Freshly plucked

Freshly plucked from the brushtrokes of a parallel world: Eclipse, Ripple, Vector: three new statement earrings at Talon and the Suneaters. To celebrate these new releases, those on the email list get 30% off now through Sunday. To sign up, just click the link in the bio, and enter your email at the at the top of the page.

Hedonist Magazine editorial shoot & interview

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Check out this awesome interview for Talon & the Suneaters by The Hedonist Magazine @thehedonistmagazine featuring:

Photography by Vania Stoyanova @vlc_photo

Models: Grace Edwards @grace_eedwards & Diana Dragidella @diana_dragidella

Stylist: DKash Taylor @kash_muny

Hair & Makeup: Marina Fisher-Soto @marina_hmua

Nails: Dayna Denise @ddnailz_.

You can check it out here: http://www.thehedonistmagazine.com/2016/10/26/leah-smithsons-interview-art-as-a-fresh-perspective-talon-and-the-suneaters/

Disturbing Algorithm  (Remixed)

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Just read an amazing article that mentioned how color can affect your productivity by Talor Casti @thecoppergirl on @mashable. Even if you may have a favorite color, the effect of being around certain colors are universal. I’m putting together an experiment to try this week with my peeps on my email list. Come try it with us. It’s easy and fun. Sign up for the email list at leahsmithson.com (the link is in the profile)

Break into Your Untapped Creativity Through Your Space and Wardrobe

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As I am wishing I was in NY for the armory show, I am laying out a few new designs, and thinking of Iris Apfel who was such a genius at curating her outfits, that MOMA museum put together one of their most successful exhibits featuring her wardrobe. You can break into your everyday untapped creativity like she did. Sign up for my email to be a part of a fun and easy project I’m putting together to help you curate your space and your wardrobe. Create a space and wardrobe that represents YOU. Curate your space like an artist. Put together your wardrobe like a poet. Make sure you sign up at leahsmithson.com so you don’t miss out (Click the link in the profile). (view on Instagram http://ift.tt/1QYBkiu)

Update Regarding The Wearable Art Project + Your Opinion

Two weeks have now gone by and we are in the final days of the Wearable Art of a Forgotten Species Project. I just wanted to let you all know how much I appreciate all of your support. This Kickstarter Project can not be accomplished on it’s own. So it’s kind supporters like each of you who keep this project moving forward. With less than 12 days left, this project has been an absolute pleasure to include you all in on.

The Launch Party was an absolute success! Thanks go to all of you who were able to attend (or who were there in spirit as well). The models looked so good and it was a pleasure seeing everyone try on the different fabrics.  You guys looked amazing!

I wanted to show you a few photos from our show last week which have prompted some of these hand painted scarves up close. Each painting is framed and created individually by the 4Bearance team, so every one is unique and one of a kind. They have been cast from antique frames dated some 80-130 years back. If one of these paintings catch your attention shoot me a link and lets see if we can work out a special offer. Thanks for your time today. I’m truly grateful for all of your support. I hope to have one of these lovely heirlooms wrapped softly around your neck soon. Until then, Resist + Remember.

I also wanted to hear your feedback on what areas you feel the Project could be improved. For instance, do you feel that I should include another garment i.e. t-shirts?  I look forward to hearing back from you.

Best,

Leah

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Leah Smithson’s Wearable Art Kickstarter Launch Party Video

Here’s a short video of the Wearable Art Kickstarter Launch Party from Saturday night. We had such a great time. Thanks everyone for coming out to the show and all of your support. Resist + Remember. leahsmithson.com https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/303106924/wearable-art-that-restores-knowledge-of-a-forgotte

 

Your support has meant so much. Thank you!

For the closing reception we’ve made an extension of the $99 special for the Wearable Relic. For today only the Relic will still be at the $99 price. Come by the gallery and try one on at 820 Valencia St. today in the Mission District and I’ll show you how to place one of these beauties around your body. Were very close to the 25% were kickstarter will push this project closer to their front page https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/303106924/wearable-art-that-restores-knowledge-of-a-forgotte. Thanks everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of your support. Resist + Remember.

