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).
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. 

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


(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. 

~ end list ~

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!!