The first of a three part interview with my artist brother, George Padilla.

My brother has been creative ever since I can remember. He’s dabbled in culinary arts and interior decorating, which cultivated sewing and paper crafts. His creativity has evolved into a culmination of everything that he does. He currently works on canvas using incostics (he explains incostics to dorky me in the video), acrylics, found objects, and paper.

I find my brother to be multifaceted and, like me, he’s mostly self taught in the current artwork that he does. If you can look past my dorkiness in this interview, you’ll find my brother to be articulate and engaging. He’s been a big influence and inspiration to me and I’m happy to present to you his own personal journey with art. This will be a three part video blog. Please enjoy the first video of my interview with my brother, George Padilla!

(Following the video are pictures of his pieces that were hard to see in the video.)

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Hello Spring!

I’ve been incognito this winter, especially when it comes to posting on this blog. I lost whatever motivation I had to blog sometime in December when I just felt that nothing I had to blog about was really that important. Besides, who would miss me? I’m just another dot floating around in cyber space, right? This blog was an afterthought, one of those, “It’s good to have a blog to drive people to your other sites so you can make money.” Well, let me be honest and admit that my blog is not necessarily a money maker. But that’s obvious.

I see posted everywhere on the interweb people who boast that they love what they do and it’s not about the money. I love making jewelry, but what’s the point of making stuff if it just sits there collecting dust? I want people to love my stuff, too. Besides, I have a huge phobia of hording. Collecting stuff that you find useful and eventually use is one thing. Collecting stuff because you couldn’t pass it up but you don’t have a clue of what to do with it, so you just leave it somewhere and then eventually have to buy storage sheds to keep all the useless stuff; very frightening.

I also hit a creative brick wall. It happened when I was happily hammering some wire for a few bangles. I think I hammered for a total of ten minutes, cumulatively, when the downstairs neighbor came a knockin’ and I opened the door to find a guy shaking like he was just about to be confronted by a prison gang. This is an awful way to explain it, but it’s true. He couldn’t quite get out why he knocked on my door, so I brought it out for him, kindly. I apologized for the noise, assured him that I was wrapping things up, and told him I would try to control the noise in the future. The problem was, I thought I was controlling the noise, as I had chosen a good spot on a surface that would muffle the sound. Apparently not. I also always make it a point not to hammer after 6 p.m. I’m hammering wire, though, so it’s more like I’m tinkering. I guess it can be loud. Continue reading

A Happy Customer

I’m very lucky. Today I sold a very special bracelet to a special customer who sounds like he will be getting a lot of use out of it! I included some dark chocolate covered goodies with my delivery!

This bracelet was one that I made some time back. I added two extra beaded beads to adjust the length. It has jade-colored faceted glass rectangle beads and swarovski crystals. The beaded beads have died magnesite, faceted, fire-polished glass beads, and seed beads.    I hope my customer enjoys this piece!


An Unexpected Birthday Gift

I had a wonderful birthday a week and some days ago. There was good food, a red velvet cake, and good cheer.

Just celebrating with my three favorite people and some home made food and cake would have sufficed. But, there were gifts, all of them very special. But there was one in particular that I’ve been inclined to share, having finally found the time between then and now.

I present to you, the wallet!

Not just any old wallet, a wallet that was hand made especially for me by none other than my lovely sister. “Big deal,” you say. “People make stuff all the time!” A big deal, indeed!

This is not an ordinary wallet, nor my sister an ordinary crafts person. Oh, she’s dabbled here and there, telling me that she gets bored and moves on. She took up a little water color painting for a few months, took up paper crafts last year for a couple of months.

She says this is the one thing that she’s been most excited about. She’s been secretly going to craft stores to buy materials and other supplies. Continue reading

The Beaded Box, Revised

My sister’s special beaded jar.

I was stumped when I began to contemplate what to make my sister this year for her birthday. She has a whole collection of jewelry made by me. Some she wears, others she keeps as mementos (the not-so-refined beginner pieces). I didn’t want to make her yet another pair of earrings, a bracelet, or a necklace.

In my October 2012 issue of Bead & Button magazine, I saw a wonderful, little beaded box (or jar) designed by Heidi Kummli called the Dream Box. I read the article and looked at the instructions and thought hmm, that’s really neat. I continued to flip through my magazine voraciously, like I usually do, and then I had an epiphany. Something like this would be great for a birthday gift.

And so began the tedious tasks of finding materials, special beads, and an ideal jar.

To my bewilderment, everything came together. Heidi used tan leather and ultrasuede. I found black leather and used something similar to ultrasuede to attach my beadwork to (I wasn’t familiar with ultrasuede and didn’t find anything called ultrasuede in local shops).

I don’t make projects out of bead magazine instructions, but I buy bead magazines like some people collect baseball cards. They serve as inspiration for me and often have great articles on how to run a jewelry business and how to stand out in the market. But this time, I was grateful for the inspiration, along with how-to’s. I still created my sister’s Dream Box a little differently, using different methods of bead weaving then the directions called for. I created my own patterns and designs as well as color schemes.

My sister has had a growing interest in St. Francis and doves. I tried to incorporate a turquoise bead of a bird that closely resembles a dove. (I really can’t wait until I can make my own beads!) The dove sits on top of a flower button made from horn. The boxes feet are faceted blue goldstones.

The piece came out wonderful and she was thrilled when she opened her gift. I still threw in a couple of earrings!