I recently have been developing a body of work where i am focusing on the elemental powers of crystals, symbols, and the sacred feminine, and how to express the beauty of women without objectifying them into meer sexual objects. 

Most of the pieces i have developed in my research  and drawings are focused on the integration of historical amulets for protection, beauty, and religious roles of these talsimans, for women throughout history. I am focused on specific archetypes throughout history as well. 

What is the virgin, what is the maiden, the mother, the crone, the mistress, and others roles of women? How are those In context to the representation of the present? How had each arvhetype struggled with assault, sexual assault, consent? Is a woman more than just a sexual object in art? 

What is the sensuality of the farming woman? The baker? The seamstress? The warrior? What objects were specifically for men that vould be reinvented for women? 

What historical objects have been used to represent a womans need for protection? For guidance? For healing? 

All these are questions i want to address when we discuss the body of a woman without objectifying her throughout history. What adornment would a woman want to hide scars from assault? For example. 

What material woulf best serve? Is the nature of fabric and metal? Bamboo and beads? Simple body paint created woth thin metal masks? 

I am excited about this body of work. And i will show tests and creations over time. 

I since i am in the research phase, there is so much i formation to address, however, some of it is overwhelming, but as i take bits and pieces away, apply specific philosphies to address my aesthetic, things will come together. 

1-26-2017

RE: Cease and desist from stalking, harassing, false and defamatory statements

Dear Perpetrator:

This CEASE AND DESIST ORDER is to inform you that your persistent actions including but not limited to my blog, company websites, my personal websites, and social media, sending me e-mails, text messages, and phone calls, have become/been unbearable. You are ORDERED TO STOP such activities immediately as they are being done in violation of the law.

I have the right to remain free from these activities as they constitute harassment, stalking, false and defamatory statements, and I will pursue any legal remedies available to me against you if these activities continue. These remedies include but are not limited to: contacting law enforcement to obtain criminal sanctions against you, and suing you civilly for damages I have incurred as a result of your actions.

Again, you must IMMEDIATELY STOP all unwanted. You risk incurring some very severe legal consequences if you fail to comply with this demand.

This letter acts as your final warning to discontinue this unwanted conduct before I pursue legal actions against you. At this time, I am not filing civil suit against you, however I am prepared to do so if I receive any further harassment, defamation of character, or stalking behavior. Perpetrator acts as a blanket statement out of respect to your privacy. However, I do know who you are. I am not under any circumstances, however, waiving any legal rights I have presently, or future legal remedies against you by sending you this letter. This order acts as ONE FINAL CHANCE for you to cease your illegal activities before I exercise my rights.

Arkansas Codes:

§ 5-41-108 – Unlawful computerized communications.

§ 5-13-301- Terroristic Threatening

§ 5-71-229. Stalking.

§ 16-63-207. Libel and slander.

Federal Codes:

18 USCS § 2261. Interstate domestic violence.

18 USCS § 2261A. Stalking.

Sincerely,

Carrie Crocker

http://bkmetalworks.com/2016/03/08/forget-them-call-for-entry/

Call for Entry: Forget Them

Brooklyn Metal Works is now accepting submissions for our 2016 juried jewelry and object exhibition.

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We are looking for your talismans, amulets, shrines, charms and the like, that have been created to wear, carry, or look upon. These objects may convey a specific power, intend to protect against superstition, or commemorate.

This call is inspired by a quote from the only surviving poem by Lucretius (c. 99 – c. 55 BCE) – On the Nature of Things.

“There are no angels, demons, or ghosts. Immaterial spirits of any kind do not exist….Forget them.”

Yet it seems that despite our best efforts, we can’t. Our interest in this call lies in humankind’s perennial struggle between personal autonomy and spiritual guidance, and how these ideas manifest and inspire the fabrication of physical objects.

All cultures throughout the ages have taken abstract concepts like gods, demons, imps, and spirits and translated them into material items that are often housed in esteemed spaces. Shrines that celebrate, amulets that protect, and totems that commemorate these enduring theologies and phenomenons. Perhaps the most resilient form of piety, the belief that objects imbued with spiritual reverence might protect or reward the owner withstands the test of time, often despite our better judgment.

“There are no angels, demons, or ghosts. Immaterial spirits of any kind do not exist. The creatures with which the Greek and Roman imagination populated the world—Fates, harpies, demons, genii, nymphs, satyrs, dryads, celestial messengers, and the spirits of the dead—are entirely unreal. Forget them.” – Lucretius

 

This is the call for entry. I’m going to enter my Tension Among the Ropes Series. Hopefully I will be accepted, but if not, at least I tried.

I am thinking of retiring this blog to integrate it with my business blog creative cloud designs. It’s just too much to have three blogs going. It doesn’t make sense anymore.


The reception was awesome. I had a wonderful experience and was honored to be a participant in this show at Matt McLeod’s art gallery. Several friends came and I am so grateful they were apart of this night. Thank you so much. 

Super excited to announce that my line of handmade repurposed jewelry is for sale in downtown Little Rock at the Freckled Frog.

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Buy one of a kind recycled license plate and tin jewelry in the Shape of the state of Arkansas by Carrie Crocker of Creative Cloud Designs.

Buy art and jewelry on my Etsy or StorEnvy shops if you can’t get to Little Rock, AR.

 

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