Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sweet Soap Porn Saturday

I have been taking photographs for my business' new website (not live yet), and also working on post production, editing each photograph carefully until the crop, light and color was just right for the photographs of Mad Oils' colorants.  As a mica supplier, it is incredibly important to make sure the colors I put up on the screen are identical to the colors we carryAll month I've been photographing micas, fragrance oils, poppy seeds,  (yes, Facebook viewers, most of you figured out that the "Who Am I?" photo I posted was indeed a gaggle of Spanish Blue Poppies.) 

One of my real passions, however, is photographing soaps.  It's my favorite subject matter and I realized that in 2007, when I started this blog reviewing soaps from around the world.  I do miss reviewing soaps, but at some point after a couple of years, there were a bunch of soap review blogs that popped up out of nowhere, so my soap reviews didn't seem necessary anymore.  Other bloggers were doing a great job reviewing soaps, and because I was getting increasingly busy, I turned the blog into my personal diary and for displaying soap.  I basically handed it over and begin something else:  SOAP PORN.  The only reason I ever started the blog was to expose talented unknown soap makers to the world through photos and positive reviews.  Giving the handcrafted soap world a place to reveal themselves was my goal and I think I was involved in something wonderful.

This weekend, I found fantastic soap blogs with better than dynamite photos of super-stunning soaps. Three women soap makers and bloggers. I share with you, the three artists that I think have incredible talent and need to be further exposed.


SOAPJAM, Philippines




 



I love everything about Soap Jam's soap, from the colors she puts together, to the designs she creates all the way to the stamp that's perfectly placedThe photography is also spot on!  Thank you, Sylvia, for being an inspiration and for sharing your beauties!  I am so happy I stumbled on you this weekend!

   

 INFUSIONS, Maya
 




Infusions... I am breathless.  I wish her About page has more information so I could share that with you and also know myself, more about her background.
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SAVONS FANTASIES, Jazz







Jazz, who writes the Savons Fantasies blog, has a wide range of techniques she uses. I do love the different styles she attempts (and does well!) and it's wonderful to see one soaper try all of them.  Some soap makers can find their groove with one style and then find it hard to expand their horizons by trying new techniques because of their comfort zone.  It seems as if Jazz tries everything and does it with style!

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This is one of the reasons I run Soap Challenges on Facebook (and here).  Expanding the way we think, look at things and reveal the artist within us all.


To wrap it up, I am sharing a photo from Soap Jam's blog of Sylvia and Maya together!  Sylvia on the left and Maya on the right:



I lift my coffee to you both and to Jazz!  Thank you, soapy ladies.

xoxo Joanna


10 comments:

talkeetnagirl said...

They are dazzling!

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Oh freakin man those are some fantabulous soaps! I've been making soap for nearly 7 years now and just when I think I've seen all the designs that are out there...I haven't. So inspired. Thanks for that!

dL said...

Joanna , you are one encouraging soap bomb. Thanks for the inspiration. ! Its hard to scope for these master soaper works of art , and often we' re too distracted to share them w our tribe . And most of these artist people have full time OTHER jobs, families , and work on a shoestring budget ... we amaze each other !
Laurie , st louis

Joan said...

Absolutely gorgeous soaps!!...every one of them. I have seen pictures of Silvia's soap before and they are beautiful. Now you add Maya & Jazz to the list. Thanks to these ladies of creation & you for sharing them.
Soap Porn indeed!!!



Pam said...

The Infusions link above is broken I think. Goes to https://sionsblog.wordpress.com/ FYI.

What lovely soaps these are thank you.

Jazz said...

Hello Joanna, I am glad you like my soaps :-)

soapjam said...

What a wonderful surprise to read your blog and see something very familiar! �� I am deeply honored and humbled, more so to be put together with Maya and Jazz - two very talented and seasoned soap artists. Thank you, Joanna. ��

elena said...

These soaps are absolutely beautiful, real pieces of art!

Infusions said...

Joanna, though it is very late, (I came across your post through a Pinterest board that has pins from it) thank you so much for the introduction and review. I was surprised and honored to see Infusions's soaps featured by you along with those of Silvia and Jazz. Thank you so much!
Now, I feel I need to get back to soaping and enjoy all the fun of creating soap for the skin, eyes, and the soul 😊
Maya

Serviced Apartments London Lady said...

These soaps really look too good to use!