January 26, 2011

Love It!

I am loving this designer! Teclur


January 08, 2011

E-Book "A Beginners Guide To A Jewelers Workshop" by Jennifer Wood

I just completed my E-Book titled "A Beginners Guide To A Jewelers Workshop"

Everything you need to know when starting up a metalsmithing workshop.

E-Book PDF Format
23 Pages

This guide was made as a reference to help you start up your very own jewelers’ workshop. A jewelers’ workshop varies from one artist to another. This guide is based on the tools I use to make high quality sterling silver jewelry. Buying tools for the first time can be overwhelming. I know when I first started collecting tools for my jewelry studio I struggled with what tools to purchase first. The information I have shared is a basic guideline of what you should have in your workshop. All tools listed I use on a daily basis and find that without these tools I wouldn’t be able to make the jewelry that I make today.

Guide features 23 pages of information:

-basic jewelers workshop set-up (included topics such as ventilation and torch set-up
-tools and equipment lists along with tool decriptions and pictures
-design for building your own jewelers bench
-tips and tricks
-recommended reading
-ring blank chart, birthstone chart and ring size chart
-list and links to jewelry related suppliers, magazines, forums and organizations


or you can send payment to Jennifer Wood at riotdesigns@yahoo.ca Please don't forget to give me the email you would like the E-Book emailed too.

December 13, 2010

New Blog for Jewelers: The Studio

Rio Grande Jewelry Supplies just launched a blog called The Studio!
It is all about everything and anything jewelry. They will have guest experts, info on new tools and a wide variety of other jewelry related topics! I am really excited about this as I am a jeweler and I am always on the prowl for new and better tools. Also, hearing tips and tricks from other jewelers in the field is priceless!

Visit The Studio

December 10, 2010

Spotlight: Katwise

Outstanding handmade clothing by designer Katwise!


I am Kat O'Sullivan, a free-spirited hitchhiking girl who has spent most of her life bumbling about the planet in search of senseless adventure and community.

These are my original hoodie designs, which have evolved with much love over the past 20 years of my wanderings. I try to infuse my work with the bohemian spirit in which I live my life. I know that sounds like a bunch of hippy drivel, but IT'S TRUE! haha.

I reckon I have vagabonded though close to 100 countries. I've spent years on the festival trail, following the Dead, mermaid parading, moshing, granfallooning, standing on my head in India, and just staring at the campfire. I have hitchhiked to Timbuktu, Kathmandu, Kalamazoo, and pretty close to Xanadu too...

For years and years I have funded my personal carnival by selling my patchwork gypsy wares.

I am a painter as well as a seamstress, and these sweaters are a combination of both of those passions. I think of the creations process as sort of "sweater expressionism". (okay, actually, i just made that term up when i was typing this, but, it seems about right.)

I have sewn literally thousands of sweaters in order to perfect my technique and arrive at this elf coat confection. These are rough and tumble garments, expertly tailored to last you through many years of rambling. Some of my sweaters have been around the world a few times, and only look better for the wear.

Katwise Shop
Katwise Website

December 07, 2010

Spotlight: KRT Wood

Check out KRT Wood! His work is truly astounding!
KRT Wood
I made my first jewelry box six years ago for my sister. I've built many more and learned a great deal since then but I still use the same level care as the first time.

I never imagined I would end up working with my hands. Though I studied to be an engineer I gained a greater appreciation for the machinists that actually made things. I found in wood a material that I could learn to work with on my own. A piece of wood can have its own unique character and beauty so it is not just about forcing your own ideas onto the material but a partnership with it.

KRT Wood

KRT Wood

December 04, 2010

Spotlight: Crankbunny

Wonderful handmade cards! You really must check out this artist! His work is stunning!


Crankbunny is an animation director by day and paper puppet magic rabbit fish at night.

Crankbunny's shop sells all sorts of different paper puppets, greeting pop up cards, and other paper novelties designed and handmade by the artist. All the goodies are created, cut, and produced by one set of hands and printed in the United States of America.

*Keep up with Crankbunny news, shop secrets, paper puppets & popup card trivia at http://crankbunnyshop.blogspot.com/




December 03, 2010

Artist News:Kendra Binney


First thursday opening
First thursday opening
I've taken a few months off to transform my gallery and finish a bunch of new work.  Please stop by between 6 - 10 pm tomorrow night to drink some wine, see some new paintings, and fill my altered space with merriment.   I'll have quite a few new originals and small art tiles priced $20 - $100 as well - in case you're in need of holiday gift ideas. . .

Opening First Thursday, December 2nd, 6 - 10 pm
located at 328 NW Broadway  #115 in Portland, OR
show runs through January 30th 

The Big 100
The Big 100
I'm happy to be part of the 3rd annual Big 100 art show.   Featuring over 1500 pieces of 8"x8" art by regional artists, the show will fill the walls of both floors of the Goodfoot lounge.   The 3 night event will benefit the Cascade Aids Project and the Oregon Food bank.  Plus, all work is priced at just $50!
December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th   -   4PM -  2AM
 Cash / Carry
The Goodfoot - 2845 SE Stark,  Portland, OR

Here's a partial list of upcoming events.  More details coming soon... 

San Francisco, CA | Swoon Gallery - January 2010
Portland, OR | Tilde Gallery - February 4th, 2011
Vancouver, BC | Ayden Gallery – April 15, 2011
Seattle, WA | Ouch My Eye! Gallery – April 23, 2011
San Francisco, CA | Space Gallery – April 30, 2011
Portland, OR | Chair Affair Gala –  April, 2011
Los Angeles, CA | HoldUp Art Gallery – May 14, 2011
Portland, OR | Goodfoot – May 2011

Visit Kendra's Website