I just sent some of my work off to New York yesterday and I wish I could have packed myself into the box so that I could go, too. If you are in the New York area, you may want to check out the Contemporary Bead Art Show at the NCCCA Arts Center in Plattburgh. Here is a link to their website and the show: http://www.plattsburgharts.org/Current.html
I'm honored to be inluded among talented artists such as Marcia Decoster, Carol Cypher, Diane Fitzgerald and Liz Smith, to name a few. The show runs from Nov. 6-29th.
Opening reception night is on Sat. Nov. 6 from 5-7 p.m.
10-10-10 turned out to be a great day! I attended the reception for the Art of Adornment Exhibit at the Sage Gallery http://www.sagegallerybandon.com/ in Bandon yesterday. When I walked over to the case where my collars were displayed I was shocked to see that I had been awarded second place in the show! I was so excited!
I got to spend the afternoon with my talented bead making friends Denise and Maurice Saunders, who also had several pieces in the show. Plus, many of my friends showed up which meant so much to me, especially since it's an hour and a half drive from Florence.
I even got to meet one of my Facebook friends that I have been friends with for two years now! It was a pleasure to spend some time hanging out with the beautiful and talented Kerin Gale of http://www.remnantsofolde.com/ Kerin's got a book coming out in December so keep your eyes peeled for it.
I forgot to bring my camera to the event but luckily Kerin managed to take a few shots of me receiving my award. Thanks Kerin!
To the left of the photo is Anne, Sage gallery owner. Talent jewelery designer and judge Veneta handing me my award.
I did manage to take a few shots with my camera phone which I will post later. Stay tuned...
I have a bit of good news to share... A few weeks ago my good friend Denise Saunders of Dema Designs http://demadesigns.blogspot.com/ told me about a call for entries celebrating the art of adornment. We both found out about it at the last minute and decided to go for it. We were both choosen as two of the twelve artists to be featured for the month of October at the Sage Gallery. http://sagegallerybandon.com/default.aspx
Here are pictures of my three pieces that were accepted:
I'm really excited to be a part of the first ever Stringing Blog Carnival! Today many of the contributors to the fall issue of Stringing Magazine are blogging about their creations. This idea came from the talented Michelle Mach of Interweave Press. Here's a link to her blog :http://www.michellemach.com/blog/
I'm fortunate enough to have several pieces in this fall issue. I have two necklace projects and two pairs of earrings. The first project is called Memories of Tucson. This necklace features a wonderful borosilicate lampwork glass bead made by my friend and neighbor, Denise Saunders of Dema Designs http://demadesigns.blogspot.com/. The rich, earthy colors in the bead reminded me so much of being in the desert. I choose to highlight the bead with turquoise, carnelian and fire agate, as well as some wonderful glass beads. I mixed silk ribbon and copper chain with the strung materials and this is what I came up with:
My second necklace project, which to me just feels like fall, Wisdom, features a design using a reversible pendant! On the one side, there is an enamel pendant by C-Koop http://www.ckoopbeads.com/ and on the flip side is a fabulous owl pendant by Green Girl Studios http://www.greengirlstudios.com/. The piece also contains another bead by GGS, which is a great shibuichi owl bead. Also, featured is a shibuichi beetle bead by Bob Burkett http://www.etsy.com/shop/BobBurkettStudios. And while we are discussing shibuichi... the toggle is also shibuichi and is by Saki Silver. I blended the above mentioned metals with seed pods, wood beads which are hand carved and from the Steens Mountains here in Oregon, a Kazuri bead for good measure, vintage glass beads, and some wonderful little magatama drops which I sell in my Etsy shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/beadologistkelly?section_id=6491312
Here's a photo:
I must apologize for the quality of my photos but I just got a new camera and apparently, I haven't quite figured it out yet! But for high-quality photos, as well as photos of my earrings, pick up your copy of Stringing magazine which hits the newsstands today!
Please leave comments, as Stringing Magazine is generously donating prizes for this Blog Carnival!
Here is a list of the other talented designers participating in this carnival so, visit their blogs and see what they are up to:
Kristy Abner http://www.michellemach.com/blog/index.php?/archives/138-Kristy-Abners-Fleur-de-Lise.html
I've finally settled in from my trip teaching up in Tacoma and had a wonderful time at the Puget Sound Bead Festival. I made a lot of new friends, got to see many old friends and had a blast spending time with my students.
