Monday, May 29, 2017

Anniversary Waves Bangle

This set came about because I bought a dress (this is how new jewelry patterns are often made).  I pulled colors that matched months ago, but I didn't feel drawn to try to mimic the pattern of the fabric. I bought the dress for the 10 year anniversary party of the law firm I work for, Speaker Law Firm

I have been working on sending out the invites and have been looking at the wave pattern on the invitation for months now.  I decided to pull that and drop it into graph paper for a bangle.

I have been trying to make new earring designs from my bangle patterns, but on this one, I couldn't decide.  The smaller pair of earrings didn't have enough statement to them, and I rather like the longer ones once they were finished.  I did have black glass pearls sitting in my bead tray that really helped the design of the shorter earrings.

I'm quite happy with how this pattern turned out, and I think I may expand on it in time. Below is the dress and invite that the inspiration came from. I have been working for Liisa Speaker for 9 years now and I', very proud of the work she does in appeals and am glad I have been there to help her along as her firm has grown.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Double Deco Wing Bangle and Earrings in Gold and Yellow

I have made a few variations of my Deco Wing Bangle, but I had a desire to mirror it and double up on this bangle.  So after my last show with the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild I finished a commission for a customer then started in on this set. 

Yellow isn't a color I use very often, but it seems to be seeping into my life more and more. I decided to mix two more muted yellows with gold and black for an older style look.

I love this set so much I'm not sure it'll be making its way to a gallery very soon, I really want to wear it a bit first. As always though, feel free to contact me if you are interested in purchasing either or both of these pieces.

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.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Mother Superior: Lake Superior Triple Weaving

Remember the weaving that I finished for the Porcupine Mountains Artist Residency?  Well I had some warp left over and decided to make myself another Lake Superior weaving from all of the wonderful photos that I took while I was there.  I cannot stop thinking of calling it "Mother Superior" so that's what it is.  Plus that Beatles song keeps popping in my head when I was working on both pieces.

This weaving is much smaller and far different in texture than it's sister piece.  I perused my dyed rayon stash and found most of the colors I needed.  The yellow-orange ball of hand dyed rayon is actually from my years at the University of Michigan Art School.  It was perfect for this piece and I'm glad it's sat waiting in my stash for this long. The green weft I did do some over-dyeing on the skein and up close it has some fantastic hues of blues and purple.

Some major edits were done to the reflection of the sun (round yellow thing in the water) after I pulled it off the loom. I actually snipped the loops of rayon (lets be honest, I wove it the wrong direction, the loops were meant for the back of the piece, but I always do tapestry from the back so it ended up all wonky).  This is the first time I have ever stitched into a weaving for a fix/detail.  I was nervous and wanted it very faint, so I used yellow sewing thread.

I just submitted this piece to it's first show, so fingers crossed on it jurying in! Until then, it has a place on my wall.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Neutral Trends in my Latest Jewelry

I've been somewhat stumped on colors for Spring 2017.  It seems like anything goes these days as far as fashion is concerned.  I always want to push my color themes to something other than my color comfort zone.  The first round of colors I started in on started looking a lot like my Spring 2015 color grouping.

I decided to pull a more neutral color theme. I just went with my gut which also happened to be the colors that are my go-tos but I'm really happy with this leaf lariat set which has more muted greens, browns and golds.

The below set mixes another favorite color combination of mine. Purple and brown go together all too often in my wardrobe.  I made this delicate set of stripe earrings and a bracelet with a loop and pearl closure.

I just dropped these off to the Lansing Art Gallery among a few other pieces if you'd like to check them out. I think I'll be sticking to these colors for a bit.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Triple Pod Earring Variation II

I usually post a run down for New Year's but it became more of a journal entry, so this coming year I'm just ready for whatever is thrown at me.  My previous post was the first of this style earring. It sold less than a week after I made it and I already missed them.

So here's another variation of the 3 pod earrings, it's a bit larger than the first pair and I decided not to add any accent beads, it preferred this smooth look.  

There is a significant amount of dimension to these which has me starting to think about other, larger projects.

Of course, I'm still making smaller earrings for every day wear. I finished these recently and am working on some new leaf sets.