Always a Student

So this spring quarter I’ve been taking a continuing education class at North Seattle Community College in beginning jewelry making. I have had some experience with jewelry making in the past. Assemblage work mostly. I also got to take a chain making class from Keith LoBue.  That was pretty awesome and definitely set me on the jewelry making path. we are about 4 classes in and I am loving it. I’ve gained a bunch of new skills already and will hopefully grow as a jeweler in this class.

Last class I completed a pendant for my fiancee Trista. Its a silver pendant with a hematite cabochon set in a bezel setting in the center of the pendant. I have yet to make a chain for it, and it still needs a little work and polishing, but I’m extremely pleased with it. The chain will be silver as well, i just haven’t designed it yet.

I gotta say that I really love working with metals and that I really feel like this is my calling. I’m so excited to start making more jewelry. I’ve got tons of ideas and cant wait to get started.

Even with the knowledge I’ve gained I still plan on taking lots and lots and lots of classes. In order to keep learning and growing. I’ll always be a student.


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Journal Pages Galore

One of my favorite things is creating a full and cohesive piece in my journals. While I do also make thumbnail sketches and work out ideas in my journal as well. All of the following pieces are from my personal journal, the Metronome Lever Journal.

Deep Diver

Deep Diver

So this is the first of some of my journal pages that I want to share with you. This is one I’m particularly proud of. I knocked this one out at a journaling night at the Artfest Annex. The way the light from his helmet bleeds out into the surrounding water is my favorite part. All of the pages that I’m sharing with you are colored with Peerless Watercolor Papers and a water pen. I think the pen that I was using at the time was a Pitt brand, size Medium.

The Protective Tenticles

The Protective

TentaclesThe Protective Tentacles was a piece that I did in response to Deep Diver. Again, I’m fairly pleased with this one. The colors and the composition turned out really cool. Again I did this one at the Annex on another journaling night.

Pax Romanis

Pax Romanis

This one is a bit of a story. I did this one while up at Soul Food Books in Redmond while listening to a public talk that Trista and I attended. While the talk was interesting it didn’t hold my complete interest. I just sort of started drawing this skull and banner. The speaker started talking about Ancient Rome and I decided to draw the map in as the background. The whole “Pax Romanis” thing was me trying to be clever and totally fouling up my Latin. What I wanted was “Pax Romana” but it had been about 11 years since I took Latin in high school and couldn’t come up with the right words. Personally I like it better misspelled. Gives it caracter.

More journal pages will be coming soon.

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Some Photos from the Workshop

The Tri-Gear Journal

The Tri-Gear Journal

The Tri-Gear Journal Cover

The Tri-Gear journal was a fun one to do. It had a great weight and feel to it. It had 12 signatures and measured 6 inches square. The only thing that made it a little wonky was that the clock winding key that I attached on the back, so that it didn’t lay completely flat. It looks really cool, but does not, as I said, lay flat.

The Back cover of the Tri-Gear Journal

The Back Cover of the Tri-Gear Journal

I’m particularly proud of the way the stitching turned out on the back. That’s where my love affair with working out intricate stitching began. A well patterned stitch is a nice subtle touch that can really make the back cover of a journal pop.

The GS 01 TOP SECRET Journal

The GS 01 TOP SECRET Journal

The GS 01 TOP SECRET Journal Cover

One of the first in my “Punch Card Key” series, The GS 01 was more of an experiment. GS 01 taught me a lot about making small landscape journals. It also taught me about making metal journals without using lots of found objects and refining my designs. The punch card journals were also the beginning of a piece of fiction, about a super science organization that spans the centuries, that I am currently working on.

The GS 01 TOP SECRET Journal

The GS 01 TOP SECRET Journal Back Cover

I placed the fictional corresponding lock that the punch card key would open in London in 1943 I thought that it would be a good setting for a story and where my fictional super science organization “Gearskull Lab” would be located at that time.