Yesterday I spent the day organizing my kits and attempting to find my table under the mountians of papers and beads that seem to multiply over night like rabbits. I'm happy to report I can see bits of wood now showing through the piles of my organized chaos.
Today I managed to list the kits from my classes I just taught up in Tacoma. For those of you who are interested, please check out my Etsy site. http://www.beadologistkelly.etsy.com/
Today I've been living on blues power. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XUAg1_A7IE And bow wow to you, too.
I really can't believe that the Puget Sound Bead Festival http://www.pugetsoundbeadfestival.com/ is already next weekend. Time seems to be traveling at the speed of light these days and I feel like I'm not getting anything accomplished. It doesn't help that summer has finally arrived here on the Oregon Coast and the sunshine is proving to be a much needed distraction. I would much rather be out enjoying the weather than sitting inside printing directions and tending to kits like I really need to. But I'd be a fool to complain. Life is good and I'm doing what I love to do.
I received a package in the mail the other day from Tierra Cast http://www.tierracast.com/ who has generously donated samples to put into my kits for my students at next weekend's Puget Sound Bead Festival. It was like Christmas to open up the package! I'm so happy to be able to share these goodies with my students. I'm not going to tell you what they are because I want the students to be surprised but I can guarantee that they will be pleased!
Last night I had this brilliant, or so I thought, idea for a bracelet. While at the Bead & Button show I found some fabulous light sapphire ab dentelles along with some beautiful pink rose montees. It's difficult to describe what I had in mind but I thought I was going to bezel the dentelles and connect them to these super cool lampwork borosilicate glass rings made by Greg Hanson. http://www.hanson-stone.com/ . Welllll.... it didn't not quite work out. It turned into bead disaster and I ended up taking it all apart.
I have an abundance of Greg's rings, which will be traveling with me to the Puget Sound Bead Festival with me in two weeks. But if you really can't wait and you need some now visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/hansonstonehandmade .
I'm busily finishing up my directions and kits for my Raven Moon Lariat which I will be teaching in just a matter of a couple of weeks and the Puget Sound Bead Festival. http://www.pugetsoundbeadfestival.com/ . Both the kits and the directions are just about done.
I have a copious amount of lovely borosilicate lampwork beads made by the equally as lovely, Allison Byrd of Vortex Glassworks http://www.vortexglassworks.com/ which are just wating to be dropped into the kits and then, they'll be finished. I must admit I've been procrastinating in putting them in the kits, not only because I am the queen of procrastination but because I like to look at them all! Each one is so unique and beautious I'm quite temped to roll around in them. Don't worry. I will refrain.
If you'd like to see a list of all of the classes I will be teaching at the festival please click here: http://www.pugetsoundbeadfestival.com/store/manufacturers.php?manufacturerid=39 . I absolutely love teaching at this show. The host hotel, which is the Hotel Murano http://www.hotelmuranotacoma.com/ is a work of art in and of itself. What a treat it is to stay there. The loby is full of paintings and sculptures and makes you feel like you are in a gallery rather than a hotel lobby. Tacoma is fantastic city with wonderful galleries and is a mecca for glass art. How could anyone not love glass art? Within walking distance from the Hotel Murano is the Chihuly Glass Museum http://www.museumofglass.org/. If you haven't been, you really should visit it.
Have I concinced you yet??!!
While I was at the Bead & Button show I discovered that I must have been living under a rock for quite some time, as I was unaware of the fabulous German beading magazine Perlen Poesie. http://www.perlen-poesie.de/ Where the heck have I been??!!
The super talented and extrmemely kind (anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting her in person knows her smile simply lights up a room!) Laura Andrews http://www.lauraandrews.com/ introduced me to Andrea and Freddie Ott of Perlen Poesie fame. Lucky for me, since I don't know any German, they spoke perfect English and I was able to have a nice converstation with them. It turns out they had been to my neck of the woods, Florence , OR. What a small world. Most people in the states have never even heard of Florence, Oregon! Andrea gifted me with a copy of their beautiful magazine and I was really impressed. I'm going to subscribe, I was so impressed. The photographs are wonderful and although I can't read German, the diagrams are so well done that I don't think it even matters!
