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Artisan Crafts DDs for September 2009

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 1, 2009, 1:54 AM



September's DDs

Here are all the Artisan Crafts Daily Deviations that were featured for the month of September.  Besides this journal feature, there is also the feature news article series on the DDs from the Artisan Crafts gallery and September 2009 is the ninth month in this series because I started the series at the beginning of 2009.  The news article includes the DD descriptions and the suggesters' names.  I hope you enjoy and :+favlove: Artisan Crafts DDs for September  2009.  

If you would like to send a DD suggestion, just send me a note</u> and include its thumb (copy the :thumbxxxxxxxx: code and paste it into your note) and write a short explanation on what it is about the deviation that impressed you so much.  

Suggest a DD</u>
DD guidelines</u>
2009:
January|February|March|April|May|June|July|August

2008:
May|June|July|August|September|October|
November|December

And now, without any further ado, I present to you the deviaciously delicious awesomeness that was the month of September  2009 -> -> ->


Suggest a DD stamp by Thiefoworld



Artisan Crafts Contests:

:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Club's Origami Contest with an open deadline to celebrate their upcoming 1,500th member.  Many awesome prizes to win!

:bulletred:   The Deviant Awards:
:bulletred: The-Cute-Storm was voted the winner for Best New Button Range
:bulletred: iisaw was voted the Best Metal Worker
:bulletred: artistladysmith was second-place winner for  Best Metal Worker
:bulletred: Astalo was third-place winner for  Best Metal Worker
:bulletred: wingdthing was voted the Best Sculptor
:bulletred: cdlitestudio was second-place winner for  Best Sculptor




Artisan Crafts News:

:bulletred: Sexy Food, Part 1 of a feature series on the Culinary Arts gallery.
:bulletred: Artisans and Functional Art - August 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe
:bulletred: Day 1 at Folding Australia 2009 Origami Convention by llifi-kei
:bulletred: Day 2 at Folding Australia 2009 Origami Convention by llifi-kei

:bulletred: Admins Hand picked #5 by Tepara
:bulletred: Yulia Brodskaya's PAPERgraphic by arhcamt
:bulletred: The Etsy Wars: CNN examines Etsy
:bulletred: Selling Art Online
:bulletred: e-Medieval-Renaissance Faires-Volume II by TheGrandDuke
:bulletred: Artisan Craft feature by Emerald-Depths
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft club's Holiday Feature 5 - Talk Like A Pirate Day
:bulletred: Avast, Me Hearties by Scarlet-Impressions (Talk Like a Pirate Day! is on September 19)
:bulletred: Celebrating Origami Artists! by Origami-United club
:bulletred: Celebrating Origami Artists! 2 by Origami-United club
:bulletred: Origami Showcase #1: Chinese unit origami by llifi-kei
:bulletred: Artisan Craft Feature - Regency or Empire by Gewandfantasien
:bulletred: Disney by Gewandfantasien
:bulletred: dAknitters' September 2009 Collection by the dAKnitters club
:bulletred: Fashion Report: Red and Black by DarkFireRaven
:bulletred: How to Document Glass - Photography Tips by the GlassArtists club
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Lulu - FFX 10
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Gothic Armour - Full View by Myana
:bulletred: The Prop Collection by Ai-Kiren
:bulletred: Bi-Weekly Feature 18 - Horses by MyntKat
:bulletred: marquetry presentation by ~prometheus065
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Club - Submissions 2009 - Vol.30
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Feature No. 63
:bulletred: Sunday Features No. 76 by the ArtisanCraft club
:bulletred: The Artisan Crafts Gallery, edition 82 by feetpeet
:bulletred: Spotlight On...Silver by DarkFireRaven



News & Events from all around dA:

:bulletred: 'Unknown Artists' by Future-art-Magazine #17
:bulletred: 'Unknown Artists' by Future-art-Magazine #16
:bulletred: dA has upgraded its search function again -- now in BetaNew Browse and Shop
:bulletred: Celebrating Deviousness: Sept 2009 to`anjules
:bulletred: CEA Update: Invalid "Art Theft Reports"- Why? by realitysquared
:bulletred: CEA UPDATE: Clarifying the Definition of Porn by realitysquared
:bulletred: A Discussion About Statistics & Other Stuff: The CEA Team & Policy Violations by realitysquared
:bulletred: THE SUBMISSION COPYRIGHT GUIDE 1 by l8
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes September 20th, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes September 6th, 2009



Community Relations:


:bulletred: Official deviantART Contests
:bulletred: CR Team
:bulletred: Community Relations Openings

:star: Community Relations Newsletter - August 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - July 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - June 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Compiled 2007/2008 CR Newsletters by Moonbeam13

:faq:
FAQ #103: Does my core membership include a domain name for my portfolio?
:faq886:
FAQ #62: How do I use Journal skins?  
FAQ #95: What is the Critique Feature and how do I use it?
FAQ #56: How can I get noticed on this site?


:star: Monthly Help Desk Newsletter - June, 2009
:star: Weekly Help Desk Updates - May 22nd, 2009








  • Listening to: George Thorogood
  • Watching: True Blood
  • Eating: fried potatoes &amp; chicken
  • Drinking: pepsi from my Ren &amp; Stimpy glass

For the next couple days...

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 24, 2009, 10:04 PM



I need to switch out that depressing journal and put a more up-beat one in its place.  Please go check out Sexy Food</u>.  It's Part One to a new feature series on the Culinary Arts gallery and I hope you like it and fave it!  What will be Part Two?  Well, I've already got a start on both Parts 2 and 3 and I have a pretty good idea what Part 4 should be on.  I probably won't be able to post the next one until sometime next month, but it's looking like it's going to be named "Pretty Food."  Did I have fun putting Part One together?  Why yes, yes I did and I hope you do too and also fave it! :giggle:

I have tomorrow off from work and because the Rohan: Blood Feud website was down for a couple major upgrades and is finally back up, that's where I'll probably be for the next day or two.  If you have something urgent, send me a note or e-mail me at my Volunteers address.  :iconcheerplz:



Artisan Crafts Contests:

:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Club's Origami Contest with an open deadline to celebrate their upcoming 1,500th member.  Many awesome prizes to win!

:bulletred: LDFranklin won second place in Fella's Birthday Cake contest, winning $25 devdollars and a 6 month subscription.

:bulletred: kaijumama was voted Best Plushie Maker by TheDeviantAwards.



Artisan Crafts News:

:bulletred: Sexy Food, Part 1 of a feature series on the Culinary Arts gallery.
:bulletred: Artisan Crafts DDs for August 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe
:bulletred: Artisans and Functional Art - August 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe

:bulletred: Admins Hand picked #5 by Tepara
:bulletred: Yulia Brodskaya's PAPERgraphic by arhcamt
:bulletred: The Etsy Wars: CNN examines Etsy
:bulletred: Selling Art Online
:bulletred: e-Medieval-Renaissance Faires-Volume II by TheGrandDuke
:bulletred: Artisan Craft feature by Emerald-Depths
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft club's Holiday Feature 5 - Talk Like A Pirate Day
:bulletred: Avast, Me Hearties by Scarlet-Impressions (Talk Like a Pirate Day! is on September 19)
:bulletred: Celebrating Origami Artists! by Origami-United club
:bulletred: Celebrating Origami Artists! 2 by Origami-United club
:bulletred: Origami Showcase #1: Chinese unit origami by llifi-kei
:bulletred: Artisan Craft Feature - Regency or Empire by Gewandfantasien
:bulletred: Disney by Gewandfantasien
:bulletred: dAknitters' September 2009 Collection by the dAKnitters club
:bulletred: Fashion Report: Red and Black by DarkFireRaven
:bulletred: How to Document Glass - Photography Tips by the GlassArtists club
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Lulu - FFX 10
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Gothic Armour - Full View by Myana
:bulletred: The Prop Collection by Ai-Kiren
:bulletred: Bi-Weekly Feature 18 - Horses by MyntKat
:bulletred: marquetry presentation by ~prometheus065
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Club - Submissions 2009 - Vol.29
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Feature No. 63
:bulletred: Sunday Features No. 76 by the ArtisanCraft club
:bulletred: The Artisan Crafts Gallery, edition 82 by feetpeet
:bulletred: Spotlight On...Silver by DarkFireRaven



News & Events from all around dA:

:bulletred: 'Unknown Artists' by Future-art-Magazine #17
:bulletred: 'Unknown Artists' by Future-art-Magazine #16
:bulletred: dA has upgraded its search function again -- now in BetaNew Browse and Shop
:bulletred: Celebrating Deviousness: Sept 2009 to`anjules
:bulletred: CEA Update: Invalid "Art Theft Reports"- Why? by realitysquared
:bulletred: CEA UPDATE: Clarifying the Definition of Porn by realitysquared
:bulletred: A Discussion About Statistics & Other Stuff: The CEA Team & Policy Violations by realitysquared
:bulletred: THE SUBMISSION COPYRIGHT GUIDE 1 by l8
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes September 20th, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes September 6th, 2009




Community Relations:


:bulletred: Official deviantART Contests
:bulletred: CR Team
:bulletred: Community Relations Openings

:star: Community Relations Newsletter - August 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - July 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - June 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Compiled 2007/2008 CR Newsletters by Moonbeam13

:faq:
FAQ #103: Does my core membership include a domain name for my portfolio?
:faq886:
FAQ #62: How do I use Journal skins?  
FAQ #95: What is the Critique Feature and how do I use it?
FAQ #56: How can I get noticed on this site?


:star: Monthly Help Desk Newsletter - June, 2009
:star: Weekly Help Desk Updates - May 22nd, 2009








  • Listening to: George Thorogood
  • Watching: True Blood
  • Eating: fried potatoes &amp; chicken
  • Drinking: pepsi from my Ren &amp; Stimpy glass
These foods could be equally as good for consoling yourself if you just haven't had luck in getting any lately, but what is there  that might pop into your mind if you have to settle for something other than sex, or at least take your mind off it?  Chocolate  obviously comes to mind, but what about a soul-satisfying serving of prime rare beef, or rustic lamb, or lobster!  Or something just sinfully wonderful, appealing to the gourmand in all of us during foreplay (think the bawdy food orgy scene in the 1963 film Tom  Jones), during sex, après sex, or instead of sex?  Not "comfort food," mind you, but food that tempts you, food that is hearty and lusty, or elegantly and tantalizingly intriguing.   These dishes are not pretty or "proper" per se, but are all-out deep, rich, gorgeous, and lusty, and they could possibly be a good accompaniment to a good romp!

The best mo phuckin brownies by BurgerFlipper
</u> (bittersweet chocolate and a half pound of butter, all contained in only nine brownies, each 2 1/2" (6.3cm)... oh my, a half pound of butter in only 9 brownies, how divine!)
The best mo phuckin brownies by BurgerFlipper

Lobster Risotto - 2 by R3GiO
</u> (in a creamy bisque with a rugulosa and basil pesto)
Lobster Risotto - 2 by R3GiO

Shrimp Wrapped in Bacon... by SilverPassion
</u>(marinated in olive oil, hot sauce, tomato sauce, soy sauce, maple syrup, minced garlic and salt and pepper, then  wrapped in bacon)
Shrimp Wrapped in Bacon... by SilverPassion

Dark Chocolate Souffles by neongeisha
</u>(dark chocolate at its best in a simple soufflé )
Dark Chocolate Souffles by neongeisha

Tenderloin with Black current by acidica6
</u>(served in a black current and cherry reduction)
Tenderloin with Black current by acidica6

Homemade Pizza by BlueberryPhoenix
</u> (topping of chicken and red onion)
Homemade Pizza by BlueberryPhoenix

Chocolate Berry Mud Cake by RainbowsandDaydreams
</u> (with whipped white chocolate ganache, cake crumbs, and  berries in the middle and iced with chocolate ganache)
Chocolate Berry Mud Cake by RainbowsandDaydreams

Moroccan Style Stuffed Squids by neongeisha
</u>(made with a spice blend of garlic, red onion, parsley, cinnamon, turmeric and with lemon, cashews, and olives)
Moroccan Style Stuffed Squids by neongeisha

Red Velvet BlackCherry by Sliceofcake
</u>(red velvet chocolate sponge cake with ganache)
Red Velvet BlackCherry by Sliceofcake

Lamb Rack With Spinach by flame13th
</u>(hearty and simple and on a bed of spinach)
Lamb Rack With Spinach by flame13th

Risotto Mushroom with Shrimp by apsuvaman
</u>
Risotto Mushroom with Shrimp by apsuvaman

Another by Nymphaelle
</u>(all chocolate, including the cup)
Another by Nymphaelle

Chocolate Bonbons by Sliceofcake
</u>(all chocolate and filled with Honey Truffles, Rochers and Muscadines)
Chocolate Bonbons by Sliceofcake

"Profiteroles" by SilverPassion
</u>(cream puffs filled with pastry cream and slathered with chocolate sauce)
Profiteroles by SilverPassion

Oposto Chicken by apsuvaman
</u>(with onions, garlic, sweet corn, peppers, eggplant,  potato)
Oposto Chicken by apsuvaman

Sweet Perfection 07 by DulcetEpicure
</u>(a mud cake of imported chocolate and injected with dark chocolate fudge)
:thumb135277235:

Nr. 78 by AannNdddDI
</i> (chicken & peppers kebabs)
Nr. 78 by AannNdddDI

Choc Caramel 2 by bittykate
</u>(caramel made from scratch and chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream)
Choc Caramel 2 by bittykate

ZestyMushrooms with WhiteSauce by SilverPassion
</u>(cooked in lemon and wine and with a smooth white sauce)
ZestyMushrooms with WhiteSauce by SilverPassion

leave the gun. take the cannoli by i29
</u>(the classic Sicilian pastry)
leave the gun.take the cannoli by i29

Feuille d'automne by Sliceofcake
</u>(almond meringue with dark chocolate mousse, wrapped with chocolate)
Feuille d'automne by Sliceofcake

Vanilla Bean Pancakes 04 by DulcetEpicure
</u>(topped with vanilla icecream and honey caramel syrup)
Vanilla Bean Pancakes 04 by DulcetEpicure

Fruit and Chocolate Macaroons by Sliceofcake
</u>(cherries in the foreground and blueberries in the background and covered in fine imported chocolate)
Fruit and Chocolate Macaroons by Sliceofcake

Lamb3 by rustytrombone
</u>(lamb braised in chocolate milk)
Lamb3 by rustytrombone

NewYork3 by rustytrombone
</u>(primal heartiness at its best)
NewYork3 by rustytrombone

a piece of sfogliata by i29
</u>(a flaky Italian pastry)
a piece of sfogliata by i29

Raspberry Chocolate Cake II by morning-In
</u>(with hand whipped cream and raspberries)
:thumb79503505:

Skills II by LadyofRed
</u> (going clockwise: lamb chops, mussels, corn chowder, venison)
Skills II by LadyofRed

Birthday meal by mssbehave
</u> (steak and lobster tails)
:thumb103053673:

Fillet of beef by aussiebarracuda
</u>(on a bed of puréed spinach and with horseradish creme and crisp potato on top)
Fillet of beed by aussiebarracuda

Simplicity is undervalued by ColdomadeusX
</u> why the simplest one for last?  Because it's roasted pumpkin and brie on toast with "bits of onion, roasted meat and gravy," something you can put together with just leftovers, but I bet it'd be an unforgettable experience, that's why! :wow:
Simplicity is undervalued by ColdomadeusX







Criminally Insane - Therapeutic Treatment Edit

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 21, 2009, 5:20 AM



Boy, do they have some explaining to do

Maybe I'm too personally affected by this.  In 1984 when my daughter had barely turned one year old, her father was killed in a car accident and the driver not only survived, but walked away from the accident, pinning the blame on her father and there was never an investigation or trial, which left closure very difficult for the family.  Two months later, her father's last employer was judged insane and sent to the same mental institution in Spokane (that Phillip Paul escaped from four days ago) for killing a well-liked man in the community.  He was released about 15 years later.  In 2002, a 19-year-old boy was determined insane and given a 40-year sentence for the horrific brutal murder of one of my daughter's best friends and a couple years ago I wrote a journal about it on the 5th anniversary of his death.  I knew all six men.  The three victims were outstanding individuals in the community.  The 19-year-old murderer had been fed by me a few times in my own home even.  After he'd been released from a psychiatric hospital, he committed the murder two days later and has since gotten 11 years knocked off his 40-year sentence, although it may be reduced even more.  

The man who escaped four days ago was captured five counties away outside of the tiny town of Goldendale near the Oregon stateline on the Columbia River Gorge.  One of the detectives involved in this capture had been knocked unconscious during a previous escape by this same mental patient in 1991, so I'm sure he got a lot of satisfaction out of this and it will be interesting to see whose head is gonna roll in this ridiculous situation.  I've seen 25 years of this kind of nonsense, but he's captured now and I hope this sets a precedent to tighten up mental institutions in all of our 50 states.

(If you're in the Spokane area or between there and Sunnyside, WA or in counties on the eastern slopes of the Cascades (especially Yakima, Kittitas, Grant, Benton), Phillip Paul, the certifiably insane convicted murderer has still not been caught since his escape over two days ago.  See related story here.