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KOVR on CBS with Amy Carabba interview with Leah Smithson’s Kickstarter

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Enjoy this quick fashion debut with Amy Carabba on Good Day Sacramento.

Also please feel free to contribute to the Kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/303106924/wearable-art-that-restores-knowledge-of-a-forgotte

The TV Interview at KVOR on CBS’ Good Day Sacramento

Thanks so much KVOR on CBS’s Good Day Sacramento & Amy Carabba for the little fashion show we had this morning for the Wearable Art Kickstarter Project. Amy is so amazing and made us all feel so at home and relaxed. Especially with this being my first TV interview. Wow, we had such a great time!

So proud of my little models also. ^+^

For all of you unfamiliar with this project, please take a few moments to view the kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/303106924/wearable-art-that-restores-knowledge-of-a-forgotte?ref=email. The vids only 2 mins. I’d love to hear your opinion. Pledges also start at $1. Thanks so much ahead.

Resist + Remember.

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Wearable Art That Restores Knowledge of a Forgotten Species Kickstarter

Hi guys,

I hope you all have been doing fine. Summer’s warming up but the Fall Seasons slowly rearing it’s head as we get closer to the September – October months.

Saying all of that, I just wanted to give you a reminder of the Kickstarter I’ll be launching tomorrow morning.  It’s entitled: Wearable Art that Restores Knowledge of a Forgotten Race- The Relics of The Ishan Project.  Throughout this past year we’ve discussed several Relics in our Tale of Two Species. Now I’m so proud to show you a sneak peek into the Finished Product of these scarves I’m releasing in the morning.

And to culminate this entire process, The Kickstarter will be featured on National TV on KOVR’s Good Day Sacramento by Amy Carraba! I’m excited, nervous and so pleased all at once.  I can’t wait to show everyone these fashionable scarves. And even more so, I really anticipate seeing all of you with one wrapped delicately around your neck or placed in a side or back pocket. We also have the option to frame them if you like as well since each will be a unique piece of artwork.  There’s plenty of other goodies we have in addition, including scarves, prints, pocket squares and limited original paintings done throughout the year.   Here’s a few pics of the process involved with these beauties… Resist + Remember.

-Leah

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Some FAQs’ on Kickstarter

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Hi guys I just wanted to share a few FAQs’ some have asked me recently about Kickstarters and crowdfunding. Hope this answers some. Many were taken directly from Kickstarter.com. I added a few regarding my current project. And if you have any more, don’t hesitate to ask:)

What is Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you!

Since their launch on April 28, 2009, over $1 billion has been pledged by more than 5 million people, funding more than 60,000 creative projects.

How does Kickstarter work?

Thousands of projects are funding on Kickstarter at any given moment. Each project is independently created and crafted by the person behind it. The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control and responsibility over their projects. They spend weeks building their project pages, shooting their videos, and brainstorming what rewards to offer backers. When they’re ready, creators launch their project and share it with their community.

Every project creator sets their project’s funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers’ credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.

All-or-nothing funding is a core part of Kickstarter and it has a number of advantages:

It’s less risk for everyone. If you need $5,000, it’s tough having $1,000 and a bunch of people expecting you to complete a $5,000 project.

It motivates. If people want to see a project come to life, they’re going to spread the word.

It works. Of the projects that have reached 20% of their funding goal, 81% were successfully funded. Of the projects that have reached 60% of their funding goal, 98% were successfully funded. Projects either make their goal or find little support. There’s little in-between.

To date, an incredible 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.

Why is funding all-or-nothing?

All-or-nothing funding is a core part of Kickstarter and it has a number of advantages:

It’s less risk for everyone. If you need $5,000, it’s tough having $1,000 and a bunch of people expecting you to complete a $5,000 project.

It motivates. If people want to see a project come to life, they’re going to spread the word.

It works. Of the projects that have reached 20% of their funding goal, 81% were successfully funded. Of the projects that have reached 60% of their funding goal, 98% were successfully funded. Projects either make their goal or find little support. There’s little in-between.