Please visit their website to check out photos of this year's Toho party in Milwaukee. There's even one of Andrea and I that Freddie took! Check it out: http://perlen-poesie.de/neuigkeiten/details/toho-empfang
The Bead & Button show is officially over which is always kind of sad but I'm really looking forward to getting home to my dog, who I have missed like crazy. Plus, I'm anxious to get back to beading as this show is always an inpiration for new ideas. AND... I really miss Nadine- my guitar.
We spent our last night in Milwaukee at a fantastic restaurant that my former big boss man Shaun Haley of Out on a Whim Beads fame, (mug shot pictured above) recommended. It was called Molly Cool's and it was some of the best sea food I've ever eaten. Now, I live on the Oregon coast so, you know that's really saying something. I had to take a picture of my dinner because it was so lovely. Here we have Dover Sole stuffed with crab, cream cheese and peppers served over garlic mashed potatoes, topped with a dill sauce. Yum. Painted on the wall of the restaurant was this: "Molly Cool's is shucking amazing." I couldn't agree more. They even had this cool placemats with intructions on how to clean fish.
Stay tuned for more Bead & Button photos including highlights from the Bead Dreams cases.
I'm still having a blast here at the Bead & Button show. Last night I taught my second session of my bezeled bottle cap earring class and it went very well. I was amazed at how quickly the students in my classes who had never done peyote stitch before caught on. I was impressed.
After class was over, I rushed to get over to the Toho party, which as always, was very nicely done. The Toho family really treats us well. My favorite part about going to the party was getting to visit the gallery and view the inspiring beadwork. Not only that but practically everyone at the party was a walking work of art wearing their best beady creations. I saw some of the most jaw dropping wearable art last night. One of the highlights of the evening was getting to meet the lovely Barb Switzer in person! http://www.beadswitzer.com/ She's been a facebook friend for a while and it was cool to see that she's actually a real live talking person! Plus she's super nice.
I've been really bad about taking photos. S orry! I'll try to get on the ball and take more. Stay tuned for more B&B updates...
I'm thoroughly enjoying the Bead & Button show. Last night I taught my first session of my Bezeled Bottlecap Earrings class and I had a blast. It was so much fun to see what my students came up with. One of my students bezeled a pair of champaigne bottle caps with a woman's face on them. They came out so beautifully and resembled cameos. Darn me- why didn't I take photos?
It was quite an experience to participate in the Meet the Teachers Reception. Usually I'm a shopper, not an exhibitor so it was quite an honor to be included among such an amazing and talented group of instructors. Above middle is a photo of me at my table just before the doors opened and the crazyness began. It was great to meet so many of my facebook friends and admire everyone's beady creations.
I thought I'd post a few photos of the show and some works in progress that I started in Laura McCabe's Master Class. The class focused on incorporating unconventional materials into beadwork designs. The top photo is of my sculptural piece where I used an old porcelian doll head and two pieces of fossil deer antler. Her body is acutally segmented and articulated. The bottom photo features a bezeled walnut sheel and a fossil deer jaw bone cut by rock god Gary Wilson. Laura was such an inspiration. She even gifted us with a fabulous book she wrote just for her master class students and her dvd on tips and tricks. Too cool.
I have been severely remiss in tending to my blog lately. I've just been so busy getting ready for Bead & Button and the Puget Sound Bead Festival that I've barely had time to do much of anything. I know, I know excuses, excuses...I'm finally almost all caught up and ready for B&B and I feel like I can breathe again.
And then there's my guitar, Nadine. She is a big, however, much needed and appreciated distraction. I love my guitar as much as I love my beads. Now that's a lot of love, people.
Dare I tell you that I'm working on an outline for a book proposal? Yes, it's true. That's all I'm going to say for now. I don't want to jinx it so, I shall keep it on the down low for the time being. Wish me luck...