There are high winds and cold temps tonight this side of the Cascades, so I don't mind staying home tonight, but they'd BETTER catch him soon and then explain why a high security risk such as him and 30 other criminally insane patients were allowed to go on an outing to the Spokane County Fair.  I brought my girl up at  county fairs to expose her to the sights, sounds, smells and excitement of farm animals and other 4-H exhibits, parades, and carnival rides because they're supposed to be a family affair.  The worst to expect at a rural fair should be the drunks doubling the inmate population at the local  jail, not the thought that escaped criminally insane convicted murderers might be on the loose and  mingling among all us  tax-paying, law-abiding regular folks.

If you're not from this area, maybe now's a good time to see what the state hospitals in your area allow as part of their patients' "therapeutic treatment.")
  



New Job

If anyone's wondered why I've been quiet lately or uncharacteristically brief with notes and comments, it's because I have a new job.  You might recall that I was laid off last month from the job that I'd had for two years, but a couple days ago I was offered the job I had from 2003 to 2007.  So, I'm back on the job that I once had for 5 years, which is tending 5 acres as a groundskeeper.  It is physically demanding, especially because I've come back late in the season, but also a little mentally bewildering  because I was given a very generous pay raise.  Two years with the last employer and never a raise, much less one as big as this.  

So, I'm going to be busy this weekend trying to whittle away at my inbox but also recovering from a slight head injury on the second day of the job.  And, tonight I'll be creating my characters for Rohan: Blood Feud, the MMO that my daughter's been bugging me all year to play.  Two of their servers (Ahkma and Silva) are merging and anyone playing on either of those servers can make up to a total of eight characters, four on each server.  They had given everyone until September 29 to do this but moved the date to Tuesday, September 22.  You're allowed only four characters on each server, so if you play that MMO and don't know about the merger, you'll want to create your extra characters and now's the time to do it because it's down to only a couple days now to take advantage of that.  If you're on the Ahkma or Silva servers and want to meet up, my main character is LollyLuLeLo of the Dhan race.  It'll be a while though before I'll be active in the game, gonna spend this evening making the other 7 characters, then doing something about my inbox this weekend, and then figuring out how I'm gonna have the time to play this game.  



Leatherwork Gallery

Now open to discussion are these proposed new categories for the Leatherwork Gallery, especially if I've left anything out:

• Leatherwork</u>
Leatherworking using leather, suede, faux leather, or fur as a medium and including stamped flat pieces like belts to meticulously shaped and stitched objects such as sandals, saddles, bags, clothing, chaps, etc. Also, book covers, leather armor, taxidermy, etc.

> Garments & Armor
-- Leather clothing such as shirts, skirts,  pants, jackets, corsets, vests, chaps, etc.  Full or partial armor.

> Props & Accessories -- belts, shoes, sandals, boots, bags, pouches, gloves, hats, guitar straps, sheaths and scabbards, quivers, shields, holsters, floggers, eye patches, drums, masks, etc.

> Miscellaneous -- leather journals, books and covers,    saddles, tack, etc.

> Taxidermy -- Any taxidermy mount, whether hard-foam mount or soft-mount/poseable taxidermy (sometimes also called "plushes" or "taxidermy plushies," using poly-fill or other soft filling), using whole or partial skins, hides, pelts, etc.  



"Best Metal Worker" at TheDeviantAwards

Nominations can be sent by note to TheDeviantAwards until September 21.  So far, the nominations for Best Metal Worker are:
For works in metal. Actual only, not designs.
iisaw
Astalo
syrinxfox
WireWorks
ou8nrtist2
artistladysmith



Share Links - Disable Options

Share Links: encourage, discourage, or members only -- read all about it in hq's Journal.  These Share buttons can now be turned off if you want or you can also enable your work to be viewable by dA members only (aka "the anti-search option" for those in the Lit community) and you can read more  here.



Need to Know How to Promote Yourself Better on dA?

Then read "Want Your Work Seen on DA?" by kkart and his other journal "How to make DA work for YOU!--UPDATED!"   There is much more to this if anyone wants to discuss it.  A couple years ago I had a lengthy discussion with someone about this and can dig up what I wrote if anyone's interested.  



Groups:

Everything You Need to Know about Groups: Groups 101: news you should know!



New Look on Your Deviation Pages

All deviation pages have a new look and format, care of zilla774 and starvingartist for their work on the page design and endosage for his Daily Deviation style update.  You can read up on it here.



Artisan Crafts Contests:

:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Club's Origami Contest with an open deadline to celebrate their upcoming 1,500th member.  Many awesome prizes to win!

:bulletred: LDFranklin won second place in Fella's Birthday Cake contest, winning $25 devdollars and a 6 month subscription.

:bulletred: kaijumama was voted Best Plushie Maker by TheDeviantAwards.



Artisan Crafts News:

:bulletred: Artisan Crafts DDs for August 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe
:bulletred: Artisans and Functional Art - August 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe

:bulletred: Admins Hand picked #5 by Tepara
:bulletred: Yulia Brodskaya's PAPERgraphic by arhcamt
:bulletred: The Etsy Wars: CNN examines Etsy
:bulletred: Selling Art Online
:bulletred: e-Medieval-Renaissance Faires-Volume II by TheGrandDuke
:bulletred: Artisan Craft feature by Emerald-Depths
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft club's Holiday Feature 5 - Talk Like A Pirate Day
:bulletred: Avast, Me Hearties by Scarlet-Impressions (Talk Like a Pirate Day! is on September 19)
:bulletred: Celebrating Origami Artists! by Origami-United club
:bulletred: Celebrating Origami Artists! 2 by Origami-United club
:bulletred: Origami Showcase #1: Chinese unit origami by llifi-kei
:bulletred: Artisan Craft Feature - Regency or Empire by Gewandfantasien
:bulletred: Disney by Gewandfantasien
:bulletred: dAknitters' September 2009 Collection by the dAKnitters club
:bulletred: Fashion Report: Red and Black by DarkFireRaven
:bulletred: How to Document Glass - Photography Tips by the GlassArtists club
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Lulu - FFX 10
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Gothic Armour - Full View by Myana
:bulletred: The Prop Collection by Ai-Kiren
:bulletred: Bi-Weekly Feature 17 - Fire by MyntKat
:bulletred: marquetry presentation by ~prometheus065
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Club - Submissions 2009 - Vol.29
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Feature No. 63
:bulletred: Sunday Features No. 75 by the ArtisanCraft club
:bulletred: The Artisan Crafts Gallery, edition 82 by feetpeet
:bulletred: Spotlight On...Silver by DarkFireRaven



News & Events from all around dA:

:bulletred: 'Unknown Artists' by Future-art-Magazine #17
:bulletred: 'Unknown Artists' by Future-art-Magazine #16
:bulletred: dA has upgraded its search function again -- now in BetaNew Browse and Shop
:bulletred: Celebrating Deviousness: Sept 2009 to`anjules
:bulletred: CEA Update: Invalid "Art Theft Reports"- Why? by realitysquared
:bulletred: CEA UPDATE: Clarifying the Definition of Porn by realitysquared
:bulletred: A Discussion About Statistics & Other Stuff: The CEA Team & Policy Violations by realitysquared
:bulletred: THE SUBMISSION COPYRIGHT GUIDE 1 by l8
:bulletred: <a href="news.deviantart.com/article/84…">Portfolio: The Awesome Version
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes September 20th, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes September 6th, 2009




Community Relations:


:bulletred: Official deviantART Contests
:bulletred: CR Team
:bulletred: Community Relations Openings

:star: Community Relations Newsletter - August 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - July 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - June 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Compiled 2007/2008 CR Newsletters by Moonbeam13

:faq:
FAQ #103: Does my core membership include a domain name for my portfolio?
:faq886:
FAQ #62: How do I use Journal skins?  
FAQ #95: What is the Critique Feature and how do I use it?
FAQ #56: How can I get noticed on this site?


:star: Monthly Help Desk Newsletter - June, 2009
:star: Weekly Help Desk Updates - May 22nd, 2009








  • Listening to: George Thorogood
  • Watching: True Blood
  • Eating: fried potatoes &amp; chicken
  • Drinking: pepsi from my Ren &amp; Stimpy glass

For All Artisans... 9-09

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 15, 2009, 1:14 AM



Singling Out an Artisan for Appreciation, Sept. 2009

This is the fourth month of giving some love and appreciation to members of the Artisan Crafts gallery. Near the middle of every month I will announce the name of one artisan who will receive a one-year subscription. This is not a contest nor a challenge nor an "artisan of the month" kind of thing because it is a gift, not an award, and everyone in the Artisan Crafts gallery is eligible. I troll the galleries of artisans a LOT and I also pay attention to their faving, commenting, journals, featuring, etc. etc. So, how will the artisan be selected? Well, the selected artisan will be someone who...

:bulletred: does not have a sub or whose sub is about to expire

:bulletred: uploads deviations at least somewhat regularly to his/her gallery

:bulletred: comments frequently on galleries of other artists (or on their news articles or journals)

:bulletred: is active in at least one club

:bulletred: features other artists in journals and/or feature news articles

:bulletred: is always there to lend a hand, shares his/her knowledge, and/or writes tutorials or informative news articles

Now, this is not to say that the selected artisan has to fulfill all of the above, but the more it's obvious that the deviant shows their love for this site, the more they'll stand out while I'm on my search for the next artisan. For the fourth month of this venture, MyntKat has been selected as the recipient for September 2009 and let me tell you why.  
:bulletblue: She is the current owner of the ArtisanCraft club, dA's largest (currently 1423 members) and most active club for artisans and which was founded by Myana, former Artisan Crafts Gallery Moderator.

:bulletblue: She did a monthly journal feature of artisans that ran for 6 months.

:bulletblue: She donated prizes to several contests.

:bulletblue: She wrote several tutorials for artisans all of which can be found in one convenient location here.

:bulletblue: Since February, she has been posting her bi-weekly Artisan Crafts feature news articles, each with a theme, such as origami animals, steampunk, snow and LotR.    You can see the complete list of all of her news articles here.

:bulletblue: She maintains a module on her page that features one artist per month.

:bulletblue: She started the "show me your workspace" contest and project for traditional artists and crafters and maintains the large collection of those photos that are still being added to.


Please not only visit her and her gallery, but also give her some lovin' and here are a few of her deviations to help get you started.    I hope you are as excited about this new feature as I am and we have Moonbeam13 and Community Relations to thank for that!  Moonbeam13 has been busier than usual though, so for this month we have fourteenthstar to thank for her generosity. :iconcheerplz:






Artisan Crafts Contests:

:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Club's Origami Contest with an open deadline to celebrate their upcoming 1,500th member.  Many awesome prizes to win!

:bulletred: LDFranklin won second place in Fella's Birthday Cake contest, winning $25 devdollars and a 6 month subscription.

:bulletred: kaijumama was voted Best Plushie Maker by TheDeviantAwards.

:bulletred: See You At the Fair! -- Results   



Artisan Crafts News:

:bulletred: Artisan Crafts DDs for August 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe
:bulletred: Artisans and Functional Art - August 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe

:bulletred: Yulia Brodskaya's PAPERgraphic by arhcamt
:bulletred: The Etsy Wars: CNN examines Etsy
:bulletred: Selling Art Online
:bulletred: e-Medieval-Renaissance Faires-Volume II by TheGrandDuke
:bulletred: Artisan Craft feature by Emerald-Depths
:bulletred: Avast, Me Hearties by Scarlet-Impressions (Talk Like a Pirate Day! is coming up on September 19)
:bulletred: Celebrating Origami Artists! by Origami-United club
:bulletred: Celebrating Origami Artists! 2 by Origami-United club
:bulletred: Origami Showcase #1: Chinese unit origami by llifi-kei
:bulletred: Artisan Craft Feature - Regency or Empire by Gewandfantasien
:bulletred: Disney by Gewandfantasien
:bulletred: dAknitters' September 2009 Collection by the dAKnitters club
:bulletred: Fashion Report: Red and Black by DarkFireRaven
:bulletred: How to Document Glass - Photography Tips by the GlassArtists club
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Lulu - FFX 10
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Gothic Armour - Full View by Myana
:bulletred: The Prop Collection by Ai-Kiren
:bulletred: Bi-Weekly Feature 17 - Fire by MyntKat
:bulletred: marquetry presentation by ~prometheus065
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Club - Submissions 2009 - Vol.28
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Feature No. 63
:bulletred: Sunday Features No. 74 by the ArtisanCraft club
:bulletred: The Artisan Crafts Gallery, edition 82 by feetpeet
:bulletred: Spotlight On...Silver by DarkFireRaven



News & Events from all around dA:

:bulletred: 'Unknown Artists' by Future-art-Magazine #16
:bulletred: 'Unknown Artists' by Future-art-Magazine #15
:bulletred: dA has upgraded its search function again -- now in BetaNew Browse and Shop
:bulletred: Celebrating Deviousness: Sept 2009 to`anjules
:bulletred: CEA Update: Invalid "Art Theft Reports"- Why? by realitysquared
:bulletred: CEA UPDATE: Clarifying the Definition of Porn by realitysquared
:bulletred: A Discussion About Statistics & Other Stuff: The CEA Team & Policy Violations by realitysquared
:bulletred: THE SUBMISSION COPYRIGHT GUIDE 1 by l8
:bulletred: Portfolio: The Awesome Version
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes September 6th, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes August 30th, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes August 23rd, 2009



Community Relations:


:bulletred: Official deviantART Contests
:bulletred: CR Team
:bulletred: Community Relations Openings

:star: Community Relations Newsletter - August 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - July 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - June 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Compiled 2007/2008 CR Newsletters by Moonbeam13

:faq:
FAQ #103: Does my core membership include a domain name for my portfolio?
:faq886:
FAQ #62: How do I use Journal skins?  
FAQ #95: What is the Critique Feature and how do I use it?
FAQ #56: How can I get noticed on this site?


:star: Monthly Help Desk Newsletter - June, 2009
:star: Weekly Help Desk Updates - May 22nd, 2009








  • Listening to: George Thorogood
  • Watching: True Blood
  • Eating: fried potatoes &amp; chicken
  • Drinking: pepsi from my Ren &amp; Stimpy glass

:star: Featuring Fine Workmanship by Artisans :star:



This is the seventh in this series that features art by members of the Artisan Crafts gallery that I feature daily in one of my journal modules.  I add one each day and each is featured for 24-48 hours and then all are featured at the beginning of the next month as a group.  These artisan works are found through my casual browsing and they could be very recently uploaded or they could be older works.  They could have been made by very well-known artisans, by someone still unknown, or by someone very new to dA.  They are random finds, so one gallery might be represented more than another and one artist might get featured more than once in the same month.  My picks are totally random finds and that which struck me as something wonderful... I hope you think so, too, and that you enjoy this series!

:bulletblue: Artisans and Functional Art - July 2009
:bulletblue: Artisans and Functional Art - June 2009
:bulletblue: Artisans and Functional Art - May 2009
:bulletblue: Artisans and Functional Art - April 2009
:bulletblue: Artisans and Functional Art - March 2009
:bulletblue: Artisans and Functional Art - February 2009

Bracelet by InWineThereIsTruth  (Jewelry)
A bracelet using the mokume-gane technique and the name of this 17-century Japanese technique means "wood eye metal."  These grained wood-like patterns are achieved by fusing, carving and forging together different nonferrous materials so that the different colors of metal show through.
Bracelet by InWineThereIsTruth




Present by Pandannabelle  (Fiber Art)
This fiber art piece is a combination of filling stitches, back stitches, split stitches, French knots, a few beads stitched in here and there, and painted woven white thread in the gradient for the orange fruit in the bottom right.  About 18cm X 17cm (7" x 6 5/8").
Present by Pandannabelle




Film Tutorial : Spirit Gum by taeliac  (Resources & Stock > Video Resources & Tutorials)
The comedy team of Mr. and Mrs. kellin (Sam aka taeliac and Chris) present a video tutorial on everything you need to know on how to apply prosthetics and other things to yourself with spirit gum, or "how to apply shit to yourself."  Watch and learn 'cause seriously, everything you need to know about spirit gum is in this video.  Warning: do not practice on pets and small children.:wow:





Panini by pulbern   (Culinary Arts)
Maybe it's just me, but veggie sandwiches don't fill me up in a satisfying way.  But, very cold sliced tomatoes and cold crisp veggies like the bell peppers that pulbern has in his panini are so wonderfully refreshing on a summer day when it's so hot the mercury is roiling in the outdoor thermometer.  A switch from even a hearty bread to flatbread such as in his or an Italian hoagie-type roll really helps give you that fullness that is so satisfying.  Variations could include thin slices of Vidalia or red onion and roasted bell peppers that you can do yourself on a cookie sheet under the broiler or on your backyard grill and then let sit overnight in olive oil with lightly sautéed, sliced garlic and fresh basil and/or tarragon.
Panini by pulbern




Bracelet by carpe0diem  (Jewelry)
A cuff bracelet and one of the most fascinating pieces I've ever seen in the Jewelry gallery.  What looks like leather cords making up the body of the cuff is actually elephant hair!
Bracelet by carpe0diem




SERENITY - A by woodizgood  (Woodworking)
A marvelous pot of mixed woods (Honduras mahogany, cherry, maple, walnut, Mexican Ironwood) that was turned and is 22" (56cm) high with a 16" (40.7cm) diameter, so it's a fairly large one.  The artist says that there is "a continuum showing a hunter with an ornamental spear, whose shield morphs into a 180 degree Blanket pattern, which in turn morphs into the shield of another hunter carrying a quiver of arrows. This transitions into the turtle, which ties back to the first hunter."  This is very hard to see in the photo because it goes around the circumference and the focus is on a large inlaid turquoise cabochon on the front  surrounded by a Greek key pattern and there is also inlaid coral and sterling silver.
SERENITY - A by woodizgood




ICaptredTheSeas Amulet Necklce by NoraBlansett  (Jewelry)
A lovely little amulet bag made of seed beads woven with the peyote stitch, glass beads and what looks to be an Indian silver bead dangling from the flap.
ICaptredTheSeas Amulet Necklce by NoraBlansett




Eagle in flight - wood by Dans-Magic  (Woodworking)
A wonderful, clean form with just enough detail to create nice texture. The contrast of light and dark woods really sets this piece off (commentary by cl2007).





