Monday, November 15, 2010

Tennessee Presents Textiles

I just participated in a great event over the weekend called "Tennessee Presents Textiles" in Vonore, TN. There was a fashion show of one-of-a-kind handmade clothing, as well as a trunk show by Rachel Clark.
Several of my necklaces were used on the runway, and I had a chance to setup and display my jewelry for sale in the afternoon as well.

Proceeds from the event went to support a series of week-long fiber arts residencies for all fourth grade students in Madisonville and Tellico Plains. I feel good about having participated in a fund raiser for this worthy cause, and I had a great time too! :) For more information, check out the Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA).

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Finished Lampwork Necklaces

If you look back at my post on October 5th, you will find pictures of several little piles of beads waiting to be turned into necklaces. Here are those finished creations...

I named this necklace "Lavender Fields". The original pile of pastel beads started out with a few more yellows in the mix, but the ones I ended up using fell mostly on the cooler side of the color wheel. The dusty purple and mossy greens definitely gave it more of a "moody" feel, buy I love the whimsy that comes from adding the little glass leaves! It now belongs to my precious mom, whom I love dearly. :)

Here is a long necklace I made out of an assortment of black & white beads. There are a lot of transparent grays and tiny silver beads between my lampwork beads for some added sparkle. Very classic.
Lastly is a deep, purple necklace with rich, mossy green undertones. The amazing mixture of green & purple came from the faceted Czech glass beads that I used as larger spacer beads on this one. They are gorgeous accents that came from White Fox Bead Studio in Maryville, TN. I just fell in love and had to have them as soon as I laid my eyes on them! I think I do a lot of my bead shopping that way...letting my eyes graze over rows and rows of beads until something jumps off the shelf and begs me to take it home. I never really know what I'm going to do with my beads until I live with them for a while, but their color always speaks to me the loudest...and I love the glisten and feel of glass beads...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Experimental Pendants

These are some different beads I've made recently. I'm experimenting with wire wrapping and some other unusual ways to turn them into necklaces or pendants, but the verdict is still out on the final presentation. Any suggestions? Each bead is about 1.25" wide.