Monday, August 23, 2010

Button Frenzy!!!

I have the beginnings of a nice little stash of glass buttons that I will be taking to a Wearable Art Show in a few months. I have been invited to participate in Tennessee Presents Textiles, a fashion show and sale put on by the Monroe Area Council for the Arts on November 13th.

My jewelry will be showcased on the runway alongside some really beautiful fiber art clothing, and I will have the opportunity to sell my work there as well! I'm really excited about the event, and net proceeds go to support a series of week-long fiber art residencies for students in Monroe County. Visit one of the links above if you are interested in purchasing tickets, and stay tuned for more buttons!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Gorgeous Variety of Leaves

I don't know the name of this particular plant, but I couldn't resist photographing all the different varieties that I could find on a recent trip to Jonesborough. They had huge pots scattered all along downtown Main Street with collections of different plants in them. Everything was in full bloom and thriving...aren't they spectacular?

I am always so inspired by nature, and I know these colorful beauties will somehow find their way a future project.

Monday, August 16, 2010

White Fox Bead Studio

I just dropped off a bunch of lampwork beads at White Fox Bead Studio in Maryville, TN. There are some earring sets, lots of focals, and some funky sets of beads as well!

This is a great bead shop! If you've never been, you should definitely plan a trip soon. They offer tons of classes, have a really good variety of beads and supplies, and are super helpful.

White Fox Bead Studio
145 Cherokee Heights Drive
Maryville, TN 37801

Check them out!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Art Dolls - My Round Robin

Our Round Robin is finally complete, and here is my finished doll! As you can see, I took a slightly different approach to the construction of my doll than everyone else. She is more of a 2D piece, and is destined to live in a shadowbox and hang in my studio. :)

I'm so pleased with how she turned out! If you remember back 6 months ago, we started with a group of 7 of us who each made a basic doll of our choosing. We took turns each month embellishing all the other dolls until we had added something to each of them. It was really fun seeing them develop and become more and more interesting as the months went by!

I'm also pleased to announce that all 7 dolls in our Round Robin will be exhibited in the National Heritage Quilt Show at the Living Heritage Museum in Athens, TN from September 4th - October 29th. It will be so nice to see all the finished dolls displayed together, and I'm sure the quilt show will be fabulous as well! Be sure to check it out if you're anywhere near Athens!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Art Dolls - A Round Robin 4

I'd like you to meet the final doll I worked on in our Round Robin exchange.

Doll #6: When she came to me, the first thing I noticed was the empty couple of inches along the bottom of her "skirt", and I knew I wanted to fill it up somehow. I felt like she was pretty well dressed so I wanted to simply embellish part of her.

I played with some basic stitches to create a mini, freeform "sampler" of sorts. That style of embroidery comes so easily to her owner (and always makes me think of her) so I wanted to give it a try. :) I used the soft happy colors from her favorite color palette, which hopefully tied some of the other elements together as well.

Here is a better picture of my work under her skirt...

and on the back as well...