Gogeous Opals
I've been too caught up in carving waxes. Right now I'm burned and tired.

But I've almost finished three new opal pendants. Two of them are luminous cats-eye yellow opals with floating delicate shades of subtle color inside the stones.

The third one is a pearl flower with a carved vivid Ethiopian opal leaf.

They still need final touches and then magnifier work but the designs are basically done.

And I'm very finished for the night but happy.

My Photos in National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Preparing for an already _very_ dense summer that now ends with my trip to Japan means that this is posting a little later then I would have liked. This is very special news.

I am thrilled that 4 of my photographs are in the "No Museum, No Life? -Art-Museum Encyclopedia to Come" that opened on the 16th in Tokyo at the National Museum of Modern Art. The show runs from June 16th to September 13th.


It consists of about 170 pieces of work from the collections of the National Museums of Art (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo / The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto / The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo / The National Museum of Art, Osaka / National Art Center, Tokyo).

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This is only the second exhibition from the collections of the five national museums of art. The show will present a cross-sectional selection of works dating from before Christ to the present around the thirty five keywords from A to Z inspired by art-museum activities. While allowing the visitors to appreciate unexpected combinations of art works, the show will aim to provide an opportunity to think about concepts of “art museum” itself.


My photographs are from the collection of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Osaka where I had my solo exhibition "Meditations on the Body," curated by Akiko Kasuya.

I really want to see the exhibit and how my photographs are shown, so I'm going to Japan in early September!

It's been about ten years since I was in Japan and I have many people I am looking forward to seeing.

And I'll be writing about it here.

Yet Again I'm Back
I'm back from Wiscon and in the world. Been working hard catching up.

Memory Landscape panel at Wiscon was really good -  very helpful in shaping the work.

Wiscon, as always, was wonderful.

Took this photo of Kate Beyer in one of my silver lace pearl necklaces.

And this is the necklace:

Memory Landscape Panel at Wiscon
I'm doing a panel about my work-in-progress "Memory Landscapes" at Wiscon on Saturday at 4PM with Pat Murphy, Nisi Shawl, Kim Stanley Robinson and Debbie Notkin.

"Photographer Laurie Toby Edison's work-in-progress is “Memory Landscapes", a feminist visual memoir, to be implemented as an iPad app. Memory is a form of time travel through your own time line.  A visual memoir takes you into the artist's time line and lets you choose your paths through their lives. Memories are filtered, by who we are now, who we were then, and what has happened in between. We view our past through layers of memories, and the past is everything that happened except this moment. The panel will look at some of Laurie’s work in progress, and discuss the ways panelists and the audience re-engage with memories of their own lives. Laurie needs people's insights and experiences with memory to inform and inspire her work."

I've done the panel twice before with Pat Murphy, Nisi Shawl and Debbie Notkin and once (at Fogcon) with Kim Stanley Robinson.  Both times it's generated a lot of audience excitement and involvement. There are many ways in which my work has been collaborative and the panel audiences have really contributed to the shaping of the work so far.

iPads enable an artist to show the original art rather then a reproduction, assuming that the images were shot with iPad light in mind.  I will be showing the work at the panel as well as discussing it.

And again, really looking forward to seeing everyone at Wiscon.

Back from Vacation: Leaving for Wiscon and Dragonfly Cuff
It's late and this is going to be a tired post. I'm leaving for Wiscon the day after tomorrow and am working hard at finishing up getting ready. I have a collection of glorious new stones from my lapidary including fossilized dinosaur bone, a stunning pietersite, and a vivid korite opal.

And a group of new designs that I'm really happy with.

I'll be doing my Memory Landscapes panel as well but I'll write about that tomorrow. Tonight my mind is rather fixed on jewelry.

I very recently finished this dragonfly cuff. From the collection of Fred Teti

It's silver with the dragonfly's head a garnet and the stone on the tail is a very vivid opal.

Good night.  Looking forward to seeing lots of folks I like at Wiscon.

