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.  

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Colorado Blue Skies Bangle

The Colorado Blue Skies bangle is 11 years old, thus, older than this blog or any of my social media, so I decided it deserves a post.  It's one of those bangles that is a classic of mine, which I try to keep in-stock, but apparently sold the last one I made sometime last year.  As I prep for the Traverse City Higher Art Exhibition, I've been going through some of my old patterns.  This has a slight variation to any of my other ones, the lighter brownish color bead is "cut" (has edges which grab the light differently) rather than smooth.

I actually remember beginning to draft this pattern while sitting at the Starbucks on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado.  I lived there in 2004/2005 and got to see the Flatirons jutting out of the mountain side daily.  I even recall taking my lunch break outside of Chico's (where I worked) and while coloring in the final pattern, one of the panhandlers, who was probably around my age at the time was leaning over, asking what I was doing and drooled on the edge of the paper, blurring the title of the bangle I had written in that corner. I mostly use copies I've made of older patterns, but I still have the original paper....

And speaking of sitting outside of Chico's on Pearl Street, I posted a photo of this bangle being worked on and Mary, my store manager from my Colorado Chico's days, sent over the above photo on the Facebook post of her collection of my earlier work! It's reminding me of some things I should re-visit, especially the pattern on the left, I haven't made one of those in ages.  I sold the last large one 2 years ago at the Oyster Bar in Providence RI during Convergence.  Thank you for sharing Mary!

This last image is actually to show students what I'm talking about when using clear beads or choosing the correct thread.  It's not a good photo, but with the light behind the beads, there is a thread that I've stitched through the green that appears very prominent (circled).  When worn, it's not easy to see at all, but it's something that beaders need to take into account when choosing thread color and pay attention to how much your thread may show through various beads.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Deco Point Set, Green Pink and Golds

Deco Point Bangle and Earrings
Bangle $75.00

Deco Point Earrings $55.00

Triple Pod Earrings $75.00

Leaf Earrings with Crystal accents $45.00

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sorting and Organizing

I am feeling a little overwhelmed getting ready for a 2 day show at the end of next month (Traverse City Higher Art, during their film festival), I just got work back from one gallery and need to send new stuff.  I always go by color groupings.  There are no earrings in the photo, but I'm trying to color-organize my larger work and see what colors I can play with for fill-in.

Then I went to drop off Uprooted 3 at the Ella Sharp Museum for the Statewide Fine Art Competition. My friend Brian had told me to check out the Grand River Brewery.  It did not disappoint (all the food looked amazing, I got the Scotch Eggs), plus, it was around the corner from the Jackson Antique Mall, which I hadn't visited in years and once frequented.

I found something to fill that blank space in the yellows.... they usually don't have size 8 or larger vintage women's shoes at antique shops.  I was short in my organizing in travel hat boxes and scored a barely used Samsonite one too. 

Aaannnd, this cute turquoise blue bud vase. A nice $3 treat. 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Rose Gold Hexagon Jewelry Set

I hunkered down last night to finish off this jewelry set.  I am really into this coppery-rose-gold colored seed bead right now.  It's quite dazzling with the crystal-colored bugle beads and larger faceted seed beads.

I did have a difficult time deciding whether to keep the necklace with just one pearl (which is the clasp) or add a second one. I posted the question to Instagram and Facebook last night.  The official tally is 15 people preferred 1 pearl, 11 people preferred 2 pearls.  Honestly, it's easy enough to add the second one back on for a buyer, you can see what it looks like (on me, in a bad photo late last night working) at the bottom of this post.

Hexagon Necklace $120.00

Hexagon Bracelet $75.00

Hexagon Earrings Plain $45.00
with Pearl Drop $48.00

I also had a difficult time deciding between earrings with a pearl or earrings without, so I made both because they don't take as long as the necklace does.  I'm trying to beef up my jewelry stock since I have a show the last weekend in July (29th and 30th) called Traverse City Higher Art.  It's at the ECCO Event Center, 121 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI.  The show runs 10am-6pm both days.

Necklace with 2 pearls.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Upcoming June Classes!

I have been so busy prepping and making sure I have enough beads, needles and thread that I've been forgetting to post reminders on workshops that I'm teaching in June.

On June 11, 2016 I will be at the 577 Foundation for Fiber 577 Workshops.  I'm teaching 2 half-day classes.  The 577 Foundation is located in Perrysburg, Ohio.  It has the cutest downtown so if I were you I'd plan on staying later or the entire weekend.  I also suggest checking out Grand Rapids, Ohio, which also has an adorable downtown (and pop into Angelwood Gallery who carries my jewelry).
The first is Two Drop Peyote Stitch which is my beginning beadweaving class.  As of Tuesday this week, this class still had 3 openings.  This is 9am-1pm.  This cost of this class is a steal.  You can register HERE.

The second class is Russian Leaf Stitch, this is a more intricate beadweaving stitch so the class limit is smaller and there was only one opening as of Tuesday.  This is We have a lot to cover in 3 hours (noon-1:00 is lunch).  You can register for Russian Leaf HERE.

On June 24 and 25 (Friday and Saturday), I am offering a 2 day Russian Leaf Class at Interlochen College of Arts.  The first day we will learn the basics of the Russian Leaf Stitch (pictured above).  The second day we will review and then move on to turning the leaf into a pod form (pictured below).  As we work, I will discuss how I use these pieces in my work, but also the many variations that these components are useful for.  I love teaching Russian Leaf in 2 or 3 days because it really gives everyone time to practice the stitch (of course there's take-home directions too), and combine the pieces they're making.
You can register for Russian Leaf at Interlochen HERE.