Summary of Life and Cooking</i> by FrealaF  (Plushies)
The first one is a very popular deviation from the Plushies gallery and likely you've seen it, but this is one that always deserves another look because honestly, this is one of those ingenious ideas that is so obvious that it makes me want to slap myself upside the head for not thinking of it myself.  Simplicity at its very best.   The second plushie has a cooktop and the two-handled pot on the back burner is blithely unaware of any problem, or at least it seems there might be a problem because the second pot is going to be set on the red-hot burner without being first acclimated to it like the other pot, oh noes, the pain!  This artist is known not only for his skills, but also for his humor, and having him on your devwatch means you never know what amusing and well-made plushies he's going to surprise you with next!
Summary of Life by FrealaF Cooking by FrealaF




You and No Other by Rvaya  (Jewelry)
A pair of wedding rings that the artist made for her husband and herself.  Carved in wax and engraved on the outside of each of them and they really do look like convincing bits of parchment, just like she says.
You and No Other by Rvaya




Rider Costume and Unicorn Mask</i> and Rider Costume and Horse Mask 3 by Azmal  (Leatherwork)
A commission made for a theater production of a leather costume for the rider and a leather mask for the horse and as you can see in the second thumb, it's lit up on the horse.  
Rider Costume and Horse Mask 3 by Azmal Rider Costume and Unicorn Mask by Azmal




Cardboard Grand Piano by Verruckter  (Folding & Papercraft)
At about 6 1/2 octaves, it's not quite the standard keyboard of 88 keys, but hey, who's counting (try it, it'll kill your eyes). It does have the soft pedal, sostenuto, and  sustain pedals though and is somewhere between a baby grand and a concert grand.  I don't know the dimensions of this model, but to its right is a stack of CDs, so it's pretty small.  It's made of cardboard afterall... cardboard!  Now that you know that, how can you not click on this?
Cardboard Grand Piano by Verruckter




Wood and Turquoise necklace by SongBird55  (Jewelry)
Turquoise set into sterling silver and inlaid into a piece of cocobolo wood, which is a tropical exotic hardwood known for being extremely oily, for its use in specialty products, and for only its heartwood being usable.  Hard to tell, but it looks like the clasp is at the side of the necklace rather than at the back.
Wood and Turquoise necklace by SongBird55




Making New Friends XS by Handie  (Fiber Art)
Two royal figures who are building a dragon from the snow and he's slowly coming to life.  This artist is not only skilled at cross stitch, she also charts her own original cross stitch designs for retail and this one was photographed to be the cover of a pattern available for sale.
Making New Friends XS by Handie




Chocolate Chip Cookie Prep and Angel Cake</i> by fairchildart  (Sculpture & Glass)
The cake on the right looks so real and divine, but it's a faux confection and you can see by her miniatures on the left that the feline puts everything in proper perspective!  A very prolific polymer clay artist who has many many small treasures such as these in her gallery.   
Chocolate Chip Cookie Prep by fairchildart Angel Cake by fairchildart




FB Wedding Bouquet by Lady-Blue  (Miscellaneous)
A wedding bouquet that is entirely beaded using 11/0 Czech glass beads and Swarovski crystals
FB Wedding Bouquet by Lady-Blue




Polymer Clay ACEO Edit and Polymer Clay ACEO Tarot Hermes</i> by ValerianaSolaris  (Miscellaneous)
Made from polymer clay, stamped, and sealed, about 8.5cm x 6 cm (3 3/8" by 2 3/8"). The artist said that they are ACEOs but I think they'd make wonderful wall tiles.
Polymer Clay ACEO Edit by ValerianaSolaris Polymer Clay ACEO Tarot Hermes by ValerianaSolaris




Shoe and Princess Shoe</i> by Verusca  (Culinary Arts)
Edible "shoes" made from fondant and complete with insoles and labels!
Shoe by Verusca Princess Shoe by Verusca




Tribal Celebration by ClaireCreations  (Knotting & Weavings)
A gourd that was woodburned and then dyed a wonderfully vibrant shade.  The top is a woven basket of different media, and decorated with yarns and various beads, but it's a mystery to me how she attached the basket part to the gourd but it does look like it's attached somehow on the inside.
Tribal Celebration II by ClaireCreations




::Rapunzel:: by GarnetFlight  (Photography > People & Portraits)
Although this one is in the Photography gallery, GarnetFlight made this for her own wedding gown and she made those of her attendants and custom-dyed all the shoes as well.  The gown is champagne color with lacing and beading over the entire hem and with "five layers of tulle, lining, hand appliqued lace, and over 800 individually sewn Swarovski crystals."  There are other views of this gown in her gallery, but this one was just too pretty not to share and also, her second wedding anniversary was August 26.
::Rapunzel:: by GarnetFlight




sphere pendant and sphere pendant II   by sumahli  (Jewelry)
Three sterling silver rings rotating freely around a robin's-egg blue turquoise that has no apparent matrix, so it could possibly be from the Sleeping Beauty mines.  
sphere pendant by sumahli sphere pendant II by sumahli

Artisan Crafts Update - 9-3-09

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 4, 2009, 9:38 PM



metalsmiths Club is Closing

The metalsmiths club with its very impressive member list of highly skilled metalsmiths is closing in about a week unless someone has the time and dedication to take it over and keep it open.  Please contact the club if you're interested.  Also, please go here if you're interested in their list of tutorials because apparently they'll be taking that list down by the end of the week if and when the club closes.

Gallery Restructuring Cont'd

If you saw my last journal on the Artisan Crafts category changes, you will have noticed that almost the entire gallery is getting  overhauled and will have completely reworked gallery descriptions.  Some galleries will be brand new and some will be moving elsewhere within the AC gallery.  There has been a LOT of revising done in the last few days, especially with the Jewelry, Folding & Papercraft, and Culinary Arts galleries, so this version is far different and feedback now is mostly needed only  with those particular galleries.  "Project Streamline" was started by Myana in late 2007 and this is the last call for comments before Moonbeam13 waves her wand and weaves her magic to make this all real.

In order to give helpful and relevant comments and suggestions, please keep in mind that when an artist submits to a gallery, the gallery description is not there to help the artist decide which category to submit to because it is separate and access to it is a button in the far lower left corner on the submission page.  Many people don't know how to find the gallery descriptions and don't even know that they're there.  All that many artists see while submitting is the gallery names, so those names had better be plain, simple, and to the point so as not to turn the submission process into a frustrating experience.  Gallery names stand alone and must make sense to a submitting artist, especially if s/he is an amateur or new to the craft and/or is new to deviantART, and they must make sense to browsers as well.  The names must be easily recognizable and identifiable and one of the purposes of streamlining the galleries is to help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the submitting process and for browsing, hence "Project Streamline."    

Here is the newly revised gallery restructuring and changes in its almost finalized version:

ARTISAN CRAFTS </u>
Tangible craft work created by the artist for utilitarian use or crafts that are purely decorative, such as leather working, woodworking, glass working, dollmaking, metalworking, pottery making, textiles, etc. Only the tangible finished product -- no designs, patterns, charts, graphs, recipes without photos, templates or tutorials, which go to Resources & Images > Tutorials > Artisan Crafts.

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• Architectural Models & Constructs</u> (formerly Architectural Design)
Finished tangible architectural models or architectural constructs built by you, such as models, handmade awnings, patios, decks, and buildings & shelter. No drawn or rendered work is allowed. Custom cabinetry should go to Woodworking.

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• Basketry, Knots & Weavings</u> (formerly Knottings & Weavings)
Anything woven, whether by hand or on a loom; baskets and other woven reed creations; dreamcatchers; other woven art. Macrame and other such creations made by using various decorative and utilitarian knottings. Knitted and crocheted crafts belong in the Textiles Gallery under an appropriate sub-category, such as Clothing or Accessories.

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• Ceramics, Pottery & Clay</u> (formerly part of Sculpture & Glass)
Works using mediums, such as clay, polymer clay or any other synthetic sculpting compounds, earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, bone china, synthetic sculpting compounds, papier-maché, and any alumino-silicate material fused at high temperature and can be handbuilt, wheel-thrown, extruded/slipcast, etc.

> Tableware
-- Tableware for serving food and drink, such as dishes, glasses, flatware, stemware, teapots, pitchers, trays, etc.

> Pots & Vases -- Pots, vases, or other kinds of vessels, either decorative or functional, and not meant as tableware.

> Ornaments & Other Objects -- Ornaments, baubles, tree ornaments, paperweights, light fixtures, mosaics, tiles, musical instruments, and other miscellaneous curio.

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• Costumery </u> (formerly part of Textiles)
Costume garments, props, masks, and accessories made to portray a character, animal, or object and include historical re-enactment, period, cosplay, fantasy, LARPing, etc.  Photos in which the costume was purchased,  modified/assembled from garments not handmade by you or was commissioned must</i> go to Photography > People & Portraits > Cosplay.

> Costumes -- Garments made to portray a character, animal (including both full and partial fursuits), or object, and made of either textiles or non-textiles or a combination of both.  Also, costume garments made for dolls and pets.

>  Props -- Any prop, such as weapons, shields, staffs, wands, goggles, etc., made of a material other than a textile, such as plastics, wood, metals, poly-foam, etc.

> Masks -- Masks that you made by hand from any material.  

> Textile Accessories -- Costumery items that are not garments, but that accessorize garments, such as handbags, gloves, mittens, wings, hats, scarves and wraps, patches & badges, muffs, bows, ties, wigs, socks, arm and leg warmers, modified shoes and boots, and tails, paws, and ears that are not part of a full or partial fursuit, and hairpieces (wigs and falls that you have styled), etc.  Also, costume accessories made for dolls and pets.

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• Culinary Arts
Edible art; food and drink made by you and that is purely edible but may also be enhanced or decorated with non-edible objects.


> Main Dishes  -- Main dishes include anything served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as the main course of the meal.

> Side Dishes & Breads --  Side dishes intended to accompany main dishes and include salads, etc. All breads, whether quick or yeast breads, bagels, biscuits, buns, croissants, loaf breads, muffins, rolls, scones, etc.

> Desserts & Food Art --  Desserts that encompass cake, candy, pie, pastries, fruit, pudding, ice cream, sorbets, cookies, or any other food served as the final course of a meal; sculptures and carvings of ice, fruit, chocolate, sugar, etc.

> Beverages & Appetizers -- Beverages, including teas, coffees, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, punches, mulled drinks, ciders, shakes, smoothies, etc.  Appetizers including canapés, hors d'oeuvres, amuse-bouches, snack foods, tea sandwiches, deli trays, and other similar finger foods.

> Holiday Creations -- Photographs of personally carved or decorated pumpkins, Christmas cookies, gingerbread houses, Valentine's Day treats, Easter eggs, and any other seasonal or holiday themed foods that are edible.

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• Dolls & Plushies</u>
Hard-bodied and soft-bodied original art dolls; customized purchased dolls and BJDs; plushies, amigurumi and needlefelted figures; customized MLPs; customized purchased figures (action figures, munnys, dunnys, etc.). Dolls made from either premade bases or completely custom dolls of porcelain, plastic, vinyl, etc.  Digital dolls go to the Customization > Dolls gallery and photos of dolls that you did not make or customize go to Photography > Still Life > Dolls & Figures.

> Original Art Dolls
-- Dolls sculpted and made wholly from scratch by the artist, including hard-bodied dolls that are made of porcelain, hard vinyl or plastic, synthetic sculpting compounds, etc. and soft-bodied dolls that are cloth-bodied, soft vinyl, etc. and which may or may not contain an armature.

> MLPs and Customized Dolls & Toys -- Customized purchased dolls and BJDs, including hair re-rooting, re-paints, sculpting, etc., customized MLPs, customized action figures, other customized toys such as munnys, etc.

> Plushies, Amigurumi & Needlefelted Figures -- Stuffed figures made by sewing a textile body and then stuffing to create a 3D shape; amigurumi and other knitted or crocheted figures; needlefelted figures.  Plushies can be with or without an armature but don't usually have other features normally attributed to dolls.

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• Folding & Papercraft</u>
The art of manipulating paper to create objects of a 3D nature, including origami, dioramas, pop-ups, slice forms, quilling etc.; or 2D art such as paper-cutting/ Scherenschnitte, greeting cards, hand-made papers, etc.  Also, bookbinding and bookmaking.  Collage goes to Traditional Art > Collage.

> Origami -- 3D paper art based on the Japanese art of paper folding. 2D or 3D models created by sequentially folding a single sheet of paper, or multiple sheets of paper, which are then assembled into a cohesive structure. Includes animals, humanoids, plants, miscellaneous objects, geometrical/abstract designs, tessellations, kusudamas, Chinese modules and other modular origami. Purist origami involves only the folding of paper, no glue/cutting/thread/painting etc., but a model may still be considered as origami if folding is the predominant feature of the deviation.

> Paper Cutting/Scherenschnitte -- Any artwork created by cutting intricate patterns in paper.

> Assembled Paper Models and Cubees -- Artwork created using a paper template that is folded to create a 3-D model, usually portraying a person, animal, or object. (Templates for Cubees and Paper Models go to Resources & Images > Tutorials > Artisan Crafts.)

> Bookbinding and Bookmaking -- One-of-a-kind books that are made and bound by hand through traditional or modern methods of binding such as case-bound, Coptic, longstitch, spiral-bound, German/English springback, etc. Also, book repair, gilding, titling, custom covers for existing books, book boxes, etc.

> Miscellaneous -- All other artwork created using paper as the primary medium, including hand-made papers, pop-up cards, pop-up books, paper children, greeting cards, quilling, dioramas, etc.  Collage goes to Traditional Art > Collage.

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• Glass</u> (formerly part of Sculpture & Glass)
Works using glass as the medium, whether by using a furnace, kiln, torch, acid, or abrasive and polishing methods, including heat-worked furnace and blown glass, fused glass, slumped glass, lampworking (aka flameworking or torchworking) and cold-worked glass (etching, carving, cutting, sanding, grinding, sawing, laminating, faceting, etc.), stained glass, painted glass, pate de verre, enameling, mosaics, molding, etc.

> Stained Glass
-- Glassworks that are stained or colored.  

> Tableware, Vessels, & Vases -- Tableware, such as dishes, bowls, glasses, stemware, bottles, cups, plates,  flatware, etc., and vases, flasks, decanters, pitchers, and other vessels and containers.

> Ornaments & Other Objects  -- Ornaments, baubles, loose beads, window and tree ornaments, prisms, lenses, crystals, paperweights, lights, suncatchers, kaleidoscopes, mirrors, tiles, mosaics, glass carvings, pens, and other miscellaneous curio.  Also, cabochons, miniature glass vessels, etc. that are not ready to be incorporated into jewelry by not being "hang-ready" (being drilled, having a bail, etc.).  Beads and cabochons that are "hang-ready" can be placed here or in the Jewelry gallery.

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• Jewelry</u>
Jewelry that is wholly or partially handmade by you regardless of medium or assembled from prefabricated components, and includes rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, buttons & pins, charms, keychains, hair accessories (such as barrettes, haircombs, hairsticks, tiaras, crowns, etc.), body piercings jewelry, etc.

> Neckwear -- Adornments or ornaments of any medium designed to be worn around the neck, including necklaces, collars, torcs, chokers, neckrings, etc.

> Charms & Pendants -- An ornament of any medium designed to be suspended from a chain, cord, bracelet, etc., including charms, pendants, amulets, lockets, lavallières, etc.

> Rings -- Adornments or ornaments of any medium designed to be worn on the fingers or toes. Includes pieces designed to be worn on more than one finger or toe.

> Bracelets -- Adornments or ornaments of any medium designed to be worn on the wrist, arm, ankle or leg.

> Earrings and Body Piercings Jewelry -- Adornments or ornaments of any medium designed to be worn on or in the ears or other body parts, including studs, drop earrings, earcuffs, clip-ons, gauges, bars, micro dermals, etc.

> Other/Miscellaneous -- Adornments or ornaments of any medium designed to adorn the body, but not specified in other jewelry subcategories, including belly chains, brooches, buttons, pins, cuff links, tie tacks/bars, key chains, hair accessories such as barrettes, haircombs, hairsticks, crowns, tiaras, etc., and pieces designed to be worn on more than one body part simultaneously, such as slave bracelets or handflowers, etc.

