Saturday, April 4, 2009

Some blah and another international cooperation

Today I am feeling rather blah. I had an actual lump of blah stuck in my throat for several hours, but even now that it is gone, I am still sort of blah. My shop, for example, needs refreshing with some tasty new items, but I have no inspiration. Plus, I was commissioned to create Passover gifts for seven aunts, but didn't start working on them yet. I know what I am making, but keep procrastinating. Blah.

In the midst of all this blah, there is the beautiful result of yet another international cooperation with Dave from Craftiness. Dave and I already worked on a cross seas pen project, which was just for the two of us. This time, Dave the wood craftsman and me decided we will create a commercial product to sell on Dave's shop - a wooden hand painted kaleidescope!

First, Dave curved four maple wood eggs (made out of maple growing in Austin Texas, where he and his family lives) and shipped them to Israel for me to paint on. I hand painted the eggs, using ink and acrylic paint in the styles Dave and I worked out before hand (mainly, not too cute). It was a real challenge for me.

The front of the eggs - a sleeping woman, gazing at the stars, bear
and "מים רבים לא יכבו את האהבה" which means "Many waters cannot quench love" (Song of Songs, 8-7).

The back of the eggs

Finally, I shipped the eggs back to Dave to be turned into kaleidescope. Dave polished, glazed, and turned the eggs into unique pieces of art. As he wrote in his item description These eggs logged about 14,000 miles of travel so far, I cannot wait to see how much further they will travel.

The final result. The eggs are available for purchase here.


Frenzy23 said...

Those are absolutely beautiful! I like the one with the balloon on the back the best. :)
It's always interesting to me when artists collaborate, especially from such a distance. The mix of ideas is fascinating.
I hope they travel far!

niftyknits said...

They sound lovely - I really like kaleidoscopes. I'm off to look in the shop

Sharona R. said...

Thank you both! They look like wonderful little treasures, don't they?