Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My Two Pieces of Good News

I have been trying to get into the Bead and Button show for a few years now. Me and who knows how many others.  This year didn't look real promising as I was told I would hear from them in December if anything opened up.  Then I was told I probably wouldn't hear until April.  But sometimes, good things happen when you're in the right place at the right time.  This past week was one of those times.  I had logged onto a yahoo group when I noticed someone posted that they had a conflict with the show dates this year and needed to "sublet" their booth (#1244).  I immediately emailed that person and the rest as they say is history.  So, with 67 days till showtime, things will be a little hectic in the studio.  I have to be pretty organized and I will need to really stick to daily production goals.  So - certain things will have to slide for the time being.  My blogs might just morph into bleets!

Have you heard about Tejae Floyd's book "Polymer Artists Showcase"?  My work is one of the many featured artists.  You can view the book and purchase here:  A real visual treat!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Born Again, Feeling the Love

Well, not really born again.  It's more like Bourne again, as in Bourne won again.  Yeah.   Lily's basketball team just couldn't make the grade and unfortunately, lost to Bourne at the tournament this past weekend.  So, a little disappointing but, still fun to watch nevertheless.  Saturday night, we all went out to the Brazilian grill and managed to stuff ourselves silly!  Their butternut bisque soup tasted like a wonderful dessert - thick, creamy, and sweetly flavored with cinammon. 

Last week I never had the time to mention the wonderful treasury that AKDLampwork had made featuring one of my beads.  It was very appropriately titled "Sunshine". 

So I'm sending the love back to Amy by featuring one of her many fabulous beads.  This one is called "Golden Palace".  I love the cellular bubbles of light contained in this bead.  Nice work, Amy!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Marvelous Monday

Born in Armenia, Naira Barseghian majored in Industrial Design at the University of Fine Arts and Theatre in Yerevan.  When she emigrated to the US in 1991, she enrolled in community art classes and soon became enamored in the process of throwing and hand-building ceramics.  Her husband studied  fine arts and sculpture at the University level in Austria from 1978-1982.  Together, they made a home and formed the Sunland Studio which is right on the premises.  Here, they colloraborated together on wood tables (with ceramic tile inlays), sculptures, and functional pottery.  Their use of light and color is brightening my day. 

Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring Colors Continued

As I'm almost out the door for a weekend basketball tournament at the Cape, I wanted to post some pictures of the beads I made using the colors I had blogged about the other day.  I probably won't have time to list them in my Etsy shop until Monday.



Last night, I had the pleasure of going to a Beadesigner International meeting at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society.  The meeting was featuring Julie Picarello (I love her brooches on her website's front page), giving a fun talk about her process of adding metal accents, rivets and epoxy resins to her work.  Julie had just flown in from France from a workshop she taught there.  France, known for its art, fabulous food, great wine, beautiful architecture and shopping!  Lexington, well . . . not quite the same.  Julie, how did you like looking out your window this morning to the snow here in the northeast?  Bet you were wishing you were back in that little French cafe, eh?   

Hope you all have a great weekend - see you Monday! 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Yes, I'm an Idol Fan

I've been watching American Idol pretty much since the very beginning.  It's something I do with my husband and Lily every Tuesday night.  If we can't be home for some reason, we Tivo it.  This season, my two favorites are Crystal Bowersox and Siobahn Magnus.  I always look forward to seeing their performances just like I did last year with Adam Lambert and David Cook the year before.   Last night, all three of us were pretty shocked when we heard Paige Miles sing.  She sang the Phil Collins song "Against All Odds".  Usually, when the judges tell a contestant that they were pitchy, I don't always recognize that.  Last night, clearly, Paige had a pitch problem.  What went wrong????  Tonight, I will be shocked if she's not sent home.  BUT, my heart goes out to her.  How will she manage to sing that song again for her farewell song?  Please Idol - don't put her through it!!!! 

Spring Colors 2010

Although spring has essentially sprung, and pantone's spring color forecast for 2010 has been out for a while, I thought it was still worth a mention and an image.   

After all, if you're working with polymer clay and you're making jewelry, why not use some of the tools that are available to us?  (I'm just pointing out one of the hundreds of tools that are available to us.)  So I chose 3 colors from the spring 2010 forecast:  turquoise, aurora, and eucalyptus.  I wanted to add some contrast, so I added black to this palette.  I then created this palette on colourlovers and this is what it looked like: 

I printed it out, and took it to my studio.  So I guess the next step would be to create something in polymer clay using these colors.  To be continued . . . 

