Thursday, December 31, 2009
Well, speaking of magazines...I thought it was cool that a pillow I bought from a fellow artist on Etsy.com appeared in the Winter 2009 issue of Do It Yourself Magazine.
It's block printed by hand onto 100% linen fabric using a carved linoleum design that looks like old vintage wooden type used in letterpress printing. Since I used to be a letterpress printer and love typography, I was immediately drawn to the design.
Check them out at http://www.etsy.com/shop/1girl1boy. They don't have their website up and running just yet, but there is a link to their Etsy shop from there. Enjoy!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
As a member of The Embroiderers' Guild of America I get a quarterly magazine called Needle Arts. You could have knocked me over with a feather when it came in the mail a few days ago! Inside was a fabulous article written by one of my dear friends and fellow freestylers, Nancy Claiborne, titled "What is Freestyle Embroidery?". In addition to the 6 page article, the inside and outside of both covers was also splashed with photos of the Freestyle group's original artwork. It was so fun to see some examples of my own work, and that of my friends as well...published in a magazine for all to see! Nancy, you did such a good job with this article! Thank you, thank you for all your dedicated work! :)
So...enjoy this gallery of original artwork from that article created by a lovely, talented group of ladies that I am so blessed to be able to call my friends. Simply click on any photo to view it larger.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
We had 2 days of class where he demonstrated a technique/bead and we would go back to our torch and give it a shot. Here are a few of my decent beads that were a direct result of his demos. I'll spare you the really ugly "learning experiences".
The 2nd afternoon we each got to play with a rod of borosilicate tubing. I'd never worked with boro before, but it was very interesting! It took a little while to get the hang of it, but we "pulled points" and all made some little funky Christmas ornaments. I'm sure that everyone in my family will get a lovely blue handmade treasure from me this year. :)
The class days were followed by another day and a half set aside to experiment with what we learned and/or just play at the torch. Here are some of the techniques I tried again in the first few evenings and during those last 2 days. (If you can't tell...I spent a bit of time trying to get my dots to be really even and the same size.)
All in all, I learned that I could work larger than I thought with my torch...and I have quite a few pages of notes in my journal that will be a resource as I gradually invest in more tools and choose supplies in the future. (It was also just a whole lot of fun!)
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The artist has made rings like this from her own beads, and I had her make me a ring with one of MY glass beads as the focal bead. It is made from sterling silver with tiny brass hardware. Check her out! Her shop name is Candies64. She was very kind and easy to work with, and she has some really beautiful jewelry in her shop! I'm going to be sending her a few more beads next week so she can make another ring or two for me to show off my (and her) handiwork! :)
Saturday, October 24, 2009
THANK YOU!!! to all of you who stopped by my booth today at the Fine art in the Park show in Jonesborough, TN! My lampwork glass beads and jewelry should be available on ETSY.com by the end the week. Just click on any of the thumbnails on the right, under "stuff for sale" and you will be taken directly to my online shop to see my available work. I'm still transitioning from letterpress printing to lampworking, so you will find a variety of items available, but everything is handmade by me. :) Thanks for looking! and please drop back by every once in a while to see what new things I've made!
Friday, October 16, 2009
One of the cool things a group of us did this year was make some wool nametag pouches. They are to be worn around the neck and we made little embroidered names that will be pinned on once the ladies arrive and choose their "pocket".
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Here is a little piece of inspiration I found in Jonesborough a few weeks ago. As a result, I’ve created several soft pink & white beads. I can’t wait to see how they turned out when I check the kiln in the morning! Maybe I’ll try one tomorrow with a little accent of green & burgundy. I just love the contrast of the flower with the leaves in the background!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
There will be more of these necklaces to come over the next few weeks, in many different colors and color combinations. As you can see from a previous post, I’ve already done a lavender & lime set and started a collection of deep, earthy brown beads. Any suggestions for other combinations I might try?
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The exhibit is September 18-20 at Farragut Town Hall in Knoxville, TN.
Friday, Sept. 18th, 8:00am - 5:00pm (reception & presentation at 7:00pm)
Saturday, Sept. 19th, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 20th, 1:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Isn't this a beautiful setting for an art show?
I've been invited to participate in a fine art show in Jonesborough, TN at the International Storytelling Center on October 24th. It is a judged and juried one-day show, open from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Over the next few weeks, I will be creating and posting photos of some of my jewelry, which will be available at this show. Please come by for a visit and take a closer look at my handmade creations!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
If you happen to be at the Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol this weekend, be sure the check out The Royal Studio & Gallery for some unique treasures!
Phase two of my endeavor will involve the implementation of a top-notch ventilation system, but for now I will have to make do with a good cross flow of air to blow the fumes away and out the door. I have a bit more research to do, but hopefully in the next few weeks I will be able to implement phase two!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
I have enjoyed these for many years in my home, but would like to change things up a bit. I’m always making new things, and it’s time to find this seaside collection a new home. I’ve listed them in my Etsy store if you would like a closer look!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Jack is, among other things, a very talented woodworker. You can see his shop in the photo behind their house. He restores pre-Civil War furniture and makes Chippendale-style looking glasses (mirrors) in his shop. Many of his pieces are found throughout their home, which the two of them lovingly restored together. It's a wonderful place to stay!
Tami has had some very impressive culinary training, and the breakfast is simply amazing...an experience that will bring you back again & again. :) Among her many talents is a passion for watercolor, and I had the pleasure of bringing a couple of her paintings home with me on this trip. Ryan picked out this one...and I love it!
And I simply had to have this one...it just spoke to me!
Her work is available at the Historic Jonesborough Visitor's Center and in their own gift shop at their home. Aren't they beautiful! I can't wait to get them framed! :)
Monday, August 3, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I was amazed at the variety of tidbits of coral along the shoreline. My favorites though, are the broken pieces of shells that have been worn down like sea glass in the ocean. I kept finding such interesting shapes in a variety of colors and textures, and I couldn’t stop picking them up!
Imagine the jewelry that I can create with them! Hopefully I can find a special drill bit to make some tiny holes in the shells, otherwise I will have to revise my plan. I’ll post some pictures of my creations as soon as I have a chance to create them. :) Until then...don't they just look lovely all jumbled in a pile?
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I got 21 back issues of Quilting Arts magazine or 10 cents each (That’s right…$2.10 total!)
A fabulous little wall hanging named "Morning" that Candace Tucker made in a workshop with Nellie Durand.
I’ve started a collection of little quilts from different artists, and it will be a wonderful addition. I’ve always admired Nellie’s work, and I think Candace did a great job with this landscape. It made my heart smile when I saw it!
I also got some assorted hand-dyed fabrics from Candace. She teaches fiber art classes at the Oak Ridge Art Center, and her work is really lovely. I don’t have a specific project in mind for them, but they were so pretty and they begged me to take them home.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
This was Monday’s creation…
And here is Tuesday’s ring…
The other nights I dove into some lampworking books that Marjorie had brought for us to look at. I love books, and they were an excellent source of inspiration & knowledge. One of them I decided to buy when I got home was “Torchworked Marbles” by Drew Fritts. I don’t really have intentions of creating marbles right now, but so much of this book was full of information about setting up a studio and generally working with glass that it is going to be an excellent resource to have on hand.