bread rings by Polly Wales and Lina Peterson



These rings are by Polly Wales and Lina Peterson- made of Bread and Steel. Both artists are recent graduates of the Royal College of Art in England and both have lovely sites.

I've seen the bottom ring before... www.klimt02.net perhaps? But rediscovered via a lovely polish jewelry blog panieprzodem. I love her idea of feeding it to little birds on a cold winters day.

Something about edible jewellery makes me happy. It reminds me of Hansel & Gretel. Both completely frivolous (in it's impermanence) and completely practical (perfect for hiking or picnics!) and reminds me of my own 'edible food/jewellery' inclinations.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Postcard front and back for 'Share Your Stories of Love'!


Click on images for larger view. I have just sent in these images for postcards and am in love with them. Simple but exactly as I meant them to look. I can't wait until they arrive!

As mentioned in December, I have an open call 'Share Your Love' and invite *everybody* to submit their stories of love! All Love! Most stories will be used in an artist book &/or zine, select stories will be used in pieces in my 'Love Letter' series. And they'll be used in my solo show "Like Wearing a Love Letter' at the Crafthouse Gallery (March 27th to May 4th, 2008) in Vancouver Canada.

I’m collecting 'stories of love'. I'm looking for the full spectrum of love, both good and bad: lustful, platonic, passionate, bitter, pure, joyous, brief, long-term, deep, shallow, unconditional, etc. Love of a partner, a vocation, an idea. Do you have a secret crush? Have you fallen in love? Have you fallen out of love? Tell me about your first kiss! What makes you excited to wake up in the morning! Weak in the knees! Giddy and breathless! Share the story of who and what you love!

All languages are welcome! Though 'non-English' submissions would be best accompanied by a rough English translation.

SHARE YOUR LOVE -
1) Name (very optional) or Initials (also optional):
2) Sex:
3) Age:
4) Country (needed) and City (optional):
5) Title:
6) Story (a few lines to a few paragraphs):

Email stories to info@colleenbaran.com with the subject line 'Share Your Love'. No attachments- post into the body of the message. DEADLINE MARCH 1ST for inclusion in upcoming show. Specify whether you are submitting for both the book and the jewellery or just the book. Those that do not specific can be used in both.

I will be regularly posting updates on the project here on www.SeeSeeBe.blogspot.com so check back! And if you have questions about the project please feel free to ask!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

A 'Customer Appreciation' Photo!



My first post of 2008 is, pleasantly enough, a 'customer appreciation photo' I received earlier this week. It made my day! Sweet, charming AND well shot! Thank you again Ruth!

After selling only through shops and galleries for so long it is the things like this (notes, photos and even gifts from the owners of my work!) that has made selling directly via the internet really quite warmly rewarding. Not that hearing of appreciation via the shops wasn't lovely- but relayed info does seem to lose a little something in the telling.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Edible Jewellery- Hilde De Decker






Tomato plants with workshop and rings on hildededecker.com and on klimt02.net.

The cleverness of this series warrants many photos. I would post many more were I to find high res versions of them.

It has been a favourite piece since I discovered it (last year-ish) and it is brilliant in it use of organic materials and the mix of living & inert, permanent and impermant.