Friday, September 19, 2014

Inside the Studio with Ema Kilroy

Welcome to Inside the Studio!

Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.

Congratulations Susanm
You have won a pair of handwoven bead earrings handmade by Rebecca of Songbead and The Curious Bead Shop.
Please email Rebecca with your contact information and your color selection.
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Hello Art Bead Scene Friends. It seems like it's been quite some time since I've had a chance to visit with you. There have been some changes in my life that have been keeping me busy. I'll cut straight to the heart of it and tell you that I got a job! A job outside the studio. A job that pays weekly (yes I'm liking that!).

I am excited about getting out of the studio and back to work with other people. I had a challenging summer. You could hear the cricketts chirping in my workspace. My ideas dried up with the summer heat and I felt artistically tired. After a lot of thinking about my life and my direction I decided it was a good time for me to look for a job outside the studio. There are many folks that work hard and successfully create a niche for themselves in this art bead world we all love. Personally I find marketing my work to be daunting. Keeping up with trends and the ever changing desires of magazines and such is a chore for me. A chore that doesn't resonate with my style. I'm pretty laid back and prefer to take life slow. I have a style and I'm not one who chases after too many trends. I stop often to listen to the birds and to smell the roses. I don't care to rush about to meet deadlines for shows and magazines. I think some folks are cut out for this type of lifestyle. I don't think I'm one of them. I love to create but a marketing guru I am not.

 I've gone back to my accounting roots and taken a job as a bookkeeper for a large company that has a second location not far from my home. I'll be handling all the accounting tasks in this location. I'm really enjoying it so far. I think this job will be perfect for me. The job is supposed to be part time but for the last 4 weeks I've been working close to full time. I see the light at the end of the tunnel and hope to be working on a part time basis next week. That's where I want to be. I'm hoping the part time hours will allow me to have free time to create and spend more time with my family. I feel that creating without relying on it for my income will free up my creative spirit. I have to say that I like getting that regular paycheck. If you've relied on your art and craft for an income you know exactly what I'm talkin' about.

Soooo....as far as what's happening inside my studio, it's been a bit quiet. I did manage to create some pieces inspired by the onset of Fall. It was down right cold in my part of the world this past week. We might even get a frost tonight. Yikes! It's too early for that! Inspired by thoughts of Fall I got out some leaves I had collected, dried and pressed last year; before I ever had a thought about creating the Natural Impressions line. This means there are a limited number of these pieces available. When they're gone they're gone (until next year). As the Fall season gets into full swing I'll definitely be on the hunt for fantastic leaves to press this year.

I thought these pieces would be fun in an Autumnal jewelry design.






I have little more cleaning up and polishing to do in order to get these pieces ready for sale. I'll be listing them on  Sunday Friday. I'll be sharing new listings on my FB page


In the meantime you could win this lovely lampwork bead set. Silvered glass encased in a layer of clear glass, handmade by me.

Leave your comment answering this question for a chance to win. 
Are you creating a special piece of jewelry inspired by the beauty of the Fall season? 

Thanks for visiting ABS today.
Ema Kilroy is a lampworker and metalsmith living and working in Central Massachusetts. 

26 comments:

beadrecipes said...

Well, it's spring here in Australia, so I am thinking about beautiful bright colours rather than fall. Having said that, I just made a lovely bracelet in very autumnal colours, so I guess I am! (mlissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com)

Deb Fortin said...

congrats on your new job. I do hope it leaves you some time to create .
Your toggles are gorgeous and your style recognisable.
in fact just yesterday I was looking through (drooling i might add) the latest issue -Fall 2014 -of Jewelry Stringing and I saw one of your leaf toggles in the NEW BEADS article. I knew immediately it was one of yours. Congrats on that too. great to be published.
good luck with the new job.

Deb Fortin said...

I didn't answer the question in my previous comment.
Fall is my favourite season , here in Ontario we have glorious colours in the changing leaves. I always make a few (ok maybe more that a few) pieces with fall themes or colours. i just received a shipment with fall coloured resin leaves that will soon be earrings and bracelets. can't wait to get started on them.

Kathy Lindemer said...

Yes, I am creating a piece of jewelry inspired by autumn. It is a necklace with a ceramic focal with a spider. I am working on links for it and a handmade clasp. It is for a Halloween challenge.

Divya N said...

I too went back to a full time job last month inorder to free myself a bit, financially, but I cant seem to make time to indulge in jewelry making anymore which makes me very sad. But I am planning to do a festive collection based on metals and pastels following the fashion trend of joyful juxtaposition for AW14-15

Mokki said...

