Monday, November 7, 2016

juleemclark $100 Giveaway




So who wants to spend $100 at juleem.clark design?  

Well here's your chance! 

Win a $100 giftcard to use @ juleem.clark design Dec. 4

Buy something just for you or have fun holiday shopping all the sales:D

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{To Enter it is a two step process} 

1) Please share this Giveaway announcement on Facebook ~or~ tag post on Instagram or twitter and tag me (so I can verify the share ;)

2) Please email me @ juleemclark@gmail.com - in the subject header type GIVEAWAY and simply send my your name and your preferred email address.

{Bonus - ordering earns entries - order something from juleem.clark between now and the Giveaway you'll get another entry - one entry per order} 
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The Giveaway will take place Sunday, December 4 @ 7pm(est) 
Do be sure to check your time zone to see how this lines up with your day.

The name of the winner will be announced @ Blogger and everywhere the Giveaway is advertised.  I will also contact immediately with the contact info you have provided with your entry submission.


The prize being a eGiftCrad credit toward anything in stock @ juleemclark design is active immediately if you so choose to use it. 


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I'll be checking my email periodically and getting in touch with you just to verify and square stuff away.  I'll also try to update this journal if I find something I didn't cover that needs clarification.  So stay tuned.  I hope you're excited 'cause I am :D

xoxo

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(Update) In the running

Andrea Gonzalez
Ange Li
Applonia Vakarian
Aubrey Cuccia
Aygun Dadasheva
Charlotte Christine Wisbech Holm
Danielle Adorno
Elizabeth Shinpaugh
Flamiania Kennedy
Hannah Scotti 
Heather Connor
Jackie Woloshin
Janet Baxter
Jerrie Goto
Kayla Van Der Schuit
Karen Akkermans
Leslie Mendoza
Liying Yang
Lynda Clark
Maj Helene Emilsen
Maša Jug
Michelle Za
Natasha Lifa
Nerea Taracón Huarte
Prou-Laujac Sandy
Rani Baetens
Reka Vass
Sab D'Alviano
Sara Herreras
Teresa Wu
Tien Nguyen
Victoria Chan
Zantz Han

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Congratulations, Tien Nguyen!!
youre the winner of the $100 store credit giveaway!


Thank you to everyone who entered!
keep your eyes peeled for the next Giveaway^____^


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

halloween no1

handmade halloween thank you tags
  Halloween does something to me where I’m ready to drop any previous values or beliefs I held and just make a pile of cheap novelty jewelry.  Its a holiday about kitsch - about cheap (albeit, overpriced) costumes and having fun, and I want nothing more than to be all about that fun.  Every year I’m faced with the struggle of A) compromising the integrity of my jewelry to pump out cheap halloween goodies in droves or B) make one or two well designed (and probably pricy) pieces where I’m firmly satisfied with the piece, but am left hoping for the niche clientele that will actually buy it. 

  I should probably abandon the notion of festive jewelry altogether at this point. These two courses of action being farther apart than ever have moved into the realm of extreme and in the next day or so will have nullified themselves.  If I haven’t started anything by the end of the day I may as well just move on and plan for November.

favorite vampy cuff made in february 2012

  However, saying no to working halloween into my jewelry is another thing I grapple with.  It's so sad to do.  If I do say no all of that enthusiasm dies a hard death.  It’s the only holiday that moves me to the point where my work is fundamentally effected.  Then again, I am a fan of gothic and horror and it may very well be an underlying theme in my work at points all over the calendar and not just at Halloween, but the holiday gives me the excuse I need to go over board like those people who can never have enough decorations in their yards at Christmas.  Those people are my favorite, anyway, as they make up for my lack of Christmas decorating. 
  
  I do have jewelry laid out for early November to have my store fully stocked come the holiday season.  It’s an elegant winter pallet (elegant like Morticia): a lot of black and gold (yes lots of black, it's a rather witch-y collection) and another guest color that I’ll reveal when I’m closer to presenting the work.  It may be something where, at the beginning, I lightly blend in some Halloween themes.  

