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Modern Masterful Mosaics

May 26, 2010, 05:00 am  Posted by Lark
 

I love mosaics. There’s something about assembling little pieces of tiles, glass, shells, stone, or even dishes into an entirely new reincarnation that appeals to me. Plus there’s such a sense of permanence. After all, the earliest know mosaics (in Ubaid, Mesopotamia) date back to the second half of the 3rd millennium, B.C.

mosaics of woman with birdcage hair

Two Birds

Like many crafts, mosaics has morphed with styles from new visionaries. Irina Charny is one of those artists with a wonderfully fresh aesthetic on an age-old art. Her willowy ladies with their free flowing tresses (which in some cases are home to colorful feathered friends) are my favorites, but following closely behind are two of her commissioned pieces, Floral Backsplash and Tree of Life. Check them out below. Yeah, can you say incredibly intricate?

 
 
 
 
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The Pope’s Ring

May 25, 2010, 14:41 pm  Posted by Lark
 

I’m in the midst of working on a couple of books devoted to rings and it’s got me thinking. What does the Pope’s ring look like? Here’s what I found.

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The DeStash Diaries, Vol. 4 — ReFashion

May 25, 2010, 12:47 pm  Posted by needlearts
 

Sometimes the Cosmos gives you a little gift, such as when your blog day rolls around and you’ve been too busy to think about it much. Then, your Threads newsletter comes to your e-box and saves you!

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Jammin’

May 25, 2010, 12:43 pm  Posted by Craft Your Life Team
 

Jars of strawberry mint jam

It’s strawberry season in Asheville, NC (where Lark Crafts is blissfully based), and our new Canning & Preserving with Ashley English has just hit the shelves. What a perfect recipe for a spring Saturday afternoon! Here’s quick hit list of how it went:

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Feeling Inspired…

May 25, 2010, 09:00 am  Posted by Lark
 

Alicia Bock

…by the beautiful, thoughtful photography and prints of these artists on Etsy:

Emmy Ludwig (of Emmalynne)

Irene Suchocki (of irenesuchocki)

Alicia Bock (of AliciaBock)

LaBokoff (of labokoff)

Jetty Kolobaric (of JKphotography)

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Love for Fat Quarterly

May 24, 2010, 17:03 pm  Posted by Lark
 

For modern sewists, by modern sewists. Ah, music to my ears. Chances are if you’re online (on little sites like flickr, no less), you’ve heard about Fat Quarterly, a new ezine full of projects, inspiration (take a look at all those flying geese variations), interviews (with all my favorite quilters and fabric designers)… all around good stuff. Their inaugural issue is available for purchase, and, simply put, it is terrific. Take a peek!

 
 
 
 
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Tweentastic!

May 24, 2010, 15:38 pm  Posted by Lark Jewelry & Beading
 

My friend’s son was at the office the other day, wearing an armload of Silly Bandz. If you’re a parent, you may already know way to much about this tween trend. I, however, seem to have shown up unfashionably late to this particular party. Silly Bandz (I shutter to type the Z) are simply rubber bands molded into different shapes that pop back into form when taken off the wrist. Simple, cheap, and as hot as Pop Rocks. Turning a blind eye to the damaging landfill issues and potential physical side effects of this fad, I see a new generation of  jewelry enthusiasts—both boys and girls—blossoming. Being a  fan of all things (thingz?) silly, I’m off to the mall to buy a letter-shaped set so I can wear some super secret messages.

 
 
 
 
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Angelica Pozo Demonstrates Clay Techniques

May 24, 2010, 11:13 am  Posted by Lark
 

Cover of Ceramics for Beginners: Surfaces, Glazes & FiringAngelica Pozo, author of the best-selling Making & Installing Handmade Tiles and a featured artist in The Penland Book of Ceramics, taught at the Penland School of Crafts last summer and took some time out to film three techniques from her upcoming book Ceramics for Beginners: Surfaces, Glazes & Firing. Check out these videos in which Angelica demonstrates how to apply a clay appliqué, shows how she carves and incises, and explains her method for using a resist while doing slip decorating.

Angelica Pozo Demonstrates Clay Applique

Angelica Pozo demonstrates Carving and Incising Techniques

Angelica Pozo Demonstrates the Resist Technique with Slip Decoration

 
 
 
 
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Quilt Photo Shoot: Time Lapse Video

May 23, 2010, 23:14 pm  Posted by needlearts
 
Ben Peoples photographs a quilt

Ben Peoples photographs a quilt

Ever wonder how much time and effort can go into a studio photo shoot for your needlearts? Photographer and professional theater designer, Ben Peoples, created a time-lapse video of a quilt shoot that might give you some idea.

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Sunday Hike May 23, 2010

May 23, 2010, 20:35 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Everybody’s working for the weekend, right? Sunday hikes with my best buddy, Nicolas and his Papa, Ray Hemachandra, are the best part of my weekends. Here we are at Fawn Lake in DuPont Forest.