I've started writing up my directions and illustrations for my Bubble Ring. This ring was inspired by a borosilicate lampwork glass ring I picked up in Tucson a few years ago. I decided I could replicate it using magatama drops and seed beads. This ring is so much fun to make, I'd like to make one for each of my ten digits. If only there were more hours in the day... I'm working on another sample in a red and gold colorway that I will be making into a kit that will be available in addition to the Green, Aqua and Butterscotch one pictured below. I'm really excited to be teaching this class at one of the best bead shows in the country, the Puget Sound Bead Festival this year. Check it out: http://www.pugetsoundbeadfestival.com/store/manufacturers.php?manufacturerid=39
The Bead & Button Show is rapidly approaching and I'm getting really excited about both teaching and taking a class. I signed up to take Laura McCabe's master class on encorporating unconventional materials into beadwork and was lucky enough to win the lottery. Apparently it was in high demand. I've really been trying to think outside the box and collect unusual items to bring to class with me. http://www.beadandbuttonshow.com/bnbshow/Default.aspx?c=a&id=128
Fortunately there is still room left in my Bottlecap Earrings class and time left to register. We are going to have so much fun in this class! I've collected several enormous jars full of a large assortment of bottlecaps to bring to class. It pays to have bartenders as friends, as well as friends who really like to drink beer! I've discovered quite a few cool bottle caps from some unuasual microbrews.
Here's a link to my classes at Bead & Button (please scroll down and click on the class of your choice for details): http://www.beadandbuttonshow.com/bnbshow/default.aspx?c=classsearch&mode=results&ins=T635
By the way, as we speak, I'm listening to the new Jakob Dylan album- "Women & Country" and it is really good. It features Neko Case singing backup on a majority of the songs and as many of you know, I'm a huge Neko Case fan. The album was produced by T Bone Burnett so, you know it can't be bad.
As many of you are aware, the Pacific Northwest is a hotspot for glass artists. I'm fortunate enough to live in the beautiful coastal town of Florence, OR where I am even more fortunate to call several talented glass bead artists friends. One, of which lives just down the street from me- Denise Saunders of Dema Designs. Stay tuned for more on Denise, including picutures of the new little beauties I just aquired from her.
Another incredibly talented friend of mine is Allison Byrd of Vortex Glassworks. http://www.vortexglassworks.com/
In the four years that I have known Allison, I've watched her work progress and her style develop. Her work amazes me and I'm proud to say I have quite a collection of her beads, including a number of her earliest pieces. Here is a shot of some of her more recent work:
I believe this set has sold but don't worry, Allison also has pieces available on Etsy and Ebay. Check out the above link to her website for details.
I recently made a lariat with one of Allison's gorgeous beads from her Moon Series. The piece is entitiled "Raven Moon" as it also has a lovely pewter Raven bead from Green Girl Studios on it. http://www.greengirlstudios.com/
I will be teaching this lariat at this year's Puget Sound Bead Festival in July. http://www.pugetsoundbeadfestival.com/ At the moment, I'm working on putting together kits that will be for sale on my Etsy site in the upcoming months. Allison is busy at work creating more lovely moon beads that will be included in the kit.
As an artist myself, I'm curious about what it is that inpires fellow artists. What is it that inpires you? Music is a BIG inspiration for me. I had my first guitar lesson today from a man who is a huge inspiration to me. Okay, well to be honest I've actually had three previous lessons from three different people during the course of the past 10 years. So, technically it wasn't my first lesson. However, I learned so much today that it might as well have been my very first lesson.
Part of the problem may have been that I wasn't in the right head space to learn. In one instance it was definatinatly poor instruction and a bad circumstance. But in order to protect the names of the innocent or in one case, not-so innocent, they shall remain nameless and I shall leave the circumstances to your vivid imaginations. I will only add the minor detail that the instuctor quickly drew the blinds and curtains around the house as soon as I entered and made a comment about wanting to teach me of things non-guitar related. I couldn't get out of the place fast enough, let me tell you. The second lesson involved San Fransisco rush hour traffic and an auto accident on the way home. A series of unfortunate events...
Today the guitar gods were with me. I had a lesson from guitar guru Byron Case, who recently inspired me to pick up my guitar again. I've been practicing every single day since I saw him play just over two weeks ago. Not only is the man a phenomenal guitar player but he has he patience of a glacier, a saint- truly. I put his patience to the test today so I know this for a fact. I learned that everything I thought I knew, I didn't really know. I've been playing along with my cd's, strumming chords I've taught myself, thinking I was really making progresss- cool as a cucumber, when really I don't know my elbow from my g-string. Suffice it to say, I learned I have a lot to learn.
But... an important connection was made. I found someone I think I can really learn from. Someone, who has some of the same heros I do, and is familiar with what I want to learn. Not only familiar with, but proficient in. A big thank you goes out to the guitar gods. I think this is just what the doctor ordered.