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• Leatherwork</u>
Leatherworking using leather, suede, faux leather, or fur as a medium and including stamped flat pieces like belts to meticulously shaped and stitched objects such as sandals, saddles, bags, clothing, chaps, etc. Also, book covers, leather armor, taxidermy, etc.

> Garments & Armor
-- Leather clothing such as shirts, skirts,  pants, jackets, corsets, vests, chaps, etc.  Full or partial armor.

> Props & Accessories -- belts, shoes, sandals, boots, bags, pouches, gloves, hats, guitar straps, sheaths and scabbards, quivers, shields, holsters, floggers, eye patches, drums, masks etc.

> Miscellaneous -- leather journals, books and covers, masks,   saddles, tack, etc.

> Taxidermy -- Any taxidermy mount, whether hard-foam mount or soft-mount/poseable taxidermy (sometimes also called "plushes" or "taxidermy plushies," using poly-fill or other soft filling), using whole or partial skins, hides, pelts, etc.

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• Metal Work</u>
Metal work involving the use of heat, including all blades, such as knives, swords, cutlery, etc., armor, chain mail, blacksmithing; and any kind of metal forming without the use of heat, which would include repoussé/chasing/embossing and engraving, etc.

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• Miscellaneous</u>
Miscellaneous artisan crafts that do not fit into any other sub-category, such as modified keyboards, modified guitars, feather art, duct tape art (duct tape clothing and garment accessories go to either Textiles > Clothing or Textiles > Accessories), handmade soap, perfumes & colognes, flower arrangements, perler bead art, etc.

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• Textiles</u>
Art created by using woven or knit textiles or non-textiles such as vinyl, plastics, rubber, foam, etc., including fashion construction, quilting, clothing accessories such as hairpieces (wigs and falls that you have styled), gloves, hats, and bows, and home interior accessories such as wallhangings, crewelwork, needlepoint, curtains, etc.  Costumes go to the Costumery gallery.

> Accessories
-- Clothing items that are not garments, but that accessorize garments, such as handbags, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and wraps, muffs, bows, ties, wigs, socks, arm and leg warmers, modified shoes and boots, patches & badges, etc.  Also, textile accessories for dolls and pets.  Costume accessories go to Costumery > Textile Accessories. Also, accessories for the home interior, such as rugs, table runners, doilies, pillowcases, blankets, afghans and throws (including knitted and crocheted ones), curtains, drapes, valances, etc.

> Clothing -- Garments including skirts, shirts, pants, dresses, jackets, coats, underwear/lingerie, etc., that includes general everyday wear, formal wear, wearable art, experimental fashion, etc.  Also, garments for dolls and pets.

> Fiber Art -- General artwork created with textiles through the application of paints, dyes, stitching, and/or other fabric manipulations, such as embroidered wallhangings, hand-painted panels, tapestries, crewelwork, needlepoint, hand-spun yarn, lace-making, cross-stitched creations, etc., and anything else that doesn't fall into other more suitable sub-categories.

> Quilting -- Blankets, panels, etc., made by quilting by sewing batting between two layers of pieced or un-pieced fabric.  Quilted clothing and accessories should go to their respective sub-categories in the Textiles gallery.
   
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• Woodworking</u>
Artisan crafts projects created using wood as a medium and can include carvings, turnings, constructs (such as furniture, decks, wood patios, wood-frame buildings and other shelters, etc.), marquetry/intarsia, pyrography, etc.

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ProjectComment

We are a project that features the generally obscured and underappreciated artists and their art in regular news articles. Our objective is to recognise deviants who deserve more recognition and to feature deviations with less than 10 original comments.

We’ve recently come up with a system so that people needing comments can find other people willing to comment on their pieces, and thus, get guaranteed constructive comments in that way.  We do not provide critiques. These are just general, constructive comments that do not consist of one word comments like "cool".


Go to ProjectComment for more information.
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Community Relations News

shebid, FaMz, bypass2020 and OneFreeInternet have left the team, CookiemagiK has joined the team as a partner to Synfull in the Emoticon gallery, Mistress-Jaeden had a baby girl this week, and NunoDias has rejoined the team to come back as GM for the Designs & Interfaces gallery.

Nominations open at TheDeviantAwards

Nominations are now open for the Artisan Crafts gallery for Best Metal worker .  So far, the nominees are iisaw, Astalo and artistladysmith.  Send your nominations to TheDeviantAwards by note on or before  Monday, September 21. Please remember to include a reason for your nomination, which can be a piece of writing or some thumbs that you think are exceptional.

  • Listening to: George Thorogood
  • Watching: True Blood
  • Eating: fried potatoes &amp; chicken
  • Drinking: pepsi from my Ren &amp; Stimpy glass

Artisan Crafts DDs for August 2009

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 1, 2009, 4:15 AM



August's DDs

Here are all the Artisan Crafts Daily Deviations that were featured for the month of August.  Besides this journal feature, there is also the feature news article series on the DDs from the Artisan Crafts gallery and August 2009 is the eighth month in this series because I started the series at the beginning of 2009.  The news article includes the DD descriptions and the suggesters' names.  I hope you enjoy and :+favlove: Artisan Crafts DDs for August 2009.  

If you would like to send a DD suggestion, just send me a note</u> and include its thumb (copy the :thumbxxxxxxxx: code and paste it into your note) and write a short explanation on what it is about the deviation that impressed you so much.  

Suggest a DD</u>
DD guidelines</u>
2009:
January|February|March|April|May|June|July

2008:
May|June|July|August|September|October|
November|December

And now, without any further ado, I present to you the deviaciously delicious awesomeness that was the month of August  2009 -> -> ->

Faery by theforgery Fighting Heart by Evil-Uke-Sora:thumb119906838: Steampunk Goggles number 2 by AmbassadorMann Midnight brooch by bodaszilvia Heart Full of Stars by silverbeam: Deco bow by tracyholcomb Witchhunter 2.0 -3 by Leder-Joe Mjollnir by Wodenswolf Freya - To be forgotten... by ClamWings Inkorruptible II by sprat mosaic zibra by mosaic-masters Retro platinum bracelet by carimariwilsenach:thumb98910860: Earth Tree - Revisited by rhodespottery Corset pony for Darkhorse by Woosie Stygian Bracers by RexsLeatherwork Skull Knight - Berserk by negativedreamer Number 1 by pmpropmiester purple poppy necklace by Meeellla Ricky and his snack by mealymonsterland:thumb125265887: copper rose by knivesandroses The Loss of Dreams by Glasmagie Corset Cake by DarkMindsEye Team Fortress 2 dolls by JNorad Ring of Fire Lamp by Figureheadglass:thumb79669577:


Suggest a DD stamp by Thiefoworld



Artisan Crafts Contests:

:bulletred: LDFranklin won second place in Fella's Birthday Cake contest, winning $25 devdollars and a 6 month subscription.

:bulletred: kaijumama was voted Best Plushie Maker by TheDeviantAwards.

:bulletred: See You At the Fair! -- Results

:bulletred: The ArtisanCraft club is having an Origami contest with an open deadline to celebrate their upcoming 1,500th member.  Many awesome prizes to win!    



Artisan Crafts News:

:bulletred: Artisan Crafts DDs for August 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe
:bulletred: Artisans and Functional Art - August 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe

:bulletred: The Etsy Wars: CNN examines Etsy
:bulletred: Selling Art Online
:bulletred: e-Medieval-Renaissance Faires-Volume II by TheGrandDuke
:bulletred: Artisan Craft feature by Emerald-Depths
:bulletred: Avast, Me Hearties by Scarlet-Impressions (Talk Like a Pirate Day! is coming up on September 19)
:bulletred: Celebrating Origami Artists! by Origami-United club
:bulletred: Celebrating Origami Artists! 2 by Origami-United club
:bulletred: Origami Showcase #1: Chinese unit origami by llifi-kei
:bulletred: Artisan Craft Feature - Regency or Empire by Gewandfantasien
:bulletred: Disney by Gewandfantasien
:bulletred: dAknitters' September 2009 Collection by the dAKnitters club
:bulletred: Fashion Report: Red and Black by DarkFireRaven
:bulletred: How to Document Glass - Photography Tips by the GlassArtists club
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Lulu - FFX 10
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Gothic Armour - Full View by Myana
:bulletred: The Prop Collection by Ai-Kiren
:bulletred: Bi-Weekly Feature 17 - Fire by MyntKat
:bulletred: marquetry presentation by ~prometheus065
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Club - Submissions 2009 - Vol.29
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Feature No. 63
:bulletred: Sunday Features No. 74 by the ArtisanCraft club
:bulletred: The Artisan Crafts Gallery, edition 82 by feetpeet
:bulletred: Spotlight On...Silver by DarkFireRaven



News & Events from all around dA:

:bulletred: 'Unknown Artists' by Future-art-Magazine #16
:bulletred: 'Unknown Artists' by Future-art-Magazine #15
:bulletred: dA has upgraded its search function again -- now in BetaNew Browse and Shop
:bulletred: Celebrating Deviousness: Sept 2009 to`anjules
:bulletred: CEA Update: Invalid "Art Theft Reports"- Why? by realitysquared
:bulletred: CEA UPDATE: Clarifying the Definition of Porn by realitysquared
:bulletred: A Discussion About Statistics & Other Stuff: The CEA Team & Policy Violations by realitysquared
:bulletred: THE SUBMISSION COPYRIGHT GUIDE 1 by l8
:bulletred: <a href="news.deviantart.com/article/84…">Portfolio: The Awesome Version
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes September 6th, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes August 30th, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes August 23rd, 2009



Community Relations:


:bulletred: Official deviantART Contests
:bulletred: CR Team
:bulletred: Community Relations Openings

:star: Community Relations Newsletter - July 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - May 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - April 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Compiled 2007/2008 CR Newsletters by Moonbeam13

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FAQ #103: Does my core membership include a domain name for my portfolio?
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FAQ #62: How do I use Journal skins?  
FAQ #95: What is the Critique Feature and how do I use it?
FAQ #56: How can I get noticed on this site?


:star: Monthly Help Desk Newsletter - June, 2009
:star: Weekly Help Desk Updates - May 22nd, 2009








  • Listening to: George Thorogood
  • Watching: True Blood
  • Eating: fried potatoes &amp; chicken
  • Drinking: pepsi from my Ren &amp; Stimpy glass

Artisan Crafts Gallery Changes

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 27, 2009, 6:56 PM



In this journal I am going to post what could be the new Artisan Crafts gallery category system, complete with reworked gallery descriptions.  Some galleries are brand new, some have moved elsewhere within the AC gallery, and much of one will  disappear.  Almost all of the gallery descriptions have been revamped.   If you have any input, pro or con, now's the time to speak up before Moonbeam13 waves her wand and weaves her magic to make this all real.  

Some gallery descriptions are still missing and some need further revising.  You can leave comments here or send them to me by Note</u>.  Here is the list of things that are not finished:
* need a more thorough main gallery description for Ceramics
* need a better name for Culinary Arts > Miscellaneous (should it still be Food Art?  This is where ice carvings, beverages, bread, side dishes, appetizers/canapés/hors d'oeuvres, etc. could go)
* need a better description for Folding & Papercraft > Paper Cutting/Scherenschnitte?
* possibly needing a better description for Folding & Papercraft > Assembled Cubees
* description for Folding & Papercraft > Bookbinding and Bookmaking is pending.
* is a Misc. gallery needed for Folding & Papercraft?  What should go in it?
* a better name is needed for the Textiles gallery because non-textile works can go in there as well.
* Glass > Stained Glass could possibly use a more thorough gallery description.

This project was started in late 2007 by Myana and it's a long time coming...  so buckle up 'cause here we go!

ARTISAN CRAFTS </u>
Tangible craft work created by the artist for utilitarian use or crafts that are purely decorative, such as leather working, woodworking, glass working, dollmaking, metalworking, pottery making, textiles, etc. Only the tangible finished product -- no designs, patterns, charts, graphs, recipes without photos, templates or tutorials, which go to Resources & Images > Tutorials > Artisan Crafts.

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• Architectural Models & Constructs</u> (formerly Architectural Design)
Finished tangible architectural models or architectural constructs built by you, such as models, handmade awnings, patios, decks, and buildings & shelter. No drawn or rendered work is allowed. Custom cabinetry should go to Woodworking.

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• Basketry, Knots & Weavings</u> (formerly Knottings & Weavings)
Anything woven, whether by hand or on a loom; baskets and other woven reed creations; dreamcatchers; other woven art. Macrame and other such creations made by using various decorative and utilitarian knottings. Knitted and crocheted crafts belong in the Textiles Gallery under an appropriate sub-category, such as Clothing or Accessories.

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• Ceramics, Pottery & Clay</u> (formerly part of Sculpture & Glass)
Works using mediums, such as clay, polymer clay or any other synthetic sculpting compounds, earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, bone china, synthetic sculpting compounds, papier-maché, and any alumino-silicate material fused at high temperature and can be handbuilt, wheel-thrown, extruded/slipcast, etc.

> Tableware
-- Tableware for serving food and drink, such as dishes, glasses, flatware, stemware, teapots, pitchers, trays, etc.

> Pots & Vases -- Pots, vases, or other kinds of vessels, either decorative or functional, and not meant as tableware.

> Ornaments, Curios & Other Objects -- Ornaments, baubles, tree ornaments, paperweights, light fixtures, mosaics, tiles, musical instruments, and other miscellaneous curio.

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• Costumery </u> (formerly part of Textiles)
Costume garments, props, masks, and accessories made to portray a character, animal, or object and include historical re-enactment, period, cosplay, fantasy, LARPing, etc.  Photos in which the costume was purchased,  modified/assembled from garments not handmade by you or was commissioned must</i> go to Photography > People & Portraits > Cosplay.

> Costumes -- Garments made to portray a character, animal (including both full and partial fursuits), or object, and made of either textiles or non-textiles or a combination of both.  

>  Props -- Any prop, such as weapons, shields, staffs, wands, goggles, etc., made of a material other than a textile, such as plastics, wood, metals, poly-foam, etc.

> Masks -- Masks that you made by hand from any material.  

> Textile Accessories -- Costumery items that are not garments, but that accessorize garments, such as handbags, gloves, mittens, wings, hats, scarves and wraps, patches & badges, muffs, bows, ties, wigs, socks, arm and leg warmers, modified shoes and boots, and tails, paws, and ears that are not part of a full or partial fursuit, and hairpieces (wigs and falls that you have styled), etc.

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• Culinary Arts
Edible art; food and drink made by you and that is purely edible but may also be enhanced or decorated with non-edible objects.


> Main Dishes  -- Main dishes include anything served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as the main course of the meal.

> Side Dishes & Breads --  Side dishes intended to accompany main dishes and include salads, etc. All breads, whether quick or yeast breads, bagels, biscuits, buns, croissants, loaf breads, muffins, popovers, rolls, scones, etc.

> Desserts & Food Art --  Desserts that encompass cake, candy, pie, pastries, fruit, pudding, ice cream, sorbets, cookies, or any other food served as the final course of a meal; sculptures and carvings of ice, fruit, chocolate, sugar, etc.

> Beverages & Appetizers -- Beverages, including teas, coffees, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, punches, mulled drinks, ciders, shakes, floats, smoothies, etc.  Appetizers including canapés, hors d'oeuvres, amuse-bouches, snack foods, tea sandwiches, deli trays, and other similar finger foods.

> Holiday Creations -- Photographs of personally carved or decorated pumpkins, Christmas cookies, gingerbread houses, Valentine's Day treats, Easter eggs, and any other seasonal or holiday themed foods that are edible.

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• Dolls & Plushies</u>
Hard-bodied and soft-bodied original dolls; customized purchased dolls and BJDs; plushies, amigurumi and needlefelted figures; customized MLPs; customized purchased figures (action figures, munnys, dunnys, etc.). Dolls made from either premade bases or completely custom dolls of porcelain, plastic, vinyl, etc.  Digital dolls go to the Customization > Dolls gallery and photos of dolls that you did not make or customize go to Photography > Still Life > Dolls & Figures.

> Custom Dolls (Original Artist Dolls)
-- Dolls made wholly from scratch by the artist, including hard-bodied dolls that are made of porcelain, hard vinyl or plastic, synthetic sculpting compounds, etc. and soft-bodied dolls that are cloth-bodied, soft vinyl, etc. and which may or may not contain an armature.

> Plushies, Amigurumi & Needlefelted Figures -- Stuffed figures made by sewing a textile body and then stuffing to create a 3D shape; amigurumi and other knitted or crocheted figures; needlefelted figures.  Plushies can be with or without an armature but don't usually have other features normally attributed to dolls.

> MLPs and Customized Dolls & Toys -- Customized purchased dolls and BJDs, including hair re-rooting, re-paints, sculpting, etc., customized MLPs, customized action figures, other customized toys such as munnys, etc.

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• Folding & Papercraft</u>
The art of manipulating paper to create objects of a 3D nature, including origami, dioramas, pop-ups, slice forms, quilling etc.; or 2D art such as paper-cutting/ Scherenschnitte, greeting cards, hand-made papers, etc.  Also, bookbinding and bookmaking.  Collage goes to Traditional Art > Collage.

