I’m really excited to tell you that I’m now on Patreon!!
I’m in my second month, I have 20 wonderful patrons, and I’m over halfway towards achieving my first goal!!
I’d really love it, if you like my artwork, and want to keep up with all the happenings in my artsy life and development, if you could support me over on there… even if it’s just $1 a month, every little helps, and your support means so much to me.
My name is Chloe Henderson… nice to virtually meet you.I’m using Patreon to fund my creative business. I’m from, and currently live, in Edinburgh, Scotland where I create highly patterned artwork, and jewellery based on stories, mythology, and the nerdier things in life.
I’m happiest when I’m in front of my drawing board doodling furiously away, or sat at my bench sawing and hammering pieces of metal. If I could do this all the time I would, but it doesn’t quite pay the bills yet… but hopefully with your support I can get there!
What will you be funding?
Workshop and Studio Practice
I draw every day, and I try to get into the jewellery workshop at least once a week. Your pledges will cover the day to day creative expenses, such as: art supplies, workshop bills, jewellery materials, ordering prints and postal supplies, etc.
This will be my first commercial jewellery collection. It will be based on a faerytale I’m writing that brings together traditional undine mythology with our modern world, with added jewelled twists. I’m also aiming to make a film of this tale, and make a tail out of this tale… but you’ll have to get in on the Patreon-only posts to find out more…
My stall at Edinburgh Comic Con 2017
Next year, I would love to have enough artwork to get prints and merchandise made up to sell at Edinburgh’s Comic Con. I went to the event this year, and it was fantastic! The whole time I was there looking at all the glorious nerdy things, I couldn’t help but envy the indie artists selling their wares, and I knew I wanted to be them next year! The convention is usually in April, which gives me a whole year to achieve this goal of creating more nerdy artwork, and to save the money needed to book the table, and buy the stock to sell.
Thank you for reading, and thank you even more if you decide to support me :D
Yesterday, I shared some glimpses into my Ondine sketchbook, so, today I’m moving out of the sketchbook and into the land of 3-Dimensional samples! Yay!
Firstly…. a few rope-tying tests.
I’ve been a little cagey and secretive with plans for this collection, because I want to reveal a big surprise at the end when it’s all finished… but I also love sharing my process… so, for this collection all you need to know is that it’s about an undine and a human who fall in love…… and from that I’m making a rope-tied collection of jewellery and a full-sized tail fit for the lovesick Ondine.
After tying myself up in knots!!! I’ve started forming my knotwork into pieces of jewellery and solidifying them into workable models….
…I’ll share a few wee sneak peeks of the samples I’m not using as final models, so you can see what ropes have been trying themselves around my brain… and at this very moment I’m working away tying up my final models (*fingers crossed*).
Stay tuned for the next stage!
I’ve been so busy these past few weeks writing away. It feels like a giant explosion of words has just melted out from my brain. I’ve not written much of anything but the odd one-liner, blog posts and journal entries for such a long time. I’ve missed it. I really must write more.
I don’t know if it’s any good yet. I’m still in the first draft stages and still need to write a huge chunk of middle bit, but it’s oh such a glorious process.
If Ondine is as successful as I hope it will be, I’m definitely going to write a story for every single collection I do. Oh joy!!
Anyway….. thought I’d share with you a little sneak peek at part of the story.
She nodded, tears spilling down her cheeks.
He rummaged around in his pockets and pulled out a strand of white string. She laughed through sparkling watery eyes and held out her hand. He tied the little rope around her finger. She looked down at the string, flexed her fingers, brought them up to her mouth and licked her new ring. He watched in astonishment as the glistening bubbles in her saliva solidified around the knot and the string set in silver.
“Okay, you really have to tell me all your secret now!”
Still a first draft, so it will most likely change! But, what do you think? Would love some advice?!!
Ooo and here are a few more full-scale tail samples. Must write that knitting blog! and maybe a weaving one too! And the first pretty page in my sketchbook (will upload some more images of the other pages soon).I’ve also been working on some knot-work for the main elements of the jewellery collection… all will be revealed soon.
In my Ondine Introduction I mentioned that: alongside the collection I would be creating an art jewellery piece.
What is art jewellery? you might be asking…
“Art jewelry is one of the names given to jewelry created by studio craftspeople. As the name suggests, art jewelry emphasizes creative expression and design, and is characterized by the use of a variety of materials, often commonplace or of low economic value.” (source) How I look at it, is an art jewellery piece is more like a work of art. It is to be admired for the design and beauty, and it is technically wearable… but not something you would wear in everyday life.
So, for Ondine: I am making a full-size jeweller’s interpretation of a mermaid’s tail.
I want to keep the final design a secret, I want a grand reveal when it’s all done! but I also want to share my process with you, so I will post about how I’m getting on and of course those posts will be filled with lots of images!!!
Like these ones
My first wire cage style samples, still not quite sure about them, but I’m working on it! And I’m currently in the process of teaching myself to knit… I’m exploring lots of possible avenues of what this tail will be and knitting might be the way to go…
If I can actually learn how to knit more than a square!!!
Will post another blog tomorrow about my adventures in knitting!
I’m doing a giveaway over on Facebook to celebrate the launch of my online shop!!
Just click the image above and do what it says on the post!
I’ll be picking the winner at midnight tonight :)
If you didn’t catch my last blog post The making of The Smaug Ring you should probably go check it out before scrolling down!
I made a ring based on a wonderful dragon….. so naturally I had to paint myself up like one to take some photos!!
What do you think?
Stay tuned for some close-up photos of the ring and the finished drenched gold dragon skin box!