Thursday, May 5, 2011

First Friday - Featured Artist

Well, I'm pleased to announce that I'm one of the featured artists for May at the Art Market Gallery in downtown Knoxville, TN. My lampwork jewelry is on display there all month.
If you have some time, the gallery stays open later tomorrow night for "First Friday", and from 6pm-9pm there is a reception with complimentary refreshments and live music (classical music performed by cellist Anna Sanders). There are other businesses in the area that stay open late for "First Friday" as well...if you're looking for something to do. :)
The beautiful watercolor pieces hung above my jewelry are created by fellow gallery member/artist, Genie Even, and I'm so pleased with how the entire display came together! :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

New Fiber Art at the Art Market Gallery

I recently juried into the Art Market Gallery under a second medium...fiber! I'm so excited about this, because experimenting with fiber and beads are my two top creative passions. Being able to bring both types of work into the gallery will allow me a much broader range in my creative adventures. :)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Birthday Cupcake Exchange

I participated in a little birthday swap this year, and this was my cupcake creation.

It is made from a couple pieces of felted sweaters (the bottom was the cuff of a sleeve). The "cherry" on top is one of my lampwork beads that was just waiting for a purpose. Then, after adding a few bugle bead "sprinkles", she was done!
Luckily my birthday falls early in the year and I didn't have to wait very long to "exchange" gifts. I got this fun strawberry & chocolate cupcake...isn't it yummy!
Thank you Margi, it's perfect! :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Valentine ATC Swap

Here are 2 Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) I made for a specific Valentine's Day themed swap this month.
Both backgrounds are needlefelted layers of wool and scrim. The wool was actually from some hand-carded blends I made a while back, and the designs were simply "doodles" I hand-stitched on them before assembling them into ATCs.
and here are the 2 wonderful ATCs I got in return...
(created by Sandra)

(created by Peggy)

It's always a fun surprise to see what people create and bring home tiny new treasures from these swaps! :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Free The Stitches - A New Blog

I have the good fortune to be part of a new blog adventure with a group of cherished friends!

Check it out!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from my little snowy friend! :)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Freestyle Christmas Exchange

I participated in a a fun, different kind of Christmas Exchange swap this year. We each put together a baggie of fabrics, threads, and embellishments from our own stash, and swapped bags with each other. The plan was to create something for the person who's bag you received...out of their stash of goodies. This is what I created for Karen out of her materials...

The petals were all machine quilted and finished individually. Each one is a little sandwich of linen and cotton with a touch of batting in the middle. Add a button center, a felted leaf, a wool covered wire stem...and "ta da"...a happy flower is born. :)

And this is what Carol created for me!

She made this wonderful little wall hanging out of mostly wool fabrics with a piece of linen for the owl's body and a checkered cotton for the binding. The yo-yo eyes and little ladybug bead in the corner are so signature "Carol", and I love that her design captures her whimsy and personality so well. I feel honored that she made this for me, and I will think of my dear friend every time I look at this piece!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Front Clasp Necklaces

These are a few new necklaces I designed with front toggles/closures. Each necklace has one of my larger lampwork beads as the focal point.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tennessee Presents Textiles

I just participated in a great event over the weekend called "Tennessee Presents Textiles" in Vonore, TN. There was a fashion show of one-of-a-kind handmade clothing, as well as a trunk show by Rachel Clark.
Several of my necklaces were used on the runway, and I had a chance to setup and display my jewelry for sale in the afternoon as well.

Proceeds from the event went to support a series of week-long fiber arts residencies for all fourth grade students in Madisonville and Tellico Plains. I feel good about having participated in a fund raiser for this worthy cause, and I had a great time too! :) For more information, check out the Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA).

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Finished Lampwork Necklaces

If you look back at my post on October 5th, you will find pictures of several little piles of beads waiting to be turned into necklaces. Here are those finished creations...

I named this necklace "Lavender Fields". The original pile of pastel beads started out with a few more yellows in the mix, but the ones I ended up using fell mostly on the cooler side of the color wheel. The dusty purple and mossy greens definitely gave it more of a "moody" feel, buy I love the whimsy that comes from adding the little glass leaves! It now belongs to my precious mom, whom I love dearly. :)

Here is a long necklace I made out of an assortment of black & white beads. There are a lot of transparent grays and tiny silver beads between my lampwork beads for some added sparkle. Very classic.
Lastly is a deep, purple necklace with rich, mossy green undertones. The amazing mixture of green & purple came from the faceted Czech glass beads that I used as larger spacer beads on this one. They are gorgeous accents that came from White Fox Bead Studio in Maryville, TN. I just fell in love and had to have them as soon as I laid my eyes on them! I think I do a lot of my bead shopping that way...letting my eyes graze over rows and rows of beads until something jumps off the shelf and begs me to take it home. I never really know what I'm going to do with my beads until I live with them for a while, but their color always speaks to me the loudest...and I love the glisten and feel of glass beads...