> Origami -- 3D paper art based on the Japanese art of paper folding. 2D or 3D models created by sequentially folding a single sheet of paper, or multiple sheets of paper, which are then assembled into a cohesive structure. Includes animals, humanoids, plants, miscellaneous objects, geometrical/abstract designs, tessellations, kusudamas, Chinese modules and other modular origami. Purist origami involves only the folding of paper, no glue/cutting/thread/painting etc., but a model may still be considered as origami if folding is the predominant feature of the deviation.

> Paper Cutting/Scherenschnitte -- Any artwork created by cutting intricate patterns in paper.

> Assembled Paper Models and Cubees -- Artwork created using a paper template that is folded to create a 3-D model, usually portraying a person, animal, or object. (Templates for Cubees and Paper Models go to Resources & Images > Tutorials > Artisan Crafts.)

> Bookbinding and Bookmaking -- One-of-a-kind books that are made and bound by hand through traditional or modern methods of binding such as case-bound, Coptic, longstitch, spiral-bound, German/English springback, etc. Also, book repair, gilding, titling, custom covers for existing books, book boxes, etc.

> Miscellaneous --
All other artwork created using paper as the primary medium, including hand-made papers, pop-up cards, pop-up books, paper children, greeting cards, quilling, dioramas, etc.  Collage goes to Traditional Art > Collage.

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• Glass</u> (formerly part of Sculpture & Glass)
Works using glass as the medium, whether by using a furnace, kiln, torch, acid, or abrasive and polishing methods, including heat-worked furnace and blown glass, fused glass, slumped glass, lampworking (aka flameworking or torchworking) and cold-worked glass (etching, carving, cutting, sanding, grinding, sawing, laminating, faceting, etc.), stained glass, painted glass, pate de verre, enameling, mosaics, molding, etc.

> Stained Glass
-- Glassworks that are stained or colored.  

> Tableware, Vessels, & Vases -- Tableware, such as dishes, bowls, glasses, stemware, bottles, cups, plates,  flatware, etc., and vases, flasks, decanters, pitchers, and other vessels and containers.

> Ornaments, Curios & Other Objects  -- Ornaments, baubles, window and tree ornaments, prisms, lenses, crystals, paperweights, lights, suncatchers, kaleidoscopes, mirrors, tiles, mosaics, glass carvings, pens, and other miscellaneous curio.  Also, beads, cabochons, miniature glass vessels, etc. that are not ready to be incorporated into jewelry by not being "hang-ready" (being drilled, having a bail, etc.).  Beads and cabochons that are "hang-ready" can be placed here or in the Jewelry gallery.

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• Jewelry</u>
Jewelry that is wholly or partially handmade by you regardless of medium or assembled from prefabricated components, and includes rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches & pins, charms, keychains, hair accessories (such as barrettes, haircombs, hairsticks, tiaras, crowns, etc.), body piercings jewelry, etc.

> Neckwear -- Adornments or ornaments of any medium designed to be worn around the neck, including necklaces, collars, torcs, chokers, neckrings, etc.

> Charms & Pendants -- An ornament of any medium designed to be suspended from a chain, cord, bracelet, etc., including charms, pendants, amulets, lockets, lavallières, etc.

> Rings -- Adornments or ornaments of any medium designed to be worn on the fingers or toes. Includes pieces designed to be worn on more than one finger or toe.

> Bracelets -- Adornments or ornaments of any medium designed to be worn on the wrist, arm, ankle or leg.

> Earrings and Body Piercings Jewelry -- Adornments or ornaments of any medium designed to be worn on or in the ears or other body parts, including studs, hanging earrings, ear cuffs, clip-ons, gauges, bars, micro dermals, etc.

> Other/Miscellaneous -- Adornments or ornaments of any medium designed to adorn the body, but not specified in other jewelry subcategories, including belly chains, tiaras, crowns, brooches, pins, key chains, hair accessories such as barrettes, haircombs, hairsticks, crowns, tiaras, etc., and pieces designed to be worn on more than one body part simultaneously, such as slave bracelets or handflowers, etc.

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• Leatherwork</u>
Leatherworking using leather, suede, faux leather, or fur as a medium and including stamped flat pieces like belts to meticulously shaped and stitched objects such as sandals, saddles, bags, clothing, chaps, etc. Also, book covers, leather armor, taxidermy, etc.

> Taxidermy
-- Any taxidermy mount, whether hard-foam mount or soft-mount/poseable taxidermy (sometimes also called "plushes" or "taxidermy plushies," using poly-fill or other soft filling), using whole or partial skins, hides, pelts, etc.

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• Metal Work</u>
Metal work involving the use of heat, including all blades, such as knives, swords, cutlery, etc., armor, chain mail, blacksmithing; and any kind of metal forming without the use of heat, which would include repoussé/chasing/embossing and engraving, etc.

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• Miscellaneous</u>
Miscellaneous artisan crafts that do not fit into any other sub-category, such as modified keyboards, modified guitars, feather art, duct tape art (duct tape clothing and garment accessories go to either Textiles > Clothing or Textiles > Accessories), handmade soap, perfumes & colognes, flower arrangements, perler bead art, etc.

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• Textiles</u>
Art created by using woven or knit textiles or non-textiles such as vinyl, plastics, rubber, foam, etc., including fashion construction, quilting, clothing accessories such as hairpieces (wigs and falls that you have styled), gloves, hats, and bows, and home interior accessories such as wallhangings, crewelwork, needlepoint, curtains, etc.  Costumes go to the Costumery gallery.

> Accessories
-- Clothing items that are not garments, but that accessorize garments, such as handbags, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and wraps, muffs, bows, ties, wigs, socks, arm and leg warmers, modified shoes and boots, patches & badges, etc.  Costume accessories go to Costumery > Textile Accessories.  Also, accessories for the home interior, such as rugs, table runners, doilies, pillowcases, blankets, afghans and throws (including knitted and crocheted ones), curtains, drapes, valances, etc.

> Clothing -- Garments including skirts, shirts, pants, dresses, jackets, coats, underwear/lingerie, etc.,  that includes general everyday wear, formal wear, wearable art, experimental fashion, etc.

> Fiber Art -- General artwork created with textiles through the application of paints, dyes, stitching, and/or other fabric manipulations, such as embroidered wallhangings, hand-painted panels, tapestries, crewelwork, needlepoint, hand-spun yarn, lace-making, cross-stitched creations, etc., and anything else that doesn't fall into other more suitable sub-categories.

> Quilting -- Blankets, panels, etc., made by quilting by sewing batting between two layers of pieced or un-pieced fabric.  Quilted clothing and accessories should go to their respective sub-categories in the Textiles gallery.
   
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• Woodworking</u>
Artisan crafts projects created using wood as a medium and can include carvings, turnings, constructs (such as furniture, decks, wood patios, wood-frame buildings and other shelters, etc.), marquetry/intarsia, pyrography, etc.

  • Listening to: George Thorogood
  • Watching: hulu.com
  • Eating: fried potatoes &amp; chicken
  • Drinking: pepsi from my Ren &amp; Stimpy glass

Small AC Update: 8-21-09

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 21, 2009, 2:12 PM



New Gallery Moderator

CookiemagiK is the new Volunteer Gallery Moderator for the Emoticon gallery and is Synfull's new partner.  :w00t:

FaMz was the GM for Conceptual Photography but has decided to leave the team.  :(
Go here if you'd like to see the complete list of all Gallery Moderators.



Premium Members can now add a Delicious widget to their profile!
Devised by kemayo, you can read all about it in his Journal.



June 2009 TheDeviantAwards

Can be seen here.   Myana was voted as Best Wood Worker and orudorumagi11 as Most Innovative Papercrafter.  Up for nominations until August 24 is Best Plushie Maker.  So far, the nominations include: WeirdBugLady, TweeBean, kaijumama, and VesteNotus.  If you would like to nominate someone, you must send your nomination by note on or before August 24.



Fan Art: A Guide

A Fan Art Guide: Explaining what fan art is on dA -- complete with an easy reference checklist!  Defining what is and what isn't Fan Art and how it applies to you by aunjuli, Gallery Moderator of Fan Art.  This is interesting and helpful reading and should be read by many in the Artisan Crafts community.




See these two artisans in action!

Sliceofcake can be seen in a couple videos, so if you would like to see him make and talk about pastry making, please read his Journal.   noformdesign can be seen in a video that had been on the HGTV channel a while back and in the video he is making a stainless steel and wood inlay ring on the HGTV show "That's Clever."  See his Journal.



A LARPing group on deviantART

Did you know that there is a club on dA for LARPers?  There are several for cosplay, but this is the first I've heard of one for LARPers and it is  dA-LARPers.  
to show your creation whether it's costumes, weapons, pictures from LARPs, stories from LARPs and so on. So come and join me at the table and let's share our tales from our sagas.




Artisan Crafts Contests:

:bulletred: See You At the Fair! -- Results

:bulletred: The ArtisanCraft club is having an Origami contest with an open deadline to celebrate their upcoming 1,500th member.  Many awesome prizes to win!    



Artisan Crafts News:

:bulletred: Artisans and Functional Art - July 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe
:bulletred: Artisan Crafts DDs for July 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe

:bulletred: Fashion Report: Red and Black by DarkFireRaven
:bulletred: How to Document Glass - Photography Tips by the GlassArtists club
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Lulu - FFX 10
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Gothic Armour - Full View by Myana
:bulletred:  The Prop Collection by Ai-Kiren
:bulletred: Admins Hand picked #4 by Tepara
:bulletred: Bi-Weekly Feature 17 - Pizza and Pasta by MyntKat
:bulletred: marquetry presentation by ~prometheus065
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Club - Submissions 2009 - Vol.26
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Feature No. 63
:bulletred: Sunday Features No. 72 by the ArtisanCraft club
:bulletred: The Artisan Crafts Gallery, edition 82 by feetpeet
:bulletred: Spotlight On...Silver by DarkFireRaven



News & Events from all around dA:

:bulletred: 'Unknown Artists' by Future-art-Magazine #15
:bulletred: CEA UPDATE: Clarifying the Definition of Porn by realitysquared
:bulletred: A Discussion About Statistics & Other Stuff: The CEA Team & Policy Violations by realitysquared
:bulletred: THE SUBMISSION COPYRIGHT GUIDE 1 by l8
:bulletred: Portfolio: The Awesome Version
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes August 30th, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes August 23rd, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes August 16th, 2009



Community Relations:


:bulletred: Official deviantART Contests
:bulletred: CR Team
:bulletred: Community Relations Openings

:star: Community Relations Newsletter - July 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - May 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - April 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Compiled 2007/2008 CR Newsletters by Moonbeam13

:faq:
FAQ #62: How do I use Journal skins?  
FAQ #87: Is there a limit on how many messages I can have?
FAQ #95: What is the Critique Feature and how do I use it?
FAQ #56: How can I get noticed on this site?
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:star: Weekly Help Desk Updates - May 22nd, 2009



Suggest a DD
DD Guidelines</strong>

AC Gallery
AC Forum
AC News
AC Clubs and More Clubs
AC Tutorials
AC FAQ

#ArtisanCrafts

Report miscats

Submission Guide & Common Miscats

Cosplay vs. Costumes



  • Listening to: 7 Seconds of Love- Looking for my Leopard
  • Watching: hulu.com
  • Eating: hash browns and sausages
  • Drinking: frontier whiskey

For All Artisans... Fair Contest Results (Ed

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 14, 2009, 6:10 PM



See You at the Fair!

The results are in for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and "Best of Show" in the See You At the Fair! culinary arts contest.  I'm already thinking about pestering PurpelBlur into collaborating on a similar contest sometime later in the year featuring kinds of food you'd fix in the winter and I see people are already asking for such a contest, so we shall see!  In the meantime, go here to see the results!



Singling Out an Artisan for Appreciation, Aug 2009

This is the third month of giving some love and appreciation to members of the Artisan Crafts gallery. Near the middle of every month I will announce the name of one artisan who will receive a one-year subscription. This is not a contest nor a challenge nor an "artisan of the month" kind of thing because it is a gift, not an award, and everyone in the Artisan Crafts gallery is eligible. I troll the galleries of artisans a LOT and I also pay attention to their faving, commenting, journals, featuring, etc. etc. So, how will the artisan be selected? Well, the selected artisan will be someone who...

:bulletred: does not have a sub or whose sub is about to expire

:bulletred: uploads deviations at least somewhat regularly to his/her gallery

:bulletred: comments frequently on galleries of other artists (or on their news articles or journals)

:bulletred: is active in at least one club

:bulletred: features other artists in journals and/or feature news articles

:bulletred: is always there to lend a hand, shares his/her knowledge, and/or writes tutorials or informative news articles

Now, this is not to say that the selected artisan has to fulfill all of the above, but the more it's obvious that the deviant shows their love for this site, the more they'll stand out while I'm on my search for the next artisan. For the third month of this venture, Athalour has been selected as the recipient for August 2009 and let me tell you why.  Last month she ran her own "random acts of kindness" campaign, giving one of her kiln-annealed lampworked glass heart beads to anyone who needed a little bit of joy to come their way. The glass hearts were available in 14 colors and were not a small or lightweight heart either, but one big enough to be a focal piece, and</i> she paid the shipping costs!  The catch was that the person receiving one of these had to have been suggested by someone else, so the requester would be "paying it forward," making them as well as Athalour a part of this extraordinary act of kindness.  From her journal:  
"Do you know someone who needs a little love and care? Perhaps a friend is suffering from depression. Maybe someone special to you has lost a spouse, a pet, or a job. Or it could be that one of your colleagues is miserable at work.  Know someone like that? Want to make a gesture to show them that they’re loved?  Then join my campaign for random acts of kindness. I will send you one of my handmade glass hearts, on a plug chain, for you to give to them. They can wear it as a reminder that you care. Also as a sign that somewhere in the world, someone they will probably never meet wanted to show them a random act of kindness.

Because I have been the recipient of much kindness in my life.
Because the world needs more love.
Because it is not enough just to make pretty things, I want those pretty things to mean something.
Because I can."

Please not only visit her and her gallery, but also give her some lovin' and here are a few of her deviations to help get you started.  The first one is one of the lampworked glass beads (in cobalt blue here) that was generously offered by her and the second one is the DD that she got.  I hope you are as excited about this new feature as I am and we have Moonbeam13 and Community Relations to thank for that!
Cobalt Heart by Athalour Deep Sea Life II by Athalour   The Magician's Key II by Athalour





Two links found by MidnightExigent:

Google Opt Out Feature Lets Users Protect Privacy By Moving To Remote Village

The Most Amazing Photo of the Universe, Now In 3D.  Showing 10,000 galaxies, the overwhelming Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) is the most amazing, most humbling image in history, demonstrating how tiny and precious we are. This video explains how it was taken, and shows it in three dimensions.



Artisan Crafts Contests:

:bulletred: See You At the Fair! -- Results

:bulletred: Artisan Contest Theme Nature by the artisanlist club.  The winners can be seen here.

:bulletred: The ArtisanCraft club is having an Origami contest with an open deadline to celebrate their upcoming 1,500th member.  Many awesome prizes to win!

:bulletred: The Ogham contest for members of the Celtic-Dreaming club using digital, traditional, artisan, or written mediums.  Deadline was August 11, 2009.    



Artisan Crafts News:

:bulletred: Artisans and Functional Art - July 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe
:bulletred: Artisan Crafts DDs for July 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe

:bulletred: Community Projects: July - Culinary Arts Month by PurpelBlur
:bulletred: Fashion Report: Red and Black by DarkFireRaven
:bulletred: How to Document Glass - Photography Tips by the GlassArtists club
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Gothic Armour - Full View by Myana
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Tears of a Clown B by Myana
:bulletred:  The Prop Collection by Ai-Kiren
:bulletred: Admins Hand picked #4 by Tepara
:bulletred: Bi-Weekly Feature 16 - Rainbows by MyntKat
:bulletred: Let's go for a Swim! Water-related crafts Feature by biancaneve81
:bulletred: marquetry presentation by ~prometheus065
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Club - Submissions 2009 - Vol.24
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Feature No. 63
:bulletred: Sunday Features No. 71 by the ArtisanCraft club
:bulletred: The Artisan Crafts Gallery, edition 81 by feetpeet
:bulletred: Holiday Feature 4 - DeviantArt's Birthday! by the ArtisanCraft club
:bulletred: Spotlight On...Silver by DarkFireRaven



News & Events from all around dA:

:bulletred: CEA UPDATE: Clarifying the Definition of Porn by realitysquared
:bulletred: A Discussion About Statistics & Other Stuff: The CEA Team & Policy Violations by realitysquared
:bulletred: Community Projects: July - Culinary Arts Month by PurpelBlur
:bulletred: THE SUBMISSION COPYRIGHT GUIDE 1 by l8
:bulletred: Portfolio: The Awesome Version
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes August 16th, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes August 9th, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes August 2nd, 2009



Community Relations:


:bulletred: Official deviantART Contests
:bulletred: CR Team
:bulletred: Community Relations Openings

:star: Community Relations Newsletter - July 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - May 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - April 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Compiled 2007/2008 CR Newsletters by Moonbeam13

:faq:
FAQ #62: How do I use Journal skins?  
FAQ #87: Is there a limit on how many messages I can have?
FAQ #95: What is the Critique Feature and how do I use it?
FAQ #56: How can I get noticed on this site?
:faq42:


:star: Weekly Help Desk Updates - May 22nd, 2009
:star: Weekly Help Desk Updates - March 20th, 2009
:star: Weekly Help Desk Updates - March 13th, 2009



Suggest a DD
DD Guidelines</strong>

AC Gallery
AC Forum
AC News
AC Clubs and More Clubs
AC Tutorials
AC FAQ

#ArtisanCrafts

Report miscats

Submission Guide & Common Miscats

Cosplay vs. Costumes



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AC Links and Important Site Updates

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 11, 2009, 2:11 PM



Your Friends List

Notice anything different with your "Manage Friends" page?  Go check out yours now!  One of the best things is that you don't have to scroll back up to the top of the page to remember which check box is which, finally!  And also check out  I'm in ur friends list fixing ur bugs by 20after4 and :+fav: it too, if you would, please.

