It's always shocking to me, when I look at past blog posts here (or on my old Wordpress site) and realize how very bad I am at the whole steady, regular blogging thing! Mostly I find myself thinking, 'what in the world do I say? There's nothing going on in my life that interesting!'.
But there's a simple magic in communication, something that creates a rhythm that you can move to, something that ignites a fire & creates a positive flow. I (and my honey) live a very rural, isolated life, we mostly speak to each other and, being the two sides of the same coin we are, don't have to stretch much.
So, I'm stretching & taking a shot at working out the linguistic kinks....
I recently had a revelation about a source of inspiration for me. If you engage in any kind of artistry, you're familiar with the query, "Where do you get your inspiration?". That one's always stumped me; I reach, I think, I ponder...Nature, I say, Nature inspires me; but, I live smack-dab in the middle of Nature, so it's also just my day to day life, chores, challenges, etc. Okay, other folks work, especially luscious old, ethnic jewelry inspires me & that's true.
But a few days ago, on the completion of a new necklace with one of my crazy elaborate wire wrap focals, it dawned on me, as I sat staring at the focal, entranced by the intricacy of the layers of wrapping. These pieces, with their long, conical wire wrap structures, look to me like exotic little temples & I suddenly thought, 'Khajouraho, that's what they make me think of!' The temple groups of Khajouraho & other Indo-Aryan & Indo-Islamic architecture has always fascinated me, the incredible details, the exquisite way that all the myriad wealth of those details fit together, purely intoxicating!
If you're not familiar with this architecture, check out some of these links & enjoy the study!
And if you're interested in traveling & experiencing the wonder first hand...
There is nothing like learning an exciting new technique, or having some new materials to work with to get the creative juices percolating again! After all the rush & frenetic energy of the holiday season, it's been a needed breather to spend minimal time in the studio over this past month. But that, I believe, has come to an end....I learned a new wire weaving technique a couple days ago & now the imagination is afire with possibilities!
This piece I'll be keeping for myself, but watch my "Brand New Items" section for more of this design in the coming weeks! :)
I'm very excited to finally have a chance to do the prep work for a new "batch" of my silk wrap, tribal style earrings! What you see here is about 3 days of work in the studio (mirroring is a labor intensive process!) and now I'm ready to start picking colors & prepping silk strips....there's many steps to this process, so I also try to set myself up with a half dozen, at least, at a time.
One of these is already spoke for, as a custom order, but if you're interested in having a pair of these richly colorful, textural, completely original earrings & would like a specific color, don't hesitate to contact me! :)
Well, fall show season is getting ready to gear up...the season of "Er" is almost upon us; you know, SeptembEr, OctobEr, etc. I love this fall/early winter season for a variety of reasons. The cooling tempuratures & drying out of things, coming out of period of time when day to day existence is spent feeling like a bag of wet laundry. But I also get excited about the upcoming event season...some very good music fests & wine festivals, yippee!
The first of the season, two weeks from now, is Silver City, NM's "Pickamania" music festival, a fantastic assortment of music, mostly in the "americana" genre, but not limited to straight bluegrass. I've discovered some awesome groups over the years of participating in this event, as an artisan/vendor. One of my most favoritest is Birds of Chicago ....I adore them, I'm in love with their vibe, their voices, their duets. Sometimes, Allison Russell's voice makes me tear up....there, I said it.
Judge for yourself....
Come on up to Silver City, if you can, & see this band live. Plus all the others in the great lineup.....and come say 'hey' to me! :)
I've been eager to make more of my big, dramatic, silk wrap tribal style earrings for months now, finally doing it!! This batch is the result of a couple days of "wire wrestlin' " and visualization....
This earring style starts with (for most) long 16 or 14 gauge solid copper ball pins we've made in advance. The copper wire pins are the main body of the earring. I create the designs in one of two main styles; the "earwire" as part of the design, or a basic, French hook style wire is added later. Here, I've got two of each.
