Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year!


 Happy New Year!
A few favorite photos from Pinterest


Prints in the snow  mark the scene where a hawk caught a meadow vole 

                                                            frozen spiderweb

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Victorian mourning hair jewelry

A few photos of classic Victorian mourning jewelry made of hair. I'm fascinated by the lovely intricate patterns.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pin and Brooch at TIJF

Colleen Baran
Brooch a Day 50, 2012
Water color papers, water colour paint, thread, steel

Colleen Baran,
Lips, Blood, Skin, 2012
Acid free paper, water colour board, acrylic paint, dyed thread, sterling silver
and stainless steel

My “Brooch a Day 50” and "Lips, Blood, Skin" were selected for  TIJF’s Pin and Brooch presentation juried by Alisha Marie Boyd and Annie Tung.  It will be showing tonight at the Toronto International Jewellery Festival's (TIJF’s) Pin Ball Gala, and festival launch party, at the Gladstone in Toronto.

 “Brooch a Day 50” and "Lips, Blood, Skin" are both from my Brooch a Day mid year project in 2012, a project full of brooches made of alternative materials that often focessed on the obsessive painting, cutting and shaping of paper.   'Brooch a Day 50' was made using shades from only one colour of paint.  'Lips, Blood, Skin' was made using 17 hand mixed tonal variations based on the colour of my own lips, blood and skin.  

Photos from the Projeto Corrente/Chain Project exhibition in Brazil

Lovely photos from Projeto Corrente/Chain Project, a recent exhibition I participated in at the A CASA Museum of Object in São Paulo.    More info on Klimt02 and a fabulous wealth of additional photos from the exhibition and it's works on the museum's website.   

Photos from opening night

Close-ups of the lovely works and display.  My chain, can also be (almost) seen on the far left.
below- Blue Paper Chain, Layered watercolor paper, watercolor paint, 2012

Beautiful layout, and screens that held photos and biographies of the artists.

The curator Marina Sheetikoff

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chain Project at A Casa Museum in Brazil

My 'Blue Chain' is now showing in Chain Project at A Casa Museum in São Paulo, Brazil. The exhibition runs from February 20th to March 22nd in 2013.   Curated by Marina Sheetikoff, it includes 65 emerging and established artists from 20 different countries.

You can also see the exhibition online on Crafthaus . 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Frost Flowers found on pinterest
- a strange phenomenon where frost grows from imperfections in the surface ice amid extreme sub-zero temperatures.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

New on Etsy- Gradient Circle Ring


New on Etsy- my Gradient Circle ring. These explore my love of pattern, gradient shape and, of course, circles. A carefully orchestrated gradient of tiny to small to medium to larger circles. Like a snake eating it's tail.
Depending upon mood it can be turned around and worn with small medium or large rings on top
I've made variations of these before locally & in shops- but this is the first time I've listed them online.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Enter to win two new books illustrated by Kevin Stanton

Visit the Heart of Papercuts (Elsa Mora's Blog) and leave a comment to be entered to win two new books illustrated by Kevin Stanton with drawing and laser-cuts.   Winner announced Monday, December 10.
The books are a special edition of Shakespeare's volumes Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet.  

Pretty wonderful.   
(And rare? I can't think of any other books with pages and pages of laser cuts. Though if they're out there I'd love to know! )
Visit Kevin's site to see more of his work.