Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Cross-Pollination


I'm SO MUCH happier writing about and showing other people's work. I don't mind posting photos of my work on Flickr but blogging about it makes me nauseous for some reason. Hopefully, it won't make you nauseous too. Queasiness aside, I'm going to write about myself today. When I first started this piece, I was thinking of the magnolia tree at my parent's old house. I was fascinated by their tree and it was the first time I'd ever been up close to a magnolia seed pod. But, at some point during the creative process, a lotus pod got involved and the cross-pollination resulted in something that would probably make a botanist cringe. It's growing on me though (no pun intended) and I think I'll explore this design a little further. I've listed it in my Etsy shop if you'd like to take a closer look.
Speaking of Etsy, those of you who sell your work there or on other online sites, know how difficult it is to drive traffic to your shops. There's a brand-new site called LuvHandmade that's meant to be a way for artists to promote their items. The have a blog, a forum, and an online community and it's totally free to sign up. I was chosen as their rise and shine seller this week and you can read my interview here. Hopefully, the site will continue to grow and bring exposure to many online sellers.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

13 comments:

Lisa Clarke said...

You should post about yourself and your own work more often! Those are usually my favorite posts of yours to read :-)

I like the new "magnolotus" pod. What do botanists know, anyway? LOL!

Kim Cavender said...

Lisa, thanks for the nice comment on the "magnolotus"! After so many posts about other people, I've slipped into sort of a "comfort zone", I think. I'll have to work on that!

WonderfulWire said...

I absolutely love it! What a really cool design!! :)

Kim Cavender said...

Thanks Mary!

2 Good Claymates - Dave and Carolyn Good said...

Your pod pendant and beads are quite unique! I love them! Thanks also for the tip on the LuvHandmade. I joined up and already made some new friends!
Carolyn

Kim Cavender said...

Carolyn, Thanks for the nice comment. I'm so happy you like this piece. LuvHandmade is really starting to grow and they have lots of new features coming. So glad you joined!

Bettina Makley, aka Fairywebmother. said...

For someone who sucks in the worst way at computer stuff, you have put together a very interesting blog! :) I've enjoyed my visit, today.

Kim Cavender said...

Hello Bettina, fellow West Virginian! Thanks to the good folks at Google, who've made it so simple even a caveman can do it, I've muddled through. I'm not as bad at it as I used to be but still a long way from proficient. You've got some beautiful things on your website. I adore the felting. Would love to give it a try sometime. Hope you'll come back and visit again!

Scott said...

Beautiful Pod Kim! The seeds remind me of pomegranite. It's really original and has that added punch that is recognizably yours. Thanks for sharing your talent and letting us witness the evolution of your pods.

Kim Cavender said...

Scott, Thanks so much for your support and encouragement. It means a lot. Hey, I hope you find the time to make some new work of your own soon. I sure miss seeing new things from you!

jana said...

Kim...

I'm gonna confuse things further, because the first thing I saw in the focal of your beautiful neckpiece was a pomegranite :)

I haven't visited your blog for a while, so was delighted to see all of the wonderful art/artists you've highlighted!

Great work; thanks for sharing these artful 'finds', and also your writing skills. I really enjoy reading your thoughts...

Tina Holden said...

Yes, Kim, you should post more about yourself! I for one enjoy seeing 'your' blog...but please don't get sick all over the screen, lol.
That pendant with the seeds...I wanna pick them all out and cRRunch cRRRrunch!! I have a thing about things like that, they get me really revved up..especially when the seeds look ready to POP. EEEEEE!!

Kim Cavender said...

Thanks Jana and Tina! It does remind me a bit of a pomegranite, too. I wouldn't recommend eating those seeds, Tina LOL!