Welcome to the RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Ambassador Team, Darlene Madden!

We are super stoked to have the ridiculously talented and multifaceted Darlene Madden joining our RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Ambassador team.  Her unique style and multidimensional approach to art shows in her creations and her cheeky, fun-loving personality is a perfect match!  Let's get to know the beautiful Darlene a bit more.

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What fills your time when you are not creating?

When I am not creating, I am thinking about new creations!!! As a full time artist and instructor, I am always looking at the world through “potential eyes.” I love to find and use wonderful treasures and incorporate them in my art.  My philosophy is everyday can be an artistic experience and I strive to live this way.  Creating and gratitude are my mainstays. My husband Gord and I have 5 children and 7 grandchildren. All of these amazing individuals just enrich our everyday lives as we are lucky that they all live near us!

What are your favorite materials to use when you create?

My favorite materials in my toolbox are polymer clay, paint, vintage jewelry and found objects. It is very easy for me to grab these elements and make interesting connections because they all seem to easily relate to each other. 

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Where do you find inspiration for your art and how do you stay inspired?

I have no trouble finding inspiration.  I find it in nature, music, books.  

What is your signature style?

My signature style can best be described in one word:  TEXTURE. I am drawn to it like a bee to a flower and I just love using it in most of my work.

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If you could meet with anyone, living or deceased, who do you feel you could spend hours in a chat over a cup of tea or coffee?

If I could spend time with someone who I am totally intrigued by it would be Georgia OʼKeefe.  I hiked the area she lived in while in New Mexico and I loved it!  I totally respect her for finding her own creative voice and using it.

What is your favorite quote?

My favourite quote is, “We are mosaics... pieces of light, love , history, stars...glued together with magic and music and words.” --Anita Krishan

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We are thrilled that Darlene will be joining us on our horizon broadening and comfort zone busting journey through creativity and cannot wait to see what magic she shares with us and all of you.  If you'd like to connect with Darlene, you can find her at Inspiro Mixed Media, on Facebook at Inspiro Mixed Media Works, on Instagram under @InspiroMixedMedia, or via email at Info@MyInspiro.com.

 

 

Yorick Skull Limited Edition

Our RELICS & ARTIFACTS® Yorick Skull is a limited edition hand cast matte resin craft blank, ready to alter.

Just in time for your Halloween designs!

Just in time for your Halloween designs!

He has a sweet grin, wide enough to hold a glimmering jewel between his teeth.

He has a sweet grin, wide enough to hold a glimmering jewel between his teeth.

We took Yorick's name from the character in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1. 

We took Yorick's name from the character in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1. 

Hamlet:  "Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him, a fellow of infinite gest and excellent fancy!"

Hamlet:  "Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him, a fellow of infinite gest and excellent fancy!"

Measurements 1 3/4" Length x 1" Wide x 1" Height. Just right for a statement ring, a book cover, a necklace, cuff bracelet or mount it to one of our Ex Voto's for a unique shrine adornment.

Measurements 1 3/4" Length x 1" Wide x 1" Height. Just right for a statement ring, a book cover, a necklace, cuff bracelet or mount it to one of our Ex Voto's for a unique shrine adornment.

What will you create?!

What will you create?!

The inspiration for this piece came from divine a Renaissance period skull ring I once saw in a museum in London. My rendition is adhered to a ring blank, dressed in gold paint, crackle medium, antique ruby red glass cabochons, crushed turquoise and one saltwater baroque vintage pearl. I'm planning on wearing him while giving out Halloween candy to our neighbor kids!  Click Here to purchase.

The inspiration for this piece came from divine a Renaissance period skull ring I once saw in a museum in London. My rendition is adhered to a ring blank, dressed in gold paint, crackle medium, antique ruby red glass cabochons, crushed turquoise and one saltwater baroque vintage pearl. I'm planning on wearing him while giving out Halloween candy to our neighbor kids! 

Click Here to purchase.

Limited Edition Spider

RELICS & ARTIFACTS® brings you a unique piece just in time to create Halloween Art. 

Cast from a large antique jeweled Victorian brooch our spider is filled with symbolism.

