Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
This is what was posted in the, ahem, past 12 hours!
|Yellow cake earrings|
|Pink frosted cupcake earrings|
|Octopi in love brooch|
Friday, July 23, 2010
So, we've been back from the South Side Works Exposed for... four days now? I've been shooting photos of our work and finally tonight I have some listed on our etsy account! AMEN! I'll be working on listing many, many more pieces. But for tonight, I have listed:
|Hot air balloon brooch!|
|White flower brooch!|
|Matryoshka nesting doll earrings!|
Sunday, July 18, 2010
It was H-O-T outside all weekend. Oh my word. Also, it was lovely meeting you!
We just wanted to keep you posted and let you know what is going on with us Birds.
Emily and I are in the process of photographing a large portion of our work and posting it to the etsy account. I hope to have this complete in the next couple of days! Please check back and/or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any custom orders, questions or requests.
Thank you for your patience!
katie & emily
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Emily and I are on our way down to the South Side Works Exposed right now! Last night was a fun mix of people and music and art!
We love to meet new people and chat (is this starting to sound like a personal ad??) and look forward to two more days of arts, snacks and enjoyment!
Can't wait to see you!
katie & emily
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I thought I'd take the time to tell you a little more information about us and how we became to be... Birds of a Feather!
Emily, Katie and our funniest friend, Alicia
(photo by Matthew Wright)
Emily (far left) grew up in Greensburg, Pa. She is the oldest of four children!
I, Katie, (middle) grew up in Erie, Pa as the oldest of two.
We both grew up in different parts of Pennsylvania, but when we met each other at college we realized we had so much in common. We met at the Cleveland Institute of Art, which is a five year art school in Ohio. Our first conversation was trying to switch shifts working at the school's library and from there it was a match!
After the first two years of foundation work at CIA, where we studied the basics such as drawing, painting and design, we both chose to work in the same major, Fiber and Material Studies. The freedom of our program allowed us to explore many different mediums. We both wove on looms and dyed fabrics, as expected. However, Emily found herself creating large scale murals, while I found myself creating oversized enameled cupcakes and installations made of sugar.
After school, plus a bonus year in Cleveland, Emily and her boyfriend, now husband, Ben, moved back to the Pittsburgh area to Lawrenceville. When I left Cleveland after 6 years, I had just begun to explore the idea of jewelry made of my Grandma Edie's button collection. I set up a studio for myself, but working alone was difficult and I wasn't really sure of my direction. Emily and I met up one fall day and I decided 'why not?' and I joined her in Pittsburgh.
We work well as a team. We are drawn to the same color palette and look to the same things as inspiration. Throughout art school we had worked together on many projects and lived together for years. We found that this endeavor also worked for us. The parts of jewelry making that I didn't love, Emily had a knack for, and luckily it worked the other way as well! It is magical and lucky!
For a while we rented a studio gallery space above Piccolo Forno & Obannon Rugs. We had several shows there and met some great people, gallery owners and artists in Pittsburgh. After a year and a half we decided that working out of our homes was a better choice for us, as we did so many artists markets and I Made It! Pittsburgh shows around the city.
Our craziness has carried through over the years together. We still love getting together to work on sanding down our buttons and drawing and painting. Mostly, we just do it to laugh with one another and share a good story or two.
Our families and friends are what inspire us to continue to create work. We look at the things that make us smile as our visual inspiration. We love hamburgers, animals, snacks, flowers and trees and birds.
We're so glad you are joining us.
love, katie & emily
Emily and I are looking forward to our first show in a long while. We will be at the South Side Works Exposed all next weekend, from July 16th through the 18th.
We have been working feverishly on creating some fun, new pieces that we look forward to sharing with you. Over the course of the next week, we will be posting photographs of some of our new jewelry!
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