Yesterday I printed new hangtags for work sold during 2011.
Today I am selecting and packaging the pieces that I want to share with the Indiana Artisan jury. My goal is to show a good cross section of my work.
I’ve been carving owls lately and do not have any around. Recently I carved one for Candice Hartsough McDonald (Cordial Kitten). I contacted her and she was happy to lend it back to me for a few days.
I knew I wanted to include An Insignificant Murder (of Crows). This piece gets a lot of attention on Etsy. It’s featured in several treasuries each week.
I’ve recently changed the body shape of small birds. I’ve a chickadee and chipping sparrow carved in the new style. The chipping sparrow is the strongest piece, but it had suffered some minor damage during my stoneware experiments. (If decapitation is minor!) I repaired the chipping sparrow and decided it would be included.
I had forgotten that I had a nice round-bodied northern cardinal. As this is our state bird (we share it with six or seven other states) it is included.
I considered including a Baltimore oriole. The bright orange and black contrast is striking. It’s a bird that I really admire. In the end I decided that the oriole body was too similar to the crows and pulled it out.
The final roster includes: An Insignificant Murder (of Crows), the chipping sparrow, a barn owl and a northern cardinal.
I’ve always been interested in using found materials and making the most of recycling materials. I’ve also always thought the birds should come in a substantial box that was easy to make and inexpensive. Recently I’ve seen fruit crates with wooden ends and corrugated cardboard wrapped around the bottoms and sides. I have lots of scrap wood with no use (If you ever need kindling – see me!) and I see cardboard recycled or thrown away at home and work daily.
I place my selected pieces on a work table and estimated the size box needed. I cut 1/2″ pine scrap for the ends and stapled an old IKEA box around them. The box is sturdy, handsome and obviously made from re-used materials.
I wrapped each piece in white tissue. I do this with nearly every bird that I sell. The tissue is taped in place with stips that I printed on adhesive backed paper using a standard HP inkjet printer. I slapped an inkjet printed mailing label on the end. I’m please with the result, but would like to introduce some color. Perhaps I could print red tapes.
The Indiana Artisan Jury meets at Noblesville City Hall — all of 4 blocks from my house and about the same from my studio. They are to be delivered tomorrow (I’ll be there at 9:oo am). The jury meets on Tuesday (Think happy thoughts) and I pick up the work on Wednesday. We will be informed about their decision at the end of the month.