Saturday, November 28, 2009
Orange? Love it. Red? Gotta have it. Bright cobalt blue? I'm all over that action, baby.
One of my favorite color combos is lime green and ocean blue - these colors are juicy and cheerful, without the intense energy that fiery colors like orange and red bring to the table. Lime green packs a little punch and creates interest, while ocean blue provides the perfect counterpoint.
I created the following earrings with this color scheme in mind. They feature my own lime green lampwork beads, sterling silver, freshwater pearls in lime green and ocean blue, and Swarovski crystals in various shades of blue and green. The earrings are very lightweight and dangly, and sparkle in the light as you move. Enjoy!
Friday, November 27, 2009
I used my freedom from the kitchen today to list some of my earrings and lampwork beads in my ArtFire shop. I have about a dozen pairs of lampwork and sterling silver earrings priced at $18, including shipping.
Friday, July 17, 2009
I'm thrilled to announce my latest class, Silver Cascade Earrings. This is one of my favorite designs EVER, because they're so lightweight and pretty.
These flirty mixed media earrings feature freshwater pearls, Swarovski bicones, lampwork beads and sterling silver - all of which add up to lightweight and comfortable earrings. The bright colors and flexible movement make them fun to wear as well!
This class is suitable for beginners and beyond. The class will be held August 8, 2009, from 12:00 noon to 4:30 p.m. at Shipwreck Beads in Lacey, WA. Class fee is $25. Register by 12:00 noon August 7, 2009 at Shipwreck Beads online or by phone - (360) 754-2323 or (800) 950-4232.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
In this picture, Jerry's priming the end sheets that go on the rafters. He's replacing all of them on the whole house.
This shot shows the tricked out utility line connection Jerry finished last night.
Looking good so far!
This picture shows one of the new shingles (and Jerry's left toe). It's CertainTeed's premium 50-year architectural shingle in Heather. We think it'll look great, especially after we paint the house a light mossy green.
Jerry shows off his complex cut - our house doesn't have a regular A-frame roof - it's got hips and angles and eaves...all the little things that make doing your own roof that much more challenging...and special!
Monday, July 13, 2009
I've been providing administrative backup for him - among other things, I arranged for the permit, found 50-year shingles at a steep discount, AND thoroughly researched our limited old-roof-disposal-options. (After numerous phone calls and web searching, I found that in Thurston County, the only option is to haul those old shingles to the landfill. Argh!)
Jerry's got a to-do list a mile long for this project, and truly, the project started a long time ago. The first thing on the list was to replace the rotted wood posts on the front of the house - they were "floating" on top of the concrete base. As a result, that corner of the roof sank a bit and needed to be jacked back up to where it should be. Here's a before shot showing the wood posts, sagging corner, and on the left side just behind the house, you can see the top of the doomed cedar tree as well.
New sturdy posts - as you can see - they are not going anywhere!
The last big thing to tackle before the actual roof replacement was to fix the eave on the garage side of the house - a previous tenant had sheared off the eave, possibly to park a motor home.
Friday, June 19, 2009
I've been a good mom this school year. I've chaperoned almost all, if not every single one, of the kids' field trips. Of course, that's because I'm lucky enough to be a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom, and because I love field trips! So yesterday being the next-to-last-day-of-the-school-year, I decided it was time for a field trip for Mama.
The third Thursday of the month is free admission day at the Tacoma Art Museum, and I'm a cheapskate, so I headed up to peek at one of TAM's newest exhibits, Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection. The exhibit runs until September 13, 2009. I'm sure glad I did, and I know I'll be going back before it ends.
The only bummer, as you've probably figured out already, is that the museum does not allow cameras of any sort. I saw a guy with a photo press pass and kiddingly asked him if he could take some pics with my camera for me...he looked kind of rattled until I told him I wasn't really going to hold him to it - I wouldn't want him to lose his press pass on my account!
It was amazing to see all of the different pieces of jewelry, which were presented not as jewelry, but as art.
Earrings were not included in the exhibit because, according to the docent I spoke with, the intent of the exhibit was to display jewelry that stands on its own and makes a statement. Earrings don't make much of a statement unless they're worn. OK, I guess I can accept that. I don't have to like it, but I can accept it.
So I saw bracelets and rings and collars and sleeves and pendants and brooches. There was a gold index finger and a gold nose, both by Gerd Rothman. No kidding. I guess you could use Silly Putty to adhere the nose to your face or something. You'd be definitely making a statement wearing that next time you go grocery shopping. And hey, what about that gold finger? (cue James Bond music...)
Mixed media pieces by the truckload...thank goodness I'm not the only one enchanted with putting odd things together!
While everything I saw was amazing and wonderful, I think my very most favorite pieces were the collaborative mixed media narrative brooches using found objects and many different techniques, created by Robin Kranitzky & Kim Overstreet. Donald Paul Tompkins' medals commemorating the lives of Janis Joplin, Jackson Pollock, and Minnesota Fats were also some of my faves. I couldn't resist adding Bernhard Schobinger's ring to my favorites list, Lipstick for Neanderthal Woman, made using copper, carborundum, silver and gold. The sparkly carborundum sticks up out of the ring, like lipstick emerging from its case. Wish I could find you a picture.
Yes, there were gold and silver and gemstones galore...but I saw a huge number of diverse materials used as well, which reminds me of how Faberge' and his colleagues worked - they treated every material used, even the mundane, as precious and finished it beautifully. Here's a quick list of some of the materials used:
- deer antler
- mizuhiki cord
- wood - many different varieties
- nylon monofilament
- acrylic paint
- steel - stainless, blackened
- glass eyes
- plastic teeth
- Prismacolor pencils
- onion skin
- Japanese lacquer (urushi)
- Washi paper
- mercury gilding (eeek...sounds dangerous...)
- cardboard - flat, corrugated
- abalone (paua)
If you're in the area, I encourage you to check out the exhibit before it ends September 13, 2009...you won't regret it!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
This is exactly the kind of thing that makes me proud to be a flameworking artist - by and large, the art glass community is filled with caring people who want to make a positive impact on our world.
The 2009 event will take place on July 17 (Denver) & July 18 (Golden). If you're in the area, stop by and take a look - you won't be sorry! The glass artists involved will work together to create a large-scale collaborative project; event proceeds will benefit Learning Landscapes, a University of Colorado Denver program that partners with Denver Public Schools to transform run-down elementary school playgrounds into multi-use parks.
Lifted from The Colorado Project's website:
The core mission of The Colorado Project is to create an environment that will promote and build a culture among Colorado glass artists through philantrhopic projects and events. The Colorado Project is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization.
Goals of The Colorado Project:
- To build relationships between Colorado glassblowers through philanthropic events
- To create collaborative glass art installations
- To promote awareness of Colorado's glass art industry
- To raise money for local non-profit children's organizations
- To promote sponsors in our industry