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My Bio
I've been an artist of one sort or another since I can remember. It's not what I do; it's who I am. So I've spent most of my life following what's interesting or beautiful or touching. I've lived in big cities and tiny hamlets, apartments and remote adobe houses. I've had more cats than I can count. When I'm not painting, making jewelry or writing books (5 so far), I'm doing embroidery, belly dancing and playing in the SCA.

Current Residence: Florida
Favourite genre of music: classical, soundtracks, old blues, belly dance
Favourite style of art: Orientalist, art deco, art nouveau, craftsman, steampunk, medieval, what ever is well done
MP3 player of choice: Sony Walkman
Favourite cartoon character: Scrat
Personal Quote: It'll come to me. - Res ad me veniet.

Favourite Visual Artist
Arthur Bridgman, Aivazovsky
Favourite Movies
Prince of Persia, Avatar. Gladiator, Fly Boys, take me away, spin me dreams
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
E. S. Posthumus,
Favourite Writers
Terry Prachett, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Childe, Arthur Conan Doyle
Tools of the Trade
needle & thread, wax & metal
Other Interests
History(Ancient & Medieval), Art, Embroidery - and whatever shiny bit crosses my eye
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     A large part of any project seems to be the research that goes into the processes and techniques needed to achieve it.  Now that I've decided to paint the box, my next step was to find out how to do that and get a really authentic look to it.  The history of Chinese and Japanese lacquerware (urushiol-based lacquer) is a long and impressive one.  When done right, the result is not only beautiful, but the lacquer itself cures through oxidation and polymerization to form a a kind of natural plastic that is extremely robust and can last over a thousand years.  The process of applying it is long and arduous and includes lots of noxious an
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My first step with the box is to get it to the point that it can be glued.  Right now its covered in pealing shards of veneer.  some of it has come off with the slightest touch; some of it needed a little help from fingernails and a palette knife.  The rest is proving to be stubborn.  I can tell from the brown/amber crystals here and there when the pieces pop off that it was all originally put on with hide glue.  This may prove to be a blessing in disguise because I know from the research I did for the glue book that hide glue will let go with steam.  So probably tomorrow I will address the issue with hot damp towels and a steam iron.  The Ph
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I see by the dates its been a very long time since I posted here.  So maybe its time I updated things.   Maybe its something about summer and being shut in the house with the air conditioning droning on and on.  And maybe its summer that makes me think in terms of embarking on long-term projects.  No, I always think in terms of really big projects. LOL  This time the idea was sparked by members of an embroidery list I belong to.  One of the members has been posting pictures of gorgeous Palais Royale sewing boxes.  Richly glowing exotic veneer coffers laden with exquisitely carved mother-of-pearl sewing tools such as would have been used by Ma
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