To date, an incredible 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.

Why do people back projects?

Many backers are rallying around their friends’ projects. Some are supporting a new effort from someone they’ve long admired. Some are just inspired by a new idea, while others are motivated to pledge by a project’s rewards — a copy of what’s being produced, a limited edition, or a custom experience related to the project.

Backing a project is more than just pledging funds to a creator. It’s pledging your support to a creative idea that you want to see exist in the world.

Where do backers come from?

In most cases, the majority of funding initially comes from the fans and friends of each project. If they like it, they’ll spread the word to their friends, and so on. Press, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and Kickstarter itself are also big sources of traffic and pledges. Altogether, millions of people visit Kickstarter every week.

What do backers get in return?

Backers that support a project on Kickstarter get an inside look at the creative process, and help that project come to life. They also get to choose from a variety of unique rewards offered by the project creator. Rewards vary from project to project, but often include a copy of what is being produced (CD, DVD, book, etc.) or an experience unique to the project.

Project creators keep 100% ownership of their work, and Kickstarter cannot be used to offer equity, financial returns, or to solicit loans.

How do backers know if a project will follow through?

Launching a Kickstarter is a very public act, and creators put their reputations at risk when they do.

Backers should look for creators who share a clear plan for how their project will be completed and who have a history of doing so. Creators are encouraged to share links and as much background information as possible so backers can make informed decisions about the projects they support.

If a creator has no demonstrable experience in doing something like their project or doesn’t share key information, backers should take that into consideration. Does the creator include links to any websites that show work related to the project, or past projects? Does the creator appear in the video? Have they connected via Facebook?

Don’t hesitate to request information from a creator. You can always reach out before pledging via the “Contact me” button on the project page.

How do I know a project creator is who they claim they are?

Perhaps you know the project creator, or you heard about the project from a trusted source.Maybe they have a first-person video. That would be hard to fake. “Is it really U2?!” Well, it is if Bono’s talking about the project.Still not sure? Check the creator bio section on the project page for some background. Have they connected their Facebook account? Does the creator provide links for further verification? In the creator’s full bio, look for the verified name, next to a check mark. This person is the creator of the project or a part of the company or team behind it, and they verified their identity through an automated process. The name appears for projects that have launched since May 19, 2014.

The web is an invaluable resource for learning more about a person. At the end of the day, you can use your internet street smarts.

When are backers charged?

After the Kickstarter meets it’s goals, Amazon.com will charge the credit card on file and send the backer a receipt via email.

Hope this explains some things. Look forward to the months activity and seeing everyone at the show Saturday July 26th. In the meantime Resist + Remember. 20140718-180931-65371456.jpg

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The Relics Kickstarter Launch Party Poster

IT’S ON!! The RELICS OF THE ISHAN PROJECT has now begun and to kick it off, we are not only launching this Kickstarter, but I have to show you how much I appreciate your support (even you who are just finding out about this) by spoiling you all at the ART THAT RESTORES KNOWLEDGE OF A FORGOTTEN SPECIES art exhibition and LAUNCH PARTY. I promise you haven’t been to an Art Show like this one. And DJ WONDERBOY will be on the 1’s and 2’s to set the mood right. It’s going to be a great time and I don’t want any of you to miss it. Don’t forget to sign up for updates, as I have some contest and other goodies to tell you about even before the show. Thanks from the bottom of my heart!

THE RELICS ART EXHIBITION & KICKSTARTER LAUNCH EVENT

By Leah Smithson

JULY 25 – 27 12 – 8PM (LAUNCH PARTY SATURDAY JULY 26, 6 – 8 PM

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What’s In a Name? Underpainting + The Countdown

Some have been wanting to see ‘behind the scenes’ of some of the paintings I’ve been working on. Here’s the sketch and underpainting of one of the pieces I’m currently working on getting ready for the upcoming show July 25 – 27, 2014.

I’m depicting an Ishan woman as she’s leapt into part of the atmosphere where the birds usually fly. She never revealed her name, so I have to give her one in this portrait. What do you all think a good name would be?