Here's a picture of my guitar. Nadine is her name. http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/ES/Epiphone/Dot.aspx
These days it seems I'm adding items to my "to-do list" faster than I can check them off. I did manage to cross off one important item this afternoon. I got my Bead Dreams Competetion submission completed and it feels good to have that done. To the left is a sneak peek photo of my bead embroidered collar entitled "Dance of Time." The cabochon in the bottom center is a fossilized mudcrack from Morocco, which was cut by rock star Gary Wilson. The top center cab is a Ganesha image which is the Hindu elephant god one is supposed to call on to help remove obsticles. I think we could all use a little Ganesha power in our lives at times. The piece also contains a lampwork glass bead by Rashan Omari Jones, fossil ammonites, freshwater pearls, vintage jet and marcasite nailheads, pressed-glass beads, brass, precious metal seed beads, charlottes, three-cuts, vintage glass cabs and Ultrasuede. This little collar took just over a year to complete and I'm quite smitten by it, if I do says so myself! This will be a 'keeper'.
Time is flying by these days and I feel like I can't keep up. I have so many kits to make that I'm up to my knees is seed beads. I think I'm finally finished making extra kits for my "Happy Go Lucky" embroidered cuff featured in the April/May issue of Beadwork Magazine. Kits are listed in my Etsy shop and are selling quick! Here's a link:http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=42954065
Here's a photo of the piece courtesy of Interweave Press.
Now, I really must get to work and make some other kits. I'm leaving for Bead and Button at the end of May and the show will be here before I know it. I'm also teaching five classes at the Puget Sound Bead Festival this year, which means, you guessed it, more kits to make!
This time change has got me all screwed up. I'm staying up even later than I usually do at night and sleeping later in the morning. As a result, I seem to be getting less accomplished and my to-do list is growing exponentially.
I have, however, been making an effort to make time to do things that are good for me, which I have been neglecting for far too long. I've been going for long walks every day. Even when it's cold, windy or gloomy- I force myself and I always feel so much better afterward. An added bonus is that I lost 6lbs over the past two weeks. Yay me.
One more thing that I have done to promote My self-wellbeing is pick up my guitar again. I practiced for two hours today and I'm proud to report... I got blisters on my fingers! Geez, if I'd only keep up with my practice, I wouldn't have to keep going through the whole blister/callus/blister/callus process over and over again. Doh!
It's time to get back to the ever-growing list of things to do. I have five million and one kits to make and for some reasons the kit making faeries haven't shown up yet.
I had all good intentions to work on making kits for my classes last night and maybe even getting a bit of beadwork in until the wee hours of the morning. But... after soaking in the hot tub for a long spell, I felt like molten jello and got nothing accomplished. It's so nice to be outside and enjoy the night at this time of year. I turned the lights and the jets off so that I could do some star gazing and listen to the silence. Unfortunately, the clouds are rolling in and there wasn't a star to be seen but the sounds of "silence" made up for it. Just down the hill from my house is Siltcoos Lake, where the cacophony of frogs was especially loud this evening. From the deck I can also hear the creek that runs alongside the bottom of the hill, just at the end of the driveway. Behind the house, about a mile away is the ocean. I'm lucky enough to be able to hear that, too.
The hot tub is my "think tank." Last night I was thinking about all of the things in life that we take for granted. For example, the frogs. Listening to the frogs is one of my favorite things about living here and yet, I don't always make the time to pay attention to them.
When I lived in Long Beach, CA I took the music scene for granted. I could pick any night of the week to go out and see quality live music and it was all only a short drive away (ok well, maybe a little longer than short with traffic but still...). I used to spend a lot of time just down the street from my apartment, at the Blue Cafe. I would go there and listen to fine musicians such as Doug MacLeod www.doug-macleod.com/ (pictured above) every Thurs. night at happy hour. Doug is an incredible blues musician and was one of the reasons I ever picked up a guitar in the first place. He's played with some of the finest blues musicians in the world and even played with one of my other favorite guitar players, the late great Pee Wee Crayton. Yes, indeed folks, I was SPOILED.
Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCEfaeH0Iik
Ever since I moved here to Florence, OR I have been missing that music scene. Luckily, every Sunday night there is phenomenal group of musicians that gets together at the Traveler's Cove. The line-up includes regulars such as my friend Peter Giri(pictured left) on guitar and bass, Paul Biondi on sax, Suzanne Sheretta on sax, Nate Kaplan on drums and Mike Anderson on guitar and bass. These folks sure can play and once again I'm feeling a bit spoiled.
