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  • New work: Gold, platinum, sterling

    New work: Gold, platinum, sterling

    © J L. Collier — “Tokyo by Sea” neck pendant

    © J L. Collier — “Outer-Worlds & Anime” series, earrings

    © J L. Collier — “Hinged Marquise” neck pendant

    © J L. Collier — “Oblong Galaxy” series, earrings

    © J L. Collier — “Lines & Forms” series, earrings

    J has been quite busy in recent months creating an extended amount of very detailed jewelry works utilizing the keum boo technique with precious metals 24K gold, platinum, and sterling. The results are really exquisite, equally elegant and playful. You can see much more of these fresh pieces on his new website, jlcollier.com.

    –Amy

  • New website: jlcollier.com

    New website: jlcollier.com

    © J L. Collier — jlcollier.com

    We both have been steadily busy this year on a variety of projects. I am pleased to finally have J’s website completed and live. I opted to vastly simplify things from his former Wordpress site and switch to the Cargo platform so I could more efficiently use my limited time shooting photography of his work and keeping his site up to date versus the neverending headache of Wordpress software updates, security and hackery threats, plugin combatiblity snags, etc., etc. And honestly for J's website needs using Wordpress was like pulling out a machete to peel a grape so an adieu to WP was long overdue.

    –Amy

  • For Sale: Mid-Century Modern church

    For Sale: Mid-Century Modern church

    University Baptist Church, 1960s—Landers & Carter, Architects

    Photo © Amy Collier

    On my most recent visit to my home town I noticed a ‘for sale’ sign in front of this 1960s modern church. It is terribly sad to see a lovely landmark from childhood in such a neglected state and up on the auction block so to speak. It does however rekindle my secret wish to turn a structure like this into a unique modern residence.

    In another life, yes.

    –Amy

  • “There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.”

    Ansel Adams
  • Good-bye summer

    Good-bye summer

    Photo © Amy Collier

    Summers generally die long and hard here. It was just a mere three weeks back that temps were still dawdling in the low 90s. Winter has made a persuasive comeback with a blast of very cold arctic air this week. Of course it will get warm-ish again with some plants blooming well into December but the blazing heat is a ghost until next year. Until then, I will look back fondly on my Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) flowering wildly in the yard this summer.

    –Amy

  • “To whom does design address itself: to the greatest number, to the specialist of an enlightened matter, to a privileged social class? Design addresses itself to the need.”

    Charles Eames
  • Becoming Bucky Fuller

    Becoming Bucky Fuller

    Becoming Bucky Fuller
    by Loretta Lorance
    The MIT Press, 2009

    Book overview:

    Buckminster Fuller's fame reached its peak in the 1960s and 1970s, when his visionary experiments struck a chord with the counterculture and his charismatic personality provided the media with a good story—that of a genius who could play the role of artist, scientist, and entrepreneur all at once. In Becoming Bucky Fuller, Loretta Lorance shows that Fuller's career did not begin with the lofty goals hailed by his admirers, and that, in fact, Fuller's image as guru and prophet was as carefully constructed as a geodesic dome.

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