Tuesday, 5 June 2018

New blogspot & new website. NASA & Pluto

I have been very busy lately trying to secure funding to attend a trade show. It has taken me in many directions & introduced me to some great new people. I have been accepted to a well know show for 2019, been on the waiting list for a super show in Oxford & rejected, for now, from a show in Amsterdam.
Hope for the near future is to get accepted onto a mentoring programme to take my new  jewellery business MJHScontemporary furthur. I should know in a couple of months.

At the workbench.
Latest exciting news, I received toady, is that my MOON & Space jewellery will be included in the next issue of UPPERCASE magazine. 
Issue 38 (July,August,September) promises to be another awesome edition, this time featuring METALS.

Soldering 'Surfing the Barrel'  piece ,  featured in UPPERCASE issue 28.
If you dont subscribe to UPPERCASE already, then as a creative you are truly missing out.
Janine designs, edits & publishes this wonderful magazine herself in Canada USA. It is a super inclusive inspiring publication stocked in some of the best places.
As a subscriber you can add to Peeps at the back of the mag to announce a change of direction, a new website or even reader offers. 
You can subscribe here....
UPPERCASE magazine
Take a look at the top of her website to navigate around for Submissions, back isssues, the wonderful fabric she has designed with WINDHAM fabrics.com & how you can take part/ design with the fabric. With much more x

And the Ocean was moved by the MOON. MJHS Poem 1999
Interesting news that New Horizons has sent back more information on the planet Pluto & its ice.
bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44317367

Lastly for now my new WIX website is up & running. I will be creating a new blogspot, concentrating on my jewellery works, for the Wix site.
The Owl in the Art Tree blog will be more... sketchbooks for painting, the allotment & home education stuff. Bassically run by myself & my daughter with a lighthearted feel. 
We also have a cookery based blog planned that we have been working on & doccumenting for some 7 years.  We will keep you posted here with links soon x
Head over to my new jewellery website here.....
MJHScontemporary. wixsite.com/mjhs

look out for the new UPPERCASE !!!
hope all is well 

Melissa xxx

Sunday, 11 February 2018

100 years Suffragettes vintage photos

Who are these Women? Are they part of the Suffragettes movement?
 You can buy my parcel tags created from vintage photos in our store to mark 100 years & still fighting x
MJHScontemporary 


Check out this rad Author, Illustrator & relative of Emily Pankhurst...
katepankhurst.com

she has created some great female role model books 


Heres looking forward to time at the beach in the sun x
Our beautiful dog the Fudge Man.


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Super Blue Blood Moon 2018 & how does the moon affect bees? BEYOND hopeful for a residency.

News from........... space.com

Look out........... at tonight's amazing moon.


Looking back to........Eco-silver hammered with beach stones.
Planning.....more beautiful moon& planet jewellery pieces.
 
Painting.......100 moons project continues.
Having....... a fear of moths I have noticed that there aren't as many around these days.
I wonder how many more creatures are affected by the moons cycles.

Applied for.......a residency, BEYOND, in an area of dark skys

acart.org.uk/beyond

Discovering......from ACART I have discovered how the Indigo Bunting navigates at night by the stars. (A wonderful finding in the 1960's by NY Cornell lab of Ornithology:)


Residency.......found through 
curatorspace.com


The Indigo Bunting...........
A brilliantly blue bird. What a wonderful start for a painting & piece of jewellery.
Who knows what else will be found from looking BEYOND


Creating......Large versions of 100 moons are planned for 2018 using lots of layers and light reactive materials.
Lovely to read......... about Biodynamic Honey here
monica/honey

Recommending......... a book I read a book called Chateau Monty - a corking wine adventure -some years back about Monty Waldins adventure bringing a vineyard up to Byondynamic standards.

Planting...... fruit trees.... Plumb...Cherry...Braeburn....& pear.



Looking.................. out for celestial inspiration this year to link into our garden allotment growing & art making.


Planet ring in Brass & Enamels.


Listening to........


Indigo bunting

Plant a garden wherever you roam x

Melissa

Indigo Bunting

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Painting & stitching the little known endangered species in neon.

Self portrait in St Ives Harbour Necklace.


Recently I have been creating lots of quick portraits on cardboard, ready to make larger paintings.




Because my Arthritis is holding me back from doing much metal work, this year I also plan to create more textile works on the endangered theme. 



Sea Butterfly Endangered Species.



Close up of Sea Butterfly. Mixed media on canvas board.


Textile Nautilus.
Fingers crossed For inclusion in Bee In the City Manchester  
and hopefully my application is successful & there is space at 
krowji

The troubles of photographing a light reactive painting has followed me around for years. Light reactive Bee in the City Manchester. 




Hope your week is going well x

Melissa 




Saturday, 30 December 2017

I Million Redwoods on Kickstarter

We are too poorly for a New Years outing.
Looking forward to some
 Jools Holland Hootenanny
Been checking out kickstarter recently.
This is one of my favourites so far
1 Million Redwoods

pop over & take look.
There is still time to back with about 30 hours or so left.
For as little as £19 they will plant a giant redwood in your or loved ones name.
Theres also some educational stuff on their too. 

It could be the best thing you did in 2017 or the first good move for 2018

PLANT TREES they help us breath more easily x


Remembering the awesome tomato growing area at the Eden Project in 2017
Planning for our garden & allotment this coming year.