  Speaking of holiday jewelry, this much can be said I’m not kitsch about my work when attributing winter holiday themes.  Red and green aren't neutral and are a bit trickier when you're going for chic.  I usually whimp out and stick to wintery colors.

novemeber stash
  And then there’s Thanksgiving.  Does anyone really decorate for that holiday aside from hanging up your children's handprint turkeys? or plastic cornucopias here? or turkey fan for the table there? Brown and orange seem easier to deal with, but Christmas and Thanksgiving, while I love them being about family and food, aren’t inspiring to me stylistically.  This is why I'd never survive in a fashion challenge reality TV thing: can't think outside of the box enough to make the themes work for me.  I can't make them work, Tim!!!

  All of that being said, I have been working at it and will be introducing a few Halloween pieces that are juleemclark approved.  They’ll be arriving to juleemclark later this week in all of their ghoulish glory.  The idea is to run with what I mentioned above and transiton the theme into the Novemeber jewelry.  I'll start out heavy-handed with the spooky and ease up over the next couple weeks. 

  This actually seems perfect to me.  I feel the older beliefs and practices that the new tradition of Halloween is based upon only supports this timeline.  And maybe while I won't be contirbuting to someones halloween costume, come a certain point, everything will still be relevant and a lot of people will still appreciate the style.  

so pretty. so shiny. so sinister
  So this week will be the only overtly Halloween themed week at my store this season.  That isn’t to say, though, that the black and skulls and witches will come to a stop after October.  To me the spooky season rides along side the days leading into and out of winter when nights are long and even day are dark and overcast.  


xoxo~~








Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Emerald



I'm so excited to begin listing the emerald pieces I've been working on all month.

basilisk
To anyone who is not me, it's true that these pieces have seemed more talk than action as I'm the only one who knows what is going on behind the scenes, and what's been going on? I kind of have this thing where I'll make one central piece and then several satellite pieces. The Basilisk collar is that central piece and every time I would get hung up on an area in the collar and not know how to proceed I would focus on a smaller pieces (or draw). However, I was somehow finding ways to be just as stumped with the smaller pieces. This "way" of mine isn't something that's out of the ordinary, but it is pretty much the case with me every single time, this grouping was just particularly difficult and frustrating, and far more slow going. So, not to sound like a broken record, but I'm now super excited to begin the listing process. Here's what should be arriving @ juleemclark over the next 48 hours:

... in the beginning...
cairn
flora and fauna no5
valkyrje

... stay tuned!

xoxo


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Versus MMXV

I realized only earlier today that if I want to keep up with last fall I have my work cut out for me.  I revisited my designs from last year earlier today - consider me daunted.
Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to look back on that jewelry.  For it to appeare better than I had remembered it, that's a thing with me: I can think more fondly of my work in hindsight, but it arouses insecurity in me, as well.  Because of that I could be setting myself up for disappointment in what I make in the coming weeks - expecting it to be as good as the magic memory I'm reflecting on...  I guess the good news is that I do enjoy a challenge.
Even better, is that I'm working out all the core/foundational areas of my store: updating policy, cleaning up descriptions, re-evaluating products, dealing with new shipping rates.  The store is being all around gutted and de-cluttered of dated info.  So that where as selling was a bumpy ride last year things are being re-worked to operate smoothly this year -- so that's a breath of fresh air.  I think - I hope - this will encourage my creativity the way a clean studio can.

In any case, humor me! let's take a walk down memory lane.  Fall two-thousand fifteen @ JuleeM.Clark design was a lot of purple and neutral -- this year will be more emerald and neutral.  Hopefully posting this blog with a gallery of old work will be the magic recipe to inspire new ideas in me:)









Well, I'm not gonna lie, the album I had these pics in there was also a pic of a giant, gooey cinnamon roll... I need to go eat something awful for me now.  I hope you understand.  




xoxo










Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September

Favorite month. 
Last lingering days of Summer. 
The cool down into fall. 
Light layers of clothes (bc we can comfortably wear clothes again).
And fashion bc everyone's preparing to pile on heavier layers.
The leaves.
My birthday .   ___.
And the line up of holidays on the distant horizon.
... and I love you pumpkin, but stay out my coffee, but do smother yourself in whipped cream -- you're gorgeous that way.


ehh... where was I?
I'm actually excited about work! I'm pretty sure this is a universal feeling and something that's hardwired into us so as to prepare for the harder months ahead.  Still, this is the time of year I feel great, I have a million ideas, I execute them the way I hope to - one after the other, and all things work related just bring me great satisfaction.