Taken from zilla774's journal:
Make sure to check out your Manage Friends page. It's been given an overhaul and now works without crashing your browser (if like me, you have more than a 100 or so friends). Try it, it's awesome and then go hug 20after4 for breathing life into it.



50 Thumbs Limit on News Articles

No one in the Artisan Crafts gallery has ever been guilty of submitting feature news articles that are a mass of thumbs, not that I can recall anyway.  I'm probably the lone guilty one regarding that, although mine always  have a text introduction and are always, always segmented into subject, sub-galleries, or artisan medium, but everyone will have to adhere to the new rule regarding thumbs in news articles that was put in place by fourteenthstar.  For myself, this will probably mean the end of my article features, such as my themed articles and my Manga/Anime series.  

Taken from FaMz's journal:
There is a 50 thumb limit restriction on thumbnails within news articles. If your news article exceeds this amount, it will be reported to the Help Desk. Why? cus having too many thumbnails defeats the purpose of 'feature' when you get past 60 or, so viewers lose interest and works don't get individual attention, and for people with lower band width, it can take ages to load.

Take a look at:
:faq887:

:faq886:



There's no Reason for dArama with the New Share Icons

You might have objections to the Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and Digg icons that are a new feature on your deviations and news articles now, but remember, they are not promoting copyright infringement (art theft), they are, in fact,  promoting your work</b>.  This is not a feature that helps art thieves to upload your art anywhere; it is a feature to help people link to your artwork.  This is merely a fast shortcut for convenience and most sites like dA have it already... all it does is saves people from having to open a new browser window.  Linking to your artwork is now easier and more controlled with a small thumbnail of approximately 150x150 pixels of the work acting as a preview to the direct link of your work. If people are interested, they can click on it and gain access to the direct image. You, the artist, get all the credit.

Taken from Jules1983's journal because she's explained it so well that if you had any fears or doubts, she'll put them to rest:
You might have noticed that on your deviations you now have little icons (Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and Digg). Do NOT worry. These links do not encourage people to steal your art and post them all over the net. All they do is create a link to your art. Say someone wanted to share a photograph of yours on Reddit, they would click on the little reddit button, receive a link to your artwork, post that link on Reddit, and whoever saw that link on Reddit and clicked on it, would automatically be redirected to YOUR deviation page.  That's a GOOD thing. Since they are now on YOUR page, they instantly know you are the author/owner of the artwork. Now say the person that clicked the link was a magazine editor or something and they love your picture/gallery. They could INSTANTLY contact you.  Compare this to someone stealing one of your pics, uploading it to another website, an editor seeing it would have no idea that it's your artwork.

You can also read TheRyanFord's opinions in his  Art Theft & Sharing.

And of course, the final word on this from fourteenthstar:
No doubt you'll all have noticed the new link share features within deviations now. It's nothing new to the web in general, but it's new within dA, and something which I believe has been lacking for a long time. Now you can upload a deviation and instantly share your work with others on Facebook, Digg, Twitter & Reddit, all with ease. There's even built in URL shortening, for additional swank. Nifty, innit.

Apparently though, this is a bad thing -- and some of you would prefer we disabled this, so we'll be looking at providing an opt-out for those of you who do. Whilst respecting this -- I don't particularly understand it. I mean, whenever you see something that you like/find funny/want to discuss with others online, you copy/paste a URL and link it to them, right?? Why would you not want people to share your artwork with others? Key word - share. You are simply passing on another link. I'm looking forward to increased sales on my prints thanks to the awesomeness provided. You guys should embrace it too and stop getting sucked into OMG PEOPLE ARE STEALING MY WORK mentality.


And because spyed himself SAID SO in hq's blog:
As of a few days ago, deviantART released a series of Share tools found in the description area of any deviation. These tools were built to support those with Twitter, Facebook, Reddit or Digg accounts so that they can more easily share links to your work. To reiterate, these are links to your work!

This isn't art theft. It isn't copyright infringment. It's certainly nothing you could control even if you had even the most advanced tools imaginable. This is the foundation of the Internet itself; the ability to hyper-link to other destinations. The links return your deviation page, which credits you. So your level of concern should be zero.

Facebook has a thumbnailing technology which will display a very small thumb of your artwork (smaller than the thumbs found here) -- this is common on the web, and there's nothing you can do about it (or we for that matter) as these thumbnails would be generated if a person simply cut and pasted a link to your deviation on Facebook regardless of our support. Thumbnails used by Facebook, and Google and others to direct traffic to your art work are common and many courts have found them to be legal uses of your work.

The idea that deviantART would take direct action to help others steal your work, or encourage this sort of behavior is not acceptable to us. It is offensive to us. It is a contradiction of our core mission; many of us are artists ourselves, and we have zero interest in siding with copyright infringers.

dArama at its best, ya tin foil hat wearing so and so's!

Also, there is his SIX EASY POINTS: Why Disabling Share HURTS YOU BIG



dA's Welcome Page

The new Welcome Page makes it easier for deviants new to dA to learn how to navigate the site and even includes a video: "What is deviantART?"  Now, when your friends or associates ask you what is dA?..  you can now simply link them to our brand new Welcome / Site Tour page!



Portfolios

If you want to make a portfolio and still haven't done it, here is the article with all the information on it:  Portfolio: The Awesome Version by spyed.



Artisan Crafts Contests:

:bulletred: Artisan Contest Theme Nature by the artisanlist club.  The winners can be seen here.

:bulletred: The ArtisanCraft club is having an Origami contest with an open deadline to celebrate their upcoming 1,500th member.  Many awesome prizes to win!

:bulletred: See You At the Fair! (A Culinary Arts contest).  Brought to you by Kitten-of-Woe and PurpelBlur.

:bulletred: The Ogham contest for members of the Celtic-Dreaming club using digital, traditional, artisan, or written mediums.  Deadline is August 11, 2009.

:bulletred: Details on Spexton's global scavenger hunt can be found here</u>.    



Artisan Crafts News:

:bulletred: Artisans and Functional Art - July 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe
:bulletred: Artisan Crafts DDs for July 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe

:bulletred: Community Projects: July - Culinary Arts Month by PurpelBlur
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Tears of a Clown B by Myana
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Shrimp by Myana
:bulletred:  The Prop Collection by Ai-Kiren
:bulletred: Winnegan's Picks 10: Release the Steam! by TormentedArtifacts
:bulletred: Admins Hand picked #4 by Tepara
:bulletred: Bi-Weekly Feature 16 - Rainbows by MyntKat
:bulletred: Let's go for a Swim! Water-related crafts Feature by biancaneve81
:bulletred: marquetry presentation by ~prometheus065
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Club - Submissions 2009 - Vol.23
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Feature No. 63
:bulletred: Sunday Features No. 70 by the ArtisanCraft club
:bulletred: The Artisan Crafts Gallery, edition 81 by feetpeet
:bulletred: Holiday Feature 4 - DeviantArt's Birthday! by the ArtisanCraft club
:bulletred: Spotlight On...Silver by DarkFireRaven



News & Events from all around dA:

:bulletred: CEA UPDATE: Clarifying the Definition of Porn by realitysquared
:bulletred: A Discussion About Statistics & Other Stuff: The CEA Team & Policy Violations by realitysquared
:bulletred: Community Projects: July - Culinary Arts Month by PurpelBlur
:bulletred: THE SUBMISSION COPYRIGHT GUIDE 1 by l8
:bulletred: Portfolio: The Awesome Version
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes August 9th, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes August 2nd, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes July 26th, 2009



Community Relations:


:bulletred: Official deviantART Contests
:bulletred: CR Team
:bulletred: Community Relations Openings

:star: Community Relations Newsletter - July 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - May 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - April 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Compiled 2007/2008 CR Newsletters by Moonbeam13

:faq:
FAQ #62: How do I use Journal skins?  
FAQ #87: Is there a limit on how many messages I can have?
FAQ #95: What is the Critique Feature and how do I use it?
FAQ #56: How can I get noticed on this site?
:faq42:


:star: Weekly Help Desk Updates - May 22nd, 2009
:star: Weekly Help Desk Updates - March 20th, 2009
:star: Weekly Help Desk Updates - March 13th, 2009



Suggest a DD
DD Guidelines</strong>

AC Gallery
AC Forum
AC News
AC Clubs and More Clubs
AC Tutorials
AC FAQ

#ArtisanCrafts

Report miscats

Submission Guide & Common Miscats

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:star: Featuring Fine Workmanship by Artisans :star:



This is the sixth in this series that features art by members of the Artisan Crafts gallery that I feature daily in one of my journal modules.  I add one each day and each is featured for 24-48 hours and then all are featured at the beginning of the next month as a group.  These artisan works are found through my casual browsing and they could be very recently uploaded or they could be older works.  They could have been made by very well-known artisans, by someone still unknown, or by someone very new to dA.  They are random finds, so one gallery might be represented more than another and one artist might get featured more than once in the same month.  My picks are totally random finds and that which struck me as something wonderful... I hope you think so, too, and that you enjoy this new series!

:bulletblue: Artisans and Functional Art - February 2009
:bulletblue: Artisans and Functional Art - March 2009
:bulletblue: Artisans and Functional Art - April 2009
:bulletblue: Artisans and Functional Art - May 2009
:bulletblue: Artisans and Functional Art - June 2009

Dalek Storm 37 by Dalekstorm  (Woodworking)
The Dalek Storm</u> built by Alan Clarke (Dalekstorm) that looks far superior to the Daleks used on the Dr. Who TV series.  You can see that Mr. Clarke and his friend Jasper really show the relative size and general impressiveness of this thing that could make even the Doctor himself hide behind the sofa!     Couch Peek by Momma--G
Dalek Storm 37 by Dalekstorm  

Victorian crystal hearts by Seahorse-61  (Sculpture & Glass > Stained Glass)
I love the ingenuity and resourcefulness of this one, which started out as a crystal box that the artist sanded its edges and then incorporated the two halves into this stained glass window.  
Victorian crystal hearts by Seahorse-61

Steampunk Clock IV and Steampunk Clock IV detail</b> by Diarment  (Miscellaneous)
Except for the clockwork mechanism and a few recycled bits and pieces, the rest of this clock was made entirely out of cardboard and then painted to give it a faux wood finish!
Steampunk Clock IV by Diarment Steampunk Clock IV detail by Diarment

red coral necklace by annie-jewelry  (Jewelry)
annie-jewelry has a way of working fine silver and sterling silver into perfectly symmetrical designs. Always well proportioned, always very neatly and interestingly done.
red coral necklace by annie-jewelry

Pack II by RedDrift  (Clothing)
The elegant lines of this design and the way the yellow contrasts with the black brocade make this one of my all-time favorites from the Clothing gallery.  
Pack II by RedDrift

stingray skin cuff and fibula by Haley-winter  (Jewelry)
The first thumb is a fibula, the archaeological term for "brooch" and it was more than just decorative adornment, but was used to fasten clothing.  In this one, argentium silver is used for the precious metal, rather than sterling silver.  Argentium was developed in the 1990s and is a sterling silver alloy, with the alloy for sterling being 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper, but one of the advantages of the argentium alloy over the sterling alloy is that some of the copper is replaced with germanium.  The usage of germanium eliminates the need for pickling because there is no firescale when using the alloy containing germanium and that is extremely advantageous to the silversmith.  Germanium also makes the alloy resistant to tarnishing, a real boon to the consumer.  The stunning purplish-red focal is lampworked glass, which was also made by Haley-winter.  The fibula also has one round amethyst cabochon and a faceted trillion-shaped amethyst.  

The stingray cuff makes use of the most indestructible leather there is and which is also the most difficult to work with because it is aggravating to cut and breaks even the largest of leather needles when stitching.  Seeing stingray in pictures doesn't even come close to seeing its beauty in person because the scales on the leather look like little "pebbles" that resemble black diamonds that sparkle in the light.  Even more beautiful is the cluster of white pearlescent scales on the center section of the back of each skin, and as you can see, Haley-winter has made use of the white scales in her cuff.  The cuff is made of argentium silver and is set with chrysoprase (the green stones) and amethyst cabochons.  
fibula by Haley-winter stingray skin cuff by Haley-winter

wallet with a bow and 2nd pair of boots </i> by sequoyagurl988  (Leatherwork)
A lady's leather wallet that looks to be made of lambskin, although it wasn't specified.  The salmon pink interior has several compartments and the entire wallet is perfectly designed and stitched... even the corners on both interior and exterior are nicely mitered!   

One way of decorating the shaft on a boot is to use multiple stitching lines and the acknowledged "rule" is to have upwards of 10 parallel lines, but at least 2 lines. There are not only several rows here, but they also appear to be 1/32" apart, a very hard feat to do because the holes of one row are almost falling into the holes of the next parallel row.  With piping, inlaid hearts and horses' heads, and elaborate toebug (stitching on the vamp).  The white ruffle along the collar is a very nice feminine touch and not seen too often.  
wallet with a bow by sequoyagurl988   2nd pair of boots by sequoyagurl988

Open Toad Shoes by Gaffgirl (Accessories)
"Open Toad" shoes, what great humor, wish I'd thought of that!  Seriously though, this pair utilized the soles of a purchased pair of sandals, but the rest of the pair was constructed from a printed fabric.  First plushie boots I've ever seen and am impressed because most shoes on dA are modified purchased shoes, but this pair was entirely drafted (except for the soles)  by the artist.
Open Toad Shoes by Gaffgirl

Teapot cake by see-through-silence  (Culinary Arts)
Sculpted and perfect for any summertime teaparty.
Teapot cake by see-through-silence

Rose Pin by Meeellla  (Jewelry)
It looks so real but it's a brooch made from an air-dry resin clay called Lumina® and the stems are green leather cord.
Rose Pin by Meeellla

Horsies and Alice Cooper coin </i> by dragonladych  (Jewelry)
The first one is a brooch and the second is a pendant, although the ring for hanging was added after the photo was taken.  Made from PMC and the artist said that the material didn't really cooperate with her mold and yet, I think that the not so perfect edges are  what gives it its charm.
Horsies by dragonladych Alice Cooper coin by dragonladych

A Crowded Forest</i> by Paso  (Woodworking)
Made simply with some plywood and it was Paso's first time ever with a scrollsaw.  This one really must be seen in fullview and reading the accompanying haunting song in her artist's comments is highly recommended.
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Maine Aqua Seaglass Ring by vakadesign  (Jewelry)
Ocean View by versarnwen  (Folding & Papercraft)
These two came up at the same time and side-by-side in my devwatch.  I was struck that not only do they both have the ocean as their theme but "ocean" or "sea" are also in the titles, but look at the colors!  Amazing how two came up like that with the exact same shade of aqua and if they hadn't appeared side-by-side, I would probably have never noticed!  The first one is a very rustic-looking setting of 14K gold that holds a piece of sea glass in its natural shape.  vakadesign does a lot of granulation work with her metals, which is a technique I admire and hope to learn someday.  The book by versarnwen is completely and elegantly hand-made, including torn pages, dyed endpapers, the covers and the decoration on the front cover with an abalone ring holding two shells.
Maine Aqua Seaglass Ring by vakadesign Ocean View by versarnwen

Pop-up Book by JustLikeAnythingElse  (Miscellaneous)
Done with markers, colored pencils, and micron pen is this enchanting pop-up book about a hungry mouse who builds a space ship to travel to where there is always plenty of cheese.  Very hard to see in this thumb, so I hope you not only click on it, but also see it in fullview because you'll be able to read the whole story, as well as see the artwork of the sad little mouse who becomes very inventive and who perseveres to win in the end.  
Pop-up Book by JustLikeAnythingElse

Masks of Sanity 1 by taxidermy   (Miscellaneous)
I love how the photo makes this crow mask look like a gargoyle, but I wouldn't want to pass by and happen to look up because it would be very unsettling to know that it was a real person and not an architectural ornament!  The artist doesn't say what materials she used, but it looks strikingly well done.
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Steampunk Bracelet EPIC I by CatherinetteRings  (Jewelry)
Undeniably the prettiest steampunk-style bracelet I've ever seen.
Steampunk Bracelet EPIC I by CatherinetteRings

Lady Jane gray and Horror show</i> by dollmaker88  (Custom Dolls)
dollmaker88's gallery is so full of dolls, you're sure to find one that suits your taste because she's done everything from fan art dolls to different kinds of lolita dolls and more, so much more!  Here we have two that are vastly different from each other... the tragic Lady Jane Grey and a goth doll!
Lady Jane gray by dollmaker88 Horror show by dollmaker88

The one Ring bowls and Pandora's Puzzlebox</b> by e-will  (Woodworking)
Very nice use of common and exotic woods, with the lustrous bowls (carved with LotR text) of wenge and African rosewood and the cube inlayed with oak, walnut, beech, and wenge (an African tropical tree and its wood is dark and intensely colored).
The one Ring bowls by e-will Pandora's Puzzlebox by e-will

Woah Wedding by Heidilu22  (Culinary Arts)
Not for traditionalists, this is a real wedding cake and one that'll never be forgotten.
Woah Wedding by Heidilu22

deviantART's 9th Birthday!