This past Saturday night, I was especially spoiled, as we had a bonus night of music down at the Cove. Not only were we blessed with Peter Giri and Nate Kaplan but they brought along uber-talented harpsmen Lloyd Tolbert and guitar guru Byron Case (pictued left). Man, oh man, that Byron can play. We were treated to a long and fabulous first set of blues. Blues the way blues was meant to be played. It was exactly what I've been missing. It felt like going home. Three days later I'm still feeling good from that quality dose of music. It doesn't get much better than that!
Ahhh... the buzz of spring is in the air. I can feel it! I just went for an invigorating walk in my beautiful, woodsy neighborhood. The sweet smell of jasmine, honeysuckle and blooms a'bloomin was most intoxicatingly heavenly. I saw numerous bumble bees and along the way I came across two different families of deer. I'm happy to report that the deer are looking rather healthy this year. It must be all of the tulips they've been munching on in my neighbor's garden. While walking, listening to Willie Dixon on my ipod (which by the way, is fantastic walking music that makes you want to strut your stuff), I stumbled upon some skeletal remains along the side of the road. I'm not sure if it was a nutria or an oppossum because the skull was missing. I've decided I'm going to go back tomorrow and collect some of the vertebrae to use in a beading project. I'm taking Laura McCabe's (http://justletmebead.com) Master Class at Bead & Button this year and the focus is on using unusual materials in your beadwork. So, my eyes are especially open to seeking out unconventional objects. Is it the arrival of spring that has me feeling so good today? It could be. Was it the acupuncture treatment I had today for my allergies? That definitely helped. Was it the impromptu bass guitar lesson I had with my friend Peter Girihttp://petekowalke.com/ yesterday? That was certainly a ton of fun. Could it have been a great weekend with two nights in a row of live music with incredible musicians? That must be it. Whatever it is, I ain't complainin'!
I've spent the past week filing paperwork for the upcoming meeting with our accountant. Urgh... I hate tax time. I have finally finished and now have some time to put my Tuscon goodies away. Before we left for Tucson, we were down in Orange County for the CHA show. While at the show I stopped by the Soft Flex booth to say "hi" to Sara Hardin and Jamie Hogsett. While I was talking with Sara, I spied a fantastic lampwork glass bead on one of the samples. I completely fell in love with this enormous, bumpy boro bead. Sara wasn't sure who made it because it wasn't one of her samples. I just couldn't shake the memory of this bead. Fast forward to the Best Bead Show in Tucson, which by the way, is appropriately named... Lo and behold, right there in the lobby was the maker of my coveted bead! It was Martha Proctor of Liquid Sand Studio. www.liquidsandstutio.com Below is a photo of the gorgeous "honker" of a bead with yummy bumps in tourmaline colors. I can't wait to make something with this treasure!
I had a wonderful trip to Tucson this year. Not only was it bead heaven, but I also got see old friends and make some new friends. Among the many wonderfully talented friends I ran into at the Interweave party this year was Andrew Thornton. He is a fabulously talented designer and artist who most of you know through his working with his family at Green Girl Studios. While at the party Andrew gifted me with this sweet artist trading card. The following night I had the good fortune of sampling some of Andrew's cooking. He and Greg Ogden (also of GGS) treated us to some fine culinary magic. They even converted me into liking brussel sprouts! This fine dinner took place at the beautiful home of another talented artist, Kate McKinnon. Her home is a perfect combo of contemporary coziness & retro cool stuff. It made me want to move right in!I managed to snap of few pictures before my camera battery died. Doh! Pictured below is Marcia DeCoster alongside the gracious hostess Kate McKinnon. Bottom left are three beautiful women: Jean Campbell, Jamie Hogsett & Sara Hardin.
After having been gone for three weeks, there's a lot of catching up to do around here. One of my priorities is getting my Stringing submissions done and written up for the Fall issue since the deadline is rapidly approaching. Here are a few sneak peeks of the beads I used. The first is a snapshot of a gorgeous lampwork glass flower made by the equally lovely & talented Lisa Kahn. Lisa amazes me. She does it all: beadwork, lampwork... and everything she does is fantastic.