So I've been away and had to put off listing some pieces I wanted to list a few weeks ago.  So today I will be listing those pieces of jewelry @ juleemclark ^____^






... and this lil preview for jewelry coming (hopefully) later this week...




I'm very much into emerald right now if you were having a hard time telling ;)

That's all for now.
And can't believe I'm posting this just now...








Friday, July 15, 2016

jewelry post no1

goin' for it. 
gonna post some jewelry:D


the two foremost pieces of this post are some rather extravagant chainmaille pieces i've just completed.  the remaining few pieces of jewelry are pieces i have been meaning to post for some time or pieces that were made along side the chainmaille, but are simple and are, more or less, accent pieces.  regardless, i hope you love everything:)



de castile and aquitaine are the two chainmalle hand-pieces i have been working on for the past month(s).  while they are fairly labor intensive and tedious (and their prices will reflect that), the only reason they have taken as long as they have is because i didn't quite expect to go, with them, where i went. 


de Castile
the first existing photos of de castile were posted posted back on june 4th and 7th to instagram.  i also made a time-lapse of weaving the first chainmaille for the bracelet on the 4th and eventually posted it to facebook







it's been a long road, a fun road, and i couldn't be excited about where it has ended.  i thought the idea of castile was neat, but i didn't expect to be as happy with the results as i am. 






sometime early on in the process of castile i had discarded some maille i had intened for the piece, that quickly turned into aquitaine. again, another piece i didn't expect to be so happy with, but here we are, and she's not as large and ornate as her sister, but she's still lovely (... especially, if you're into that whole not-too-over-the-top thing).
Aquitaine
one of my favorite things about these hand pieces is how they hug your hand like a fingerless, chainmaille mini-glove and, in the case of aquitaine, the way it slides back on to your forearm when you raise your arms; something about the way she rests there appears very elegant to me (i'll have to get a pic of that).
  




now for the other pieces: 
i don't have much to elaborate on as my focus and excitement belongs 98% to the chainmaille. 
i do really love this next piece, swallowtail.  upon finishing and photographing the piece i completely forgot to list it to etsy so i'll be doing that later today. 
swallowtail

the same with these gold lys earrings. 

gold lys


and lastly, these midi-rings.  these are new and are smashing with the chainmaille hand-jewelry. 

A photo posted by @juleemclark on

 they're also perfect for your mani if you feel a lil crown is in order... 

... well, i'll wrap it up there.  i hope you've liked what you've seen.  it's not much in the way of new jewelry, but those first two pieces have taken most of my energy for the past week (and less of that energy over the weeks previous).  later when they're listed to etsy i'll be advertising those listing to facebook so that they're hard to miss;) 

-have a great weekend-





Friday, July 1, 2016

idolatry no1: a list



Costumieres 

(a list of amazing peeps who inspire me and make me wanna get to work)


Disclaimer: It would seem I'm particularly bad at talking and expressing my thoughts this week so I'll be brief with my words and to stick to the pretty images as much as possible:)

  • Michele Carragher (Clapton?)
Cersei - Game of Thrones - The Winds of Winter
If you're not yet familiar with the latest Cersei dress you've probably been living under a rock.  Just kidding, it's probably just because they're my airwaves, but they're absolutely polluted with this dress (of which I didn't need reminding).  It's amazing and hardly forgettable. 
The woman resposible for this creature is even more impressive.  There seems to be some mini-mystery surrounding her name, but I'm comfortable calling her Michele Carragher.  I've done some cursory research and have concluded Micheles Clapton and Carragher are indeed not two different women working closely together, heading the costume design team for GoT.  The evidence strongly suggests they're one-in-the-same awesome lady.
Her emboirdery is my favorite part of her work... as it does seem to be her signature: moss, dragon-scales, natural textures arising from frabic as if it were what nature had intended, fantastical coats of arms and other familial iconia.  Her embroidery is like a Pui-Mun Law set to fabric.  It's magical!
Danearys - all the beautiful dragon scale work in her gowns



Dornish Dresses Season 5    





  • Kathe Knitch
I have bought those mask blanks craft stores carry in the past thinking that "if I just try" I too could make a gorgeous Venitian mask like those of SweetRuin - Oh how wrong I was.  She is certainly an artist who satisifies that need for a little French Rococo in your life.  She does her work well weaving her frilly witchcraft of secret spells and lacey arcana. 





