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don't worry be happy

Pack of what ? you may be asking yourself…hehe,  this “pack” refers to other creatives, other retailers, other sellers of stuff.  The holiday season is  full of twinkling lights, celebratory fanfare, traditional music and many things to distract you as a consumer. Glossy ads and “wish books” get hurled at your doorstep prior to Black Friday to entice you into big box stores with hope of a “great deal”. But what happens after the purchase? Is it beautifully packaged? Is there information about the origination of the item or its creator? Is there a funny/informative story or history behind the purchase? Will the purchase last more than a week? Will the recipient of your gift love it so much they will want more of the same next year? (i.e. collectibles?)

As a creative, I look at all of those aspects of my work.  I work the color purple (hence Purple Cloud Studio) into my packaging every chance I get. I include information about my studio and where you can reach me if you have questions or comments. Over the years,  I have  gotten many unexpected cards and e-mails thanking me for making a gift they received that they absolutely love! The feedback is worth it all. Knowing that I made someone happy seems to be a big part of why I am here. Making you happy makes me happy.




I like good shit. I’ll bet you do too. Would you KNOW good shit if it jumped up and bit you?

Good Shit, as defined by the  Michele-vision dictionary, (And, yes, it does exist) is an item that has the quality of fine craftsmanship applied to fine materials, i.e. high thread-count sheets in Egyptian cotton, satin lined wool pants, etc. *note…EXTRA good shit has a twist of the unusual which may, or may not be accidental. The term “woogly” applies here, but that is yet another day’s blog.

Now apply that to Art and the like, now some of that is subjective, but high quality stands out in a crowd.  If you scrutinize closely, you may ask yourself some simple questions:

1) Does the Artist have a command and  an understanding of his/her medium’s capabilities…did they push the envelope in any way? Take any risks? Do something beyond the border?

2) Are the materials top quality? Does the piece have any rough or sharp edges? Any liability issues pertaining to potential injury? (not that you will get hurt on a painting, but say, a metal sculpture, or  a  glass item)

3) Is the item complete and ready to use/display? With jewelry, is a chain provided with a necklace? A canvas—is it gallery wrapped or does it have a frame. A hanger provided on the back? Does  it have a paper sealed backing? Is it signed? Numbered in a series?

4) Is it durable? Will it be passed onto the next generation? Will anyone fight over it in your Last Will and Testament? (I like this category) Standing the test of time is a good one. My jewelry is heavy, and when I make it I ask myself the question “Can I wing at your forehead and raise a lump?” If the answer is yes, then I have done my job.






Michele Palenik & Baxter

Michele Palenik & Baxter

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