Sunday, June 30, 2013

Never Contented Things

Just writing to share that I am having a paper jewelry sale, with the goal of raising money to afford materials to begin producing jewelry again. 

Here's some background, from the profile description for the Etsy store:

Never Contented Things was created in 2009 by Erin (yours truly) and Zoë, best friends and former roommates from Chicago, based on designs found in some of my fine art work. At the time it was a side business for both of us artists, who met while we were earning BFAs in photography from Columbia College Chicago. 

In 2010 I began graduate school to earn my MFA, and ultimately moved to Philadelphia to earn an MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts, forcing the company to go on hiatus. Zoë stayed in Chicago where she works as a photographer for an auction house, and still creates her own artwork (often printmaking). We miss each other terribly. Be sure to take a look at her fabulous photography, which can be found on her website.

in May of 2013 I graduated with my MFA, and am now excited to return to Never Contented Things as a solo venture, joining the wonderful craft community here in Philadelphia. 

Never Contented Things consists of handmade works, predominantly paper jewelry. Some of the aesthetic is shared with my own fine art work. I am willing to do custom work, so if you like the work but don't find what you're looking for, let me know! 

Also, please follow the Never Contented Things blog. Don't forget to look at Zoë's amazing artwork and drop her a line as well! 

Below is a photo of my beautiful sister Shannon from her wedding, showing the custom hairpiece I made for her.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Thesis and after...

This post is well overdue; my apologies!

Below are some images from my thesis show at Rosenwald Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts. The closing reception was April 26th, and we had an excellent turnout (thanks again, everyone!). My friends and classmates Karen Hardy and Sarah Hulsey were in the gallery with me (be sure to check out their work, it is amazing). Below are some photos taken during the opening; unless otherwise stated, the photos are by my classmate Mou Zhu

 Callie looking at one of Karen's books.

Behind these 11 ft. tall black felt curtains, installed with the help of gallery exhibition coordinator Michael Ciervo, were my animations.

A group in conversation. Sarah's work is on the left and Karen's on the right.

My friends Erin and Allen looking at one of Karen's amazing paper pieces.

Me talking with Meghann Hickson in front of some of Karen's work. 
Photo by Aubrey DiDonato. 

Sarah, Karen, and I standing in front of my light boxes and one of my pressure prints. 
This photo by Karen's mom.

Below are some installation images.  
I took these.

...and now, I have graduated, school is done, and I am back in reality. Fortunately I am also back working part-time at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, as a conservation technician, and I couldn't be happier about this! Philly, and the wonderful people I have met so far in it, have been wonderful to me.