Oh, and this is Day 13 before the official Launch of Wearable Art That Restores Knowledge of a Forgotten Species Kickstarter. 

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The Show and Your Opinion

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During the Ishan Project we discussed The Elements which combated Chûndra’s influence over mankind. Two of which are The Scarves (which fragrance clarified the minds of the wearer as well as those in the vicinity) and The 4th Element (You The Observer).

Now we find ourselves at a unique point in our story. Soon I’ll be bringing the project live to the streets of San Francisco in the form of an Art Show.  But first I’d love to hear your opinion. I’ve been playing with the idea of creating a series of scarves which will have one of the daily paintings of this series blended and painted on it’s surface. Which of the three would you vote to see featured? Saturday, April 26, of next week, I will be randomly selecting the name of one of the commenters to send a free print of the winning piece. All who’ve also shared or tweeted this post will also be given two opportunities instead of one. The winner will also be mentioned on my blog at www.leahsmithson.com/blog.html.  I’m really looking forward to hearing from you and I invite you to sign up for my newsletter at: http://www.leahsmithson.com/ishan-project.html. Resist and Remember.

Best,

Leah Smithson

 

Radio Interview with Patrick McCarty

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Just finished an interview with Patrick McCarty on Insight Radio. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Best,

Leah

http://www.insighttalkradio.com/insight-radio.html

https://archive.org/details/GiftedArtistLeahSmithsonOnInsightRadioSeeTheWorksDiscussedOn

In the Lab. Thanks for Your Inquiries

Some people have been asking what I’ve been doing since the last Ishan post. Just to let you know, I’ve been busily working on putting together a show and some exciting projects I’ll be letting you know about soon. In the meantime, thank you for all of the inquiries and support. Resist & Remember.

-Leah^+^

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Harvest

•Ishan Project: 363/2•

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Violet sensed them coming as they lurked through the dense woods. Her tiny larvae formed a unique pattern above her which channeled their energies. Violet and the Imposters had already caused terror to a surrounding town. Confusion, more lost memories, and uncertainty abounded. She would make sure Chûndra’s plans would be fully carried out. Enough lives seemed to have been taken. Yet, with the 4bearance approaching, they’d make tonight an exception. She crouches forward to once again gather the energy from her parasitic progeny, but something different was amidst.

Meanwhile, across from the palace, The 4bearance began to arrange the 4 elements. First, Rïden’s arms formed the bridge which traveled over the murky waters Violet poisoned. Koyu’s tree bark ignited a magnetic discharge which awakened the atrophied brain synapses of the Triton soldiers . One by one their minds expanded, and an awareness of their surroundings became a reality.

Netra carefully carried the 2nd element in her arms. As she gave a small charge to Chaen’s heart, it began pulsating and dispersing a fragrance which awakened the masses. Now, fully discharged and combined with the other 3, the potential of its potency would finally be realized.

But we couldn’t get overconfident. I personally crafted each scarf which carried the mixture of dye made from the petals of the Flowers that Feed. Violet still had the power to manipulate the air around us, so we’d need this 3rd Element wrapped around our necks and torso for protection. These fabricated extensions would also serve as deterrents to her agenda.

But each of you, yes you: The 4th Element, The Observer proved worthwhile to the Ishan and mankind. Many of your likes, shares and kind words generated a spark which couldn’t be ignored. You served as a protection. The reason being is that since so many have been alerted by this danger, many minds have not been overtaken by the threat because we all now know that this threat truly exists.

Violet hadn’t taken into consideration such an elaborated plan. The 4 Elements combined clouded the tiny insect’s communication center. Their focus changed as suddenly they no longer craved The Flowers that feed but rather Violet herself. She watched in disgust as The Impostor’s flight patterns became sluggish then hurriedly swarmed her body. Initially there was no pain felt. But then a sharp burst ignited and she felt their tiny limbs begin to harvest her small frame. As she breathed slowly for the last time, her mind wondered where her Queen had been this entire time. She only wanted to please her. How could she…

HARVEST / Mixed Media / 8″ x 11″

Speckled Shadow

•Ishan Project: 356/9•

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SPECKLED SHADOW

The night’s moon sprinkles light onto the marble floors tonight. One of the Guardians hear a familiar voice over commotion in the distance, so he decides to inspect it further.  As he cautiously inches forward, he hears a clamored scratching and an eerie sound ahead.

