Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Camera House and USA Bound



I’m so excited Life has been a bit up and down over the last month. I have traveled alot from Sydney to Brisbane to Tassie and I have had a lot of laughs and met some wonderful students who are amazing to say the least.
During all this I put on a brave face as I have lost my job when the place I worked for 5 years went into liquidation not only losing my job but my last paycheck bounced and I have lost 5 years of super over thousands of dollars, this has taken its toll on me personally.




I have had severe back pain this week being unable to walk and the spasms in my back have been unbearable, but today A little ray of sunshine has come into my world(hey a great song title LOL).I have been really Lucky to be published in Somerset Gallery new issue.


I did give you a sneak peek earlier this year on my blog but I just couldn’t share it with all my blog family, so Ta Ta drum roll please. Here is my article I was asked to do on my 3d style houses .
My favorite is My 3d Camera House book. I disassembled a folding camera and transformed it into a book. This is my favorite piece. The side of the house also has the camera attachment.

I’m also USA bound in June for two weeks to catch up with my dear Sis Linda Lynch. We met on the internet years ago and we finally met over 2 years ago, I cant wait to see her and shop till we drop, show me the hardware shops I will be as happy as a Aussie in Mud.
Thanks everyone listening to my raving
BFN
Jen

42 comments:

NessH said...

Congratulations Ms Somerset Crossley...you deserve the recognition of something like this..your blog entry has brought up some memories.."little ray of sunshine" was a song my dad used to sing to me..it is one of my faves..
Can I come to USA with you?? I can be your assistant..an artist of your stature needs an assistance..pls pls pick me..haha.

azirca said...

That is awesome news Jen, congratulations!

hugs

Cecile Nichols said...

I just saw the Somerset sneak peak of your article yesterday and I really look forward to getting that issue. Your art is awesome! Congratulations!

How devastating to lose your job. I hope you're able to find something new real soon--and in the meantime, let that back heal so that you're ready for the visitng and hardware shopping here in the U.S. What fun you'll have!

Cecile

Gaby Bee. said...

Congrats on being published, Jen! That's really wonderful and I'm so thrilled for you. I always enjoy seeing your work! All your pieces you sent in are just fabulous... as all your art work. But my fav is your 3d Camera House Book. Breathtaking!!!
Hugs Gaby

this is life.... said...

Congratulations Jen, and sorry I forgot to ask how your back was in my email a few minutes ago, I hope its OK now. I love the look of the article, I can't wait to see it when it comes out. By the way, I bought some SLK bezels today at the retreat, they're awesome. See you Sunday
Ro

Kathy said...

Congratulations on the article Jen, fantastic!

What a blow to lose your job. You know what they say, "when one door closes, another opens" and I'm sure this will be the case for you.

Hope your back's feeling better.

Wendy said...

CONGRATS!! I can't wait to get that issue.

If you need my address (to send that camera book!)...just ask! I'll be happy to give it a good home!
wendy

Teresa said...

Sorry about your job, but I'm glad that being published is still such a joy to you, even after being published sooooo many times. I hope something wonderful happens for you soon, if not, I know you'll always be smiling anyway. Stay happy!

Sarah said...

CONGRATULATIONS JEN
Hope your back gets better soon hugs Sarah xx

Anne, Bulles dorées said...

thank you very much for your comment on our challenge's blog. I'm proud you come here !!
Merci

Judy said...

Love this piece you know - congrats on the article - and
splurge!

Annette Husband said...

HI Jen
well deserved congrats to you.OMG that camera house the best thing I have seen in ages.LOveit.Sorry to hear about your back and the job loss.I'm sure you will make lemonade from those lemons :o).You go and have fun in the USA
cheers
Annette

AliciaSharp said...

That is awesome Jen! I love your book, it is amazing! You are one taltented woman! Have fun in USA! I wish you was coming to NC. I would love to meet you!! I hope all your troubles are over soon and that you are feeling better!

Kim said...

Kathy was right about another door opening - I'm sorry to hear the bad news about your job and your check , but these things just always seem to lead to something better , even if there's a little fire trial beforehand. Keep your chin up and congratulations on the pub!

Queen Of Toys said...

Wow Jenny that is fantastic, Sommerset publication you must be feeling good and rightly so your houses are just awesome. Definately looooooovvvveeee the Camera House.

Sorry to hear about your job another will come along when the time is right.

Enjoy your holiday and kick up your heals.

Théalie said...

I did not know at all your work, thank you to be placed on our blog challenge, your achievements are falling, it's wonderful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am in ecstasy before, I continue to admire and I'll put a link on my blog, because I like a lot.