Getting Ready
(crossposted on Dreamwidth as laurieopal)

Getting ready to go on a much needed vacation before I finish my work for Wiscon. (Bless my cat sitter)

Have finished a group of new rings

And I have a group of new stones (many cut for me) coming for Wiscon. Seeing them for the first time always makes me amazingly happy. Maybe I do have dragon in my ancestry. The last group had some remarkable Turkish stick agate and I'm hoping for some this time. I'm just finishing a commission with one. An abstract pendant also set with tiny carnelians. I will take a photo when it's done.

I've been working in wax a lot and I'm looking forward to showing the new designs.

I did make a special Wiscon pendant again this year but I want to make sure they cast OK before I talk about them

Contemplating Demons
(cross-posted on Dreamwidth as laurieopal)

I've been thinking about and working for a long time (sculpture long time) on a pendant making a design for an old wedgewood-like piece that has a woman with a demon tail. Part of the reason it's taking long is is that as it evolves I remove and make changes.
I've been working in a Heronymous Bosch feeling but I'm also starting to look at some Tibetan and Chinese demons. Not at all sure about including them but maybe an influence and definitely interesting.

I'm actually mostly looking closely at the details. For example:

And on a very different subject, I just found out that my Memory Landscapes panel will be at Wiscon - more about this later

Exquisite Kimono
(cross-posted on Dreamwidth (laurieopal) and Body Impolitic)

I saw these exquisite kimono at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco this week. I have seen kimonos this beautiful in museums in Japan but not in the US before. The delicate complexity of the work in stunning in itself, but the way the asymmetry creates balance in the designs is what I love best. I know from my own work just how difficult and satisfying it is.  Examine each robe closely.

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Red Kimono

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Red Kimono detail: the design is stylized clouds and wisteria

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Cloud Kimono

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Cloud Kimono detail: the design seems to include water, lilies, cages and clouds.
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Raven Kimono

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Raven Kimono Detail: the design seems to include flowers, crows and nets.  I love the crows!

Some of these are as old as 250 years. They were serious luxury goods of their time.  The technical skill is only surpassed by the art.  I find the work inspiring. Again, examine them closely.

Polishing and Stunning Jade
I just checked and apparently I haven't posted since March 19th. My brain insists that I did a post last week but clearly it was all in my mind.

I've been working very hard in wax for several weeks and have just cast a group of designs that include exquisite blue water melon tourmaline earrings with tiny diamonds in gold, and an opal and garnet dragon fly with lace wings.

I spent today working on polishing the new pieces and after I'm finished polishing and the stones have been set I'll be taking photos. It will still be a while.

Also have been working on a stunning carnelian plume agate that Llolyd Eshbach cut, among other things.

It's been a very good creative time.

The photos are of 3 of the very beautiful jade pieces I'm working with for Brenda Clough. The green is a true imperial color, something you very rarely see. It's very special to be designing for them.

  • The photos are oversize (the jade carvings actually measures more like 1" to 1.5") but I wanted to show the detail and quality of the jade

The butterfly was probably made around the turn of the century and is typical of this kind of Chinese work from the period.

I'll be designing branches and leaves, including the jade leaves of course, and a perched butterfly.

Jasper Vase and Opal Ring
I'm starting an intense stretch of both jewelery and photography right now. I have a lot of very interesting commission work. And the Memory Landscapes panel at Fogcon was very useful and inspiring.

(Please check it off on Wiscon 39 Programing Wiscon 39 Programing if you are interested. It's a the bottom of "Feminism and Other Social Change Movements" under "already staffed".)

Vase pendant was made some years ago. I'm glad to have had the opportunity to photograph it. It's from a time in my work pre-LJ when I was rarely taking photos of my designs. Vase is jasper, coral in antique Victorian and pearl is fresh water and pink. I have it to lengthen the chain and it was a pleasure to see it again.

From the collection of Beth MacLellan.

This is another view of Rebecca Burgess' opal ring. Opal is far more brilliant but the colors are much closer to the original.

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