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Specimen Syreni - Now Available on Etsy!

I'd like to introduce you to Specimen Syreni (Mermaid Specimen). She is approx the equivalent of a 9.5" sculpture, but inside her tomb-like bottle, she is an impressive 16" in height.

She was sculpted purely by imagination and by hand, no molds were used in her making, and no casts have been taken of her. She is, and always will remain, One of a Kind.

Specimen Syreni's story is based on the ancient Renaissance, a time when creatures like this may still have existed, discovered, and taken for study.

Her skin was painted in purple and blue hues to simulate a preserved appearance. She is also covered in a high quality, non-yellowing, "liquid water" resin.

At her feet, a small glass orb represents the magic that was captured within this elusive being. She stands in a bed of black sand with tiny iridescent sparkles throughout, and a tiny tag that reads "Specimen Syreni" is tied to the top of her bottle, for proper identification purposes...of course!

She is not removable from her bottle, but her lid is removable for cleaning purposes only. Her glass bottle makes her fragile and highly collectible; not to be used as a toy or given to small children.

Her hair is a lovely rich burgundy Tibetan Mohair, and she was painted with high quality heat setting paints, and fired multiple times at specific times and temperatures to ensure longevity and quality, as all professional sculptures should be.

She will come with a certificate of authenticity which will be attached to the bottom of her bottle, signed.

Available Now on Etsy!

Click HERE for her listing! Thank you so much for your interest, and please contact me by using my "Send a Raven" page, if you have any questions.

Additional Images of Specimen Syreni

 
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Closer and Closer to goals...

Well, we have been officially here in Colorado for one year, but only true residents since last November...and I must say, we have never been happier. Being partially raised in Arkansas and having such a huge love for wildlife, open space, natural environments - Colorado was truly the best choice we could have ever made. A part of me will always continue to long for Washington State, but, Colorado has already proven itself to be a major contender in my search for "home".

Yes, I'm still a major introvert... I just had to push myself to try to connect with some local community. I'm not an introvert by nature, there is a part of me screaming out for friendships, girl's nights out..etc lol However, my artwork takes up the majority of my time and when I'm not working in the studio, I feel as if I'm wasting the time I've been given.

I'm slow...slower than I would like to be. What takes some people a week or two to accomplish, takes me a month sometimes. With me, it's because I'm never fully satisfied, I keep tweaking and tweaking my projects until I either start over again from the ground up or find myself removing heads off dolls to redo them lol. Yes, probably another Virgo thing...the quest for perfection when I'm lying to myself most of the time...is there really such a thing when it comes to art? Perhaps I just need to change my own perspective of what "perfect" is, and just find peace in knowing that my work is perfectly imperfect, just like me.

Well, I started a couple new projects and I almost have enough to where I can start listing online, or even better, place in local galleries. I love the online community, but I want to engage my local community because I feel that is most important at this time in my life. I want to love people, and I want them to love me. Can you see now why I said my blog was like my therapist...? I can really work some serious shit out here, lol.

Anyway, one of the major reasons I haven't listed anything for sale or applied to any local galleries yet is because I've been having issues with photographing my work lol. I ordered a really nice lightbox kit off of Amazon last week and it's due to be here today!! This will help me get professional quality photos of my sculptures as well as my soaps

In this pic, I just started applying eyelashes. She still needs eyebrows...and well, of course, some hair lol...it's a process 😉

 

I'm no longer doing full-on WIP (Work in Progress) posts anymore, but I will tell you I'm working on a line of Fairy and Elves at the moment (as pictured above). I've been experimenting with different faces and "looks" for a couple weeks. I'm also loving having so many dead aspen trees lying around my property...they make EXCELLENT fantasy display bases! So, I have a lot in the works and just wanted you to know where I'm at as far as progress is concerned and what you can expect from me in the coming weeks and months.

Thank you again for taking the time to read through my rambling posts...I do appreciate it greatly. The support I get from the online community is truly a creative fuel for me. It's hard to create anything without believing in yourself, and that is why I'm so truly grateful to those who have shown me such support and love - you guys mean the world to me!

