Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sacramento Arts Festival *Update!*

Oh my God!  What has happened to my brain?  How could I forget...one of the most beautiful moments during the show was when I met 11 year old glassblowing phenom Theoren Hanks!  His mom reached me on Facebook and said he wanted to meet me, and fortunately this show was in their area.  What an amazing young man, and how wonderful it is that his parents are helping to encourage his artistic development.  Though I believe he's more smitten with glassblowing than lampwork, I hope to have a chance to sit next to him at the torch some day.

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I just wanted to let you know how awesome the Sacramento Arts Festival was (again) this year, and share a few images.  Our booths were rearranged a bit as we were in a different hall than usual, so I got to meet some new neighbors.  Cerri from Crow's Feet Folk Art dressed the part every day, and her personality was as awesome as her art.

 Thank you for loaning me your wire cutters, Cerri!

Brad Henry pottery was my other neighbor and I got to look at his awesome surfboard shaped platters all day long for three days.  His work was fresh and fun.

 See that terra cotta and green one, fourth from the left?  One day I hope to own it.

I was lucky to be situated on the end of a row, probably about 15 yards from some of the best Gyros ever, and was fairly close to the stage.  The bad news was that I was so busy during the show I seldom had a chance to eat, and occasionally GG Amos played so loud that I couldn't talk to my customers very easily.  But I loved seeing them perform, and I loved how Warren booked back to back entertainment for all three days.  It's not just a show, it's a partay.

GG was dressed to kill on Saturday.
I found out just before the show that one of my new favorite artists, Kathy Frey was going to be in the show as well.  Woot!  I enjoyed several conversations with her, and told her that she had inspired by latest booth makeover.  She has moved on from the woodsy theme that inspired me to a clean look that suits her work very well.  I'm kicking myself for not taking pictures of her in her very smart looking booth. 

It was lovely seeing some of my customers from prior years return, as well as friends and extended family in the area.  It was also nice to see fellow flameworkers Rita Forman, Adi Braeman, and Harlan Simon again this year, even if I didn't have much time to visit.  It's people like this that made the 3 days on my feet worthwhile.  Next time I need to remember:  a chef's mat to stand on (my two layers of carpeting didn't cut it, and I gave my rubber interlocking floor tiles to my customers outside the booth). Visit the Love My Art Jewelry blog on Tuesday for an entire post on booth flooring.

My tabletop makeover worked pretty well, but I could have used more lighting.  I was really happy with the way my necklace busts turned out, as well as the bamboo runners, and LED lighted branches.

See you next year, Sacramento!  Thank you for supporting the arts, and thank you for a wonderful time.

Friday, November 4, 2011

How would you like to get your hands on THIS?

If this makes you giddy, then you simply must get over to the Love My Art Jewelry blog immediately, to learn the details about our latest mega-giveaway.  Tout de suite!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

And more...

Here are two more pieces coming to the show this weekend:

Another long necklace in lampwork beads in warm tones, African Carnelian, faceted Whiskey Quartz cubes (have you tried it with pomegranate juice?), handmade copper bead caps, and antiqued brass, that can be doubled up for a fuller look.  Two different clasp points provide versatility.

Another mixed media piece with lampwork pods, viney tendrils, feathers, and handmade felt on Viking Knit in antiqued brass.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New work

Well, the completion part is new, but this piece has been on my table for months and months.  It's been a while since I made one of my larger pieces on a Viking Knit base, and I've been dreaming about something like this for some time.  I made the end cones from glass using a cone mandrel, and incorporated handmade felt leftover from the Convergence II project I did with Cyndie Smith, and lots of little berries and balls made from silvered glass.  I so love working off the end of the mandrel!
My indoor photography skills are rusty!

I'm  thinking it would look nice with a gown like this (maybe with a happier princess wearing it):

Or even nicer would be this one:


Necklace bust makeover: Complete

and I'm so glad I didn't throw out all of that handmade paper. Looks pretty good on these. The tissue paper was way too thin and actually looked a little creepy on the busts, even after several coats (cobwebs? Blame it on Halloween...).

Thank you, Mod Podge, and thank you to the dusty corners of my creative grey matter for remembering this option.

Some of the handmade paper was tinted with spices from my cupboard, and some included dried flowers from my garden.
I think this new piece (SOLD) would have faded into dark oblivion on a black bust.
 They're all ready to head to the Sacramento Arts Festival this weekend.  I'll be posting one or two more shots of new work before I head to the show.  I hope to see you there!  Show info is here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Revamped necklace displays

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.
I've hated the black leatherette (let's just get it out there - they're VINYL:  eeew) busts for some time now.  When I first started out I used mostly black display props, but now I'm convinced that lighter is better with my jewelry, especially as I use more antiqued brass versus silver.  For this bust I first did a few layers of crinkled tissue paper mache, and let it dry overnight.  This gave the spray on coating a little something to cling to, a primer.  Then I took some of the spray-on faux stone paint and gave it a few coats as well.  I think this is going to look just great among the other elements.

 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.


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