Monday, February 24, 2014

Dream book title

This afternoon, during a brief nap, I dreamt of a book called Wish You Were: A Cyborg's Guide to Existentialism.  Does this exist, or did I actually dream it up?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Glass chains for Calvin Klein

My brother finally persuaded me to start tweeting, as I made the glass chains that were worn as necklaces and belts in Calvin Klein Collection's FW2014 runway show today. The New York Times  covers it here!

Also, I put a few glass chain necklaces in my etsy shop. They do match everything.




Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A weekend show

Some glass rain and lasercut textile plant forms hang at the "Nature Contained" show this past weekend in Providence.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

No Mansplaining


Inspired in part by this tumblr, I made some "No Mansplaining" signs.
They're this big. 
If you want want one, write to me! 
JenineBressner (at) gmail (dot) com




Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Friday, August 9, 2013

FLOWERCLOUDS at FOO FEST this weekend!

The Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire will be within FOO FEST tomorrow on Empire Street in Providence. It begins at 1 PM and costs only $7 for SO MUCH FUN!!!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

An interview in Kansas City

The brilliant and diligent Miesha Miller of "What's Up, Kansas City?" interviewed me for the "On Top of Your Game" series. Unfortunately, the camera later goes out of focus, but you can still hear what we say.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Garden salad

Baby bok choy and its flowers, spinach, orach, purselane, fennel

I don't often post pictures of my food, but I'm excited that these plants grew in the Community Garden in Olneyville.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tablet drawing

I recently got a tablet (the mobile kind.) It has a pretty fun drawing program, and a built- in stylus. I've been using it a lot in my travels, sketching ideas for FLOWERCLOUDS. It is much neater and easier than carrying around watercolor paint boxes (though I'll probably still do that, too.)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

2013 Bay Area Maker Faire

It's nearly that time of year! I'll be showcasing FLOWERCLOUDS lasercut textiles this year at the Maker Faire instead of flameworked glass. I'll even be presenting onstage! You can find me in The Yard/ North/ booth TY46. See you in San Mateo May 18th and 19th!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Earrings

I made a simple and lightweight birthday gift for my friend.
I liked these so much that I made a heavier and more complicated version for me to test drive. These are of lampworked glass, steel, and silver.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A new video is in the works!

Yesterday Graham Wheeler and I recorded a new tutorial video: How to Make Glass Chains! We may need a few more shots and editing will take a little while, but check out this funny image of the back of my head.

2 mic packs hang on my back as the wires snake through my hair to microphones clipped on the arms of my glasses.

Monday, April 1, 2013

New Glass


I have never owned a car, but for a while between 2011 and 2012 I was borrowing a car from my family to help dear hearts in different states. For six months I drove 500 miles a week, to New York and back, and to Boston and back. I enjoyed seeing my relatives frequently & being present with loved ones, and I wrote a lot of songs in the car. I used the car to get to my glass studio in Central Falls, where I would also sing a lot. I was not home often. (note bene- Central Falls is the smallest city in the smallest state in the US!)

Exactly a year ago I was hit by a drunk driver just 2 blocks from my house in Providence. The other driver hit me and ran, but she "luckily" left her license plate in the intersection. I was not hurt, but it was the end of the car.
It was a relief to not drive so much anymore. Providence parking regulation enforcers are relentless, gas is expensive, traffic can sometimes be frustrating. Providence is so small and bikable anyway (for the most part.) 

Last week my extraordinary sweetheart of a friend was kind enough to help me move my glass studio back to Olneyville, and as a result I've done more lampwork in the past week than I had in the last year. Today was the application deadline for some RISCA Fellowships, one of which I won a few years ago. Here are some new pieces from today's grant application.
A lampworked glass and leather cuff
Floral gradient earrings in blues


Tuesday, January 29, 2013


I'm teaching a one day laser- cut textiles class on February 2nd at AS220 and there are still some spots available. 



Sunday, January 13, 2013

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

On it!