As he turns the corner, he’s almost thrown backwards. For in front of him was the back of one of the largest birds he’d ever seen in person. This species had stood at an insurmountable nine feet. What was even more shocking was that Olam Ra had been speaking with him almost in a consolable fashion. This conversation proved odd. Even though he felt danger in the air, he knew he and everyone here were safe. As he stepped inside of the room the Bird’s neck turned a complete 180º. After it made eye contact with him, it hastily turned it’s attention back to Olam Ra.

SPECKLED SHADOW / Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″

A Scent Dormant

•Ishan Project: 347/18•

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A SCENT DORMANT

During the winter, most trees grow dormant.  However in California, it seems a flower is always in bloom. I thought of the irony of this as I walked outside today and saw the first bloom of a Pink Magnolia. We had gone through a dry spell which worried us, but now we feel the moisture in the air from the mist of a downpour from earlier today.

The first scent I inhaled struck me as sweet. Yet, this was short lived as a truck drove past me, snatching away the lingering sweetness in the air with Chûndra’s Vapor. Or at least that’s what we’re afraid of. We pulled our scarves over to help shield us from her influence. We found she was telling the truth. Evidently, she had been using several fueling agencies to disguise her secret additive. Now it’s hard not to be a little paranoid every time a vehicle drives by.

A SCENT DORMANT / Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″

A Neon Blaze

•Ishan Project: 344/21•

A NEON BLAZE

“I awoke this morning to find an image of Leah’s description of this Ishan Project.  Anali is featured in this Uninvited portrait. I thought it best to give a vivid interpretation of what I personally feel about her daily depictions.”~Chûndra

Things That Sparkle

•Ishan Project: 342/23•

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THINGS THAT SPARKLE

Where was I? Oh, right. Yes, so just in case you didn’t understand my post yesterday, I am saying Anali’s father is also my father. Now you see why I am saying that everything that girl has is actually mine. You also see why it is important for me to figure out how to get magneto-sensor powers from the Ishan. Those powers are wasted on them. My mother was half Ishan. My father is completely Ishan. That power is my birthright, and I know what to do with it.

All the pain and suffering of the ones I experimented on will not go to waste, including Aram. In fact, they should be honored to have been sacrificed for the sake of my plan, because it will lead to a better world. In the meantime, if I can’t have the power, I will control those that do. Thanks to Koyu and Rïden for waking the Ishan for me. I needed them awake.You see, I can appreciate others and admit my mistakes. But remember, I will not be denied power over them. ~ Chûndra

THINGS THAT SPARKLE / Collage, Gouache / 9″ x 12″

A Peculiar Shade

•Ishan Project: 340/25•

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A PECULIAR SHADE

Speaking of people I’m close to, you’re probably wondering why I would be close to Birdface, as he was responsible for assaulting my father. You see, my so-called father, that scientist, was in fact my stepfather, and a terrible one at that. The only reason he let me stay around after the death of my mother was because he promised her he would take care of me. He was so desperate to prove to her his worth, but every time he saw me, it was a reminder of how much he could never measure up. He was never worthy of her. He could never be. My mother and I were always going to be different, and better than he was. I challenge Anali to ask her parents who my father was.

