This garden statue made a great photo op for this necklace, but it's very heavy to lug around. I may still use it though, as it's really stunning (when she's not face down in the garden, poor girl, knocked over by an emerging gopher).
It's showtime again for me, and once again I'm spending almost as much time on my props and display ideas as I am on my jewelry. It's such a fun challenge to create a physical storefront that's cohesive with your jewelry brand, yet easy to carry around and set up / break down, and not too hard on the budget. I like challenges like this, but unfortunately it's meant a lot of changes as I move forward from show to show.
Sights like this fascinate me when I walk in the woods.
Anyway, this time I'm moving toward more natural displays. I was inspired by Kathy Frey's similar journey, and realized that most of my pieces also reflect the natural surroundings in which I create, so why not display them among the natural objects that inspire them? Wood, water, moss and stone are the things that tend to capture my eye when hiking, and I think my jewelry looks right at home among those elements.
The first thing I had to fix was my necklace busts. They're functional, but oh so common, and oh so boring. These things can be expensive, so I decided to just give mine a facelift. I've got a mix of natural fiber (with water stains) and black leatherette busts and both need some work. I decided to take a decoupage approach with the fiber busts, and threw all care to the wind and got out my Mod Podge and tissue paper. I figured they couldn't look worse than they already did, so why not? These photos show the busts with only 1 or 2 layers of tissue - I've only gotten started and more layers will be added. I kind of like the look of the fabric texture showing through the tissue paper, but I can still make out some stains so I'll add another layer or two, and then a sealer when I'm done.
Original vinyl bust on the left, fabric covered bust on the right with a couple of layers of decoupage.
|Need some more layers on this one.|
Faux stone spray paint. Brilliant.
I'll be doing the Sacramento Arts Festival this weekend, November 4, 5, and 6 at the Convention Center, so if you're in the area, please do stop on by and check out my new displays. Just give them my name and they'll put you on my guest list, and you can enter for no charge. I'll post pictures next week of how it all comes together. There's lots more changes afoot and I can't wait to see how it all turns out.