Monday, June 27, 2016

What I've been up to lately

We've been living in Laguna Beach for almost a year now and we love it! Our daughter Mae is now a year and a half and I manage to squeeze in some art time during her naps here and there. I have been staying busy taking care of Mae while teaching some private art classes from home.  I've got kids ranging from age 5-18 and they are the high light of my week! 
This is what I've been up to lately. I have been busy doing some graphic design projects on the side as well and can't wait to share those with you!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ellouise & Co

My friend Mary and I recently opened a little handmade jewelry/vintage shop called Ellouise & Co. Our husbands were mission companions several years ago and we are all best of buds. Its so fun to have this little shop as an excuse to spend time with Mary 24/7. Opening a shop has always been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember.  Mary is incredibly talented and creative.  She really has a niche for working with leather and I enjoy working with stone and metal. Everything we sell is handmade. I am also excited to announce that Tiana Birrell and I will be opening our art shop called Tianellie shortly. Now THIS has been in the works for the past 12 years! We were also accepted into the Beehive Bazzar this May at the Riverwoods and will be showcasing our handmade jewelry and art there.  Our shops are starting off small but thanks to friends and family word is spreading. We are so very excited to share our little creations with you!

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Thanks for your love and support and please spread the word!

Yay for handmade local art!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Our Hearts Were Turned

The following works are a visual representation of ancestral ties.  More specifically, they are inspired by a recent visit to Japan, the land of my heritage. Just as each work is a reflection of the previous, so are we a reflection of our lineage. The lines and shapes are symbolic of the past, present, and future, each interwoven and unrestrained by time. In our limited view, our perception of time is distorted, appearing to separate us from our ancestors and posterity. These abstract works represent a visual link of the familial bond that transcends time and space. May our hearts be turned as we come to a realization that our lives are a gift from the past. 

Thank you for all of those who were able to make it to my show opening! It was so good to see you all and I love you. 


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Ellie Hansen Newell: Schmutz Re-Launch!

Ellie Hansen Newell: Schmutz Re-Launch!:   Only 3 days left on our kickstarter relaunch of Schmutz watches!

Schmutz Re-Launch!

 We are proud to announce the relaunch of Schmutz watches! 
I am so excited to be a part of collaborating with artists to provide an affordable and collectible method of displaying art, by creating one of a kind watches.
Check out our kickstarter to view our video and watches.

There are 6 featured artists and you have the freedom to commission an artist of choice to paint your watch. 
I create abstracted imagery that is fundamentally tied to the exploration of my ancestry. Raised in Japan, I began to foster an interest in art, as drawing was a common part of Japanese youth culture. As I moved through college I began to discover the relevance of ancestral ties evident in my creative process. As part of that process I recycle found materials, a tradition I discovered was common to my samurai great grandfather.
Please join with us to support small local businesses!

The candy watch above is a painted by Erin Berrett and the geometric shape dial was painted by me. 

           We also made it on the local news!
         Thanks for all of your support!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Open Market Art Show

 My best friend and I participated in an art show together last week!

The one-night-stand show occurred on July 26th, Thursday evening. The concept explored and expressed by the artists included conceptual interpretations on food. Tiana and I gathered local organically grown fruits and vegetables and displayed the extracted juice in  jars. The show was a total success! 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Handmade Schmutz watches

S c h m u t z   W a t c h e s 
Over a year ago, my friend Lee Dowell approached me with this quite incredible idea of creating hand- painted dials by local artists.  Over the past couple of months we have worked to create our finished pieces that can be found on this kickstarter  website. We are committed to create a unique, one-of-a-kind timepieces, that is affordable and accessible for everyone.  My hand painted watches can be found on the kickstarted website.  Thanks for all of your support and love! We are so very excited. 

Painting dials in my little studio. 
               One of my hand-painted dials in a finished watch.
                          Lee assembling the pieces by hand.

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