LA Cosplay Con

Oh time, how she does fly! Earlier this month I was in the artist alley at LA Cosplay Con, and it was awesome! This was actually my first con ever, and I loved seeing all the awesome cosplays. I am dying to try out one of my own, I just have to figure out what would be awesome and comfortable enough to sit around in at my booth for eight hours. (I would LOVE to be Mystique but I don’t think I could do the all-over blue make-up for that long!)

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I also loved meeting the other artists and talking to the attendees. There were so many talented, creative people! My fellow artists were very welcoming and friendly. For a few of them, it was their first con, too. Others had been doing the con track over the last year, and they had some good tips. I had a great time chatting with the attendees, too, and I was amazed at what a wide range of ages and personalities there were.

I originally made these cute poo earrings and charms for Kawaiiland–I was on the fence about doing it, but I figured why not try it out, and people liked them! So I had them at this con, and people were into them there, too! They’re now in the ClayQuarry Etsy shop, too.

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I’m looking forward to doing more cons later in the year–many of the upcoming ones have already got their exhibitors’ booths all booked up! I’m excited to experiment, too. The world of cons is a whole new playground…

Treasuries!

Etsy has a function where you can create lists of items that you like. You become a “curator” and your list is a “treasury.” The idea is to showcase work you like in a beautiful way, so others can see and enjoy it, too. I’ve just started learning how to do these, and it’s a lot of fun!

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Months ago I’d heard about these from a fashion designer I met through RAW, and I tried to make one without much luck. There were so many things I liked, and creating a finite list of only a few items, and somehow making it go together and be visually appealing, seemed impossible.

Then a seller included me in a “pay-it-forward treasury.” Sort of like a chain letter, you create a treasury and ask the people whose items you included to include you in a treasury in a return. I felt I owed it to the seller to create a treasury with one of her items in it, and I decided it would be a useful way to get myself to do this thing I’d been wanting to do and failing at! I picked one of her items and created a list around it, and I discovered making treasuries is much easier if you have a specific place to start. Then I started getting carried away, and here I am four treasuries later!

My most popular treasury, “Equine Beauty, Captured,” features beautiful equine art. “Horse Magic” displays pieces featuring, you guessed it, magical horses! (Are we sensing a theme here?) “Living A Fantasy” is full of wearable pieces that help us become fantasy creatures. And “Phoenix Rising,” which I just finished today, showcases all things phoenix!

I have also been prepping for several upcoming shows–two in May and one in June! Been making items aimed at the kawaii crowd for Kawaiiland, of course, and I’m really loving experimenting with nail embellishments!

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SUNSHINE, a very bright little pony

This afternoon while chatting on the phone with my sister, I gazed out the window at the reaching branches of a tree and noticed bees buzzing around its verdant leaves. I thought: Spring! It’s here! The weather app on my phone predicts temps in the mid-eighties next week, so summer is on its way, too. (Granted I’m in SoCal, but still.) And so then I thought, what better time to post this bright little pony? SUNSHINE is now up in the ClayQuarry Etsy shop.

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In the land of Yanuterre, there is a little hill where the sun is always shining. SUNSHINE was born and raised there, and the top of that hill is still one of his favorite spots in the whole land. SUNSHINE’s favorite season is, no surprise, summer, but spring runs a close second. His friends love hanging out with him for his sunny personality, and because he brings a little piece of sun with him wherever he goes. With his cool sunglasses and the shades-wearing-sun he’s got for a cutie mark, SUNSHINE is sure to brighten your day.

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Wearing T-Rex Dino Earrings

Because dino earrings are adorable (see this post for close-ups) and make the perfect accessory!

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I’ve been dabbling a bit in modeling recently. I have a cousin who has been quite successful as an alternative model, and she has inspired me. I’ve realized that modeling actually IS difficult and, as a creative endeavor just like any other, breaking into the biz requires skill, tenacity, and networking. But for now I’ve been having a lot of fun! At a recent shoot I wanted to show a little personality, so I paired a red top with a skull-patterned silk scarf and… ClayQuarry dino earrings!

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The photographer was professional yet laid back, which made the shoot efficient and easy. Her turnaround for getting the photos to me was speedy, and she gave me even more images than I’d expected! I was so pleased with the how the photos came out. Check out the Mackenzie Lenora Photography Facebook page and give it a Like!

And of course, stop by the ClayQuarry Etsy shop for all your dino earring needs :)

ClayQuarry Showcasing at KAWAIILAND

Exciting news! ClayQuarry has been invited to showcase at KawaiiLand! This event is all things kawaii–a Japanese word meaning cute, adorable, lovable. As the flyer says, it’s “The Cutest Visual Arts Show in the World”!unnamed

Stoked to be part of this event. I know May is going to come faster than I can imagine. I have so many ideas! My creatures are already kawaii, if I do say so myself, but I have some plans to create some items trending in the world of kawaii right now. I’ve been seeing a lot of food with cute faces, for example. Happy little cupcake earrings, perhaps?

 

The Last Unicorn

I haven’t posted in a while, because I’ve been quite sick. Have not left my bed for over a week, and the doctor prescribed two sets of antibiotics! Finally starting to feel better, thank goodness. BUT, before I got sick, I was commissioned to create a very exciting piece. I got to design a unicorn based on one of my absolute favorite childhood movies–okay, let’s be honest, one of my favorite movies of all time–“The Last Unicorn.”

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Dinosaurs and Doughnuts, Charms/Earrings

Somewhere along the way I posted these on Etsy and forgot to put them on the blog! I made my first little green dino as a zipper pull charm for my boyfriend at Christmastime, and he was such a hit I decided to feature him at the RAW Showcase, where several pairs of dino earrings and charms found homes. The doughnuts were a hit, too, and I loved the way the Translucent Liquid Sculpey really looks like frosting, with microbeads as sprinkles.

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On sale now in the ClayQuarry Etsy shop!

EMBER, Baby Girl Phoenix

Now on Etsy! A little phoenix who looks a lot like BLAZE, except she has pretty eyelashes and curly hair. Meet EMBER.EmberEMBER is a baby phoenix who likes snap peas and seedpods. They make her think of little baby plants, small things that grow and grow and become great big beings full of life. Like how embers can grow into a fire, and when a fire dies down, the embers remain. Seed to a tree to a seed. She could watch the regeneration of plants over and over again, which is a good thing since, considering the whole rebirth-from-ashes part of being a phoenix, she’s got years ahead of her. Eons, even. She has a feeling, though, no matter how old she gets, her best friend BLAZE will keep her young. Maybe one day when they’ve got a few eons behind them, they’ll have little baby phoenixes of their own. Little fire seeds.

See more of her in the Etsy ClayQuarry shop! (This link should work now, guys. I noticed my other links weren’t working and went back and fixed the ones I caught.)

My RAW Video!

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Don’t be fooled–this is just a screen shot! (Link to actual video is below.)

So excited that my RAW video is out now! The videographer, Roxy Shih, did a wonderful job. I’m very happy with the way the vid turned out (apart from my own awkwardness–nerves and/or a desire to sound professional apparently leads to extreme overuse of the word “certainly”). Big thanks to Sara Vausbinder, the RAW Hollywood and San Francisco Showcase Director, who scouted me via the ClayQuarry Etsy shop and put together an incredible event. This has been such an amazing opportunity and I am proud to be a RAW Artist.

CLICK HERE to see my video!