Hard-to-Find Art Supplies and Expert Knowledge for Your Next Creative Venture!
I've been involved in the visual arts, jewelry arts and glass work for nearly 30 years, and I have learned a LOT about my own specific areas of interest.... and I really enjoy sharing what I know, so please feel free to convo me!
One particular area of fascination has been the Print Gocco silkscreening system developed by the Japanese firm Riso Kaguku. The original purpose of this silkscreening system (first introduced in 1977) was to make personalized greeting cards which are very popular in Japan. Unfortunately, the rise of the personal computer led to the demise of the personal silk screen system, and Riso cut back on the manufacture of this system in the late 1990's and discontinued it completely by 2005.
I started using Gocco in the 1980's and have continued to enjoy its versatility since then! In the 1990's, I was involved in developing an application of the Print Gocco as an etch-resist for jewelry making, and also as a print medium for the use of shrink plastic jewelry. There's really no limit to the applications for the Gocco!
Nowadays, supplies fr the Gocco are becoming quite scarce, but I am doing my best to keep up with demand, and also experimenting with a new, truly versatile screen material that can keep Gocco going forever! Watch my shop or convo me for more details~
SILVERSMITHING AND JEWELRY MAKING
I made my first piece of copper and sterling jewelry in 1978 and never looked back. Although I have not been selling my jewelry online in recent years, I am working on an e-book ( an Introduction to Silversmithing) and will begin marketing unique beads and findings through my shop in the coming months.
LAMPWORKING SUPPLIES AND TUTORIALS
Another area of interest for me is flameworking with soda lime (soft) glass. This is an art form that started to became popular in the US starting in the late 1980's, and has really exploded in the last 5 or 6 years. I've been working with glass since 1989 (almost 25 years!), and in recent years decided to share my knowledge through lampworking tutorial e-books and an exclusive line of lampworking frits called Frit Diva. You can check out my entire line of Frits at FritDiva.com, and anything you see there can be listed as a reserve order just for you through my Etsy shop. Convo me!
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