Saturday, September 17, 2016

UP Vacation and a Revisit to the Porkies

It's been two years since I have made it back up to the Upper Peninsula, or taken a week of vacation for that matter.  this was the trip I've been needing.  It's a bit of a trek to do alone and I feel very fortunate to have been invited up to the UP Beerfest in Marquette with Isaac.

We visted the brewing site of Blackrocks Brewery 
(any beer they put lavender into is my favoite!)



Isaac and his dad.


I agree with this statement, I feel this way about my artwork.


The Cabin, handbuilt, lots of stories here.

I finally understand Saunas....I wonder if the city would notice if I built one...

Ore dock behind us walking into Beerfest.

Lansing represents! Found Lisa amongst the rain and 5,000 people

Rainbow over Marquette

Then more rain.

This is me being sad that my favorite bead store in Marquette has closed (building behind me)

Blackrocks


Isaac cliff-jumping...maybe next year for me.




He's a bit drier by this photo.


It was an extra trek, but I really wanted to get back to the Pocupine Mountains (and Isaac had never been).  I found out that you can't book the rustic camping sites over by Dan's cabin online or over the phone, so I booked it over there to get our camping site.

The waterfall outside Dan's Cabin (the cabin I lived in for the Porkies Residency in 2014) 

Dan's Cabin



I also had to book it over to the Porkies to see my weaving hanging in the Porkies Visitor's Center

This guy is great.

Lake of the Clouds, it's the first I've seen it grey.


Ahhh, the amazing bark up here

Lake Superior Beach 


On the way home we visited Kitch-iti-kipi Spring, the boat allows you to see straight to the bottom and allll the huge fish. 



Cut River Bridge and the hike down is absolutly worth the stop.


And the sunset at Cut River


It was really hard to leave this time, Eventually I'll stay.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Pac-Man Bangle 2


It seems like so long ago when I designed the first Pac Man bangle as a commission for Betsy.  I had started playing with conductive thread and this particular bracelet held a coin battery, has 4 led lights and snaps together.  I have been meaning to revisit this design (in a more simple manner), there was a call for art for a games exhibit, thus making me pull this pattern out of my archives.



This was fun to get back to. I do have to admit that I miss-counted on the yellow Pac-Man himself thus having to cut the glass seed beads out of an entire vertical row and going in to stitch the yellow in properly.  You can only see the thread from the back (inside) of the bangle when I do this (see below).


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

My Artwork at HGA Convergence Conference 2016, Milwaukee


If you had told 17-year-old me that I would have had two of my pieces of artwork in city Art Museums before I turn 35, I would have blown you off.  I was hoping to just go to college and get a general business degree and try to get a 9-5 job that would pay for my beading and weaving "hobbies"


Fortunately, when it came down to actually looking at and thinking about colleges, I had (and still do have) many people in my life who saw my potential and nudged me toward following my passion.  I said yes to many opportunities along the way, and my first Small Expressions exhibit through the Handweavers Guild of America was hosted the Long Beach Museum of Art.  I was ecstatic to get in, and to boot, the Museum used the image of my Bamboozled Bangle on their website for the show.


The Milwaukee Museum of Art is currently hosting the Small Expressions 2016 show, and what an amazing museum (pictured behind me).  I'm still just amazing that Gypsy Leaf is spending a few months in the same building as Rembrandts, Warhols, Chihuly, Nick Cave....   I also really appreciate how the curator positioned my piece, only one pearl clasped and the bottom flared out.  I will definitely be getting better photos of it displayed like that.

I add to my excitement, I am very pleased to announce that Gypsy Leaf also received the Edith Whiteman Award.  This is the first time one of my pieces has won an award at an HGA exhibit.  If you happen to be close, I not only encourage you to check out the museum and Small Expressions, but the retrospective that they have on Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood is really amazing.


Uprooted 2 also took a short trip over to Milwaukee for the exhibits helding during Convergence.  It was accepted into the all-media exhibit: "Mixed Bag"

Outside the Milwaukee Museum of Art


Interior overlooking Lake Michigan

Upper entrance bridge walking up to the museum.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Waiting on Pearls Necklace and Earrings


As I was re-sorting beads last week I came across a baggie that had a necklace and pair of earrings that had been started.  Luckily, I have leave myself notes, "waiting on pearls" was scrolled on a small piece of paper in the baggie.  I imagine I ran out o this particular pearl color and was waiting on placing another bead order.  


So, I had the pearls by now and added them to both the pod earrings and the necklace.  In the past I've done a single St. Petersburg chain strand with only 1 or 2 pearls to loop for various lengths, this one has 3 pearls for adjustment options.


I'm keeping myself busy beading and packing for the Traverse city Higher Art Exhibition, I need to order some additional displays and hope to be able to make a booth look full.