Sorry for the lapse in communication. Look for my new work at Craftland in Providence this Friday and at the RISD Alumni Sale on December 8th at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Monday, September 10, 2012

LASERCUTTER

My future arrived! I am now the proud owner of a lasercutter and I'm starting a textile business, launching in late September at the World Maker Faire in New York!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Headband plus earrings

I only noticed after making the necklace

that the headband + the earrings

roughly equal the necklace.
(pompoms and lasercut fabric
on a computer cable)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Fest

I gave up and it felt so good.
The first half of the day has been comically disappointing, but I'm not going to let that prevent me from enjoying the second half. I highly recommend patronizing the party supply store in Olneyville Square, (the one between Kennedy Fried Chicken and Keystone Printing.) They were so kind to me today.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Probably yes

I like thinking with my hands through play.
This necklace says MAYBE ANYTHING PROBABLY YES
Thanks to Kelly Eident for the acrylic, and Mike McCarthy for the photo.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Corpus Callosum


I made a poster for the show tomorrow at 186 Carpenter Street in Providence. Corpus Callosum is on tour all the way from San Francisco, and Speaker For The Dead is joining them for some New England dates. Corpus Callosum has an amazing glass harmonium of tuned wine glasses (okay, not a true harmonium but SUPER INSPIRING nonetheless) , accordion, mandolin, guitars, percussion, voices, bells, and found objects. It should start by 8:30 and be over by 10:00, and I guarantee it will be a lovely time!
Corpus Callosum - Lullaby #2 from Dax Tran-Caffee on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lightness

Usually, I am a cyclist or a pedestrian. Never have I owned a car, though for about a year I borrowed one from my family. I can't say that I've had the smallest carbon footprint because I have flown over 200 times so far.  Being above clouds is a familiar sight to me. I took this several weeks ago on the way home from California.

Roger Williams Park is certainly the hidden gem of Providence. It covers more than 400 acres and was landscaped by the Olmsted Brothers over a hundred years ago. (Frederick Law Olmsted the elder was the landscape architect for Central Park in New York City.) I like to visit the Temple to Music, the lakes, the Botanical Center, the Japanese Garden, the Museum of Natural History, the carousel, and the stables for the police horses. I took this photo there recently. 
especially enjoy throwing sticks into the lakes when the surfaces are at least partially frozen because it can produce a good fake laser sound, like a tightly- stretched  spring reverberating inside a tube. 
Lately I am elated about actualizing a couple dreams. One has to do with music, and one has to do with a lasercutter. You'll hear more about it soon.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Fireworks and Honeysuckle



July Fourth in New York


Booming mortar ignitions 
black powder combusting 
rolling thunderous echoes
shooting sounds, sounds like shooting. 


inconsistent hammering 
walking on bubble wrap
resonating snaps pouring like lead shot 
cracking
staccato flashes
screaming
shrieking
loud silence
fading ghosts in every direction


Floating in a sulfurous haze
the bashful, blushed peach of a moon

hidden in plain sight.


To ride in a plane this very day,
below the clouds above here
witness to a neutral war
populated with flowers of light


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Laser- cut diner placemat doodles as prototypes for AS220's 
soon- to- arrive Shopbot!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Some work in Warren

I have a piece on display at the Imago Foundation for the Arts in Warren. My "Swing for singing" is in the "Love in June" show. The swing was recently at AS220's Pop- Up Gallery on Westminster Street in Providence. I really like the direction this piece is going in, and you should check it out if you're nearby. I'll be making a costume to wear when performing on it, eventually. Photos soon.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Textile toys


My niece and nephew turned one yesterday so I made for them some textile playthings.



Tuesday, May 29, 2012

2 doodles

I just returned from a month in California visiting family, friends, 
digital fabrication spaces, and exhibiting at the Maker Faire. 
Sketchbooks are convenient to work with when traveling. The 
stationary store in the Kinokuniya Mall always yields new drawing 
tools and I like using ballpoint pens in soft, brushy ways. That red 
text above actually says, "Good people disobey bad laws."

Back in Providence, I'm playing around in the shared studio 
downtown. New friend Paul Brazio gave us each storyboarding 
moleskines. I made this image with pencil shavings and tape.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

More and bigger


I made another pair of pom pom earrings. To make them yourself, follow the technique demonstrated in my most recent tutorial video, but make some smaller batches of pom poms in a variety of diameters to create a gradient of sizes for the finished jewelry project. To build the earrings just tie the pom poms onto existing hoop earrings utilizing the longer belts that should still be hanging off of each pom pom. If you accidentally cut off the belts, use a needle and thread to securely sew the pom poms to the hoop earring (simply around the metal or plastic.)
Ask questions if you have any! 

A neat reference is the book,  Tassels: The Fanciful Embellishment by Nancy Welch.