Sunday, May 24, 2009

New cover for the book! I like this a lot! The first cover IW used for promotion is on the fan page. This seems brighter, like the watercolor pages used for backgrounds.

This is the quick sketch for the piece 'Time and Memory' a necklace for a selkie named Tuala.

The finished version of 'Time and Memory'. Andrew took this shot and I think it looks really good. He's a very good photo stylist.

I was really surprised to see the book on Amazon! Its kind of surreal... I knew that it would be sold in bookstores, but its strange to see my name as an author. It made my heart skip a little, in a good way. Now I'm nervous! I hope it lives up to the anticipation! So many have contributed to this project and believe in it so much and for once, I'm in agreement. I never worked so hard on anything as I did on this book and that includes birthing my baby and my senior thesis show. I might even say it was more work than landscaping with my dad in the heat of Florida summers! The book is 164 pages with 20 projects and a basics sections, but the real work was making the hundreds of pieces, experimenting with interesting combinations and then choosing what goes in.
That was also the most fun. The least fun was writing directions. Now I'm at a different stage- promotion. I am very glad Andrew is good at this, otherwise it would be me standing awkwardly at a show, hiding behind the books! I'm more of behind the scenes kind a gal. When I used to do gallery shows, I'd pretend I wasn't the artist and watch how everyone reacted to the work. I know, cowardly, but what can you do? I just like to make stuff.

13 comments:

Cindy said...

Congratulations Cynthia! I love the book cover. I know you have worked so hard. When I get stateside I will be sure to check it out! good luck with the promotion. im sure it will do well!

Gaea said...

I'll be out by my mail box....
Can't wait! The preview pics from the Interweave website look amazing!

Andrew Thornton said...

Hey Cynthia! The book will be a grand success. To me, it already is. Thinking back years ago, when I used to bother you relentlessly and shouting at each other came as naturally as breathing air, who would have thought that I would swell up and gleam with pride whenever I mention you? Not to beat a dead horse, or in the words of our mother, "sound like a broken record," but I am proud of you and all that you've done! You are a great inspiration and have worked so hard. Congratulations!

Gardanne said...

It looks beautiful Cynthia, I can't wait to see it. When will it be in bookstores?

coolmoon said...

Congratulations of the book. I'm definitely going to check it out. I have authored a beading book too(Beading Zen-Finding Yourself among your Beads) but did mine through the publishing source Blurb - which is a little different than a big publishing house - but it was still a thrill and very rewarding, even on a smaller scale. I'm already gathering original design projects for another one someday!

Eva said...

We're buying it for sure. I'm so proud of you, Cynthia! See, you'd never have had this kind of success if you had the work ethic of a dirty hippie, right? :) Your island dream is getting closer...

And I know Andrew will work the promotion like no other. You can't hire personality like that.

Janet said...

The facebook page of yours is Wonderful! How lovely is the page that shows what you wrote story form....so lovely!!!

Janet said...

"And all the wee people and the pixie folk shouted with glee and danced the faerie dances with great gusto because Cynthia Thornton had brought them alive again! People were starting to forget about them...and she came and brought the stardust back!
xx

Cynthia Thornton said...

Thanks everyone! I'm pretty excited! It comes out November of this year.

Cindy said...

Cynthia
I'm so excited to have won one of your FB give aways today for the Earth set of beads! I cannot wait to see your new book in person! Congrats on this exciting accomplishment.

inventivesoul said...

I'll be checking out your book as soon as it hits the shelf Cynthia. I LOVE mixed and multi media jewelry!
It's fun to see your ideas be published!
Thank you for sharing!
Amber Dawn

Jeremiah Ketner said...

Congratulations! It the book looks fantastic. I am sure you will have plenty of success! It's so cool to finally see this come together. I wish you tremendous luck and fortune!

Jean said...

what a stunning book! ps I tagged you in my blog jean xox