Second, is a lovely little borosilicate honeycomb bead that my awesomely talented friend Rashan Omari Jones made. I actually dropped this bead on concrete last fall and he had to put it back in the kiln to fix it. I owe him big time for this! Now I need to get busy and type up the directions...
When I returned from Tucson last week I pulled out all of my treasures to drool on them while Barry and I were watching TV. I decided to "work" while I was drooling so, I got out my lil' Ziploc baggies and a sharpie so, I could mark and label all of my new goodies. As I was going through my receipts, I came across my Gary Wilson receipt. The last item read "special secret item". I asked Barry if he knew what the heck that was to which he smiled and replied, "yes". Alas, the mystery was revealed on Valentine's Day when I received this super cool heart shaped pendant that Gary Wilson cut from a billiard ball!
Ahhh... I'm finally home from my three week trip to southern CA and Tucson. I was so busy the whole time I was gone that I slacked in the blogging department. At least now I have lots to talk about. I had a wonderful time in CA even though everyone blamed me for bringing the rain with me. My Mom took a week off from work and I got to spend some time with her, which is always much needed. I also got to spend some time with my Dad, two brothers and Grandfather. While in Huntington Beach I taught two classes at my friend Erin's store Beadology. Check it out: www.beadology.net. The first class was my right angle weave class "Better With Crystals". Much to my surprise, all 7 students finished their bracelets. They did a fantastic job and it was such an inspiration to see their color selections. The other class I taught was my "Bottlecap Earrings". Erin made a lovely pendant out of hers with a super cute owl bottlecap from a Japanese brew. There is still room in the Bead & Button show sessions of my bottlecap earrings. For details visit: http://www.beadandbuttonshow.com/bnbshow/default.aspx Hey! My class is the pick of the day here! Or go to: http://www.beadandbuttonshow.com/bnbshow/default.aspx?c=classsearch&mode=results&ins=T635
I've been consumed with writing up directions for my "Better with Crystals Bracelet". I must admit I am a procrastinator to the fullest extent but since I'm teaching the class in a few weeks, I can't put it off any longer! I never really have trouble writing directions or sketching the figures out. HOWEVER... I'm learning to "draw" the figures out using Microsoft Word and it has proved to be quite a learning curve. I guess I'm just 'old school' but I much prefer sketching my illustrations with pencils and markers. I feel the need to be high tech and keep up with the times but I would truly rather be beading.
Below: Jimmy Reed, Pee Wee Crayton & Muddy Waters.
Left: Lloyd Tolbert playing a mean harp with Peter Giri on guitar.
I feel so lucky to have had three (tonight will be the fourth) amazing nights of live music. Eugene is home to some of the most talented musicians I've ever come across and Florence is lucky enough to have them come to us. This first weekend of the year has found many of us locals at Traveler's Cove enjoying the music of my good friend Peter Giri and his friends. Peter, who is one of my most favorite gee-tar players EVER has dubbed this weekend "Quatro Noches de Pedro". Si.
Every night has been a different combo of musicians playing with Peter. Last night was my favorite because the boys played a lot of blues- my favorite. Byron Case played guitar the first set and he seems to channel all of my guitar heroes when he plays. He's like a combo of Muddy Waters, Pee Wee Crayton and Jimmy Reed rolled into one. It doesn't get much better than that, folks.
Hmmm... I think I just may hear my guitar calling me...
My New Year's resolution is to not be so woefully neglectful of this blog! I thought I'd start the New Year off by posting some pictures of the wonderful treasures that Barry gave me for Christmas. Above is a picture of the fabulous Bob Burket beads that I found in my stocking. The center pendant is a dragonfly enlayed with turquoise and like a lot of Bob's creatures, he's got articulated wings. The bead to the left is a shibuichi goldfish "ball" which was the prototype for the mold. To the right is another first edition bead. I'm so lucky! Next, is a crazy eyeball monster bead by Ralph McCaskey. (www.nightsidestudios.com) I think I'll name him Bob because I imagine when he moves his head the eyeballs bob all over the place. In honor of my almost stepping on a rattlesnake in Tucson this year, Barry found this great little turquoise and sterling silver pendant. The last picture is of some beautiful glass beads made by my friend and neighbor, the talented Denise Saunders. I had lunch with her the other day and she brought along the work she's been busily creating for the big trip to Tuscon. I was lucky enough to get a preview and I couldn't resist. Merry Xmas to me!