Merci beaucoup pour ton message sympathique.

Natalie B said...

Jen that is awesome - your published pieces that is. Not the news re your job and your back. Hope it all gets sorted asap, as there's nothing worse than a crook back.

Take care
Nat

bockel24 said...

Your article looks great - hope your back is getting better soon so that you can enjoy your June travel after all that trouble!

Sam Marshall said...

Those houses are gorgeous. Congratulations on your article.Have a wonderful trip.
xxx

Janine said...

Congratulations Jen! Sorry to hear about the job and your pain... Not too long until your trip.... ohhhh I envy those trips to the hardware store! lol xo

Gail said...

Beautiful work Jen, congrats on the article.

I'm sure you will find something much more suitable to work at, for someone with the amount of talent that you have. Look after yourself in the mean time and have a wonderful time in US.

Gretz said...

OMG how far down on the comments list am I LO< - Blame Misty....

Cn't wait to see the article and also the book in person today. And as you aren't taking me to America with you, I will give you a list to fill marks container LOL

See you today - YAHHHHHHHH

Carole said...

I don't know if I could personally alter a vintage camera (being a one time collector), but what a great piece! I absolutely love it.

Congrats on Somerset.

I'm very sorry about your job. We have gone through similar trials over the past few years, so I can relate. I hope something comes your way soon.

Slender Octopus said...

Wow that is fabulous I love Somerset mag...love the houses and especially the camera house!

rivergardenstudio said...

Your houses are amazing! I love the different dimensions and the textures. Thank you for sharing. Roxanne

Jean said...

Sounds like you've been having a busy time of it lately - I've missed seeing your contributions on the Paper Whimsy forums - that must be why! Hope your back is better. That's just the worst, isn't it? Have fun on your travels!
Jean

Night Owl Designs said...

That's so cool Jen re. Somerset Studio. Congrats!

Linda Lynch said...

WOW JEN~!!!!! The article looks great and I can't WAIT to see you in 27 days!!!!!!!!!! I know the job situation isn't good, but you know the saying, when a door closes, a window opens..... Maybe you are to be teaching fulltime???
We will go to every store and then spend time creating until the wee hours of the morning and then start all over again! Take care of that back so you will feel great once you get to America. The Beer in the B**** Chicken will cure all your ails. Your Sis

Sara said...

Awesome art! I really enjoying making books and your idea of using the camera is so very clever!

Congrats, too! ! !

Julie van Oosten said...

Fantasic article Jen, so sorry to hear about your back, I just got my internet hooked up this morning,so happy for you going to the USA, it's always great to have a trip to look forward to,
take it easy, love JVO

Jo Wholohan said...

So awesome to finally meet you Jen!!!!

thealteredpage said...

Congrats on the article. The Camera House Book is an extraordinary piece!

inventivesoul said...

This is a clever piece Jenny!
I really admire it!

I bet that life has some wonderful timing for you...

Amber

Jacky said...

Congratulations on the fabulous article in Somerset - Whoo hoo to you!!! I love the camera book, you are so clever to come up with these ideas.
The houses look fabulous too. Loved the ones you had at the art retreat that I was lucky enough to see.
Ditto, lovely to meet you and Greta in Nina's class. So much fun putting peoples faces and personalities with their blogs. Hope we catch up around the place somewhere soon (let me know when you are teaching some classes please).
Hope your back has improved, it is so debilitating back pain!!! Sad news too about losing your job and all of that super. Something good must be just around the corner for you.

Kristen Robinson said...

Enjoy your journey Jen!Congrats on the publication
XOX
Kristen

Debbi Baker said...

I am very late adding my comment but your post is such a mixture - beautiful art (congratulations and we hope and expect to see a lot more by you in Stampington publications!!)and then yukky news :((

Hope your back is improving fast and that when you get back from the US (have a wonderful time)the universe will deliver the best job opportunity! You deserve it. It was so good to see you again at the Retreat even if we didn't get any real time together! Next time...

Karen Cole said...

Jen, this is just a stunning piece. A camera? Who would have thought? I will be sure to pick up a copy.

Where will you be in the states??????

carylsrealm said...

Looks Fabulous! Congrats and I hope your back is better!

Catherine said...

I saw your article today, very lovely !!

Charmingdesigns said...

Oh congrats!! That is lovely!! Have funn here in the US. Laurie

purplepaint said...

Oh your camera house is awesome! How creative! :) Marva

Janny said...

Congrats, beautiful work on your Blog!