After all these elements are cleaned, oxidized & polished up, they'll be wrapped with recycled sari silk, some of which you can see in the background. I ordered some new colors a little while back, so I'm excited about trying them out...in particular, that iridescent reddish purple in the left of the above photo is just fantastic!! Then, they get wire wrapped in oxidized copper wire, with my signature glass seed bead "studding" and whatever gemstone embellishments rock the boat harder!
Hopefully, I'll have these ready for the Monsoon Art Storm at the Douglas, AZ Art Gallery this Saturday, the 25th!
Cloudcroft, NM....soggy & cold. This was the 3rd summer I've tried a show there, I'm thinking that considering all costs involved, it's simply not worth it. It's too bad, I'd love to have a "mountain show" to do in the summer that was profitable AND got me out of the desert heat for a few days!
Many years in the past, we did shows up in middle Arizona...White Mountains, Prescott, Pinetop/Show Low area. Maybe next year, I'll try something in that area again.....or just hibernate the summer away with cold beer & the dunk tank! :)
Heading north out of Las Cruces to Alamagordo, then Cloudcroft on Friday to set up....not lookin' good!
Ahh, the "event" Sunday afternoon....downpour, thunder, lightening...hail, even!
Well, at least the plants are happy.... :)
Ah, now that the May show frenzy is over (& was HUGELY enjoyable & successful!), I can breathe...slow down a bit, take deep breaths, rest up, enjoy my home.
Even tho summer has suddenly come upon us & temperatures have been tickling the sweaty underbelly of 100 degrees, it's still beautiful in the evenings. I live for about 6pm, when the sun is almost behind the high rocky hills to the west & the courtyard beckons. After an hour or so, the crickets are starting to tune up, Venus & a few other bright stars are starting to twinkle, the thrashers & towhees (who all nest under the eaves) are busily rushing back & forth, trying to stuff a few more beakfuls of bug into their voracious youngster's throats....and all is well in my world!
Many thanks to everyone who came to see me in Tucson, or Willcox, or Silver City, it was a blast, wasn't it? :D See you in Cloudcroft, NM for the July Jamboree!
Yes, it's the end of April...it's been an absolutely pastoral spring, resplendent with desert wildflowers & lush, green mesquite trees laden with blossoms and quite the frenetic bird community!
Every time I walk outside, I wander...I linger...and the voice in my brain that reminds me I have studio work to do has risen to a strident shriek because....IT'S ALMOST MAY!! The busiest, most crazed month of my year, with two of my biggest shows sandwiched around a delightful local wine festival. You can check out links to the events on my "Show Schedule" page...come see me, if you're in the neighborhood! ;)
The annual Tucson, AZ Folk Festival is in it's 30th year and is always a fantastic weekend event! It's a free event, no paid gate, a solid 2 days of music & entertainment, food, arts/crafts and raffles in downtown Tucson. The venue is Presidio Park, in the shadow of the gorgeous old Pima County courthouse, a work of art in itself!
The headliners this year seem to be "family-oriented"...there's Ronstadt Generations, as in Linda Ronstadt...Tom Chapin, as in Harry Chapin. I'm looking forward to Ray Wylie Hubbard, Saturday night's headliner, I think he'll be great fun! This just names a few, there are many performers on 4 different stages, all weekend!
Come on downtown the weekend of May 2 & 3, you'll have a great time!
Well, now that I'm done with the myriad daily chores (garden-watering, tree-trimming, flower-gazing, lizard-startling, etc.) and have the day's bike ride done ('cuz I don't want to get "jewelry maker's butt!), it's time to get on the torch!
I have a special request to duplicate a bracelet for one of my favorite customers & will be making some beads just for this piece....here's the bracelet I'm trying to re-create....
I'm definitely gonna enjoy doing this, this bracelet was a favorite of mine, it'll be great to see it again, sorta kinda! Wish me luck! ;)
Well, now I know that it's officially spring & we don't have to worry about any unexpected snow or freezes...our reptilian neighbors are very careful about these things! Welcome back, to all our scaly friends! :)