I haven't started creating autumnal pieces yet, but I can feel my inspiration body clock getting restless. I love autumn, the colours, the smells. I'll start making after the weekend. I love the heart shaped piece, it's autumnal, romantic and feminine - some of my favourite things!

Katherine Thompson said...

Wow! These pieces are fantastic! I think they are so wonderful and inspirational. My first thought was, "Why can't I think of that". Maybe some day!

Becky Pancake said...

Hi Emma, Your lampwork set is yummy and I would be honored to win them. Yes I have a couple of fall pieces in the works right now. I am taking part in a fall blog hop in October too. Congratulations on your new job.

Erin S said...

uhhh, who won last week's beaded earrings? There's no name listed.

to answer this week's question, I love fall colors, and pretty much design with them year round. It's not like a special seasonal thing for me.

Sarajo Wentling said...

So, who won from last week? The suspense is killing us! :)

I've been working on lots of fall inspired pieces for a big show next weekend. Lots of acorn and oak leaf designs. I'm especially excited about a resin pendant I just made with fall leaf scrapbook paper on the bottom and a little squirrel charm inside. Now I just need to make it into a necklace!

Carol Briody said...

Oooo!..yes I am totally inspired by cool crisp Autumn! Our weather just turned a bit nippy in the mornings here in Delaware, the windows are wide open, there is a glorious breeze, the days are still sunny and warm to enjoy being outside. To celebrate, I signed-up for Toltec Jewels 'Octoberfest 2014' Challenge and just purchased the most beautiful Fall-inspired set of components to work with from BluMud for my submission. Love Autumn!

Carol Briody said...

And most importantly...congratulations on the new job! It's important to be happy in everything we try to accomplish. Finding the right balance is surely the hardest part.

Claire Lockwood said...

Such beautiful toggles! I am always so gutted I can't win...

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

Congrats on your new job...hoping you find your balance, too.

Lovely designs, as always!

Terri Del Signore said...

I have nothing on the go for fall as of yet...
Glad you are happy with your job. Hopefully you will enjoy studio time without pressure!

Kristen said...

I think we are soul sisters! I am exactly the same way when it comes to marketing, and smelling the roses too. I retired a month ago and one of my goals was self promoting but I seem to be putting that one off, haha. Congratulations on your new job!

Shaiha said...

I participate in a blog hop every year celebrating autumn and I have found that creating jewelry for it helps me to ease into the new season though I am already missing the warm days of summer. It does help that I created myself a necklace using a single bead given to me by a dear friend.

Cheryl K Roe said...

I have always loved leaves, they are beautiful.

Ann Schroeder said...

I have to admit that though fall is my favorite season, I am not creating anything in response to it. That's just not how my mind works (yet). My creations are mostly in response to the beads themselves.

Robin said...

Two of my beading buddies have birthdays in Oct.
I'm planning to make both of them Fall inspired jewelry gifts.
The lampwork beads would work in perfectly.
Must include the toggles too!

SilverstoneLt Jewelry said...

Looks so pretty!

haezz said...

I understand that lull in creative flow. It can be such a battle sometimes, and others? Well, the ideas keep flowing so fast that I can barely sketch fast enough.

I love the Limited Editions of your work. Looking forward to grabbing a few.

Congrats on your new job and enjoy this new direction in your life.

Nan Smith said...

Fall is my favorite time of year. I always feel so energized after the dog days of summer are over. (not a big fan of heat & humidity!) My brain is in overdrive creating these days. Not one piece but several all using a lot of copper which is perfect for the time of year. Also I'm finding myself inexplicably drawn to orange which has never been a favorite colour for me.Love your copper work as always!

Ema Kilroy said...

Thanks for all your lovely comments. I'd love to see and share some of your autumn inspired jewelry for another post I'm writing. Email me your photos at ema at emakdesigns.com if you'd like to share your work. I've updated the post to change the Etsy list date. I have a bit more work on these pieces than I'm able to devote time to this weekend (family first). I'll work on the pieces over the week, take some photos and have them listed by Friday.

Catherine Hex said...

Beautiful pieces! Leaves are very interesting and you made an amazing job with them, Ema!

Terri said...

To answer your question....Yes I like to create a fall piece each year....got some Ideas swirling around in my head.
Fall is a difficult time of ther year for me so being creative helps me. I really like your recent creations. Hopefully I haven't waited to long to check out some of you new pieces.j