I am getting ready to send a grouping of Spring/Summer jewelry to send off to Angelwood Gallery for their May 9th Open House and something really inspired me to revisit the Inspired by Spring 2015 Bangle that I had finished earlier this year. The colorway that I'm working with has shifted some and I took out all of the lime greens (that group is over at the Lansing Art Gallery). I decided to make the bangle about half the size of the original design. I'm very please with it's outcome.
I was at Zoobies on Tuesday night for Knitting Happy Hour and I met Carrie and Jason who were sitting at the table next to us. Carrie really love the bangle, I was making the matching earrings at the time. In case she keeps thinking about it I had her snap a photo of the bangle and gave her my card. I liked her interpretation of it, she said that the design reminded her of looking through window panes over a canyon. (I wasn't comparing the bangles at the time so I actually quoted Kerrie a lower price on accident, which I would still honor).
I feel really good about the amount of jewelry I have been finishing for the four galleries that carry my work. As of late it's about all I can focus on since I'm in a transitional time in my life and my beading travels on-he-go well.
Now, I am going to get ready for my divorce hearing. Wish me luck!
I was so excited about getting into this show that I immediately looked up flights for the opening reception weekend. I have always wanted to get over to the Textile Center, but never had the chance when visiting Minneapolis, so it's time! The opening reception is May 28th. I'm so looking forward to going and hope to see anyone that's in the area there!
Lately I have been focused on trying to get sets of jewelry swapped out to galleries. I'm beading a lot as my main focus since it's portable and a lot of changes are happening in the next month. I am trying to make my "usual" groupings with a color focus, but I keep straying from what I feel is my norm.
This bangle started with my beading wandering into double-leaves, thinking I'd try more than two, but then giving up. It sat in my bead bag for a while until I decided it was important to do something with this weekend. The double leaves by themselves weren't exciting me, so I made some additional accents for the middles.
It looks a little like fairy wings to me, and with it being an interesting bangle variation, I felt that calling it the "Departure" bangle was appropriate at this point in my life.
I debated finishing it as a bangle or as a bracelet, and decided on the bangle shape. I finally played with some of the square double-hole Miyuki Tila beads that I had bought earlier this year on the sides of the leaves as a connecting point.
I am actually quite happy as to how this piece turned out. It's a bit larger than my "normal" sized bangles since I was guessing about the number of beads to go around. If you'd like to see it in person, come to the Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild Fiber Feast this weekend (tickets are sold out, but you can come shop before and after the event).
I was going through my inventory to take over the that Lansing Art Gallery this week and realized that I completely forgot to post about one of my bracelet variations!
As I play with different sized leaves, I wanted to my a smaller, more delicate version of the leaf bracelet. This piece turned out quite successful with that focus.
It matches one of my Spring 2015 color combos, other pieces can be seen HERE. And of course, all of this set with pink, fuchsia, orange, lime and purple can be seen and purchased at that Lansing Art Gallery shop right now!
I have been meaning to start in on some different variations of leaf bracelets, and a new color combo got me inspired to do one. I bought a fantastic shirt from my favorite Grand Rapids boutique, Lee & Birch and it go me moving my spring color collection to a little more pink and no lime green.
This piece as a two-pearl clasp, which I have been waffling on the size of the pearl, but it really hangs on well, so I'm going to be wearing it a lot to see how it feels. So far so good at the office yesterday.
I'm looking at these photos thinking to myself, "wow, that's a lot of pink for me to be working with." I must have spring fever, plus a ton of changes going on in my life. Lets shake it up some hey?
You will probably be able to see this particular piece for sale at the Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild Fiber Feast on April 18th in the sales area. I don't have anything in the fashion show itself, but I will be modeling. Tickets are sold out, however, the general public is invited to shop early and after the fashion show. More info at www.annarborfiberarts.org
I was inspired today to get a few smaller pair of earrings done for my Spring color grouping. I started my day at Strange Matter Coffee. I have been meaning to go there for a while and today was the prefect day. I managed to run into 2 friends and made a new one who was working on her PHD at MSU.
Leaf Earrings with Orange Pearl accents $40.00
I have been meaning to get back to work and the pour over coffee at Strange Matter (and the atmosphere, and the music that I could relate to playing in the background softly) really helped. I think I'm ready for my first jewelry swap for the Lansing Art Gallery.
Tiny Light Orange Open Pod Earrings with lime green accents $35.00