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  • Future cowboy (a note on an inspiring concept)

    I'm a fan of contrast. 

    Slick chunk of metal with a delicate design etched within, wicked spikes fastened to precious pearls, sparkly Swarovski capping a spent .22 - you get the idea.

    Something that's always struck me is the idea to contrast the Frontier Days of 1800's western territory exploration (admittedly, inspired in part, by Seth Grahame-Smith's deeply philosophical  Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter, especially the line "where men were few and arrows flew") with the future. Cyborgs with lassos, dusty metal-jointed tumbleweeds - that sort of thing.

    A lot of my work has a taste of this "Future Cowboy" image, but I haven't...

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  • Off the cuff

    Hello, sparkling fans!

    I've had a few cuff orders lately, and since I haven't updated my online inventory for a while I think it's time to let the world know there are more. 

    Message or email me with Qs or to order. 

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    Here are a few pics of the following:

    Brass cuffs:
    A. and B. Real plant imprint cuffs $90/each - one has imprint on the inside, one on the outside
    C. Rose etched cuff with rhodolite garnet (purple stone) $165
    D. Aquatic plant etched cuff with white topaz $160 SOLD
    E. Rocks and Roll with guitar string and several white Swarovski crystals $120

    Silver...

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  • Even as we speak, envious time is running away from us. (Goodbye, AOSF gallery)

    I've thought about that Horace line a lot in the last decade. It's tattooed on my ribs as a reminder, but momento mori isn't entirely necessary for a darker mind such as mine. Such as many of ours, mayhap. 

    Life is short. For the lucky folks who love it, the amount of time we have in our bodies is a cruel joke. 

    I've always been quite a curious little cat, and I want to experience as many lives as possible within my determined years. Sometimes I make major changes, such as moving from the lush gardens of performing arts promotion to the exotic...

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  • It's my party

    Tomorrow night is our artist reception for Kairos!

    It's bittersweet to know that this show is my last big public art shabang before hiding away until our sweet little bundle of joy comes this summer.

    I'm still plotting new metal ideas and putting in time to fill custom work, so don't think I'm disappearing completely. I'll also continue to create new pieces for Artists on Santa Fe gallery.

    Can't stop, won't stop (but that doesn't mean can't sloooow doooown for a little while).
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  • To market

    I'll be at the Horseshoe Market this Saturday. Come check out sparkly things! I'll also have a selection of SALE items that I recently pulled from the gallery. Prices for jewelry are $9 up to over $150.

    Metalsmith Whitney Santamaria and I are sharing a booth near the Southwest corner, near East Coast Joe's foodtruck.

    Horseshoe Market
    46th and Tennyson in Denver
    Saturday, May 10 from 9am to 4pm

    Excellent timing - the day before Mother's Day


    YES, this necklace will be for sale!


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  • On Kairos

    Kairos is a Greek concept of the perfect moment.

    When acrylic artist Patricia Finely approached me about collaborating on a show with painter Brian Popp, I was reluctant to commit at first, as I was newly pregnant and struggling with ways to rethink my approach to the very toxic art of metalsmithing, as well as adjusting to working with my changing body. After a few discussions, and our decision to create with the concept of Kairos in mind, it started to feel right.

    What more perfect moments exist than the creation and birth of a new...

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  • Saying goodbye

    Our show starts this week!

    Several months of ideas, sketches, trials, and failures add up to this point. I've kept my focus despite several distractions, including the start of selling my work at Clementine's Salon in the Highlands, getting ready for Horseshoe Market in Denver on May 10, oh, and CREATING A HUMAN.

    Although I'm looking forward to focusing on the lattermost task here soon, there's always some separation sadness when I'm about to part with my work. Today is my last day with a new collection of cuffs, earrings, and rings. 

    There's the...

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  • Splashing around in the muck and the mire

    Sometimes you get stuck.

    Sometimes you get so stuck that you realize your inability to move is causing you to sink. A cascade of misfortunes starts to build, and you hit what feels like a creative rock bottom. 

    I recently enjoyed one such day, and it caused me to doubt everything I'd been working on for the last few months. My show at Artists on Santa Fe Gallery was a few weeks away, and the misfortune cascade had been hitting hard. Tools and equipment had malfunctioned, techniques that usually get me from point A to B were kicking...

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  • The art of making babies

    My name is Emily and I'm a six-months pregnant metalsmith. 

    Some days I get sick. Most days I get tired. Every day some body part I've never paid attention to screams out in pain, begging me to trade in my bench for my bed.

    Still, I hammer on. Puns and all.

    Other days, I'm feeling especially invincible and decide to take part in a three-person art show this coming May. I knew I had it in me to find clever ways around the toxins and fumes inherent in shaping metal into art. It started with a lot...

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  • What's at the gallery?

    Here are a few pieces available at Artists on Santa Fe Gallery right now. We're open 10-5 Monday-Friday and 10-4 on Saturday. Come say hi on First Friday this week!

    747 Santa Fe Ave in Denver

    Can't make it in? Send me and email and I can ship something to you. emily@emilypramik.com

    xoxo

    Em


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