Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Headed to Maine

We're headed to Maine for some much needed time away and messing about on the beach, sketching, kayaking and what have you.

I'll sneak just a bit of "work" in with a delivery to KoT Contemporary Craft in Ellsworth. I'm quite please they've chosen to include me as their jewelry selection is always top notch! Please do stop there if you're in that part of Maine (Ellsworth is the town on the mainland where you get off Rt. 1 to go out to Mount Desert Island). Highly recommended.



These are images from our 2016 trip staying at the same cottage in Friendship, Maine. That was the year I started my "found" jewelry pieces.

And to state the obvious perhaps, since I won't be here, I won't be able to ship anything.  If you happen make a purchase next week though, please know it will ship just as soon as I can June 24 or 25.


Friday, June 7, 2019

New tube bead necklaces

My new Tube Strand necklaces and earrings are now in my online shop!


My favorite part about this design is that the wearer can chose different ways to wear the necklaces. Shift the necklace a bit around the neck or form a second loop and the joints between tubes shift and form different shapes.

Quantities will be limited with these for now as I'm building stock for Ann Arbor Art Fair next month. So what is in the shop is probably all I'll have until the end of July.







Thursday, May 23, 2019

On Display

This past Sunday we had the unexpected pleasure of seeing ON DISPLAY/RESTON - part art performance, part art installation, part dance.


Artists, seen in the photos in all white, positioned themselves about 10 - 20 ft. apart from each other throughout the park in Reston (Virginia) Town Center. Each artist moved slowly, holding certain poses for a minute or more, responding in movement to the other artists within their field of vision. It was open-ended, almost like dance in slow motion.

Spectators were encouraged to join and of course children did...because children "get it" and don't care who's watching. Yay for children!


The most interesting part for me was that about half of the artist were disabled and either in wheelchairs or using some walking support. The sign at the entrance to the park provided further background...

"ON DISPLAY is a deconstructed art exhibit/fashion show - a commentary on the body as spectacle and society's obsession with body image. People in the disability, performance 
and fashion world are often stared at and objectified in their daily lives.

Reverting the gaze is integral to disability culture. In this installation, the performers 
have the power to choose what they do or do not reveal, giving them control 
over a personal journey that cannot help but be affect by an audience. 
The tenuous and complex relationship between viewer and viewed that exists in 
performative work also permeates everyday life for people who are different in some 
physical way, and hence draws attention to them whether they want it or not." 



Monday, May 20, 2019

Gallery Show

So excited to be able to tell you that I've been accepted to UNTAMED: National Exhibit of Contemporary Jewelry Art at Gallery Route One in Point Reyes, CA!



Sadly I won't be able to make it to the show but if you are on the West Coast June-July and can visit, I'd love to see it through your eyes. Conversely if you know a very inexpensive way to get across the United States that would be good too.


The opening is June 22 and it runs to July 28.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Observation

An artist's job is to observe and I've noticed that all of these grey and white textures/patterns have found me over the past month.







Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Ansel Adams Gallery

Over the past year I've had quite a few unexpected events in my life one of which were the shop contacts I made at the ACC Baltimore show.

One of the first people to visit my booth happened to be Jeanne Adams, daughter-in-law of Ansel Adams, and the person who now runs the family owned Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park.


Jeanne had been traveling for weeks and had various business stops to make on the East Coast one of which was ACC. We talked for quite a while on a variety of subjects (walking sticks, the future of the National Parks, oh and jewelry...). While I would definitely say Jeanne is someone who knows her own mind, she was also keen to have my opinion on what I thought might interest her shoppers and not surprisingly I found myself really liking her.


And so...I'm delighted to say you can now find a small selection of my work at Ansel Adams Gallery. And as I'm currently being considered for some other projects in that same area maybe, maybe... I'll finally get out there too!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Bright Tube Bead Necklaces

I love to work on new designs. Always moving. Always thinking. Finding new ideas is never an issue for me. Ordering my time to be able to work on them all definitely is an issue though and so I try and schedule at least one experiment day every other week.




These are something I've actually been working on since the beginning of the year but have just now gotten to the stage where I can put them out there. Email followers as always will get first dibs and I plan to have several iterations ready by the end of the month so if you're interested please be sure you're signed up.