Leah’s story about how Birdface took revenge on my stepfather was a bit twisted. I guess she tried. She should have come to the sources. Is she scared or something? We don’t bite…we’ll at least, I don’t. Who knows what that girl is thinking. Well, Birdface did retaliate against the scientist, but he was trying to protect me. My stepfather became bitterly jealous with me, especially when he found out I had become close with the Ishan people. He often would take out his frustrations out on Birdface. That particular day, after he was finished with Birdface, he turned his attention toward me. Birdface and I had become close. We would take care of each other since I was a child. So he protected me and ended our nightmare. He is more family to me than anyone. Even my blood.~ Queen Chûndra

 

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In Memory Of

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IN MEMORY OF

“She was truly like an only child. Kalese had normally been very observant. Yet, it seems she lost focus. What is this feeling I have now that she’s gone? She would’ve seen a monster approaching, which makes me think this must have been done by someone she knew. I don’t understand who could do something that horrible.

4bear is too small in their thinking to understand they aren’t the only ones who’ve experienced pain. I have endured a tremendous amount in this long life I’ve lived. With this wisdom, I have figured out a wonderful solution everyone should benefit from. This is what my Vapor is bioengineered to fix. It will eliminate all injustices done like this one, because it will destroy the will to do such things. You see, the 4bearance wants to put an end to my solution, but have they given you any other options? I’ll answer for you. No, they haven’t. Do not Resist me.”-Chûndra, Triton Queen

IN MEMORY OF / Collage, Gouache, Embroidery / 9″ x 12″

Veil of Platitude

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VEIL OF PLATITUDE

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“I’ve been a victim of circumstance, and I never have gotten the chance to give my side of the story. If I don’t take over, no one will know the truth. Leah has told enough of the Ishan’s side of things. Poor misguied thing, this woman doesn’t understand what I’ve been trying to do. No one really does. I’m not angry. I’ve actually been quite amused. It’s cute. All the kicking and flailing against me when all I’m trying to do is save you all. All my research, all the hard work that I have done has been for your good. It gives one peace. Despite the lies she tells, Sufna is beneficial. It gives you peace. Don’t resist. It gives all peace.

The feeling is hypnotic. Even your pupils dilate rhythmically.  I will show you all what it feels like to experience the light, light from me.”

—Chûndra, Queen of Tritons

VEIL OF PLATITUDE / Collage, Gouache, Embroidery / 9″ x 12″

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 DIVIDER

Chundra has purported that her vapor is like a veil, a protection. Even though we have removed the main source, she is not one to give up easy. She will try to figure another way around it. In the meantime, it’s been reported that she has already built up quite a supply. There is still danger in the air. We have to breathe, but we also must keep thinking, reasoning, and creating. Resist.

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Thanks for all of your support this year!

Just wanted to take this time to thank everyone of you personally who’ve supported the Ishan Project over these past 11 months. Can you believe how quick the time has flown by? Your likes, shares & comments have kept this project continuing smoothly & have helped support the fight of 4bear.

Something odd has been happening lately. Now that we’ve entered the final 30 days of our tale, I’ve been experiencing some interesting disturbances as I try to post & upload things online. I suspect I know who’s behind this. We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime Resist & Remember.

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Crown

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There was no warning when it happened, Olom Ra just remembers how everything seemed to turn white. It happened at Ishandria’s yearly festival. Anali and Chûndra hadn’t seen each other for a year or two at that point. We all had tried to reach out to her, but she became too hard-hearted. It was a difficult time. Many Ishan in the proceeding months had been getting sick. What we thought was a mysterious illness caused many of their branches to deteriorate. None of our doctors could figure out the cause. We never would have suspected that the woman we loved as our child could have been involved.

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Rouse

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We found ourselves back in the laboratory tonight. 4bear brought the ingredients together. After much discussion we decided to first mix the tincture from the Flowers that Feed with the residue from Jeth’s glass case. Traces of Chûndra’s dark Sufna remained on the fabric of this mask. We were able to reverse engineer how the nano-tech from that formula effects glass and add it to our new formula.

When the two were combined inside of one of our large beakers, an electric pulse formed. Black bubbles float over this liquid substance, then pop abruptly. Its contents were almost ready, but we’d need something that would ignite it. Something which would demagnetize its’ polarity.  So then Netra walks out from among us. Her eyes glow bright as they erupt with an energy which pierces the liquid’s molecular structure.

Once the mix is created, the room becomes filled with a sweet smell.  Its’ scent is almost rhythmic. We call this new substance N-oid.

