Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Road Trip.

Otherwise known as 'I need to add to my stash to further my creativity!' This past Saturday I drove down to New England Felting Supply in MA with my sketchbooks and iPad in hand. I have a few sketches fleshed out to the point of working through colors and I've planned what I'll need to felt some of the backgrounds and various elements. 

I was all set with the amounts of polymer I'll need and the canvas sizes for the final pieces, but some of my colors of felt were low and I knew I'd need more of others to fully work through my ideas!

So it was off in the car for a road trip, a fantastic visit with much encouragement and assistance at NEFS and I am now back home with colors in hand! Seriously - being at NEFS I now know how my kids must feel when they enter a candy or toy store...

The wall of dyed merino was so fun to peruse as I matched colors!

Now the difficult part will be fitting in some studio time in the midst of beach days and adventures with the little ones.

Thursday, June 30, 2016


Whoooo hooooo!!!! So excited my piece was selected for the 2016 Mohawk Hudson Region exhibition! I am thrilled beyond anything because this is a new direction I'm exploring and truly love and am inspired to continue so it's amazing to have a juror feel strongly enough about the work to include it in such great exhibit.
Excuse me while I go do a dance of joy around the studio!!!

Monday, May 09, 2016

And onward!

I've had some time to sketch out ideas following this path of combining my polymer, felt, photographs and then creating a landscape piece. I'm excited exploring new ideas and find myself puzzling over how to create the different elements, how to combine them and how to best use the different mediums to create the textures, colors and final piece I have envisioned!

The sunshine at the barn felt wonderful as I sketched! A bit bright for my eyes... but the view of the mountain certainly was inspiring too!
The small sketchbook is primarily for my jewelry pieces, and I've started a new sketchbook for the landscapes and further ideas.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

And the finished piece.

And this is the finished piece, 'Through the Woods'. I've photographed it and am submitting it for consideration for the 2016 Mohawk Hudson Regional. It's the 80th Anniversary of the regional juried exhibit - the oldest regional juried exhibit in the US! We'll see... the exhibit is October - January 2016.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A new path to explore.

I've been sketching all winter and letting ideas stew and brew and finally got to work in the studio over the past few weeks to explore a new creative direction.
Landscape & nature photography, polymer and felt have been kicking around in my studio and my head for years now. 20+ for the landscapes, 15 for the polymer and now nearly 5 for felt... and I've kept thinking of ways they can work together. This new piece was a complete 'what if' moment and was so incredibly fun to just puzzle through and create.

The landscape... the layout of the roving just before wet felting.
The beginning of the felt rocks and other elements. I kept a palette consistent with the roving I was using and mixed the polymer colors to create the rocks and tendrils for the plants to match.

Wet felted with the polymer rocks imbedded to be revealed as I cut away areas of felt later.

The felt rocks and some polymer rocks mid layout and work.

A sunny morning in the studio with the landscape on the pin foam. I needed to set some of the felted elements and other polymer pieces to begin to add depth.

Elements are added to the 'trees & vines' and some of the polymer rocks are set with other areas of felt needle felted and waiting.

Lots and lots of stitching to set all the felt & polymer elements.

And then some more stitching to set the piece on the background canvas as it's final display.

A closeup of the foreground with the felt & polymer rocks.

Monday, February 23, 2015

An antidote to the cold, and inspiration for creativity.

When the sunshine pours into all the windows of the studio and I have little voices discussing their own creative projects I can't help but feel content in this space. 

I've worked a bit on cleaning surfaces and putting away materials once I've finished because it makes me more apt to begin a new project when I see less clutter. And now that my jewelry is incorporating felt, metal, polymer clay and beads, there are just too many opportunities for the materials to take over the room! 

So far so good though and today is a good creative day!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

These are several of the new pieces that I've created and placed in the Lapham Gallery. I'm working with more of the copper elements and incorporating more felting and freeform beading. It's great to be able to switch between the different techniques and pull them together into a finished jewelry piece.

A felted brooch with polymer beads, copper fold formed flower, soutache and freeform beading.

A necklace with a copper fold formed pendant with polymer and felt inlay and freeform beading.

A felted necklace with polymer beads and freeform beading.

Circle drop earrings with wire wrapping detail.

Circle drop earrings with wire wrapping detail.
The polymer circle is an abstract cane made with a rainbow of scraps.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Back in the Gallery Shop!

I went downtown to the LARAC Lapham Gallery this afternoon to reinstall my jewelry in their gallery shop. My necklaces, pins, bracelets and earrings will be available year round again. Stop in to the shop if you are looking for a unique gift for a special someone.