A bee for MANCHESTER 2017

Watercolour painting in our St Ives garden 2017

Happy new year
heres to a happy healthy life & planet 
x

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Last week to buy Christmas gifts 2017

Head over to my Etsy Shop for contemporary jewellery gifts.
Hand made eco-silver, brass & copper celestial jewellery.

Book making kits - Kawaii style x KAWAII watercolour book binding
£26

I currently have two Unique meteorite rings available. Hand built & textured by hand with Cornish stone. 
£165 each

Close from Size Q/R
or size U/V 

Next year my shop will have had a push forward towards the new look 
MJHScontemporary brand with a special launch at a trade show later in 2018.

CELESTIAL JEWELLERY meteorite rings in textured brass with eco-Silver
Be quick as last orders are on Wednesday 20th December 2017

 Seasons greetings
Melissa

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

15% discount code for Black Friday & gifts that last. Moon & Planet jewellery.

Brass moon ring with patina.
Head over to MJHScontemporary & use LOVELOCAL2017 for a Black Friday discount.
Buy something from an artisan maker & small business owner this Christmas.

Sun in Brass & reclaimed beach brick. Commission yours today in time for Christmas.
Planet necklace on Sterling Silver ball chain.
You can also find us at the KIDZRUS christmas-bazaar-st-ives-theatre-cornwall where I will have some great budget gifts & stocking filers.
Fairies for on the Christmas tree x Great as a small gift x
Pop over to KIDZRUS on December 2nd 2017 for....

Pretty fairies, handmade soaps & candles & some beautiful miniature felted characters.
Also some colourful hand made earring & necklace sets.
Alo I will have some pieces available from my unique handmade jewellery line...
shop/MJHScontemporary 
And we have a Pay Pal card reader for larger purchases.

Melissa

Thursday, 16 November 2017

BLACK FRIDAY JEWELLERY SPECIAL 2017 Unique Christmas gift ideas 2017 & a Christmas market at KIDS R US St Ives

Brass moon rings, Full moon necklace in Eco-Silver Eco-Silver  planet necklace & blue planet piece.
Head over to my Etsy store for a unique piece of jewellery this Christmas.
Now is the time to request a bespoke piece or purchase what I have in stock before I go off to the Christmas market in a couple of weeks.

Available & ready to wear.. resin piece & gold flakes with beach ceramic, Carnelian & Sodalite wrapped with brass wire & set on a silver plated chain. £95
Eco-Silver necklace with Turquoise, Smokey Quartz & found & repurposed boat buoy. £275

Planet & Crescent Moon necklace on a hammered Brass torc £185
Hand cut Brass textured with Cornish beach stones.  
SPECIAL FOR BLACK FRIDAY
This piece will go up to £225 after Black Friday weekend.


This Full moon in Eco-Silver has sold but you still have time to commission your own before Christmas. £185 Hand cut Eco-Silver textured with Cornish beach stones. A great memory of time spent in beautiful Cornwall. 
To secure any of these pieces and more head over to my new look jewellery store
etsy.com/uk/shop/MJHScontemporary 

Happy shopping for Black Friday & the Christmas season.
More on where I will be selling for Christmas in my next post.

Melissa 

Monday, 6 November 2017

Creating Moons with the Ocean. Portland Bill proposal.





As  a result of being unable to afford texturing hammers for my silversmithing,  a beautiful process was born.

Affirming the link between the Moon & the Ocean my Moon jewellery is created by hand cutting metal, then texturing with found beach stones.

Proposal for Portland Bill 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Space exploration, Moon & meteorite jewellery. Hope after Hurricane Irma.

I have been busy this month researching, designing & making more space jewellery.
After watching Dr Brian Cox on the BBC & his meetings with private backers of space tourism,
(Richard Branson is a very brilliant & motivated man)
 I have gained more enthusiasm for the subject of space. Although I will say it's definitely not for me, a drop down back to earth from space, thank you.

All things moon and Ocean,
 learning more about space exploration
 and discoveries new 
inspire my work.

Antler seaweed rendered in Recycled Silver - should be ready for Christmas sales.


We have also watched the awesome space film GRAVITY for the second time.
 (George Clooney &  Sandra Bullock) 
If you haven't seen it I can recommend it for sure. 


Beautiful Pyrites set in Recycled Sterling Silver.
Unfortunately the Eden Project Journey into Space exhibition has now closed, or I would be taking another visit to see the photography section.  But what a fabulous and immersive experience Eden put on.
The main walkthrough took us to planets and moons in our solar system. It very cleverly highlighted the fact that we are extremely lucky to inhabit planet Earth & we should look after & appreciate this awesome planet.

Pop back soon for more on my new pieces of Brass & recycled Sterling Silver. Meteorite rings will be ready by the end of the week.
This beautiful piece was commissioned recently.
Unique Moon ring....
All Moon rings are created unique by my own hand. Each piece is hand cut, shaped & textured with Cornish beach stones to create your very own Moon. Available to commission from my store...
 shop/ The Owl in the Art Tree
Last but not least
We send our love out to all those affected by Hurricane Irma.
It brings back our involvement in the Tsunami of 2004 & we empathise greatly.
Stay safe
Stay positive
Be kind
Find hope
Trust in creativity

Melissa

New blogspot & new website. NASA & Pluto

I have been very busy lately trying to secure funding to attend a trade show. It has taken me in many directions & introduced me to some...