Thursday, February 22, 2018

Netting and Leaf Bracelet Experiment

Placing beaded leaves within my netting bracelets has been rolling around in my head for a while.  Then one day, it just happened.  

It's a start, I'm not sure if I like it or not or if I like it as jewelry.  I'm thinking of using this idea/technique in small wall-art pieces.  I suppose we'll see what happens.  In the meantime, I love how it feels more lace-like, and the shadows that it casts. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

White Leaf Beaded Jewelry Set

Last year I ended up selling my white lariat leaf and cluster earrings to a lovely lady at an airport bar in Florida.  I learned from her that it's cheaper to drink on the airplane by ordering double shots of vodka at the bar and pouring them into a water bottle (I did not follow suit). Also that I should look into galleries in Florida but stick to white and pastels.  Which I do tend towards for spring. Maybe if I ever get my stock built up enough I will look into Florida galleries.

Now that I'm back to retail and working at White House Black Market, I was missing my white jewelry staples so I just finished this set.  1 Lariat Necklace, 1 pair of cluster earrings, a leaf bracelet and 2 smaller pairs of earrings. 

You'll be able to see them and try them on at Fiber Feast in April (unless you see me beforehand). I'm up for doing pop-ups around my oddball retail schedule.

Lois's tail was too photogenic to not post this one....

Monday, February 5, 2018

Leaf me Alone #1

This is the small version of a much larger draft.  I needed to get back to my passion of double-weave pick-up with a small piece after having exhausted myself with triple-weave pick-up.

Detail of beaded edging

I really am enjoying doing some smaller pieces so I might stick to those before warping my loom for the massive plan I have for this particular series.  I have been making so much jewelry I forgot how good it feels to play with extra warp on double-weave.

"Leaf me Alone" was started as a thought process when I was married and miserable, but in general, I need a lot of alone time.  I don't mind (and sometimes prefer) doing things alone, skiing, dancing, concerts. I was lost in the woods a few times on my Porkies Residency, and the leaf cover was always so comforting.  Loneliness is important for me, I suppose it's like meditation. I feel very fortunate to have found someone to share my home with who feels similarly.  We do things together, but we don't need to.  So the Leaf me Alone series looks like it will continue popping up in the next group of smaller weavings (and by small I mean, approximately 15in x 10in).

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bracelet Commissions

If you know Liisa, you've probably noticed her wearing some of my work over the years.  She recently asked me to create two bracelets which I finally finished after the holiday insanity (and having to finish my niece's baby blanket).  I wanted to offer 2 options for the blue netting one since I had two different sized seed beads which could fit the bill.

The bracelet on the left is 15/0 beads, the one on the right is the usual size that I use, 15/0.

I haven't really played with my netting stitch in standard sized seed beads (I've always used smaller).  I've worn it a couple times and it still feels comfortable, it's a bit more stiff though and not as fabric-feeling as the smaller beads.

Liisa also has one of my St. Petersburg strand bracelets from an older color grouping and asked for one in whites and gold.  I'm going to show her this one, but the original was about half this size I think, so we'll see what she thinks.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Halloween, Earrings and Kittens (oh my)

Wow, I've been so busy that I haven't had a minute to blog and take photos.  Mainly I've been working on fill for galleries for the holidays which does start in mid October.  We took in 2 kittens that came to us on our walk through the park one night, which have been a handful.  Then our Halloween Party and the following month we hosted Thanksgiving. I'm still settling in to my job at White House Black Market, I think I'll get better at blogging once I have that and some household things under control.

(We went as Leela and Fry from the show Futurama for Halloween)
(The cats were not forced to dress up, only take photos)

Recently I did make something for myself though.  The set that matches the dress I wore in June is at a gallery and I was wearing the same dress the other night for Bryan's company holiday party.  I decided to put the dress with a bright blue/teal pair of heels and happened to have just purchased beads the same color in clear matte.

So in my usual form, I made myself a large pair of earrings for the event, which we had a great time at.

The next place I'll be showing my jewelry is at REACH's Not So Silent Night Event on December 9th, 2017.  This is always a great event, plus it benefit's an awesome creative part of our community!

(Kittens love to "help" hence things taking a bit longer these days, this is Lois in the background, 
she loves spilling beads and playing with jewelry.)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Purple Netting Bangle with Long Pearl Accent

I made a green netting bangle earlier this year which is headed to Minneapolis this month and I decided I was wearing it so much that I wanted to use the plum beads that I was toting around.  I was a bit stumped as to what to fill in the gap between the netting since its not completely even with the bangle size when I came across this long dyed freshwater pearl. I think the pearl has been floating around my bead stash since my college days.

Speaking of college days, I have been trying to clean out the disaster that I currently call a studio and have been running into all sorts of UFOs (UnFinished Objects).  I think I need to start filling a garbage can so I can think straight as I sift through, however, what if I get rid of something that would be of use in 10 years?! Always the struggle.

This plum netting bangle can be seen at the Lansing Art Gallery right now for this 2017 Holiday show.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Blue and Purple Leaf Lariat Set

In preperation for holiday I've been making sure to stay on top of creating new jewelry.  I'm pretty satisfied with this blue and purple set.  I haven't made a shorter leaf necklace in a long time, so I'm glad I finished this one on time.  These will be headed to the Lansing Art Gallery on Friday.

Netting and Leaf Bracelet Experiment

Placing beaded leaves within my netting bracelets has been rolling around in my head for a while.  Then one day, it just happened.   ...