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
For my cousin’s 18th Birthday I made her an ocean inspired necklace and earrings set.
She loves all things under the sea, in particular whales and dolphins…. so what to make her? A whale tail necklace with splash drop earrings of course!
And as, she too, is a February birthday, it just had to be an amethyst stone… these ones a beautiful pastel Lavender Amethyst.
A few in process shots…
…. and the finished piece…
Happy Birthday Nicole :)
I hope you like them!
The other day we popped along to visit The Silversmith’s Art exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland… it was stunning!
“This ground-breaking exhibition celebrates the exceptional creativity and skill which make Britain a world leader in modern silver. The Silversmith’s Art features 150 masterpieces made by 66 acclaimed silversmiths between 2000 and 2015.”
I would thoroughly recommend a visit if you’re in the area, jeweller/silversmith or not it is a worthwhile nosey.
The design and craftsmanship is exceptional… and just seeing so much silver in one place is highly gratifying.
This next one was by far my favourite. The work that must have gone into this piece is immense. I am truly captivated, and in awe.
I always leave glorious exhibitions feeling ecstatically inspired… and woefully dejected. Will my work ever be that amazing?
One can only wish… and work really hard!
We popped along to the Glasgow Degree Show a few weeks ago.
I loved the jewellery show, but felt the fine arts were lacking in the strength that the previous years had shown…. maybe I’d just been spoilt with the Dundee and Edinburgh shows! There were of course exceptions, here are a few of my favourites from the show…..
Those who know me, know how much I love Amanda Palmer…… a lot! So anytime she pops on over to our lovely little island, I’m always first in line for a ticket! This time it was part of her Art of Asking book tour (and quite possibly last tour for a quite a wee while… oh noes!). If you haven’t read the book yet, read it. Just go. Go now. It’s fantastic. Book link here. TED talk link here. Go now. Enjoy.
The show was wonderful. Slow-paced… a little sombre with all the sad song requests… but broken up with bouts of laughter from the hilarious Janey Godley and the pregnant lady song!!… and she did play two of my favourites, Delilah and Coin-Operated Boy… and I got to sit on the floor inches away from the stage… oh, and I met a lot of wonderful music lovers, from one of my lovely little meetup groups (p.s. thanks for organizing that Dave!)… ooo and most exciting was when she read out my question!!! Teehee I’m glad the alien barcodes are the price of the baby!… and I am also now the proud owner of an Amanda Palmer nudie pen.
Yup, awesome show was awesome.
And if the show wasn’t enough I got to meet her at the kick-ass signing the next day in Waterstone’s. I don’t think I managed to say anything remotely intelligent to her, but I gave her a copy of my Coin-Operated Boy story, and my favourite hand-held silver brooch from that collection too! and she signed my box!!! I am now one happy jeweller!!!
Amanda if you’re reading this, I love you, I hope you like my story, and thank you.
And a bonus shot of the lovely camera-man’s feet!! Thanks!
p.s. if you want to know more about my Coin-Operated Boy piece, pop on over here.
The glorious Tom Hiddleston is a must feature for my Zendoodling. I have sided with the rest of the world and rather fallen in love with him, and this Zendoodle pays homage to him in my favourite role: Loki from Marvel’s Thor…. everyone loves a sexy British villain.
What do you think?
Fancy yourself a magical Zendoodle commission? Check out my Zendoodle gallery for more and send me a message about ideas for your very own artwork :)
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.