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membrane

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Membrane photo credit Larry Sanders.

"Painting is the art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic."

 -- Henry Louis Mencken

Membrane.  A thin fold of skin or tissue covering a limb or organ.  It derives from the Latin word membrana meaning parchment.  

New work from my Micro Pattern series.  I love working with this circular paper.  It's shape mimics the beaded pieces from my Chirurgi series.  

©2006 Lindsay Obermeyer Leucocyte V photo credit Larry Sanders
The paper itself has some sizing, but not enough to remain perfectly flat once wet.  As a result, it takes on a slight three dimensional quality, reminiscent of relief, which makes me love working with it all the more. 


beauty in art

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Flow photo credit Larry Sanders

"The secret of life is in art."  --  Oscar Wilde

My love affair with the microscopic, the circle and gouache continues.  Inspired by a transverse section of an artery, Flow measures 24" in diameter.  She's pretty.  Dare I say feminine?  Yes!  I want art that removes me from the negative if only from a moment.  I want it to remind me of the beauty of life.

Photo credit: Larry Sanders 


friends helping friends

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer HeartFelt photo credit Larry Sanders
"But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end."
~William Shakespeare

In preparation for the trade show, I've been running around tying up loose ends.  It is at times like this that make me ever so grateful for the friends and colleagues in my life.  

Today I condensed several errands into one when I stopped by Girl Metro.  Girl Metro's stationary is gorgeous!  Think luxurious, that wonderful creamy paper begging for the scribbles of a fountain pen.  I wanted to purchase some for business notes.   When running late and needing to make another stop at a paper store, Richelle, fellow member of the Chicago Craft Mafia and the proprietor of Girl Metro, offered some from her own stash.  It was perhaps a small gesture, but it meant a ton to me.  One less stop, great advice on trade shows, plus wonderful paper and stationary.  I love these win-win moments in life.  

Earlier in the day, my old pal Kate rang with answers to a few questions I had emailed her.  She and her business partner Jamie took their business Egg2Cake to the New York Stationary Show last spring, so she's been a great source for info.  You have to check out their product line.  They say it is playful, I say it's downright funny.  If you are a mom (and even if you aren't), you'll love their Momglish™ Dictionary.

If you can't tell, I'm excited about the show.  To illustrate a bit of what I can do, I've been making new items.  The piece above is a pin, for hat or lapel, needle felted with merino.  I love its colorful simplicity.

Photo Credit: Larry Sanders 


rose petal necklace

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"If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I'd be picking roses for lifetime."  -- Swedish Proverb

Another floral inspired necklace.  A pendant the color and shape of a rose petal. The white beads are the last from my stash of vintage Czech beads.  I love their luster.   They have a sophisticated sheen rather than a flashy sparkle.  A sprinkling of Czech lampwork beads and Swarovski crystals with a sterling silver heart toggle clasp to finish it. 

Photo Credit:  Larry Sanders


sneak peek

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Lilac and Peonies Necklace  photo credit to Larry Sanders

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" 

~Robin Williams

As the winter wind rattles my windows, I daydream of spring. The pinks and purples I used in this necklace remind me of lilacs and peonies, two of my favorite flowers.  This necklace begs to be worn with an eyelet cotton dress and a dainty crocheted shrug, flip flops optional. It's been fun returning to jewelry.  I have a few earrings on Enjolive, but I haven't really taken the time to experiment much with the medium for several years.  

I used to make and sell my handmade jewelry at Camden Market and Gabriel's Wharf in London.  I had wholesale accounts here and there, but that was ages ago, you know, when dinosaurs roamed the earth.  When I went to graduate school, I left it all behind.  A shift of focus.  Well, the focus is shifting back.  I have jewelry scattered in various stages of completion throughout my studio.  Necklaces. Bracelets.  Earrings.  Several pieces I prefer in their functional form, but some I see working their way back into my sculptures.  Back and forth the ideas cross and mingle.  

Photo Credit - Larry Sanders of Sanders Visual Images


the learning curve on a trade show

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"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight."

 -- Phyllis Diller

Running an art-based business means one is on a persistent learning curve.  My professional new year's resolution is to earn my income 100% from my art production by the year's end.  With that in mind, I am attending the Craft and Hobby Association's Winter Trade Show where I will have a tabletop booth in the License and Design section, booth number 4939 to be precise.  I am so excited and yet, completely flipped out.  Perhaps I am over thinking the whole thing, but I've never had to consider the flame retardant quality of my displays.  And how do I safely get all my props to LA for the least amount of money?  And yes, there is even the question of what to wear.  (That one I think I have covered and will share in the near future.)  

The great part of this learning curve is that I'm thinking through everything, from business cards to website presence to my bio.  I found the above image the other day when looking over the instruction publications featuring my work.  I had forgotten that Lark Books republished Jewelry with a Hook in paperback.  It features my round bead crocheted pin on the front cover!  How cool is that?!  Mental note to self, include this cover shot in the new brochure, website overhaul and portfolio.   

Another part of this learning curve is the sheer organization of all the information I actually have at my finger tips.  I've purchased an iPad to organize my portfolio and neatly display it via a slide show at my booth. I'm skimming files for relevant information from my days as a wholesale jewelry designer and retail yarn shop owner.  Friday, I took new art up to Milwaukee to be photographed by Larry for inclusion in my portfolio and booth display.  

So, I take a deep breath and smile.  I'm having a heck of a great time.  Learning curves are just part of the creative process.  

I will be sharing more of my thoughts on participating in a trade show with Katie Lime of Moira K. Lime Jewelry at the next Craft Racket, this Tuesday, January 18 from 6-9pm at Beans and Bagels, 1812 W. Montrose, Chicago (near Lillstreet).


New Year Scones

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Scones

"I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's."

-- Henry Moore

For our New Year's Day brunch, I made some chocolate scones to go with the veggie sausage and mimosas.  Scones have always alluded me.  I either make them too crumbly or too dense, but these came out perfect.  The recipe is from the December 2010 issue of Southern Living and is foolproof.  There is a chocolate variation which substitutes the cranberries and pistachios with 2oz of coarsely chopped semisweet chocolate and a 1/4 cup of dried cherries.  I skipped the cherries and used 2oz of 70% cocoa dark chocolate.  DIVINE!  

My next experiment will be with asiago cheese, pear and rosemary.  A savory to complement the sweet of the chocolate scones.