Thursday, April 1, 2010

Handmade Artists Forum Blog Ring - Featured Artist

The featured artists for this week are Kimberly of  Makin' the Best Of It and Andrew of Chainmaille By MBOI.

From Makin’ the Best Of It's website:

"Makin’ the Best Of It was originally started due to a severe addiction to creating in general.  Hand painted glass is a way to add color to your world without adding more useless “stuff.”  All of our glassware is heat cured enamel so it is top rack, dishwasher safe…in other words…it is meant to be used."

Kimberly has some extremely beautiful hand painted glassware. Gorgeous flowers and leaves for all four seasons. These however were a little different and especially appealed to me. I just love animals and animal prints. My house is full of them, both the animals and the prints, so I could see these fitting right in. For more of her beautiful designs just click on the picture and browse her wonderful website.

Hand Painted Animal Instincts Glasses

From MBOI's website:

"Chainmaille is a lost ancient art that my wife and I enjoy making together. MBOI is a sister site to Makin’
The Best Of It which originally started with Hand Painted Glass but has grown due to our severe
addiction to creating in general.
MBOI is made up of my wife Kimberly ( The President, CEO, Controller, Painter, Mailler, and Creative Superpower) who is currently in the process of finishing her teacher degree, and Andrew ( Stock boy and Mailler ) who is a Senior Estimator for a Heavy Construction Company which is based in New Jersey.
We have 2 boys who keep us running all the time.
We currently reside in Point Pleasant, NJ which is a small beach town on the Jersey Shore."

Chainmaille is fascinating but it looks like so much work. My fingers ache just looking a it. Andrews designs are so intricate and beautiful I don't know how he does it. I can't imagine how many hours it took to make this bracelet. He obviously has way more patience that I do. Click on the picture to see more of his finger destroying designs.

Copper and Turquoise Romanov Bracelet


jewelry by NaLa said...

I've seen Andrew and Kimberly's work, and I'm in awe of both of them. Very nice background info on a truly talented couple!

Handmade Artists' Forum said...

Thanks for the wonderful comments Grand!

mooaany said...

So nice to see these fine posts for Kimberly and Andrew!

jewelrybyjanelle50 said...

Fantastic artists, they make a great team. Nice post.

Larissa said...

Great team, and I love that bracelet!

trusk4u said...

This was a great read! I love the pieces you chose, especially that bracelet! Such a wonderful pair!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post! Andrew and Kim are both so talented.

Joan said...

Kimberly is seriously creative and multi-talented; Andrew and Kim also devote plenty of time to the Handmade Artists Forum. Getting to know them there has been a real pleasure.

Mewes Mountain Arts said...

Great post! I love their work and wonder how they keep up!