Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Vote for Iviva and WIN an Andrew Thornton Original...

I've long been a fan of Iviva Olenick. I first met her years ago in a studio residency program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Since then, I've been following the growth and development of her heartbreakingly beautiful work. If you've ever longed or yearned for someone to call your own, then you'll just get her series entitled, Were I So Besotted. You'll get the bittersweet roller-coaster of emotions – all splayed out like pages of a diary. Often times quirky, sometimes melancholic, her meticulously embroidered pieces are an honest offering to the art world. (Even the few pieces she admits as being fictitious, ring clear and true from the heart.)

Ivivia is participating in an artist competition called, Artists Wanted. The winners are selected from popular vote and ratings, and if chosen will receive prizes to help further their careers. Why not help Iviva further her career? Vote for Iviva! You could be a winner too!

If you vote for Iviva, giving a five star rating, and leave a comment on this blog post letting me know you've voted, you'll be entered in a random drawing to win the necklace pictured below:

White coral, ocean jasper, creamy chalcedony, raspberry-hued Elaine Ray ceramics, polymer rounds by Pam Wynn, striking silver chain, and a silver toggle from Saki Silver come together to form this summery necklace. I created this piece last year for a summer issue of a magazine that is no longer in print. I really love how organic and asymmetrical it is. It could be your's if you VOTE FOR IVIVA! You don't even have to sign up or send anything out. Just click on the link, hit the stars and leave a comment. SO EASY! CLICK HERE to visit her online portfolio, where you can vote. Don't forget to leave a comment on this blog. The winner will be drawn, Friday, January 15th.

(OH! Since you can vote more than once for the competition – once per day – you'll also be able to comment more than once for even more chances to win!)

38 comments:

Nicki said...

Voted. Nice necklace.

peacockfairy said...

Hi Andrew - I just voted. I have enjoyed hearing you describe Iviva's work since I have been following your blog. The necklace is gorgeous!

Sabine said...

Wow, that embroidery is amazing! I voted 5 stars!

Bukola Ekundayo said...

I voted for Iviva's wonderful work. Btw, I'm loving the necklace. I hope I get it!

TesoriTrovati said...

I voted! Love the idea of fiber art graffiti. Will have to check out her website.

Great necklace. You are such a generous soul with your friends.

And I just got a special little package in the mail. Squeal! I love it! You are such a talent. I am so thrilled that I could participate in the Charm Club!

Enjoy the day!
Erin

Kim Melton said...

Hey, Andrew! Iviva's work is very beautiful - I voted 5 stars! You are such a wonderful fellow artist's advocate! I love the necklace and am so glad your New Year is going well!

Take care,

Kim

Jean said...

I am psyched for both of you!

jean xox

Eva said...

missing you, Andrew!

Iviva Olenick said...

Andrew and friends of Andrew, thank you SOOO much for your generosity.

Andrew, totally beautiful necklace! What a lucky winner...

BTW -- just for the sake of clarity, about 98% of the sentiments, stories, text, etc. I report/share/create in Were I So Besotted is from my own experiences...The ones posted in the Artists Wanted competition are completely my own and true to my experiences.

Jean Campbell said...

thanks for introducing me to Iviva's work, Andrew! It rings clear to my sensibilities as both a studio and traditional crafts artist. You're a gem for advocating not only her work, but so many others, too...xo J

Margot Potter said...

Anything for you, my friend. Me likee this necklace!

Cheers,
Madge

LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

Lovely - and what a great friend you are, Andrew! I voted - and I noticed it says you can only vote once every 24 hours, hmmmm.....

Cristi - 2 If By Sea said...

Hi Andrew, I just got your email and headed straight to the website to vote.

Your necklace is beautiful as always!

Have a blessed and creative 2010!

Ulla said...

Hi Andrew! I'd love to vote for your friend, her work is wonderful! I just couldn't get the sight to work for me. When ever I press a star it says I can only vote once a day... and I didn't even get a chance to vote???
Love your necklace too!
Hugs
Ulla

Nancy said...

I just voted!Never would i let a chance go by to win this lovely necklace. Gorgeous wintery colors really suit me. I'm waiting to receive your sister's book, Which coincidentally, I ordered last night. Thank you very much for this opportunity, Nancy

Mel Mel said...

I did it!! Wow so much from a simple needle and thread. What beautiful workmanship.

Elizabeth said...

I voted, 5 stars, easy!

Anonymous said...

Really edgy stuff, love the linear qualities. Sew fine. Good luck Iviva!

And the necklace is groovy, too...!


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Nicki said...

Voted again - lovely work Iviva. Nicki

Rebecca said...

I voted yesterday but for some reason Blogger wouldn't let me leave a comment! Thanks so much for highlighting Iviva's work; I just love it.

Rebecca said...

Voted once again today, still gorgeous!

Sabine said...

Voted again! I like the "baby angels getting the wings" comment on Facebook!

Mel Mel said...

I voted again !!! I love your necklace Andrew

Nancy said...

I voted again. Wish me luck!

Nancy said...

OOPs! This may not be "kosher" but here is my comment for voting yesterday too. I forgot to comment then. So here goes, you are very kind and generous to offer your pretty and unique necklace to us for merely voting for a deserving artist.

Nicole said...

Yes, Iviva's work is super fun and enticing> It makes me want to see more of her work and weave together a story.
Best,
Nicole

Amanda said...

What interesting art! I love how it includes a brief story, as well as art. It must be a very time-consuming process, because I can imagine getting extremely frustrated when a stitch landed in the wrong area. I'm sure that it would be most convenient to sketch it out first, but I don't know if that's part of her process.

I've voted. (:

Mel Mel said...

"Oops I did it again." Sorry I couldn't resist the Brittany quote. I voted again for IvIva, 5 stars !!

Nancy said...

Hi Andrew, I just voted again. I also just got Enchanted Adornments" . Thanks, Nancy

kbetta said...

A lovely combination of artistry and poetry. Voted 5 stars!

Mel Mel said...

I voted 5 stars again!!!

Nancy said...

Still hoping for Iviva and Myself!

Mel Mel said...

One more time. Go Iviva

peacockfairy said...

Just voted again!

Sabine said...

I voted again yesterday and forgot to post. I hope she wins!

Ann

Nancy said...

I voted again! Yea!Good luck Iviva!

kat said...

So love the necklace! It's gorgeous..

Nancy said...

I am persistent to say the least, And I voted again! Still loving the necklace.