Monday, December 27, 2010

I'll be updating the shop throughout the week with these little rings and some other goodies :)

Friday, December 24, 2010

O Night Divine

A very Merry Christmas to you all ~

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night, divine! O night, when Christ was born!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Fashion Illustration

So wonderful to find today that my lovely friend, Paulette of Miss Charm's Chic, had featured my fashion illustrations with some very talented artists on EnviShoes blog!

Please click this link and check out the article for some amazing works!

click the image for a larger version

Monday, December 20, 2010

Here's where we left off in our livestream... thanks to everyone who came, it was fun! Sorry about the glitches at the end!

Next streaming session is Wednesday, Dec 22nd at 10pm EST :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sketch of a personal piece I've had bouncing around in my head for awhile. Haven't had much time to paint with all that's been happening with the shop... hoping to put together some things after the holidays.

Art (c) Erin McManness 2010
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"Then the cold came, the dark days
when fear crept into my mind"

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I must have these. A la { Tabitha Simmons }

Tonight I've been sketching and working up new designs for early Spring2011. Trend forecasts are saying a mix of "edgy and ultra-feminine", so we're embracing black, white, gold, blush, and lacy elements.

The snow fell silently today, but I couldn't help thinking forward to when we can bust out our statement shoes, lacy short dresses, and tailored black sharp-cropped coats. Ready to have sex-kitten hair, creamy pearl necklaces, and punk-rock edge this Jan/Feb/Mar.

Gearing up for a January photoshoot of LOTS of new items.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The only thing I will say about it.

"He didn't even say goodbye, he didn't take the time to lie. Bang bang, he shot me down. Bang bang I hit the ground" ~

Bang bang.

Again, the greatest thing my mother ever taught me holds true for yet another day. Nothing left to do but shake my head, laugh at the irony, and move on.

* designs / photography (c) Erin McManness / Miri-love 2010

On another note, I have been thoroughly busy with custom jewelry and shop orders! It's been great :) Above is a detail shot from a Christmas gift I designed for a client. It's the best feeling when a customer is just thrilled with what you've made for them. I was given so much artistic freedom with this, which was amazing :) Nothing but good things to say! I can show more once the holidays are over, as some works are a surprise and I don't want to ruin it ;)

I am working on trend forecasts for early Spring2011. Sketches and some fashion-y collages are sure to be posted right after the holidays. Get ready amigos ~

Thursday, December 9, 2010

"'Cause I've been there before
and you've been there before
but together we can be alright"

As different as we all are, aren't we all searching for the same thing?

Call me a hug-box, but sometimes I think that the world could have a lot more "right" in it if we just took a moment to love each other a little more.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Greatest Thing My Mother Ever Taught Me

I always seem to find inspiration and something to say at around 2 or 3am. Sometimes inspiration... it doesn't have a normal schedule.

Many can relate to me when I say that the economy has truly taken its toll. I ended up popping on "Cinderella Man" in the wee hours of this morning; for those who haven't seen it, first: go rent it, or download it to Wii, or whatever it is we do now. But for those who haven't seen it, it is the story of James J. Braddock, who was a boxer during the Great Depression, who overcame all odds, and went from an injured, broke underdog to world champion (plus, Russell Crowe is just brilliant).

At this point, I have been freelancing for a surprising 7 months. Read: when I say "freelancing", I really honestly mean "looking for a full-time job, drawing furiously to pay the bills, and drinking lots and lots of coffee." I love the movie Cinderella Man because it really cuts to the heart of the viewer (or maybe I'm just a big softie). For most of the movie, we witness the hardships that the Braddock family endures during the Depression. Watching the movie again tonight, not only was I moved just because it seems like such a hopeless, difficult situation for anyone to endure, but because I feel as though I am living that situation. Perhaps financially not to that extreme, but the feelings of hopelessness, of trying everything you can possibly think of to find work, yet it's not there... those things are such a reality for others, and myself.

I have read that this is "the Great Depression of our time". I will admit to you, honestly, that it has weighed on me. And most of you reading this, I know that it's weighed on you too. I came back East from Los Angeles with the intention to have a full-time job in 2 months. Afterall, it only took me 2 months before to find work. Obviously my skillset is valuable. Obviously I am valuable. Right?


It's been 7 months. After awhile, as most of you know, it's difficult to keep momentum if it's you that you are following. After while, you start to search for something outside of yourself, to renew you, to rejuvenate you, to keep you going when you feel you simply can't do it yourself any longer. You start to search so desperately that you lose sight of yourself, or your reasons for doing anything. All you know is that you need something to keep you high, so you don't sink so low that you can't pull yourself out. I have been here. And I know so many others who are there with me.

When I was a kid, my mother was a single mom. And though my dad was and is a wonderful father and drove 9 hours to see my sister and I growing up every other weekend, I remember my mom making most of my clothes. I remember never ordering soda at a restaurant. I remember laying with my window open at night because we didn't have AC. I remember walking everywhere. But the thing that I remember most is how strong my mother was; and how I knew that I was a strong lady, because my mother taught me how to be.

The greatest thing my mother taught me was that, no matter what, you must always be able to count on yourself, when you could count on no other, and nothing else. That you must be strong, you must make a way for yourself, that you must be proud and confident in who you are and trust in yourself.

Like I said before, sometimes, when we feel like we are in so deep, we lose sight of ourselves or our reasons for doing anything. We forget who we are: that we can endure, and that we are strong. We forget that we don't need something else to pull us up, that we can inspire ourselves to rise above, and rise above we shall. That maybe we are the underdog right now, but that we have the stuff inside of us already to conquer whatever we set our mind to.

I have been needing a reminder of my own capabilities, and tonight was an unexpected and welcome realization. So, therefore, I'd like to publicly thank my mother and, of course, Mr. Russell Crowe.
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