I am going to work on getting back into sewing. I have a sewing machine, so I m going to put it to good use! I am thinking of sewing nerdy gadget covers for laptops, e-readers, earphones, cellphones, and other gadgets. Here are a few of the items that are giving me inspiration!
I've added another new item to my Etsy store, SomethingColorful! This is a black and red version of the "Isabel" Headband. Red satin ribbon and black beads make this a holiday favorite! It would go great with a red dress or little black dress for your office Christmas party! Are you planning a winter wedding? Red, black and white are popular winter wedding colors so keep this in mind for your bridesmaids! I can make custom orders, so if you'd prefer a different color or if you need multiple headbands for your bridesmaids, just let me know!
This is the "Isabel" Headband in burgundy and bronze to show you the difference a few colors can make to the overall look.
I discovered Sylvia Ji when I was working on my Masters Essay in 2009 and have been fascinated by her work ever since. The expressions she creates in her portraits are realistic and amazing. The viewer is drawn in to the painting by the subject's gaze. The use of bold colors and this gaze are what draw the viewer into the painting.
The series that most interests me are her paintings of gypsies with faces painted like sugar skulls or Mexican death masks. In this series the women are depicted with flowing hair or messy up dos and make up reminiscent of sugar skulls. There are traditional roses that are often seen surrounding sugar skulls, but she puts a twist on them by giving each girl a viscous, haunting look. They are all haunting beauties.
Several of these gypsy-like women with sugar skull make up are dressed like the Virgin of Guadalupe. This gives the painting power, because of the strength the Virgin of Guadalupe holds, but it also gives Guadalupe the hard stare and haunting presence that the other paintings posses. The Virgin of Guadalupe in these paintings becomes the haunting beauty. She haunts all that view her and all that believe in her.
Most people probably would not guess, but I am a world traveler. I spent my teenage years living in South Africa and Uruguay and have been to ten countries on four continents. My traveling adventures have come with some perks; I am fluent in Spanish and I have a house full of what most people would describe as bizarre African art. I love to collect art from street venders and festivals everywhere I go. Now that I am on Hiatus from my world travels, I enjoy curling up on my sofa to read a book or watch a movie with my family: Kalu, Ernie, Mila, Tigger and Ziggy.