Well I want to really push myself this year and do as many shows as I can. So I've entered quite a few and still waiting to hear from several that are later in the year. My planner said this is your year and I guess if I want it to be I have to work hard to get it. Of course more shows means more jewelry - much more. So I have been putting in a lot of time at the bench. Working on new designs and techniques, playing with new materials - just a lot of fun. Keeping it all new and evolving helps me to stay motivated and hungry for the next piece. It reaches a point of a need to create to release the ideas and see how different things will work out. My brain is in overdrive most days. So here is a look at a few recent goodies.
The February Art Crawl I was located in the Earth Experience.
Our local Natural History Museum. I picked up this "stone"
in their gift shop. It's a fossilized dino bone which has
been wire wrapped and beautiful glass beads woven into
the wire wrap.
Polymer clay set with heavy textures
and simple colors.
Copper bracelet with Czech mat finished beads.
I just love these beads and they show up in lots
of my designs.
One day last week these were created.
The geometric stone was a cool find at a new bead shop
I discovered, thanks to my sister in law Kayren.
Sewing will always be a dear friend to my heart.
It calls back memories of my mom and all the
good times and friends I've met threw quilting.
So this theme will show up again and again,
I just don't like shiny metals that much and
often age the bits for my jewelry.
They seem friendlier somehow, softer, kinder, older.
The techniques for this aging is ongoing to develop a true aged look.
There is far too much to learn about painting on metal to
every get close to the end of this journey. The textures play
so well with the painted areas.
This is my small set up I do at the Art Crawl.
I was in Sugarees Boutique at the April Crawl
Olivia has taken over this chair in the living room. I put a bird feeder in the
front flower bed so she has "bird TV". She is so silly - she's my girl for sure.