ROUSE / Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″

Flicker

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Something’s amiss in the air. From a distance we hear the earth shaking. “Chûndra with her Triton’s are powerful, but I have a feeling that something unexpected is coming. And it will be bigger than her. Chûndra has managed to deaden the minds of those weak and disposed already. We know we only have a short period of time to execute some sort of plan. We have enough knowledge to plan against Chûnda, but how do we plan against an unknown force?  

When Anali sees my reaction to the ground rumbling, she takes me to the side and whispers something to me regarding her new idea. She had been so excited, she hadn’t noticed the lights from the electricity in the room start to flicker. After explaining her intentions, she stops to catch her breath and to see my reaction. She sniffs her scarf wrapped tightly around her neck then smiles cleverly and asks, “Leah, did I ever tell you exactly how Rïden and Koyu woke the Ishan?”

FLICKER / Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″

Cracked

•Ishan Project: 315/50•

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CRACKED

Her heart broke a little as she realized Chûndra would never return the admiration she shared for her. These small impostors could sympathize with Violet’s emotions. However, from a larval state they bonded with her psyche creating a spark she felt was similar to the Ishan’s Magneto-sensors. Just then they crawl across her forearms and she could sense their thinking pattern. 

She’ll prove to Chûndra that she could be special after all.

Meanwhile, The Impostors hunger became stronger as the days progressed. She watches as these creatures search for their next meal.

CRACKED / Mixed Media / 5″ x 8″

 

 

Interview with La Casa De Viena

Just finished an interview with La Casa De Viena’s Blog. If you’d like to check it out follow the link below. I’d love to hear your thoughts. You may have to get out your Google translators though. ^+^ Chat soon.

Best,
Leah Smithson

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La Casa De Viena Interview

 

The Scent of Antiquity

•Ishan Project: 302/63•

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THE SCENT OF ANTIQUITY

Anali and Preet would need to sneak out before Violet realizes their presence.  As they begin slowly backing out the room, Preet knocks over a glass case which breaks nosily into pieces on the marble floor. Then a dull fragrance was unleashed. Its’ scent knocks Preet on her back unconscious. This encasement contained fragments from a branch which had been tested on in this laboratory. Anali walks over to find Preet sleeping rather soundly.

Meanwhile, across the room, Violet senses some commotion happening near the entrance.  She had been so focused on the dark energy she was gathering from the Hummingbird Impostors, she hadn’t noticed her visitors.

THE SCENT OF ANTIQUITY/ Mixed Media / 5″ x 4″

A Purple Haze

•Ishan Project: 273/92•

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A PURPLE HAZE

A purple haze surrounded the remaining dormant flowers. Netra squats down to inspect this occurrence. The putrid stench was unbelievable. She uses her magnetic touch to spark some life into the flower. Yet, instead of reviving, it only accelerates it’s deterioration.

A PURPLE HAZE / Mixed Media / 5.5″ x 4″

A Contemptuous Scent

•Ishan Project: 272/93•

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A CONTEMPTUOUS SCENT

(Cont. from DAY 271) The noise had stopped entirely now. Then Aram alerts a Guardian to inspect this incident. Details generated through electric waves  have reported that the East Coast has now been affected. The holes seemed to have enlarged themselves and have spread to the plant’s root system. Aram, Netra, and Anali all watch in horror as the petals first fall. Then it seems as though it’s stamen begins to deteriorate, and we could no longer smell the fragrance. It’s sweet texture was replaced with a putrid scent.

A CONTEMPTUOUS SCENT / Mixed Media / 5.5″ x 4″

A Transient Calm

•Ishan Project: 268/97•

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A TRANSIENT CALM

As Chûndra’s entourage left, we begin feeling a calm that made breathing seem pleasant. Netra had been one of the first to walk outside and smell the calmness in the air. The 4bearance had taken a hit with a number of tragedies recently, but we’d enjoy this momentary peace or calm before the storm.

A TRANSIENT CALM / Mixed Media / 5.5″ x 4″