We will have a show of new jewelry at Fancy Pony Land in Marfa beginning March 2nd and running through April 1st. When I started thinking about what I wanted to show, the organizing principles were "big and interesting". I'm very excited to host these jewelry artists.
Miles Glyn is a friend and artist in London who has recently turned his hand to jewelry. He's making these amazing cast resin necklaces from his original sculptures that are seriously badass. The chains are steel plated with silver or gold. Some involve dripping glass blood beads and swarovski crystal eyes.
Alexis Babcock is a recent discovery for me. My friends Seth (see below) & Gina gave me a fantastic enameled copper snake necklace for Christmas and now I am obsessed. The level of detail and the drawing skill in her work are prodigious. She's sent me a range of big wild animal pieces and a few other specials like cassette tapes and skulls.
f. is for frank
I met Shoshannah Frank, the artist behind the line f. is for frank, last spring in Dallas at a pop-up shop at the excellent Oil & Cotton workshop space. I bought a pair of gorgeous gold plated twig earrings and have gotten so many compliments since then that I had to bring them into the shop. Their work is cast pewter, wonderful natural forms and animals (see a theme developing?), some of it gold plated.
I may be biased, because Seth Damm is one of my best friends, but this man is a genius. Most of his work involves painting, installation and performance, but I always like to have him involved in anything I do so when I decided to do a jewelry show I thought "why not?" and asked him if he had any ideas. Of course he did. Seth is making rope necklaces stenciled with spray-painted quotes from Howard Zinn. The stenciling happens with the ropes all bunched and coiled up, then his words are fragmented into wearable form. More pictures to follow...
I travelled to New Orleans by train in early December to participate in this great show at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, curated by my good friend and frequent collaborator Andrea Loest. It was a total success. The other designers were so cool, there was a great supportive crowd, everything went super smooth, my models and hair and makeup team were top notch, the Ogden is a beautiful space, and it was great to see Natalie Chanin from Alabama Chanin again. It was so much fun to be part of a show that someone else conceived and organized!
These photos were taken by the very talented Zack Smith Thank you to the Paris Parker team for hair & makeup, especially to Selma Alamin for the hairdos. Jewelry is by the fabulous Gogo Borgerding Models are Amanda Martin in the circus stripe rattlesnake dress Sarah Borealis in the Mexican wedding dress Robyn Davies in the modern dress
I am so happy to see our beautiful photographs again. They look even greener here in Marfa.
Please join me for an opening reception at Fancy Pony Land Thursday October 6th, 6-8pm
ANIMAL HOMES These photographs are a collaboration between me, Wes Cleaver, Caroline Rankin and Ricki Hill. I started thinking about them last summer while walking in the woods at Mt. Rainier. The roots of trees form perfect archways for imaginary animal homes. Some of them really do house chipmunks and golden mantled ground squirrels. I thought it would be funny to make entryways and awnings for the holes and leave them in the forest. I immediately knew this was a project Caroline and I should work on together. We quickly realized we could make the homes but would need to document them somehow if anyone but squirrels was to see them. We asked our good buddy Wes Cleaver, a perfectionist photographer from Chicago, to come out to Mt. Rainier and take the pictures. Ricki Hill, his lovely wife and our frequent co-conspirator, made a bunch of the adorable props in the photos and packed them perfectly for carry-on. Caroline and Ricki and I met up in August in San Francisco for our show at the Curiosity Shoppe. I also made felt forest murals, a installation of bracket fungus, pinecone shingle jewelry and moss terrariums with tiny houses inside made of sticks and bark.
SASQUATCH SIGHTINGS My good friend Gina Coffman has an 8 foot tall animatronic gorilla. And the best part is that you can take the fur suit off and it looks suspiciously like Sasquatch. We had talked for several years about how Gina wanted to see the suit out walking in the woods. This summer, with the help of Seth Damm, this dream became a reality. We took these photographs with a Bushnell motion-activated wildlife camera. These are the kind of cameras you use to take pictures at a feed station or watering hole. They go infrared at night and you get those awesome blown-out alien eyed surprised animal portraits. You can set the number of shots it takes once activated and the interval between shots. We used it hand-held.
We also took a video with a basic digital camera. Tom Brierly edited the video into an eerie loop of Sasquatch striding forever through the forest. The video was projected at night in the front window of the Curiosity Shoppe for the benefit of people stumbling home from the bars. I'm hoping to get it up and running in Marfa next week.
I made these photos into a set of postcards which you can buy at Fancy Pony Land for $10. I'm also working on a calendar, but we'll see if it ends up for 2012 or 2013.
Once again, I have to say how much I love working on these projects with friends. Art + friendship = happiness
I have been meaning to post all the pictures of the flag show since MARCH. I really will do it too.
In the meantime here's a piece Karen Bernstein did about My Personal Flag for etsy. Fancy Pony Land Presents "My Personal Flag"
I just looked at it again and read all the comments and was totally blown away by the response.
People really liked this show, and so did I.
This is pretty much the realization of a life goal for me. I have always dreamed of being in Vogue! Digital is not quite the same as glossy print, but very exciting for me all the same. It's VOGUE dammit!
I love that Fancy Pony Land and Marfa are featured right up there with London, Buenos Aires, Milan, Tokyo etc.