Wed Aug 5, 2009, 8:13 PM



deviantART's 9th Birthday is the day after tomorrow, Friday, August 7 and there is loads of stuff to do and participate in!  Join us for Birthday Shenanigans and merriment (AND PRIZES!) as we celebrate 9 years of deviousness!

Contests!
:bulletred: Birthday Cake (Artisan Crafts, Anime/Manga, Comics & Cartoons, and Anthro) – July 23rd – August 8th
:bulletred: Gifts & Presents (dA Related, Stock & Resources): July 23rd - August 6th
:bulletred: Subtext (all galleries): July 27 – August 7th
:bulletred: Number 9(all galleries) July 29th – September 9th
:bulletred: Festive Fella Sculpture (Sculpture): August 1st – September 25th
:bulletred: Humorous Tributes( Literature): August 1 – August 31
:bulletred: Love Potion #9 (Digital Art & Vexel) August 1st – August 31st
:bulletred: Famous Fella (Traditional Art): August 1st – September 30th
:bulletred: Balloons (Photography) August 3rd- September 7th
:bulletred: Birthday CEA Contest: Dare to Deviate - August 3rd - August 7th
:bulletred: Birthday Coloring Contest - August 4th - August 9th
:bulletred: Make Your Own FAQ! - August 6th - August 7th
And Fella's Birthday Couch-surfing Journey!
:bulletred: 9th Birthday Senior Contests!

Chatroom Events!
:bulletred: Trivia and Games in #deviantartfilm
:bulletred: Speed Art Challenges in #DigitalParty
:bulletred: Trivia and Games in #pub
:bulletred: fun and excitement in #communityRelations
:bulletred: #NuttyNines
:bulletred: #dATribes
:bulletred: #devart

And according to fourteenthstar there are:
:bulletred: 30 new seniors! which you can see here
:bulletred: A brand spanking new Bolt Award Winner and the recipient of the 3rd annual award is Stanley Sy aka starvingartist.

Get this awesome skin here</u>.

AND! Get the awesome 9th Birthday Shirt here</u> - only 9.99USD!:
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Birthday Gold by deviantWEAR

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Artisan Crafts DDs for July 2009

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 2, 2009, 6:28 PM



July's DDs

Here are all the Artisan Crafts Daily Deviations that were featured for the month of July.  Besides this journal feature, there is also the feature news article series on the DDs from the Artisan Crafts gallery and July is the seventh month in this series because I started the series at the beginning of 2009.  The news article includes the DD descriptions and the suggesters' names.  I hope you enjoy and :+favlove: Artisan Crafts DDs for July 2009.  

If you would like to send a DD suggestion, just send me a note</u> and include its thumb (copy the :thumbxxxxxxxx: code and paste it into your note) and write a short explanation on what it is about the deviation that impressed you so much.  

Suggest a DD</u>
DD guidelines</u>
2009:
January|February|March|April|May|June|July

2008:
May|June|July|August|September|October|November|December

And now, without any further ado, I present to you the deviaciously delicious awesomeness that was the month of July 2009 -> -> ->
Greek Vase by SRudy Hunter - Astrid Stareyed by bleaknimue Sun Dragon by Qarrezel
Fayrouz by cara101080 Celtic Queen Bracelet Cuff by camias L'apres-midi d'une Faune by blasphemina
Matryoshka Books by Maylar Winged by indeestudios Design Mirror - wood by ayhantomak
Wild shoes by vaporotem Deep Sea Life II by Athalour Dungeons and Dragons cake by Cakerific
:thumb126939650: Menger Sponge - level three by lonely--soldier Azkaban Will Eat You. by cupcake-rufflebutt
Katherine's Corset by Janes-Wardrobe Concentric twist by jfatsnorlax Silver hair needle by Silverwing9960
Nr. 57 by AannNdddDI Found in Faery by myceliae The spider and the fly-detail by vivalarobots
:thumb13395304::thumb93345213: Reach the stars by Fabreeze
Home Made TLR Camera by JeanFan Edward by Santani Asterius The Minotaur by Zhon
Celtic Horses - Stained Glass by buckskinmare Hat Back by Peter-The-Knotter Princess Shoe by Verusca
Taylor Paige Plushie by WhittyKitty




Artisan Crafts Contests:

:bulletred: Artisan Contest Theme Nature by the artisanlist club.  The winners can be seen here.

:bulletred: The ArtisanCraft club is having an Origami contest with an open deadline to celebrate their upcoming 1,500th member.  Many awesome prizes to win!

:bulletred: See You At the Fair! (A Culinary Arts contest).  Brought to you by Kitten-of-Woe and PurpelBlur.

:bulletred: The Ogham contest for members of the Celtic-Dreaming club using digital, traditional, artisan, or written mediums.  Deadline is August 11, 2009.

:bulletred: Details on Spexton's global scavenger hunt can be found here</u>.    



Artisan Crafts News:

:bulletred: Artisans and Functional Art - July 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe
:bulletred: Artisan Crafts DDs for July 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe

:bulletred: Community Projects: July - Culinary Arts Month by PurpelBlur
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Tears of a Clown B by Myana
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Shrimp by Myana
:bulletred:  The Prop Collection by Ai-Kiren
:bulletred: Winnegan's Picks 10: Release the Steam! by TormentedArtifacts
:bulletred: Admins Hand picked #4 by Tepara
:bulletred: Bi-Weekly Feature 16 - Rainbows by MyntKat
:bulletred: Let's go for a Swim! Water-related crafts Feature by biancaneve81
:bulletred: marquetry presentation by ~prometheus065
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Club - Submissions 2009 - Vol.23
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Feature No. 63
:bulletred: Sunday Features No. 70 by the ArtisanCraft club
:bulletred: The Artisan Crafts Gallery, edition 81 by feetpeet
:bulletred: Holiday Feature 4 - DeviantArt's Birthday! by the ArtisanCraft club
:bulletred: Spotlight On...Silver by DarkFireRaven



News & Events from all around dA:

:bulletred: CEA UPDATE: Clarifying the Definition of Porn by realitysquared
:bulletred: A Discussion About Statistics & Other Stuff: The CEA Team & Policy Violations by realitysquared
:bulletred: Community Projects: July - Culinary Arts Month by PurpelBlur
:bulletred: THE SUBMISSION COPYRIGHT GUIDE 1 by l8
:bulletred: Portfolio: The Awesome Version
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes August 9th, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes August 2nd, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes July 26th, 2009



Community Relations:


:bulletred: Official deviantART Contests
:bulletred: CR Team
:bulletred: Community Relations Openings

:star: Community Relations Newsletter - July 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - May 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - April 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Compiled 2007/2008 CR Newsletters by Moonbeam13

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  • Listening to: 7 Seconds of Love- Looking for my Leopard
  • Watching: hulu.com
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  • Drinking: frontier whiskey

dA's 9th birthday is coming up on August 7! + Edit

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 29, 2009, 8:01 AM



Edit:

Only three people on dA know this and I wanted to keep it that way, but it might be best to just come out and say it -- in a few weeks I won't have a job anymore because I'm getting laid off along with all the other employees where I work.  Being a GM requires being organized and focused, or at least it does for me.  I need a few days to figure out wth I'm going to do, but if you need me, send me a note, but keep in mind that I might open it but might not reply within 48 hours like I've always promised.  I figured it'd be best to say this so no one will get upset or frustrated if I don't get back to them in a timely manner.  Le sigh.


  
what you should know about dA's upcoming birthday

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deviantArt's Birthday Contest: Birthday Cake!

In celebration of deviantART's 9th birthday, the Gallery Moderators from Artisan Crafts, Anthro, Cartoons & Comics, and Manga & Anime present Design  A Birthday Cake for Fella contest!   This is going to be a really big contest and there'll be some stiff competition because four main galleries are participating.  Unfortunately, there are only about two weeks to get your entry in and that could be a problem for some artisans, I know and I feel your pain, but maybe these prizes might get you motivated to come up with something really fast and to work on it so that you'll be able to enter it in time (deadline is August 8 and entries go to this contest gallery).  
First Prize - 50 Deviant Dollars , 1 year subscription, & 1 package of emoticon stress balls
Second Prize - 25 Deviant Dollars , 6 month subscription
Third Prize - 15 Deviant Dollars , 3 month subscription

Please read and fave deviantART's Birthday Contest: Birthday Cake! and click on the title to get the complete rules and information. :eager:


  
Jucali has an exciting idea and everyone on dA can participate.  He wants 7,000 images to make a mosaic as a gift to dA. If you would like to participate, you have until August 3 to read Commnity project: deviantART's birthday present and then:
" note him with links to your deviations. The subject doesn’t matter, as long as they’re still images; images from any gallery are welcome; the more diversity, the better.   We’ll be showcasing the massive amount of creativity that exists in this community. It doesn’t matter if you’re a $Staff member or a deviant who joined today, you’re welcome to get involved." :eager:.

You have from now until August 3 to send those images by note, but in order to avoid any post-project copyright issues, you need to copy/paste this text in the note when you link him the image:

Jucali, you have my permission to use the following image(s) for the 2009 deviantART birthday project; and I certify that I am the owner of the copyrights to such image(s).




The Community Relations department wants to celebrate with you! Drop by the Community Relations chat room  on Friday, August 7th and hang out with us! Random stuff, like deviantDOLLARS, premium memberships, buttons, and more will be given out and lots of events will be going on! Read this news article for the complete schedule of events.

You can keep up-to-date on all birthday events by checking Moonbeam13's Journal



Deviant Remembrances

Deviant Remembrances</u> is an article about a newly created category to place tributes to deviants who have passed.  Tributes can be submitted to this gallery</u>.
deviantART wishes to help with the healing process and as such a category has been made for to you post any Literary or Visual piece you have made in dedication to fellow deviants who have passed on.




*DailyDeviants

If anyone in the Artisan Crafts gallery is interested in applying to be on the Miscellaneous team of DailyDeviants, now's the time to do it because only the team leader, feetpeet is left.  The Miscellaneous team includes artisan crafts, so if you're interested you should read this  Journal.



deviantART loves you

Chix0r's Journal gives the latest on what deviantART offers every  member, including the newest feature, portfolios.  She also updates us on community spirit and donating Premium Memberships anonymously.



1121113

Speaking of community spirit, if you haven't yet seen 1121113's news article Dear GMs : Thank you , we love you !</u>, I hope you do soon because it is a very touching tribute to all the Gallery Moderators.  I've never seen someone give so much time and dedication to others before.  And, I hope you also watch his youtube video</u>.  I don't know how anyone can watch it without being moved or tearing up.    I love how he showed how his project got started at home and how it ended up at a beautiful beach, and even more how some of his family members got involved as well.  It's so sweet and touching, so please watch the video and fave his news article.  Here are some of his other news articles that I hope you look at and fave, too:
How To Save A Life ...</u>
deeper than spiritual</u>
He even has this account -- ThankYouGMs - :iconthankyougms:
















  • Listening to: 7 Seconds of Love- Looking for my Leopard
  • Watching: hulu.com
  • Eating: hash browns and sausages
  • Drinking: frontier whiskey

My Birthday's Today ...

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 23, 2009, 3:43 AM



So I woke up in the middle of the night and...

got out of bed to get a drink of water and when I was getting back into bed, the second toe on my right foot caught on some metal thing under the bed as I was pivoting around.  Ow, feckin' hell that hurt 'cause it gouged a piece outta my toe.  I sat on my bed rocking back and forth, holding my toes real tight to cut down on the pain.  I wanted to just lie down and go back to sleep, but no! the damn toe was throbbing whenever I let go of it.  A conversation between my brain and that stupid toe went something like this:
me :  yawn, Command Center here, something about an alert on some frontier outpost, please identify yourself and state your situation.

toe : in pain! hold me!

me :  the whole system's down for R&R, you're fecking it up!

toe : hoooollllddd meeeeeeeee!!

me : get a grip and don't bleed all over the new sheets!

toe : looooooovvvvvveeee meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

me : (woeful kitten emoticon made for me by Synfull)  

Look what Peter-The-Knotter made for me, isn't it cute and isn't he clever? My pony (from my avatar) has an owwie on his hoof!

:below: :below: :below: :below: :below: :below:





Some tag thing going around...

I don't talk a whole lot about myself, not since like about November, I think, but this tag thing's been going around...

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.
"He was not hungry.  She did not eat much either."  (Raymond Carver)

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you reach?
nothing, just air.

3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
Ninja Warrior and Death Race

4. Without looking, guess what time it is.
noon-ish

5. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?
12:03

6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
the sounds coming out of my headphones.

7. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
Earlier today to hose off the patio and the lawn furniture and to yell at the neighbor kids.  

8. Before you started this survey, what did you look at?
A photograph of a Red Squirrel</u> by Yaninah. And also Paula Crevoshay's website</u>, who is imo, the best jewelry designer in the world.  

9. What are you wearing?
green t-shirt, boxers, barefoot -- it's 101°!

10. Did you dream last night?
I always dream, so yeh.  Dreamt that I was mowing the lawn on a riding lawn mower.

11. When did you last laugh?
I dunno, probably when I saw the monster ice cream cone my daughter Jagarnot bought me today, it was like 8" tall!

12. What are on the walls of the room you are in?
A large wall-hanging with peacock feathers draped over it. a photo of an old truck and a horse, a photo of my daughter at 3 years, a very large pre-Raphaelite print, a collection of small artworks, old photos of my grandmother and great-grandfather, various rocks capped with chainmail, an antique rug beater, an elk hide, an old, tiny wind-up cuckoo clock, a gift made for me by ElVaqueroMuerto that I can't find in his gallery anymore, otherwise I'd post the thumb.

13. Seen anything weird lately?
a folder I have in my notes that I named "Green Vagina"

14. What do you think of this quiz?
I almost never write journals about myself anymore, so it feels really weird.

15. What is the last film you saw?
idk, I forgot.

16. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
Trust funds for a wild-life habitat, the local animal shelter and local low-income elderly.

17. Tell me something about you that I don't know about.
I've been in a hostage situation.

18. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
Make sure that the Presidency is out of reach for Sarah Palin and Jeb Bush and stays that way.

19. Do you like to dance?
I can't dance.

20. George Bush:
Eight looooonnng years.

21. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
My first child is a girl.  Her name is Jagarnot, not that I gave that one to her.

22. Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
If she'd been a boy, she'd be called Will.

23. Would you ever consider living abroad?
Spent over a year in Germany and also a summer in Austria.

24. What do you want God to say to you when you reach the pearly gates?
God and heaven are in other people's beliefs and not relevant.

25. Tag six people who must also do this in THEIR journal:
If you like this sort of thing, knock yourself out but I'm not going to name anyone, well unless I make my kid do it.  ;)



I never knew that!

I grew up in Iowa and Kansas and always dreamed of looking into the distance and seeing mountains, not a horizon at the end of a long stretch of flat land.  So now that I've lived for a long time near a mountain range that surrounds the valley I live in, there was still something I always wanted to see and that was the Northern Lights.  I thought that maybe I didn't live far north enough, that you had to be in northern Canada or Alaska or something.  Back in late winter while walking home one night at about 3:00am, my daughter and I saw some eerie, phosphorescent green columns to the south of us and they stretched up past the heavens.  Then we noticed that they were all around us, wowee we were finally seeing the Northern Lights!  

Later that night I googled it and found some information that I had never known.  All these years of living in the American northwest, I always wondered why there was a pink sky at night as though the sun was coming up... but, the pink color was mostly in the west and the north and it was between 10:00pm and 3:00am!   I never knew that those were the Northern Lights, too, because they didn't "glow" or swirl around like I always thought the lights were supposed to do!  So yeh, we have the lights here a LOT and I only just found out, go me! :giggle: :slow:



=KaramNatour :

Have you read 1121113's news article Dear GMs : Thank you , we love you !</u> yet?  I've never seen someone give so much time and dedication to others before.  And, you really must see his youtube video</u>.  I don't know how anyone can watch it without tearing up.    I love how he showed how his project got started at home and how it ended up at a beautiful beach, and even more how some of his family members got involved as well.  It's so sweet and touching, so please watch the video and fave his news article.  Here are some of his other news articles that I hope you look at and fave, too:
How To Save A Life ...</u>
deeper than spiritual</u>
He even has this account -- ThankYouGMs - :iconthankyougms:









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  • Listening to: 7 Seconds of Love- Looking for my Leopard
  • Watching: hulu.com
  • Eating: hash browns and sausages
  • Drinking: frontier whiskey

For All Artisans...

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 14, 2009, 9:29 AM





Part 2 (July 2009)

This is the second month of giving some love and appreciation to members of the Artisan Crafts gallery. Near the middle of every month I will announce the name of one artisan who will receive a one-year subscription. This is not a contest or a challenge and everyone in the Artisan Crafts gallery is eligible. I troll the galleries of artisans a LOT and I also pay attention to their faving, commenting, journals, featuring, etc. etc. So, how will the artisan be selected? Well, the selected artisan will be someone who...

