Sunday, September 14, 2008

Falling back into the Studio.

I have an application into the LARAC Fall juried arts & crafts show this November. I hope to hear soon if I've been accepted or not, but in anticipation I've been working in the studio getting a few things set up. I'm begining to find more of my work is heading toward natural patterns and shapes and think that I'll continue this - it feels better and seems to leave me with pieces that I'm excited about.

I'll be working along and hopefully posting at least once or twice a month with new images of prints and jewelry pieces. Enjoy the fall!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The weekend...

Summerfest up to Lake George was fun... again I was lucky to have wonderful neighbors in all the booths around me and I had the opportunity to meet many friendly people as they came in through my booth. I hope that everyone who took home a piece of jewelry enjoys the colors and many compliments!

This will be the last post for me for a bit of time. I'm taking much of the summer off for a very needed vacation to recharge my batteries. I'll be back up and running in mid-August. I hope work on developing a new and improved website that will include a full gallery with select pieces for sale - both jewelry and prints. I'm going to work on some sketches for the layout during my vacation!

I hope everyone has a wonderful begining of your summer. See you soon.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Summerfest Art Show.

Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. I will be up at Lake George in Shepard's Park with my jewelry and prints. I am in Section C, booth 81, section C is just within the stone wall at the Courthouse end of the Park. I'm at a corner booth in the center under a lovely tree!
The two images are pieces that are with me up at the show. The necklace and earrings are a continuation of my flower petal ideas... my garden is really getting into bloom at the house and it's easy to be inspired by the amazing colors. The second image is one of the screenprints that I've had transferred and printed onto greeting card. The 'Great Maple' is up at our barn near Crane Mountain.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Working hard...

Yup, in the studio again! I've been finishing a few new canes and combining some old designs into new pieces of jewelry. Tomorrow I will post two images - one of the new necklaces and one of the prints that I'll have with me up at Summerfest in Lake George.

Wait 'til you see! I'll also be writing up some more information about the show tomorrow.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Zonta Faire

What fun! I had a booth at our local Zonta sponsored craft Faire this past Saturday and Sunday, June 14 & 15. I met some wonderful people, had great neighbors in the booths next door and survived the ridiculous humidity on Saturday. I really enjoyed talking to people about creating with polymer, the colors I use and what they like to see. I've posted some images of the booth and jewelry as well as two new pieces from the show. One is based on calla lilies and their shapes... the other is my 'odd bananas'... just a funky piece inspired by some bright colors and fun shapes I saw in a recent sculpture magazine.

I'm back in the studio working on some new designs and colors for the June Craft Fair up in Lake George June 27-29. It's called Summerfest and is held in Shepard's Park in Lake George, NY. Stop by my booth and say hello if you get a chance!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Studio Work!

I can't believe that a bit more than a month has gone by since the NPCG Synery Conference. The conference and all the seminars I attended were fantastic and very inspirational.
Looking foward to spring and my work - I'm starting to head in a very organic way with both my shapes of beads and my colors. I've been previewing gardening books and the multitude of spring flower/seed catalogs that have been arriving. I'm also working on incorporating a bit of mixed media into the pieces as well, but all of this is still in the very early, very uncertain stages right now - hence no pictures...
When the snow melts here in northern NY... my pieces will be ready - that's my goal!
Keep the cheer and keep those fingers crossed for warm weather to head my way! I need to see those daffodils.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Off to Synergy!

I'm about to finish packing everything to be ready to leave for Baltimore and the National Polymer Clay Guild's Synergy Conference. It's exciting to think about all the amazing polymer work that will be on display in the gallery and I can't wait to sit down for each of the seminars that I've signed up for.
Most of my jewelry pieces are packed for the gallery display as well as this necklace that I'm donating to the NPCG silent auction. Quite a ways back I tried my first cane from my own drawing and this iris was the result. From that cane came beads and from those beads came this necklace this week!
My muse has been back in full force in the studio and tomorrow we'll be driving our way to Baltimore for some more inspiration.

Keep the cheer!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Next Project...

Everything is set for the class tomorrow - including the freezing rain and terrible weather, sigh! Hopefully by tomorrow afternoon it will all be rain and it will be a wonderful chance to work with some interesting people in the bead shop.
In the meantime I have another project in the works. I recently visited Montreal, Quebec and found a beautiful silk shirt with a gorgeous leaf, brush pattern on the fabric. Now it's home in my closet courtesy of a wonderful mother-in-law, because when she saw that I wasn't going to buy it - she purchased it for me as a 'just because' gift!!!
Take a look at the fabric in the first picture!!! Such beautiful earth tones to play with. And then the second picture is an image of my studio with the work in progress - my muse is back and I had such fun mixing colors to match and coming up with beads and a scheme. The beads are currently curing and some are drying from being sanded. I'll finish the necklace and earrings tomorrow after my class and post up the images. I'm hoping that this will be part of my outfit for the NPCG Synergy Conference Gala dinner.

Upcoming Class!

Tomorrow, President's Day, I'll be teaching a basic Polymer Clay class at the Bay Street Beadworks here in Glens Falls. It should be pretty fun. We'll be working with caning techniques and creating our beads, then while our beads are curing we'll be heading out into the store to select the other beads to fill out and finish our jewelry pieces.

I'm pretty excited and have gone over all the steps and created all the examples. The blue lace cane necklace and earrings are the pieces that I'm brining to the class tomorow!

Wish me luck.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Vacationing muse...

Sigh. Nope, no pictures to post, no new jewelry pieces to discuss. I'm stuck - I really do think that my muse is on vacation. I have all these ideas half formulated hanging around in my head and not a single one of them is doable. I sit down at the clay table and fuss with mixing colors (usually a very inspirational thing) and... nothing. Then I go through some of my polymer books and other jewelry history books (also usually inspirational) and... more nothing.

So here I sit - stuck... I'm going to have to give myself a very swift kick in the rear to get up and start searching for that muse - she's got to be around here somewhere.

How about you? Ever have your creative muse disappear?