Friday, September 18, 2015

3D Lasers & Leather?

I have been thinking about learning how to use and incorporate laser printing and cutting in my leather design process. While I love hand cutting leather, and will likely continue to as a sort of "originals vs. prints" concept, I have been wanting to automate the process by making my hand drawn ideas CAD designs and then learning how to program a laser printer or cutter to cut these designs.

There is a new product out there Glowforge which could make this possible at home! You can cut wood, leather, etch glass, cut many interesting applications. If you get a chance flip through their galleries because there are already so many amazing things this printer has made...

I want a Glowforge so bad! Meanwhile, I think last year I read about a makers group in St. John's that has a laser in their collection of tools. I may need to further investigate...

If you want one too, you can sign up for their mailing list to get this awesome tool 1/2 off.

"The 3D laser printer that makes beautiful things, quickly.

Our first Glowforges will be half price.
We don't want you to miss out."

Screen Capture from the Glowforge website available 9.18.15

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Morning Pages Inspiration

I was recently turned on to a creative practice called "Morning Pages" put into words by Julia Cameron. I've just relocated again and have been trying to develop a new routine with professional and creative productivity in mind, while doing my part time day job and cooking meals, and focusing on mental and physical health.

I really like the way Julia presents this idea, a focused form of journaling as the first thing one does in the morning. Start the day by emptying the brain of anxieties and ideas so that you may better focus on them throughout the day without worrying about forgetting them...confusing yes, but the near constant state of an anxious, creative mind.

I have always been partial to list making. That is how I am using this project. I'm starting the writing with my immediate to-do list: things I hope to accomplish during the day or the following day. Then I spin big ideas. My favorite part. Things I hope to accomplish or would like to spend more time thinking about. Ways to grow my business, things I would like to contribute to the community, all sorts of great things.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

YazBerry on Instagram (& Twitter)

I've been tweeting for a few years now but mostly YazBerry related stuff. In an attempt at soul searching and figuring out what it is that makes me tick this past winter, it occurred to me that I read A LOT of articles online daily. I enjoy cruising my facebook feed for interesting articles friends post and also all of the news sources I follow. I started tweeting links to the things I read, to take a pulse on what interests me. Deep down I think I am hoping it will inspire a career shift and focus.

I love making things, but I also need to make a living. I am hoping it will help me hone in on something that allows both jointly. 

In a further layer of soul searching, I've given myself permission to experiment with instagram. To see what visually makes me tick and how I spend my day. I am a very private person and don't often invite people into my home - in which I am the boss of every creative detail! I also don't like to overshare on the internet (shockingly I have experienced stalkers in the I know). 

All of this said, if you would like a more intimate look into what makes this creative person tick, please, I invite you to follow me on InstagramTwitter and as always, thank you for your continued support. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Collaborative Twins! Earrings Project, Round 2

I've completed my batch of recycled, repurposed, refashioned earrings for the collaborative earring project I've been working on with Industrial Grace Restoration. I am excited to see what she makes to match these perfectly mismatched earrings!

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Collaborative Earring Project with Industrial Grace Restoration

My friend Becky of Industrial Grace Restoration & I are collaborating on an earring project inspired by my Twins! Collection. Perfectly mismatched. We both like to work with found, salvaged, rescued and restored materials and both enjoy each other's work. Be sure to check out her blog and her facebook.

This was Becky's brilliant idea, she asked me if I'd be interested in a collaborative project like this and a few months later, I opened the mailbox to the tiniest, hand crafted box (from recycled materials of course! She had packed into it 12 single earrings, each very different from the other. Included was a sweet note with the instructions: to make a pair for each earring, keep 6 pairs for myself, send the other pairs back and send some new single earrings for her to make pairs.

How fun! It has taken me several more months to get back to my studio and supplies. I finally have the studio dug out and this is the first project I am working on.

Sweet note, tiny box and Becky's earring contributions

Becky's creative earring contributions, repurposed and salvaged materials galore (love it!) 
Round 1 of pulling beads and playing around with pairings. I love this part of the design process. 

After a couple of days of work here is my first batch of finished earring pairs.
   Some of the finished pairs, Becky's earrings are on the left and mine on the right of each pair. 

All 12 pairs finished! What a colorful collection full of interesting textures and spatial plays. Lots of rescued, repurposed, salvaged and some new materials too! Becky's creations are at the left of each pair and mine are to the right. 

Thursday, September 03, 2015

YazBerry Open Studio in St. John's, NL

You are now invited to visit my studio in St. John's, NL near the Village Mall.
  • Shop my collection, in person, on your schedule. 
  • Appointments available days, evenings and weekends. 
  • Simply contact me to schedule a shopping visit.
  • I would be happy to bring a curated collection to you in the St. John's metro area.
    • Through a series of questions I can customize a micro collection to your taste and bring it to you to try on and view.
  • Do you want to host a YazBerry party at your house with some friends? Contact me, gifts and % of sales credit to the host. 

Currently, I am working to build up my business since I have spent the last few years winding it down in anticipation of my relocation. Leads and contacts in the following areas are sought and highly welcome at this time:
  • I am currently seeking vending opportunities at craft and art fairs in the greater St. John's area, now through the Holiday season. 
    • I will consider fairs throughout the province on an individual basis.
  • I am seeking retail sales opportunities within the province. 
  • I also plan to establish retail partnerships throughout Canada in the next year.
  • Please contact me with any leads or to discuss my stock lists which I intend to customize to your store's aesthetics.
My current product offering includes the following and will change and expand as I discover the interests and tastes of the local market (links take you to my portfolio on facebook):
I can be reached by e-mail here. I would be happy to provide my phone number to interested parties or arrange a meeting in person.