Welcome to the first post of Down to the Wire for 2014 – whoo hoo!
I wanted to kick it off with a great interview I did with a lovely lady who goes by the fabulous name Melstiel. She and I met at TorCon this past October.
Melstiel is probably one of Castiel’s biggest fans and it looks like the feeling is mutual:
I’m happy to give her the floor for her to strut her stuff for us today! Take it away Melstiel!
I am Melissa but I prefer to be called Mel. I am a bionic woman, with a cochlear implant to help me hear better. I identify as pansexual and polyamorous. I am in a family of five which includes my significant other Christopher, my hearing ear dog Rocky, and my two cats, Artemis and Satine.
I work in maintenance of recycled soft goods at a thrift store and take on research and program evaluation contracts from time to time. I have a graduate degree in forensic psychological research and I am taking courses in Case Management so I can get a certificate in that much more practical field. I love cats, ancient civilizations, video games, psychology, sexuality, and art. I am a devoted Superwholockian.
As you can tell, I am completely enamored with Castiel and Misha Collins. Like Castiel, I am a socially awkward rebel who is fiercely loyal to their friends and feels guilty for mistakes made in life. Misha makes me happy and is just a beautiful human being with a dose of crazy. I did GISHWHES ’13 and look forward though fear doing GISHWHES ’14. Here’s an example of a GISHWHES ’13 item – the objective was to raise funds for the food bank by ‘panhandling’ as a dragon attack victim on a busy sidewalk
That was a challenging item for me because of my social anxiety but I persisted. I wish I knew of Misha when I was younger because I was not accepted due to being ‘eccentric’ and he would have been a wonderful role model.
I do mixed media and recycled art under the persona of Felivalkyria, concocted from “feline” and “valkyrie”. My art often has fantastical themes and includes portraiture of animals and people important in my life. I am part of Moods Expressed, a local working group for artists with mental health issues, and we have a website at http://www.moodsexpressed.com . Under Artists/Artisans, you can find me as Felivalkyria (Melissa Pagliaro) and view my art there. I do a few shows a year thanks to the help of Moods Expressed.
I used to write but I don’t so much anymore as visual art is more my discipline these days. I have been dabbling in making jewelry and recently made a Castiel necklace with pearls and cubic zirconia. I was lucky to find a tear drop bead dangle that is similar to the cubic zirconia I used and makes it looks like Castiel’s tie is dangling between his wings! .
I am very much someone who experiments with it all – recently, I got a new camera (Panasonic Lumix G6) and my favourite picture that I have taken so far is of my cat, Artemis .
I like cosplaying, especially as Cas, and I am always striving to improve my work .
I appreciate handmade creations because they have much more love poured into them than storebought, factory manufactured items. Precious time is spent to create unique and one-of-a-kind items when they are handmade. I like supporting independent artists’ creations as opposed to big corporations which I feel are often detrimental to society. In fact, commissioning one artist’s work has become my yearly Christmas tradition.
There is something truly attractive about the shiny! That is why I like to work with cubic zirconia. I also love materials with interesting textures like feathers, leather, fur, and velour. I work well with tactile sensations because my sense of smell is nil, having anosmia. I have a penchant for long dangling jewelry because I consider myself feminine.
Eldwenne’s Fantasy actually stands out to me because Jodi is one of few independent vendors to display their work at Creation cons.
Jodi here again – thank you so so much, Melstiel! As some of you may know, my daughter, Raven also has cochlear implants, so both she and Melstiel have something in common – bionic women!
I have to say I love where you’re going with your jewelry – please keep going with it! And all of you really should check out Melstiel’s artwork at http://www.moodsexpressed.com – use the dropdown menu to select Felivalkyria (Melissa Pagliaro) and you will be giving yourself a major treat.
Check out all of her artwork, but especially the Fantasy section – this woman knows how to mix her media and create atmospheres and new worlds. There’s a piece I was particularly drawn to with two women lounging alongside an eagle. Also looks like Artemis is making a cameo! Bravo, Melstiel!!
Is anyone going to VegasCon? I’ll be there with my Eldwenne’s Fantasy table selling my quality handmade jewelry, jewelry boxes, keychains, and whatever else I can think of between now and March!
Don’t forget to check out my shop at http://www.eldwenne.etsy.com for TONS of new designs added daily including Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, and Walking Dead!!
February is going to be chock full of great posts including a great feature on my lovely customer Judy!
See ya’ll next week! (Yes, I’m practicing my Southern for my big move this spring!)