Maybe she does a class on mask-making.  Prolly wouldn't hurt to ask.  



  • Agnieszka Osipa
And last, but certainly not least, the mind trip.  A woman destined for deification.  I can barely make a chain that will rest on someone's head the correct way (even then I can't promise it won't tangle in your hair and maim your scalp) let alone a towering bejeweled byzantine structure, that has not only  been patterned, embroidered, and bedazzled, but sits faithfully in place.   





The amount of engineering these headdresses must take would more than exhaust any existing creativity left in me.  This, however, does not dissuade me from wanting to make massive, ornate headdresses... keenly aware as I am that I can't even dress-up a mask blank. 






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Finally, putting this blog together rather stirred my creativity in the same general direction, but scatter-brained as ever I couldn't choose just one thing so half-ass'd several.


For instance, some drawings that won't see completion...


A photo posted by @juleemclark on

... and this really neat armor ring that I'm not entirely sure how to move forward. Oh well...




Now you can spend your Friday night getting lost in Agnieszka's instagram page, but then, not everyone has to do what I do:3


Hope ya luvs!!








Tuesday, June 21, 2016

two masters

 i mentioned something about drawing and making jewelry in a previous post and how it's difficult to be equally dedicated to both... that's still true.  however, i feel i have no excuses.  there are people in this world (both) making grander pieces of art and more complex pieces of jewelry than i do... not to mention, doing more beyond that. 
 i'm not sure if i simply manage my time that poorly or if they have a lot of behind-the-scenes help that i don't, but it's probably a bit of both.  still, even on my own, and with how undesciplined my schedule may be momentarily, i'm determined to make it work.  i've kept at it slowly, but surely since last i spoke about it.  my skill as an artist is returning, even my creativity was dulled this winter.  i knew she was in there somewhere, my beloved eurydice... i just... she... mmmm:/ gettin' carried away. 

ca. mar. 2013

 i've been drawing jewelry... the pieces of jewelry i have made or will make.  concept art is something i have done in the past to help myself plan the more difficult pieces i would struggle with or for ideas i knew i wouldn't get around to executing for a while, but didn't want to forget.  this concept art was consistently pre-jewelry and rough, and rarely advanced beyond that. 
june 2016

 i suppose the difference lately is that i'm drawing the jewelry after it's made and building a work of art around it.  most artwork may be described as a sort of surrealism-fantasy work where i reassign the purpose or properties of the jewelry entirely; other works are simply a fashion illustration where the jewelry is just a different article, but still a part of dress.


A video posted by @juleemclark on


A photo posted by @juleemclark on

A video posted by @juleemclark on



A photo posted by @juleemclark on

 as an artist, my style is the one consistent element in my work.  i feel i have yet to draw and maintain an audience with the subject of my work.  like any artist (moreover, human-being) i do have views and opinions, and from time to time want very much to use my talents to make a statement, but my niche as an artist isn't naturally satiracal... i must be in a special mood.  i know that above anything else i'm wired to dole out flowery representations of what is fashionable; that is what i love.
de castile


























aquitaine
de castile

aquitaine

 furthermore, i have enrolled in a small online course to advance my technical skill as an artist as i have very little classical training.  perhaps i'm speaking for myself, but there is a ceiling for the self-taught and choosing to forego any further training will prohibit those self-taughts from achieving their full potential.  i know i have been at an impass a number of times in my career in art where a proper and thorough education might have helped me overcome problems and failures in my compositions.

 and perhaps it's that education that is part of the "behind-the-scenes" help my contemporaries have.  that education not only provides the artist' with an understanding their capabilities and how to execute them accurately, but shows them where to seek the help and guidance they will inevitably need outside themselves.  maybe i'll gain some understanding through this course or at least through the doors that i'm hoping this course and my rededication to jewelry and art will open.

 i hope i'm not expecting too much of myself (as usual), but at the same time i have noticed when i do set high standards for myself, even if i don't meet them, i still end up exceeding my expectations.  i used to be in a great place, i have since fallen and only with this new perspective from a low place i can see how promising i was.  so i'm setting the bar high; i'm committing myself to not one, but two disciplines; i'm promising to master both and beyond that;)

xoxo, 
julee