Thursday, April 20, 2017

Deco Wing Bangle and Earrings Color Variation

I got it done!  One last set for the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild show on Saturday. I showed a different color variation of this bangle at Fiber Feast last year and the woman modeling it ended up purchasing it. 

I'm really happy with this newer color variation which I have been able to wear once so far.  You can see it in the sale area of Fiber Feast this weekend!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Small Deco Bangle and Earrings in Purples and Dark Green

I'm having fun getting back into some of my art deco designs, the last of this style sold so quickly (and I made a smaller version for my mom for christmas) that I decided to make it in the purples/gold/neutrals I've been obsessed with lately. 

These are headed to the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Fiber Feast this weekend where you can see all of my new stuff before it goes to galleries!  Tickets are still available too!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Gold Green and Turquoise Tonal Arrow Beaded Jewelry Set

I decided to make a pair of earrings to match a dress that I wore this year to the Capital City Film Fesitval red carpet event this year. The bangle followed.

You can shop for both at the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Fiber Feast this coming Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at Washtenaw Community College. Tickets are still available (usually this show sells out). 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

More Purple, Gold and Brown Jewelry Variegations

I feel like I've been working on finishing this lariat necklace for forever, I guess I've been busy with my day job, replacing a kitchen faucet and generally catching up on housework now that ski season is over. Today I'll throw in the towel and get my skis out of my car too.  Anyway, this set is finished and ready to head to the Ann Arbor Fiberart Guild's Fiber Feast at the end of April.  If it doesn't sell, it'll probably end up at Synchronicity or Higher Art Gallery.

I'm still on a purple, gold and brown kick.  Even the next bangle I'm working on is the same colorway.  Usually I'm inspired by something else or am tired of looking at this color set, but it hasn't happened yet so I'm rolling with it.  I wanted to keep this lariat necklace simple at the ends because there's a lot of color change in the lariat itself.  I used swarovski pearls and crystals as accents.

I think it's also important to point out that all of these pieces are just variations to the St. Petersburg Chain stitch.  I love how it looks and feels with tiny seed beads, so I keep coming back around to it.

Larger chandelier earrings can be the bane of my existence.  The perfectionist in me is annoyed that the left earring is not hanging as well as the right, even though they're stitched the same.  They're best stored hanging so the thread can bear the weight and sort itself out.  I've worn them a number of times and gotten some really nice compliments so in the end, that's what matters.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tonal Arrow Beaded Jewelry Set

I had been itching to start a new bangle bracelet but I wanted to go somewhat simple and play with tonal color going from brown to purple, which I have been focused on lately for Spring 2017.  I started with this arrow design bangle.  Then it needed long earrings to match, and the earrings became a good idea for a simpler bracelet and a necklace.

You will be able to see all of these in person (unless someone contacts me beforehand about a purchase) at the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Fiber Feast.  Tickets are on sale now for the luncheon and fashion show they put on every year.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Warp Winding for Two

Yesterday was a chilly sunny Sunday.  My place was picked up and moved around enough to start thinking about making some changes in my office and studio space.  Either way, I was going to have to move my warp winder.  I have been feeling a burst of artistic energy again.  I grabbed the warp winder and decided to plan out my next pieces.  

I had drafted a very large version of my next piece "Leaf Me Alone" and it has been feeling a bit intimidating.  So I put together a cartoon for a smaller version of it, and that's where I'm starting.  I've been wanting to use a darker variegated thread for both warps on one of these and I think the small version will be a good tester for that also.

So, I spent my Sunday winding off 4 warps for 2 projects.  It felt great to get these done.  Here's a bit about what it means to wind a warp in video format: 

Ignore my comfy Sunday lounging clothes, I didn't feel like getting too cleaned up for the internet. I get more done that way.

So math was done, ends per inch was calculated (a bit more open than packed together), below is the "cross" in my warp that I talk about in the video:

Below is the second warps (2 per weaving for double weave), which I also got wound off for the larger more intimidating piece.  Time to get to it!

Delicious piles of hand dyed rayon warps! 

Friday, February 17, 2017


Well, to start, this piece was inspired by the variation I started doing on the triple pod earring.  I created the first set to go with an outfit I was wearing for the Art Council's Holiday Gala, it sold that week. I made another set and just delivered it to the Lansing Art Gallery last month.  As I was making the earrings, I wanted to keep adding pods.  The shapes and varying textures in the different beads were calling to me.

I decided that if I got my latest weaving ready to hang, I'd allow myself to start in on this idea. That was the kick in the pants I needed to finish my latest Lake Superior weaving for submission to a Call for Art.  This piece was also finished in time for that submission.

I took a few photos while the threads were still on this piece, I had every intention of continuing to add pods, but I was so happy with the initial pictures I stopped myself.  There is such a thing as over-doing it when creating artwork, these photos let me know I was at a good stopping point.

Finally, the title....I tend to think of names for pieces either at the very beginning of a piece when I'm working conceptually or as I am working on them. This piece kept making me think of forms and writings I was working on in college.  The cleaving of things.  When something is being pushed together and split apart at the same time.  This is the first of an idea of cleavage, cloven, cleavers in my own work.