Monday, March 22, 2010

Marvelous Monday

I returned to the ocean and got a little carried away with the beauty of the jellyfish.  They are found in every ocean from the surface to the depths below.  I found myself mesmerized by their grace and color.  From a safe distance, of course.  Enjoy and have a marvelous Monday!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Back from Vacation

My family and I recently went on a much needed vacation.  We took our first cruise to some islands in the western Caribbean.  We planned excursions at every island except for Costa Maya.  Beautiful beaches, sunshine, huts, lounge chairs, reggae music and boat drinks (not necessarily in that order).  Life was good.   My daughters and I did a 7-tier zip line in Belize. In between the zip lines, we had to climb up some steep stairs to the next level.  Sometimes, we were even attached to the small platform so if we fell off, we'd be safe.  Are you getting the picture?  Yeah, we were pretty high up.  What a thrill.   After that we had a gentle tube ride through the caves where the Mayans once held sacrifices.  The current was slow and it could have been a peaceful, restful trip if I wasn't such a nut paddling and looking out for snakes and such!  I saw this creepy movie about an anaconda once and those visions kept swirling around in my head.

In Cozumel we swam with the dolphins.  That was something we had all wanted to do.  We were all pretty surprised when we pet them.  Their skin felt like rubber!   Athena, who I'm being pulled by, had a baby that was so cute.  He just swam around getting closer and closer until I was able to pet him.  What a great experience!  It was after Cozumel that the waters began to get rough.  We were now heading towards Grand Cayman.  I swear, I couldn't walk straight on the ship due to the rocking.  Needless to say, I took a dramamine which fortunately helped.  In the morning, as we were up getting ready for our snorkeling adventure in the coral reef, they announced that the port at Cayman was closed due to the high winds and rough water.  It was too dangerous to be tendered off the ship. The waters were just as rough the following day.  Yesterday was the first day that I didn't feel like I was swaying back and forth.   

When we sailed into Miami, we heard about all the rain we had back in the northeast.  And our flight back home was cancelled on Sunday due to the bad winds.  So now that I'm home, I've settled in and caught up with all the unpacking, laundry, etc.  During the time I was gone, I had shut down my websites and Etsy shop.  I was pleasantly surprised to have gotten a few orders over the phone.  Totally unexpected.  Now that those orders are out, I'm ready to get back into the studio to do a little experimenting.  Lots of ideas have been brewing since Synergy and with all the color inspiration from the Caribbean, who knows what will happen. 

In the meantime, I've just listed this newer necklace in my Etsy shop.  As the buds on the leaves appeared, I knew I was subconsiously thinking of spring!  Have a great weekend! 
And, happy 20th Julienne!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Marvelous Monday

Today, I'm revisiting the work of glass artist Elaine Hyde.   I'm kvelling over her use of iridized glass, gemstones and 22k gold.  Pure lusciousness! I'll leave you for the week as I'll be on some island somewhere, spending  much needed downtime with the family.  Until next week . . . have a marvelous Monday!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


I had another great time at the Synergy Conference this year.  The seminars were pretty diverse - offering an assortment of classes on techniques, and classes on various business trends/strategies.  Between the presentations, the seminars, the gallery, we were bombarded with beautiful images.  The classes I took were sometimes technical, to illustrative, to demonstrative to just plain entertaining.  I was really impressed with the power point presentation given by Carol Simmons.  The visual really helped pull it all together.  You could visually see parts of her cane floating and dropping down in place as the other parts were then built around that.  If only making the art was that simple!  She is a caner who makes her bead veneers by separating, manipulating and blending.  It was a refreshing glimpse into how her mind works. 

All in all, it was a great time for connections.  I was excited to see artists from England, Prague, Germany and Spain with whom I've communicated online.  It was nice to meet them and be able to speak with them in person!  David Vanover gave me a pair of earrings for me to embellish with polymer - in the spirit of collaboration.  I really did feel part of a wonderful community and am looking forward to what lays ahead for polymer

I also had a chance to get to the ACC show with Loretta (the shmoozer) Lam and Ronna Weltman.  We stopped in at Kathleen Dustin's booth and got the lowdown on her beautiful booth setup.  I found artists there whose work was fresh and new (at least to me) and the level of craftmanship was impeccable.  We saw lots of wearable art and jewelry.  Unfortunately, we ran out of time so we never got to the ceramics.  We had to get back for the book signing session (Ronna) and then the banquet and auction.  I was glad to see Tracy Holmes as the auctioneer again.  She was in rare form and had the room laughing constantly!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Marvelous Monday

I just arrived home from Synergy today and am still on visual overload. But Mondays here are about inspiration so what's a little more visual stimulation? The ceramic works of William Kidd are just so magnificent. He has thrown many different forms throughout his 25 year career as a ceramicist. Currently, his work is very sculptural and organic in nature and inspired by natural organisms such as seeds, spores and sea life. My eyes delight as they travel through his carved and applied textures. Hope you enjoy - and have a marvelous Monday!