6/7/10

more redwood


i'm working away on little wood things.  i still have a few boxes of redwood scrap to work with and am eager to keep making more trays and wall art.  yesterday i put this up on etsy and today it sold!  wanted to share it here for the few who dont look at facebook or twitter or etsy to see my newest works.

this is a cool one, least i think so.  it's fairly simple but in my mind that can mean it's so wabi sabi.  the center piece has a natural indent (for lack of better word) flowing thru it which is perfect for setting little keepsakes, keys or even your phone onto.  i've added two strips to each side for color and added width as well as to give it handles for easy transport.  i feel more comfortable working with wood, allowing myself to keep it simple and let the natural beauty be the mainstay. being so limited in space and materials is an interesting way to make something.  it's like having one arm tied behind your back or one empty eye socket.  i don't' have the luxury if you will of putting a ton of stuff on the floor or table to see how this would look with that.  i often feel compressed and myopic which is good as i think simple is just as challenging as complicated.  at least i'm TELLING myself that.  i still want to splay a crap load of STUFF all over the floor and table and spend days seeing what looks good 20 different ways.  i have to say if i were able to do that though i'd never be making what i'm making and right now i'm really enjoying these wood assemblages.  another tray is in the queue and new pipe vases on their way, just gotta get the pictures taken.  aloha

16 comments:

Melody said...

This is the ultimate in "cool". Nicely done and congrats on the sale

CTStudios said...

I was looking through your shop and you have a good variety of interesting, textural pieces. I did note that many of the descriptions were quite minimal. If you studied up on SEO, do you think it might bring in more views, sales?

Cynthia said...

Very cool little redwood piece! Congrats on the sale -- keep it up baby!!!

Kendra Zvonik said...

congrats on the sale, paula! i know you needed that and i'm glad you got it! it's a beautiful and useful tray. I like the way you worked the indentation.
i hear you on working simply. i am doing a similar thing now and finding that it feels really good. i think it is just as challenging, if not more so due to our natural complicating tendencies.

Don said...

Listed one day, sold the next! Good for you. These are cool pieces. Enjoying your writing style too.

andrea said...

I think limitations give structure and make it easier somehow. Too much choice is daunting. Congrats on the sale!

donauluft said...

great! I love these minimalistic, raw objects of utility!
Congrats to the sale! (which is no wonder I think)...

paula said...

thanks everyone it's encouraging that you all seem to agree about minimal in some cases!

ct: as far as SEO and my descriptions. if i'm understanding etsy correctly it is the tags/keywords/etsy shop words (under profile banner) and shop sections that are the most important things to work on. then the descrip title and then the blabbering. i've asked a few top sellers and they all agree the keywords/tags are 'it'. thanks for suggesting, maybe i should redo anyhow!

kendra, can't wait to see what you are up to.

Michelle said...

That is really great,
congrats on your Sale!!!
Well, no wonder that it sold so fast!!!!
I adore your red Wood!!!!

ArtPropelled said...

This is a gorgeous piece! No surprise that it sold quickly. Congrats Paula!

paula said...

thank you michele and robyn!

Angela Recada said...

Congrats on the sale! I can see why someone snapped up this little beauty so quickly.

I've noticed that there's a very fine tipping point between not enough and too much. Too many choices stop me dead in my tracks.

paula said...

thanks angela. and you are right. it has been proven that if you have too many choices you get paralized. i know it happens to me when i shop for food!

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

Whahhhhh--Paula, that's beautiful! I love how you've taken the photo with jewelry inside...it's stunning! You always surprise me!

paula said...

thanks dawn :) a friend bought it and said she will use it for the rest of her life. thats a good testimony!

San said...

Wabi sabi applies. To the artwork. And to the quickness of sale.