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Hi friends! As promised, I have been working on a series based on my home here in San Antonio. This city is all over the place- art deco stucco on one side of the street, victorian mansions on the other. The Alamo is literally across the street from Ripley’s Believe It or Not and Del Sol (shirts change color in the sun!!!) It lives in the center of a strange triangle that is a prehistoric native presence, Spanish colonization, and Texas… which is Texas. In Houston there was a bit of a lack of history, an absence of a united culture because no one was from there and the city’s values were different. Here in San Antonio I’m overwhelmed by a distinct personality. In order to understand it and make something that I felt was truly representative and recognizable, I went to the Missions. These communities were built in the mid 1700’s as Spanish Colonizers settled along the San Antonio river to convert the natives and build protection against Apache raiders. As time went on they served as hospitals and fell into disrepair as the native populations they depended on died in huge numbers from European diseases. The churches continue to have active congregations in each of the four missions south of the center of downtown. The Alamo is the most famous of the 5 missions, but definitely the least impressive. Also, there is no basement in the Alamo.

 

These pieces are fused and fabricated out of silver and copper mesh. They were recently displayed in the popup exhibition I helped organize called Equinox Presents: OCHO, which brought eight San Antonio metalsmiths to the SNAG Conference in Boston. I am pleased with how they turned out!RoseWindowCaitie2RoseWindowCaitie (1)La Ventana de Rosa, Argentium silver & copper mesh, 3.5″x5.5″x1″
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DSC_0174Grotto #1, Argentium silver, sterling silver, and copper mesh, 3.25″x2″x.5″ on 30″ chain.DSC_0182DSC_0171Grotto #2, Argentium silver, Sterling silver, & copper mesh, 3.25″x2″x.5″ on 30″ chain.

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My work is all about a sense of place. Every time I move I spend endless hours and energy feeling my way around, trying to find a comfortable spot for myself. I’ve moved a lot in the last ten years, but this time it feels eerily similar to when I relocated to Richmond as a transfer student nine years ago. It was the first time I ever left the Blue Ridge Mountains. I spent my three years in Richmond getting to know the city. I wanted to know how it worked and where I fit in. I pored over maps, memorized the block grid, and did a pretty good job of finding a corner where I felt completely at home. It’s interesting to me now to look back at the work I made 7,8,9 years ago. I was just starting to find my artistic process and it hasn’t changed much.

I made the following work while I was a student at VCU.

 
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City Life Cycle, 2005
Copper. Etched, pierced, tab connected and soldered.
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Altered Landscapes, 2006
Inkjet printed cotton. Appliqued and embroidered.

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Scarf Series, 2007
Alpaca. Pick up double-weave

As y’all know, my time here in Asheville is coming to an end. I’m moving to Houston for my residency and I’m packing my whole life up for a long adventure. The budget is tight and mama has hungry cats to feed over the next transient months. I am hoping that maybe some of you readers might be interested in helping me by grabbing one of these special limited edition pendants I’ve made to honor my departure.

My work is about the experience of travel and finding familiarity in the foreign. Architecture, exposed infrastructure, and other human influences on the environment inform my work. Asheville is a beautiful town, manicured and maintained in a way that makes infrastructure disappear, but a part of this city that will stick with me has been the lamp posts- remnants of the art deco influence popular during the construction of this city. The Asheville Lamp Post Pendant is my goodbye to the town I’ve loved for the last four years, as I move on to new and exciting opportunities.

The pendant is cast from solid bronze or sterling silver, given a beautiful brushed patina, and hung from a 100% silk cord or attached to a sturdy keychain. You can wear it on it’s red cord, attach a chain, clip it to your keys, use it as a zipper pull, rub it for good luck, or whatever you like. The pendant is 1″ long and 1/2″ wide.

Please contact me at caitiesellers@gmail.com to order, or click on the image to shop online. Thank you for everything!!

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Pendant in bronze, $28.

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Pendant in bronze, $28.

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Keychain in bronze, $32.

Keychain in Bronze $32

Keychain in bronze, $32.

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Pendant in sterling silver, $38.