That’s my quick-ish update (Two in one day? I know. Crazy, right?) on some of the journals I’ve made in the past year or so. Next post will have some more of my recent work; and soon there should be a bit of news about whats coming up at the Artfest Annex on First Thursday.

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The Long Winding Road

Wow… Its been 6 months since I made a post. That’s, well lets be blunt, embarrassing.

Well Gearskull Studios is back and better than ever. Still on a teaching high from Artfest (Ill get in to that later) I’ve started several exciting things that should come to fruition soon. So, like a newly repainted billboard, watch this space. Exciting things should be happening soon.

Artfest. What can I say about Artfest other than it was simply amazing. I was well received by my students and every one of the finished their projects. Not an easy feat if you are new to working with metal and leather and then turning them in to a book. I’m proud of all of them and will have some pictures their work up soon. That being said, I have a message for my students: I forgot to take pictures of all your journals. I caught some of them at the show and tell but I would like to have a record of my students work. If you could please send me an email with a picture of the journal that you made in my class that would be amazing. I think my email is listed somewhere on here but in case it isn’t its gearskull at gmail dot com. Thanks again.

In other news, Teesha and Tracy have put me in charge of First Thursday at the Artfest Annex. Its gonna be an amazing time. I’m still working everything out for Thursday next week. If your in the Seattle area, you should come by the Artfest Annex at 89 Yesler Way in Pioneer Square. Like I said, Its gonna be a fun time.

It’s been a long winding road the past 6 months, with much, much more to come.

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A Quick Update

It’s gonna take me a little bit to process everything that happened at steamcon this past weekend. I’ll have a much longer post later this week. As a quick over all, I had an amazing time. Simply amazing
In the mean time, I wanted to let everyone know that my etsy store has stuff in it. So you should all go there and see what I have.
Again, and I can’t say it enough, Steamcon was absolutely amazing. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and especially everyone who bought stuff. You know who you are, and you are awesome.


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An Update from the Studio

As time flies by while I try and split mine it about nine different ways, I feel like I’ve been super neglectful of my online presence here at the blogity blog homefront. I’ve said it before, but I do actually mean it this time, I’m going to update way more. I keep wanting to do these grand updates, full of prose and pictures and ideas and whatnot. After hearing that this is why I don’t update more often, Trista told me I was being dumb and that short updates are kinda where its at; as to keep people informed. Then when I have time, or something grand to say, then make a big post. Well, I fought that idea for a long time and I was wrong. She was right. I’m sure that’s not the first time and it’s sure to not be the last.

So yeah short updates. Ive been working my butt off, literally AND figuratively, to get everything ready for Steamcon. I’m super excited and really looking forward to seeing what my cohorts in Artists Alley are going to have. I scoped out their sites but I’m sure it will be much different seeing their stuff in person. I really need to get a costume together and may need to call in some outside help. So yeah. Things are awesome and I’m really looking forward to Steamcon and then Journalfest right after it.

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Housekeeping and Whatnot

Well, it seems like I haven’t posted in quite a while. To catch you all up, heres what I’ve been up to. Trista’s gone back to school to study speech and hearing sciences and eventually become (probably) a speech language pathologist. To further that aim we have moved into the U-District of Seattle while she attends the University of Washington. This is mostly why I’ve been so quiet as of late. Packing, moving, unpacking and so on. This is not to say that I’ve gone dormant in my efforts to make as many journals and as much art as possible. Ive been working, just slowly. Very. Slowly.

Theres a lot on my and Gearskull Studios horizons. Coming up at the end of this summer I’m going to be an Enforcer (volunteer) at PAX. This October is gonna be a busy one, I have a vendor table at both Journalfest and Steamcon. Then April 2012 is the big one! Like I posted before I’m going to be teaching at Artfest. Im teaching Metal Adventure Journals and The Wearable Journal. I’ll also have a vendor table there as well.

Good times and lots of work on the horizons for me and Gearskull Studios.

More to come soon…

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