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.

"Memory Landscapes" Panel At Wiscon
I just did the Memory Landscape panel at Fogcon and it was great! People came up to me for the rest of the convention to talk about the panel. They gave me a lot to think about. It's about my new work in progress “Memory Landscapes", an iPad art project.

Please check it off on Wiscon 39 Programing if your interested. It's a the bottom of "Feminism and Other Social Change Movements" under "already staffed". We did it at the last Wiscon and the audience's comments and involvement were exciting and useful for my art.

"Photographer Laurie Toby Edison is working on a new digital project called “Memory Landscapes", a feminist visual memoir. 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. She says, “I started thinking about memory, and how what is remarkable is not how much we forget, but how much we remember. I realized that my memories are not linear – because ‘inside the head everything happens at once.’ (Penelope Lively) Linear narrative is a useful construct, but it's not how we actually remember.

I want to re-engage with the memories of my life, to create an autobiographical visual memoir, to express the poetics of non-linear time. 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. It will eventually be on Ipad app that creates an aesthetic of memory. On the panel, we will look at some of Laurie’s work in progress, and discuss the ways panelists and audience re-engage with memories of our own lives."

Panelists: Pat Murphy and Nisi Shawl are among my intellectual collaborators on the project. I'd also like to add a musician since music is an important part of memory."

Kim Stanley Robinson was superb on the panel at Fogcon and is interested in being on it at Wiscon.

Calcopyrite and Sagenite Pendants
I'm back from Fogcon where I saw lots of folks I like, who I don't see that often.  And I have a jade commission with stunning stones.  I'll be putting up a photo of them later.

This photo is a calcopyrite (gorgeous) pendant set in sterling. Stone is far more brilliant then it photographs. It's almost sequin-like in multiple blues with a touch of gold. Design was made to both set off and reflect the stone. It's about 1.75"

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From the collection of Marsha Jones

This photo is a sagenite set in sterling. Sagenite was a new stone to me and this was a particulalry exceptional one chosen from several beauties. A very different texture and design for a very different stone.  It's about 3".
I'm pretty happy with this photograph.

From the collection of Tracy Schmidt

I love both of these designs and thought it was interesting to post them together.

Back from the Blizzards
I'm back from Boskone, the remarkable blizzard, some much needed down time.  I'm back at work this week catching up.

I'll be at Fogcon this weekend but not showing my jewelry. (I will have some stones with me.)  I'm on 2 panels that I'm exicited about and I'll be writing abut them a little later in the week.

The pendant below is prehnite and sterling. I brought it to Boskone  and now that Bayla has it, I can put up the photo.

The crescent moon theme seemed very right to me.  The flower bud in the center of the bottom stone is a moon flower that only opens at night.   Stones are far more filled with beautiful patterns then the photo shows.


From the colllection of Bayla Fine.

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