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Pendant in sterling silver, $38.

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Keychain in sterling silver, $42.

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Keychain in sterling silver, $42.

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The back of the card… of course.

Hi friends,

I seem to have shouted the news everywhere but here… on the one place that is SPECIFICALLY FOR SHARING NEWS.

I am moving to Houston to be an artist-in-residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

Here is an overview of the program from the HCCC’s website:

“The Artist Residency Program is designed to offer time and space for craft artists to focus on their creative work and interact with the public. The program supports emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in all craft media, including but not limited to clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media. Museum visitors have the unique opportunity to visit the artists’ studios and watch the artists at work. Interacting with the resident artists is a great way to learn about a range of craft processes and techniques. In turn, the artists receive a unique opportunity to gain exposure, make connections with the Houston community, and help educate the public about craft.”

I found out about my acceptance back in the spring, and have put myself through a long, slow, and somewhat torturous process of acclimating myself to the move. Now I feel as though I am more than ready to go… just sitting on my hands. Part of that process was making this Asheville Necklace. It’s an homage to the place I’ve lived for the last four years-longer than anywhere I’ve settled since childhood. Being the gorgeous, clean, tourist town that it is, Asheville seems to have shed itself of its powerlines, and it’s far too mountainous to have a good central train track. What’s a girl obsessed with urban infrastructure to do? Start making lamp posts, of course!

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This necklace depicts the architecture on Wall Street, a cobblestone avenue in the middle of town, facing East. Those Ashevillans among you may recognize the opposite side of the building best known for hosting the Wig Shop in the middle, the flat iron building on the left, and our beloved Early Girl Eatery on the right. IMG_8733

 

And here is a slideshow of my process, as documented on instagram:

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I now find myself in a raising of funds situation for the big move. I have a project that I’m very proud of in the works for that, to be revealed in the next week or two… but I’m a sucker so here’s a preview:

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So I’ve not been the best at sharing lately. Apparently I need to reconnect with my long lost love, Raffi. I went from writing three blogs to the digital door slam without any hesitation! One thing I have been doing regularly is posting pictures on instagram (@whatnotandsuch.) I got my iPhone in July and it was love at first app. I would like to share my last half year with you in digitally enhanced square photographs, bits at a time. The theme for this purge is “city.”

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Hominy Creek Park

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anywhere?

Hello friends! Guess who’s happy it’s autumn?! Last summer was not friendly to me, but this fall is handling me gently. I’m going to ease back into the swing of this with images from a show I installed last week at Quirk Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.

The show is titled “Iron & Ink” and will be on display until October 26th. I travelled up to Richmond and spend the entire day before the opening making free-hand line drawings on the gallery walls. On the left is an image of El Volcan de Agua over Antigua, Guatemala and on the right is an image of a church off of Central Park in Xela, Guatemala. All of the jewelry in this show is based on drawings I’ve penned while traveling between Guatemala, Roanoke, Richmond, and Montana. The materials for these pieces are sterling silver and steel, and some have been framed and matted for hanging. The jewelry is displayed on custom made panels built by the friendly Mr. Romeo. (Folks- that’s his name, not his title.) If you might be interested in owning any of these one-off pieces, they do come with the display (bonus!)

I feel a deep sense of achievement with this installation, as though I’ve finally figured out how my work is meant to live in the world. I’ve been thinking about it forever, I’m so glad the whole thing went so smoothly.

If you’re in the Richmond/central east coast area  (I’m so worth it.) I hope you’ll check it out at QUIRK GALLERY · 311 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA 23220 open MON – FRI 10AM – 5PM / SAT 11AM – 4PM. (804) 644 – 5450.

For more pictures and professional slides of the work in the show, check out the facebook album.

Also, do you instagram? Live shots of my studio + bonus floristry at my day job @whatnotandsuch.

And sometimes I like to cut loose on the tumblr (whatn0tandsuch) because I have an iPhone now and it’s taken over my life. It’s ridiculous that I have so many social networks, but I love them all equally like children. And by children I mean cats. And by loving them equally I mean occasionally ignoring one for a while. Just like cats.