Cast from a large antique jeweled Victorian brooch our spider is filled with symbolism.

Symbolism in art has been common since the first cave dweller dipped his hand in ochre and created an imprint on the wall. 

Symbolism in art has been common since the first cave dweller dipped his hand in ochre and created an imprint on the wall. 

Artists use this "hidden language" everyday and during the height of the Victorian era it was perfected.

Artists use this "hidden language" everyday and during the height of the Victorian era it was perfected.

Hearts conveyed love and devotion, snakes symbolized eternity and wisdom, crescent moons represented spirituality whilst the stars were symbols of guidance.

Hearts conveyed love and devotion, snakes symbolized eternity and wisdom, crescent moons represented spirituality whilst the stars were symbols of guidance.

Swallows mate for life their image represents wanting your loved one to return home safely, lady bugs were viewed as "granters of wishes."  

Swallows mate for life their image represents wanting your loved one to return home safely, lady bugs were viewed as "granters of wishes."  

And as for spiders, they are meant to be a recognition of creativity and hard work. Giving someone a spider design is a gesture to wish the receiver wealth and prosperity.

And as for spiders, they are meant to be a recognition of creativity and hard work. Giving someone a spider design is a gesture to wish the receiver wealth and prosperity.

It is also believed that seeing a spider drop down from its web is a certain sign that you will be blessed with gifts and good luck from heaven. 

It is also believed that seeing a spider drop down from its web is a certain sign that you will be blessed with gifts and good luck from heaven. 

Native Americans know the spider as the "Thinking Woman" a powerful being who created the universe and world as we know it according to legend.  And because its such a wonderful German story.... Once there was a poor widow who wanted everything perfect for Christmas. She couldn't buy gifts so she decided to make her home look as nice as possible, she worked hard cleaning her home. The spiders who resided there became frantic, realizing they would be destroyed if discovered. They decided to hide in the attic until Christmas was over. The last thing the woman did before bed was bring in the Christmas tree. The spiders in the attic were cold and miserable, they could smell the sweet scent of the tree and came down to investigate. They were ecstatic to see this wonderful tree, got carried away spending hours crawling and playing on the tree. Early the next morning the Christ child arrived to bless the home, he was stunned to see the tree completely covered in cobwebs. He knew the woman would not be happy, with love he gently touched the spiders webs. Something magical happened, the web started to sparkle and shine in glorious silver. Waking up on Christmas day the woman saw a spectacular sight the tree was covered in silver threads, tears of joy and gratitude rolled down her cheeks. And thus the custom of tinsel!  Perfect for the maker who wants something different. Handmade especially for you. Limited Edition. http://www.sandraevertson.com/shop/limited-edition-spider Measurements 3 1/8" W x 2 1/4" L x 3/8" H

Native Americans know the spider as the "Thinking Woman" a powerful being who created the universe and world as we know it according to legend. 

And because its such a wonderful German story.... Once there was a poor widow who wanted everything perfect for Christmas. She couldn't buy gifts so she decided to make her home look as nice as possible, she worked hard cleaning her home. The spiders who resided there became frantic, realizing they would be destroyed if discovered. They decided to hide in the attic until Christmas was over. The last thing the woman did before bed was bring in the Christmas tree. The spiders in the attic were cold and miserable, they could smell the sweet scent of the tree and came down to investigate. They were ecstatic to see this wonderful tree, got carried away spending hours crawling and playing on the tree. Early the next morning the Christ child arrived to bless the home, he was stunned to see the tree completely covered in cobwebs. He knew the woman would not be happy, with love he gently touched the spiders webs. Something magical happened, the web started to sparkle and shine in glorious silver. Waking up on Christmas day the woman saw a spectacular sight the tree was covered in silver threads, tears of joy and gratitude rolled down her cheeks. And thus the custom of tinsel! 

Perfect for the maker who wants something different.

Handmade especially for you. Limited Edition.

http://www.sandraevertson.com/shop/limited-edition-spider

Measurements 3 1/8" W x 2 1/4" L x 3/8" H