    :bulletred: does not have a sub or whose sub is about to expire

    :bulletred: uploads deviations at least somewhat regularly to his/her gallery

    :bulletred: comments frequently on galleries of other artists (or on their news articles or journals)

    :bulletred: is active in at least one club

    :bulletred: features other artists in journals and/or feature news articles

    :bulletred: is always there to lend a hand, shares his/her knowledge, and/or writes tutorials or informative news articles

Now, this is not to say that the selected artisan has to fulfill all of the above, but the more it's obvious that the deviant shows their love for this site, the more they'll stand out while I'm on my search for the next artisan. For the second month of this venture, Glori305 has been selected as the recipient for July 2009 and let me tell you why. She pretty much fulfills most all of the above, including being a member of several clubs (ArtisanCraft, HistoryFashionLovers, artisanlist, ArtDolls, Digital-Artisans, Fantasy-Fellowship, Dragons-And-Wolves, and Scales-and-ClawsClub) and is active in the forums helping people with friendly and level-headed advice even though she has had a very long string of back luck herself.  She is also one of my more frequent DD suggesters.  Please not only visit her and her gallery, but also give her some lovin' and here are a few of her deviations to help get you started:



I hope you are as excited about this new feature as I am and we have Moonbeam13 to thank for that!



A Steampunk Exhibit this Fall at Univ. of Oxford

Running from October 13, 2009 until February 21, 2010, "Contraptions and Devices Extraordinaire, Inspired by the Victorian Sciences" -- Artists representing the U.S.A., U.K., Netherlands, Australia, and Japan, including Art Donovan, Datamancer, Dr. Grymm, Haruo Suekichi, Herr Doctor, I-Wei-Huang, Jesse Newhouse, Jos De Vink, Mad Uncle Cliff, and three very well known deviants: ericfreitas, kuksi, and TomBanwell.  Do check out these artists' galleries because they'd fall under anyone's "best of the best" list, no kidding. You can read more on TomBanwell's Journal and at Steampunk Art at Oxford :wow:






World Crafts Council

"The main objective of the World Crafts Council is the establishment of a craft movement to provide a better future to the craftspersons of the world. The Council aims to promote fellowship among craftspersons by offering them encouragement, help and advice. WCC is affiliated to UNESCO in a consultative status. WCC is organised into five regions –Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America.

We hope this site will be a meeting place and a place to exchange views between our members and those who wish to know more about the working of WCC.

The WCC is the only body set up to support the aspiration of the world's craftspeople, whether in maintaining honourable inherited traditions or in extending frontiers by experiment and innovation... skill and vision are the two essential qualities that WCC encourages."

Go here if you are interested in becoming a member.  



Pilchuck Glass School

Founded in 1971 and located just north of Seattle at the foot of the wooded slopes of the Cascade mountain range in Washington state, U.S.A., Pilchuck is a world-renowned school for glass artists and one of the reasons is that one of its founders is Dale Chihuly.  "The campus features two hot-glass shops, a studio building, kiln shop, coldworking studio, flat shop for neon and flameworking, wood and metal shops, and a glass-plate printmaking studio. These facilities offer a comprehensive array of workspaces with a broad range of equipment for glass art production.

Every year, from May through August, Pilchuck offers twenty-five intensive residential sessions. Five classes run concurrently through each of the five consecutive, two-and-one-half-week sessions. Classes are limited to ten students and offer a concentrated inquiry into techniques and aesthetic ideologies. Students work in hot and cold glass techniques including glassblowing, casting, fusing, neon, stained glass, painted glass, flameworking, mixed-media sculpture and engraving."

Go here to learn more about Pilchuck.
Administrative Offices
430 Yale Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206.621.8422
Fax: 206.621.0713

Pilchuck Glass School Campus
1201 316th Street NW
Stanwood, WA 98292-9600
360.445.3111
Fax: 360.445.5515

:bulletred: "Please be advised: due to the intense level of study required during class sessions, Pilchuck is not open to the public on a daily basis.  Pilchuck Glass School-only offers courses during the summer months.  Undergraduate college credit for work completed at Pilchuck may be obtained through the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington."



Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts

Located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is a nationally renowned center of contemporary arts and crafts education. Workshops are offered for one and two weeks in the spring and summer, and one-week and weekends in the fall. Areas of study include: ceramics, fibers, metals/jewelry, painting, drawing, photography, warm glass, woodturning, woodworking, sculpture, and book and paper arts.


Summer 2009 workshops that are still open are clay (raku vessels), baskets, sculpture (large-scale sculpture), enamels, woodturning, fiber (freestyle machine embroidery, weaving), glass (fusing), metals (wax working and casting, fabrication) and printmaking. See here for the complete summer schedule.  

Fall workshops start September 26 and run until October 25 and include clay, fiber, metals, enamels, woodturning, woodworking (including coopering), glass (stained glass, glass beadmaking, paper/book arts, sculpture (stone carving), basketry, mixed media (bamboo, broom making),   Click here for the complete fall schedule.  

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
556 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
PH: 865.436.5860
FAX: 865.430.4101

Scholarships, work-study, and studio assistantships are available.



Need studio space?

In operation since November 28th 2008 and located in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago's Logan Square, Galleria 1712 offers wall or booth space starting at $100 a month and you can rent space even if you don't live in the Chicago area or even if you live out-of-state (and perhaps even out of the U.S.A., but that will take some checking into because I'm not sure yet)!

There will be a fashion show on July 25 throughout the Galleria, from which 10% of all sales from the show will go to a summer art program for underprivileged children.

1712 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
ph: 773.235.1712

:devart: -- We try to find interesting and useful links for the community but can't possibly verify all of the information and we encourage deviants to exercise caution at all times to protect themselves.</b>



Artisan Crafts Contests:

:bulletred: The ArtisanCraft club is having an Origami contest with an open deadline to celebrate their upcoming 1,500th member.  Many awesome prizes to win!

:bulletred: See You At the Fair! (A Culinary Arts contest).  Brought to you by Kitten-of-Woe and PurpelBlur.

:bulletred: The Ogham contest for members of the Celtic-Dreaming club using digital, traditional, artisan, or written mediums.  Deadline is August 11, 2009.

:bulletred: Artisan Contest Theme Nature by the artisanlist club

:bulletred: Details on Spexton's global scavenger hunt can be found here</u>.    

:bulletred: *Rockhounds Mineral Photography Contest.  The theme was mineral sample photographs and entries were to be submitted to Photography > Animals, Plants & Nature > Geology.  The winners have been announced and they are here.  See all  the entries here.



Artisan Crafts News:

:bulletred: Artisan Crafts DDs for July 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe

:bulletred: Community Projects: July - Culinary Arts Month by PurpelBlur
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Tears of a Clown B by Myana
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Shrimp by Myana
:bulletred:  Winnegan's Picks #9: It's Alive, It's ALIVE!!!!! by TormentedArtifacts
:bulletred:  The Prop Collection by Ai-Kiren
:bulletred:  dAknitters' June Project Features/July Collection by the dAKnitters club
:bulletred: Admins Hand picked #4 by Tepara
:bulletred: Admins Hand picked #3 by Tepara
:bulletred: Jewellery Weekly Edition #4 by Scarlet-Impressions
:bulletred: Madeby-me: Members' Submissions for June 2009 by the madeby-me club
:bulletred: Bi-Weekly Feature 15 - Pigs by MyntKat
:bulletred: Let's go for a Swim! Water-related crafts Feature by biancaneve81
:bulletred: marquetry presentation by ~prometheus065
:bulletred: Holiday Feature 3 - Embrace your Geekness by MyntKat for the ArtisanCraft club
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Club - Submissions 2009 - Vol.22
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Feature No. 63
:bulletred: Sunday Features No. 69 by the ArtisanCraft club

:bulletred: The Artisan Crafts Gallery, edition 79 by feetpeet



News & Events from all around dA:

:bulletred: CEA UPDATE: Clarifying the Definition of Porn by realitysquared
:bulletred: A Discussion About Statistics & Other Stuff: The CEA Team & Policy Violations by realitysquared
:bulletred: Community Projects: July - Culinary Arts Month by PurpelBlur
:bulletred: THE SUBMISSION COPYRIGHT GUIDE 1 by l8
:bulletred: Portfolio: The Awesome Version
:bulletred: Deviousness Award for July to `Rushy
:bulletred: Spicy tips for critiques and your own works! by FaMz
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes August 2nd, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes July 26th, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes July 19th, 2009



Community Relations:


:bulletred: Official deviantART Contests
:bulletred: CR Team
:bulletred: Community Relations Openings

:star: Community Relations Newsletter - May 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - April 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Community Relations Newsletter - March 2009 by Moonbeam13
:star: Compiled 2007/2008 CR Newsletters by Moonbeam13

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Artisan Crafts Update - 7/3/2009 - Important EDIT

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 11, 2009, 11:15 AM



Community Relations Newsletter

Community Relations Newsletter - June 2009 by Moonbeam13.  
From her newsletter -- Gallery Streamlining, changes and additions:
"I'm in the process of streamlining and will be starting with the Artisan Crafts gallery and Literature. This process is painful and can take time and could cause frustration but we will keep you updated on progress and try to keep the annoyances to a minimum. If you wish to send me coffee, I would love you long time :)"

Yes, that's right, the next step in streamlining and making changes to the galleries in Artisan Crafts will begin soon.  I say "next step" because work has actually been going on with this for a long time and it all began when my former partner Myana started work on a proposal for change. Later on, she and I  discussed it more as 2008 wore on and early this year I took a very close and indepth look at that proposal to make more changes and also to change many gallery descriptions.  If you have any ideas or suggestions, now is the time to be heard, but please do it soon and by sending me a note</u> and titling it "gallery changes."  You might not hear back from me unless it's to ask a question, but all will be read and taken into serious consideration.

The Niche Awards

"Sponsored by NICHE magazine, the annual Niche Awards</i> competition celebrates excellence and innovation in American and Canadian craft.  Artists are recognized in professional and student divisions.

Artists have the opportunity to complete applications by mail or directly online for the 2010 NICHE Awards:
2010 Deadlines & Fees:
ProfessionalsAugust 31, 2009; $40 online / $45 by mail (special discount offered to 2010 BMAC (Buyers Market of American Craft) exhibitors)
StudentsSeptember 30, 2009; $18 online / $25 by mail
The NICHE Awards competition is open to professional craft artists over the age of 21 who reside in the United States or Canada and are actively involved in the design and production of craftwork supplied to galleries and/or craft stores.

The NICHE Student Awards competition is open to any craft student residing in the U.S. or Canada and attending an undergraduate, graduate or certificate arts program.


Submitted work must have been produced or introduced after August 31, 2008 to be eligible.  Categories are Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Metal, Wood, Jewelry, Home Furnishings, and Other.  All categories include several sub-categories.  Please go here</u> to see the complete list of categories.  This is not just a competition but an opportunity to expose your work to buyers and the media.  Also, be sure to check out photos of past winning entries so that you can see the level of skills that you'll be up against.



Penland School of Crafts

"Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Penland offers one-, two-, and eight-week workshops in books & paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood. The school also sponsors artists' residencies, community education programs, and a craft gallery."

Fall Class Descriptions</u>:  
Fall Eight-Week Concentration</u> (September 20 - November 13, 2009) in Clay, Glass, Iron, Letterpress, Metals

Fall One-Week Concentration Session I</u> (October 4 - 10, 2009) in Photo, Color, Wood

Fall One-Week Concentration Session II </u> (October 11 - 17, 2009) in Painting, Metals, Wood

Fall One-Week Concentration Session III</u> (October 25 - 31, 2009) in Painting, Printmaking, Textiles

"Students come from all walks of life. They range from 19 to 90 years of age and from absolute beginners to professional craftspeople. Some see Penland as a productive retreat, some as a source of inspiration for their personal creative lives, and others as a place to exchange vital information about material, technique, and process. What brings them all together is a love of materials and making, and the often transformative experience of working with intensity and focus in a supportive community atmosphere."

"The Penland Experience" </u>



Print-on-Demand Fabrics

Designing your own fabric and then having it printed on demand should especially be of interest to clothing/costume designers, handbag/purse makers, plushiemakers, quilters, furniture upholsterers, or just about any textile artist.  spoonflower.com</u> in Mebane, North Carolina can print your drawings onto fabric so that you have yardage for a myriad of personal or commercial uses.

"Design and buy custom fabric printed on demand. Create and upload your own textile designs and print only what you need with no minimum order.  The Spoonflower community uses fabric to make quilts, clothes, pillows, dolls, blankets, handbags, framed textile art and many other things. When we're lucky, our customers post photos of the beautiful items they make in the Spoonflower photo gallery </u> on Flickr."   You can also visit Spoonflower's   blog</u>.


Thanks goes to pronouncedyou for telling me about this company. :w00t:



"Dimensional Jewelry with Peyote Stitch"

This is a book that is a must-see for anyone who does beading and wants to make beaded jewelry.  In March of this year, Lark Books published Shaped Beadwork -- Dimensional Jewelry with Peyote Stitch by Diane Fitzgerald.  Fitzgerald, a master  beader and recipient of the 2008 Bead & Button Show Excellence in Bead Artistry Award, has written this book that is:

More than 20 truly stunning projects, all using peyote stitch, come in a variety of flat and dimensional shapes, from triangles, teardrops, and pentagons to tetrahedrons, cubes, and diamonds. Sleek, contemporary, and breathtaking, these beadwoven pieces are perfect for the intermediate crafter—but with such clear and detailed instructions, even beginners will give them a try!"


If you are seriously interested in this particular craft and want to push your skills to the limit, you should click here</u> to read more about the book and to see the bookcover.  By all means, do click on the cover's fullview because you will not believe the gorgeousness of the beads on the cover and that you can learn to stitch them.
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Did You Know?

Did you know that I look for as many links as possible that might be of interest to all artisans?  Not only that, but I also don't wait until I post a new journal to update all those links.  If you have an event, contest, or some other newsworthy item you think I should include, just send me a note.  Everytime I find a link, I update my journal right then and there and that means that my journal is changing almost every day.  The only time I don't include news and contest links in my journal is when I post the monthly journal that features all the Daily Deviations from the previous month, so if you need to see what's up-to-date, just look in either my current journal or in my journal history for the one preceding it.



Artisan Crafts Contests:

:bulletred: See You At the Fair! (A Culinary Arts contest).  Brought to you by Kitten-of-Woe and PurpelBlur.

:bulletred: The Ogham contest for members of the Celtic-Dreaming club using digital, traditional, artisan, or written mediums.  Deadline is August 11, 2009.

:bulletred: Artisan Contest Theme Nature by the artisanlist club

:bulletred: Details on Spexton's global scavenger hunt can be found here</u>.    

:bulletred: *Rockhounds Mineral Photography Contest.  The theme was mineral sample photographs and entries were to be submitted to Photography > Animals, Plants & Nature > Geology.  The winners have been announced and they are here.  See all  the entries here.



Artisan Crafts News:

:bulletred: Artisans and Functional Art - June 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe
:bulletred: Artisan Crafts DDs for June 2009 by Kitten-of-Woe

:bulletred: The blueprint of... Copper Mech Dragon  
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Pharoah's Horses, an interview with indeestudios by Myana
:bulletred: The blueprint of... Red wave glass tile pendant, an interview with inchworm by Myana
:bulletred: Winnegan's Picks #9: It's Alive, It's ALIVE!!!!! by TormentedArtifacts
:bulletred: The Prop Collection by Ai-Kiren
:bulletred: Holiday Feature 1 - Independence Day by the ArtisanCraft club
:bulletred: dAknitters' June Project Features/July Collection by the dAKnitters club
:bulletred: Admins Hand picked #3 by Tepara
:bulletred: Jewellery Weekly Edition #4 by Scarlet-Impressions
:bulletred: Madeby-me: Members' Submissions for June 2009 by the madeby-me club
:bulletred: Bi-Weekly Feature 13 - Birds by MyntKat
:bulletred: Let's go for a Swim! Water-related crafts Feature by biancaneve81
:bulletred: marquetry presentation by ~prometheus065
:bulletred: Holiday Feature 3 - Embrace your Geekness by MyntKat for the ArtisanCraft club
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Club - Submissions 2009 - Vol.19
:bulletred: ArtisanCraft Feature No. 63
:bulletred: Sunday Features No. 66 by the ArtisanCraft club

:bulletred: The Artisan Crafts Gallery, edition 77 by feetpeet



News & Events from all around dA:

:bulletred: THE SUBMISSION COPYRIGHT GUIDE 1 by l8
:bulletred: Portfolio: The Awesome Version
:bulletred: Deviousness Award for July to `Rushy
:bulletred: Writers to Read: Allen Ginsberg; Guest Post by Claire Askew (=TheObviousChild) by by fllnthblnk
:bulletred: EmoticonLegend Refresh & New Seniors (emoticonists)
:bulletred: Spicy tips for critiques and your own works! by FaMz
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes Sunday July 12, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes July 5th, 2009
:bulletred: deviantARTtimes June 28th, 2009



Community Relations:


:bulletred: Official deviantART Contests
:bulletred: CR Team
:bulletred: Community Relations Openings

:star: Community Relations Newsletter - May 2009 by Moonbeam13