Yours Unusually,

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NEVERknead Review

Hello, awhile back, a friend of mine suggested this lovely contraption when she seen me make a post about struggling to condition my clay.  Despite the pasta machines, food processors, and good-ole elbow grease, I felt the process was long, tedious, physically exhausting, and frustrating.  The NEVERknead has changed all of that for me, and I'm very happy to have made this investment to add to my studio equipment!  If you have issues with hand pain, or just low on patience...this is for you!

www.neverknead.com

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Getting used to a whole new world...

Well, for the most part, we have made our transition into our new home.  I must admit, it is very heartwarming to wake up and see such a beautiful fairy-tale setting right in front of my kitchen window!  We have 12 resident mule deer, of which we have given names to about 9 of the regulars... there is Gilgamesh, a large buck who we have grown to love dearly; Bruiser, an even larger buck who is the wise old man of the group; Peeps, who got her name from peaking through the windows at me while I'm cooking and even while in the bathroom; Bam Bam, a tiny 1st year buck who is constantly getting put into his place by his older siblings but always comes back for more; Bella, the mother of many of the younger deer who are growing up rather beautifully.

  Bella was the first deer to introduce herself to us before we bought our house - she was here to let us know we were welcome to the neighborhood.  Then there is also Spike, Bambi, Snot Face, and Pisser...yes, Pisser - constantly peeing to mark territory around our tree line...

Gilgamesh and Bruiser chillin in the front yard

Getting my temporary studio setup while we construct our more permanent solution has been interesting.  I'm currently working from our loft area, which is actually quite nice.  We have hardwood floors throughout so it cuts down on dirt and debris really well. The fact that we have no cell phone signal at all out here sorta sucks, but, who honestly "needs" a cell phone? We get decent internet service, good enough to do basic things - fine with me!

However, the most challenging part has been getting used to the difference a higher altitude makes on everything - and I mean EVERYTHING.  I often say we are approx 9100 feet in elevation, but I was just informed we are more like 9600 ft.  The biggest change has been the drastic decrease in humidity compared to Florida and the longer curing times and higher temps required for polymer clay.  I haven't even attempted at making a soap batch yet, but I'm sure it will be just as funky to get used to.

Right now I've noticed that my clay is a lot drier, and it takes me much longer to prepare it so I can actually use it.  I'm going to switch from my normal mix of FIMO Pro, Cernit, and Prosculpt and just use FIMO Pro and Cernit.  I've been playing with mix ratios, and even attempted to add some mineral oil to my clays because they seem very dry and crumbly - something I can't STAND.  I like a nice soft clay texture that holds detail well and smooths effortlessly.  When I use my flat bone tool to smooth my clay it tends to tear and that is a big no-no for me.

The clay isn't the only thing that has been drying out either.... my hands are a wreck!  I've been using tons of moisturizers and oils to keep my skin from becoming irritated - I can see now that I must develop a soap that can combat this extreme dry climate - no problem!

What's next on the agenda?

At the moment, I'm working on getting familiar with all my supplies and the higher altitude. I'm currently working on finishing my American McGee inspired Alice. She is coming along again real nice and I'm looking to have her completed within a very short period of time. During our move, she shifted around a bit and I had to do some minor repairs, but nothing serious happened to her, and I'm looking forward to spending lots of time getting her finished up.

It will take me some time to get to know how to function in this higher altitude - I will document everything for my future reference as well as a resource for those who might also be going through a similar transition.  As always, thanks for checking out my blog and Happy Holidays!

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Alice Madness Returns (WIP)

Ok, so everyone who knows me personally knows that I have a rather strange obsession with any and all things "Alice". You will see a lot of my work is inspired by this childhood literary icon, but not all Wonderland's are created...equal. There is a darker side to Alice, which I find to be mindbogglingly intriguing. I fell in love with American McGee's Alice, which is a video game adaption of a darker story of Alice - although there is a light at the end of the rabbit hole...

This is my current WIP for Alice, dressed in her Royal Suit standing firmly against the forces of Wonderland with Hobby Horse (weapon) in hand. Handcrafted out of plain wood, wire, paint, clay and a few other items I found laying around...this piece is slowly but surely coming together...

Handcrafted Dark Hobby Horse by Kendra Gilbert

I will update this post shortly with progress. I like this shot below, you can see some American McGee Alice conception art peering in from behind the base with her big green glowing eyes...one of my most favorite inspirational images for her likeness...

Handcrafted American McGee Alice Inspired Art Doll Base by Kendra Gilbert
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