Have you used Polyvore before? If so what did you think of it? What to learn more?
So I have been wanting to figure out how to do a mock up with my jewelry and clothes and while watching Megan Auman's Blogging to Sell Your Products- low and behold she had a segment on Polyvore. Thank you Megan Auman! It is super easy and fun. I do need to plan on better backgrounds for my pieces to look like they fit in but not bad for first attempt.
Have you used Polyvore before? If so what did you think of it? What to learn more?
If I had to name one piece of art that has inspired me the most, it would be Tiffany's Wisteria lamp. The wonderful color and design are the reason.The piece is amazing! The design is incredible and photo like. The colors chosen are spot on, they do not make glass like this anymore. The photo below does not do it justice, the auction catalog photo shows the real color much better.
Here is a link to the auction that the sold for $1,145,000!
Is there a piece of art that just makes your heart skip a beat or give you a boost of inspiration? Please share it with us by leaving a comment and posting a photo.
Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.
Other than visual art, the art form that inspires or excites me most is architectural. I love the line of buildings and placement of windows and doors. When I walk into a building I always look up- love love ceilings and so many places do nothing to them untapped canvas in my book. The older the building the better. Character!
Castles are beautiful but wooden houses from 1870-1920 are the best. Craftsmen excite me to no end. Love Adirondack Camp style also.
What inspires you? Do you have a favorite building style? Let me know and share your photos with me.
This week I encountered another surprised person. I had spoken to them on the phone, set up a meeting and showed up at the meeting. They were thrown back for a few minutes.
Why? People are often surprised to see me when we meet for the first time. I am a tall white woman. Not the short Asian woman they had connected with my name.
It is pretty funny to me but sometimes they act offended or like I lied to them. What?
Kim Joy is my married name. I am no longer married to Mr. Joy but my children still have the same father so I kept the name. My maiden name was Kim Steinmuller. I thought it would be a hard thing to explain why my name was different than my children so I kept Joy. Joy is Irish in this case. No where near Asian, huh?
Over the years I have been called Kim Joy and Joy Kim. I normally do not correct people because it will work itself out over time. Many people have told me to let others know when they miscall me but I am ok with it. I am not offended, life is too short. Even students call me Joy after months of class and when they realize they are shocked that I did not call them out on it. Why should I? Should I make them feel bad about messing up my name? Would I correct them readily if it was my given name? Probably, but I am not as attached to Joy as Steinmuller,
At one point after the divorce I was considering changing my name to Kim Ramsay Sellars. My maternal great grandfather was David Ramsay Sellars. I have some cousins that gave up their given name for Sellars and I was totally prepared to. But there were the kids and my business name and the memory of my Dad, Harry Robert Steinmuller, how could I just discount him and my love for him?
So I am Kim S. Joy and have been since 1987.
What is your name? Have people messed up your name? How do you feel? Let me know. Hopefully I have not called you by the incorrect name!
I choose to use the color blue quite a bit because I love the way it looks with light coming through it. Different hues react differently in the light and at different time of the day. I love the play on color in light.
Blue can represents depth and stability. Symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth and heaven. Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and producing a calming effect.
Different glass manufacturers create wonderful blues. Youghiogheny has the most beautiful blues.
What is your favorite color? Do you like to work with your favorite color or do you keep it to yourself?
The art exhibition that has inspired me the most is the hunt for David Ramsay Sellars, my great grandfather's water colours in Dundee. The Manus has some of his paintings but it was closed for renovations when I was there in 2007 and I did not get to see them.
But I did get to go to Dundee High School and see the room that he assisted in art classes in. I stood where he stood. It was the most amazing feeling. I cried. I could feel him there. I tried to find his home but it was gone and the plot developed, I did find a similar neighborhood and what I imagined his home looked like. Walking around Dundee I felt like I was walking with David.
Since visiting Dundee I have acquired eight of his water colours. If you ever hear of any David Ramsay Sellars or D.R.Sellars paintings for sale please let me know firstname.lastname@example.org
The place I'd like to go most to seek inspiration is Scotland. I know there is stained glass everywhere but I felt a drive when I was in Scotland in 2007. Might it have been because I felt the presence of David Ramsay Sellars, my great-grandfather, or may be I just felt in my element. I wish I could take a year off and go live there and bask in the beauty and history.
I could so the same here. It is only myself that holds me back and use external excuses to help me not do the work. Time to get off the procrastination train and jump on in and LIVE!
I usually begin a new work by clearing off my workbench of all the other projects to have a clear space to work. This helps my mind set to be clear of distractions. I tend to get easily distracted and then move on to something else instead of staying on task. Next I choose the pattern I am going to make and then go looking for glass that speaks to me for this project. Now it is time to choose the music that I will be listening to while working. And so work begins.....
What is your process for starting a new project? Share in the comments please.
The best thing about being an artist is that I get to do what I love and can share that love with others, especially when teaching classes and workshops.
I am able to work in the medium of my choice and experiment and see how much I can grow and stretch the possibilities of glass. I get to meet wonderful people through teaching, many students have become long time friends, through commissions- many people willing to let me design and create a piece just for them and the numerous customers that have bought pieces from me.
I amso proud of my work and how much I have grown as artist since 1982. I did not think I would be still doing stained glass 34 years later. There were years when my art was put on the back burner due to numerous moves and not having a proper place to work. Fast forward and in 2014 I had my screened in porch closed and weatherized so I could work in there. This was a huge change from the the garage space that I had to take down every day I used it in Florida, the lanai in Hawaii, the potting shed and room with no heat that I used in Springfield and the studio in a former prison. I have come a long way.
My studio is my happy place.
Well tonight is the last stained glass class for this year. Sad that we have to wait until January to get back together. The nine weeks flew by and lots of great works done. Panels, transoms, angels, lamps, sun catchers and more! I am so lucky to have such wonderful students.
During my month off I will be working on pieces for the January Del Ray Artisans Show Simply Abstract, my Etsy Store, new jewelry class samples. I do have a Glass Cutting Workshop at Community Forklift in Edmonston, MD this Saturday. December 3 I am at Artistic Artifacts Holiday Market and December 4 I will be at the Alexandria Women's Commission Art Market. (See more information on "Events" Page.
What are you plans for the last 45 days of 2016? Do you have any events or shows that you will be attending? Please leave a comment and let me know where you will be. Do you have a big finish planned? If so what is it?
Wishing you a Wacky Wednesday and lots of creative time in the studio!
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Kim S. Joy
I am a stained glass artist who loves her job. I want to share the wonderful work of stained glass and jewelry making with you.