Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The evening will feature workshops, craft beers, a DJ, and guided tours. My friend Iviva Olenick will be leading an embroidery workshop focusing on embroidery as text or a narrative.
Above Left: McCarren Park (2007), 5.75" X 3" embroidery on fabric by Iviva Olenick.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Coney Island has a notorious reputation for being a dirty beach littered with hypodermic needles, drug-baggies, and used condoms. No one seems to mention that the sand sparkles. I remember walking along the beach one early morning hunting for beach glass and seashells and seeing the sands glittering in the early morning light. At first I thought that the Jergens's Soft Shimmer Skin Radiance Moisturizer (which I sometimes use) had washed off and that I was polluting the beach and that all the fish in the near by area would die. But then I realized that after years of having the waves pound the jetties, mica flakes were scattered throughout the sand. It's too cold for a trip to the beach right now and I'm in no condition to go anywhere at the moment, but the thought of walking along the glittering beaches warmed by the sun makes me feel a little better.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
In this design, I've incorporated borosilicate glass from Family Glass, Czech Glass from Raven's Journey and Czech glass dangle pendants from Beads and Rocks, Swarovski Crystals from Fusion Beads, coral and vintage German Glass from Talisman Associates Inc., and copper chain from Ornamentea. Don't forget my favorite bird toggle from my family at Green Girl Studios.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I think that's what I'd like. I'd like to simply enjoy life and work out some thoughts that have been building up in my brain. I'd like to finish some of my writing projects and finish paintings and start new ones and do some drawings and make some jewelry and just have time to make... I never have time to make things anymore. I'll think about these things in a half-daze while I doze in and out of consciousness as I sway upon the train. All I want is more time...
Monday, February 18, 2008
I've been good. Busy, but good. How have you been?
I don't have a picture on-hand. I'm sure that were I to go back to Florida and dig through some boxes in storage, I might be able to come up with a photo... however a trip down South isn't in the foreseeable future.
It would be best to contact someone like Teacher-Lady. She's got photos from every year stacked up in piles. As the former Newspaper adviser, she's bound to have at least one clear shot.
My personal opinion is to leave it the way it is. I think that we try too often to hold on to parts of us that are in the past. Each of us has a season. Each of us were once young, younger, and still younger yet. Every generation is bound to make their own connections and create their own Time. Let them have their Time. They do not need to be in the shadow of a giant Indian, faded by age and decay. Leave the past in the past and move forward, lifted up by your memories but without trying desperately to cling to something ephemeral that cannot really be captured by paint or by anything else.
And as I recall, it wasn't a popular "piece of art" when it was freshly painted in the first place. Nostalgia for times past has a way of distorting our feelings towards things, making us more sentimental for things that we don't always like... then or now. So, I say... leave it painted over. I've got my memories and they're better than any recreation of a bad painting can ever be.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Above: A short video clip of the crowd at the opening reception.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
However, upon arrival in Chicago, the weather did not bode well for good travel conditions for destinations onward. In fact it was snowy and icy and promised to be even more chilly further down the road.
My plane was delayed taking off, then delayed in landing. We were put into a holding pattern over La Guardia, circling over and over until we were running low on fuel and had to land in Hartford, Connecticut to refuel. Hours later after taking off and once again entering into a holding pattern over La Guardia, we finally landed. I am finally home. I am exhausted. My sinuses are burning like fire. It's time for bed.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Now it's time for bed for real!
After we finished up shopping, Greg and Bob picked us up and we went out to a Japanese restaurant for bento boxes. The food was delicious and tasted very healthy. The restaurant is called Yoshimatsu. To the left is a picture of Greg with Azalea at the restaurant.
Still yet there is much packing that needs to be done. My sinuses are blocked and my head hurts. I'm going to lay down before I have to catch my early morning flight. I will miss my family, friends and this community that we create once a year here in Tucson.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Left: I got these lovely Raku beads out in the tent at the Best Bead Show early in the morning. (I'm really glad that I got there early so that I could look around a bit.) The finishes on the beads are great! I love how rustic and organic they are.
Left: Cynthia spotted this Anne Choi brooch (one that she hasn't made in a long time) in one of the other vendors' cases. She quickly snapped it up and gave it to me. Isn't it remarkable? I know it was hard for her because she also collects Anne Choi beads. It was very thoughtful and generous of her to do so, when she could have easily kept it for herself. Thank you Cynthia!
Left: Heather Wynn left yesterday. I will miss her so much! She's one of my best good bead show buddies! With people I like, I always feel as though there isn't enough time with them. She really is a true darling. Not only is she an amazing soul, but she's very talented.
Everyone is leaving and if that wasn't disappointing enough on its own, I've been a little under the weather and sneezing like crazy. It wouldn't be so bad if there weren't a bunch of drama
in the air, but what can one do? Just plan ahead for next year, I suppose. Every obstacle will be overcome.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Left: I always love seeing Jodi and Heidi of Lillpilly Designs. It's not just because they've got great work, it's because they've also got an amazingly calm and soothing energy about them. It's almost guaranteed that they are always smiling. It is ever so nice to catch up with them.
Left: Speaking of Lillypilly Designs, here are the new pieces that I picked up from them. Aren't they GREAT? I always enjoy using their merchandise. It is so elegant and delicate-looking. I really can't wait to make some pieces using these goodies.
Left: One of the things that Cynthia and I look forward to every year is getting gazpacho from a place called Delectables here in Tucson. Show days can be long and grueling, but enjoying a cup of this manna from Heaven is refreshing and delicious.
Left: Cynthia bought me a tray of Czech crystal from Lafaye of Beads and Rocks that are full of sparkle and glittering shine. I could hardly choose what colors I was going to get, as there were so many to decide from, but I finally narrowed it down.
Left: Here's a sweet picture that I snapped of Tony and Lisa Blackwell of Zoa Art. Not only are they our neighbors at the Best Bead Show, but they are also sharing our rental house with us. It has really been fun being next to these two love-birds.
Friday, February 08, 2008
Left: Here are two sterling silver bird charms I got from Paula Best. Aren't they just darling? I love how pattern-oriented Paula's work is. I can't wait to play with them and make something.
Left: These are the last nine Lea Ann Hartman oak leaf charms that Maureen of Pumpkin Hill Beads had at her booth. I bought them all! They are some of my favorites. They are made out of shibuichi, which is an ancient Japanese copper and silver alloy technique. The variegated color is so warm and rich.
Left: This necklace was a gift from Candice Wakumoto and Alethia Donathan of DACS Beads. It has one of Candice's cast bee charms on a piece of turquoise. The bail was knotted by Alethia. I love the simplicity and wearability of it.
Paula Best suggested that I make a stop in the side room to see the goodies at Penny Michelle and her sister-in-law Kimmie VanAntwerp-Poenisch's booth. It was so nice to visit with them. Both of them are true bursts of sunshine!
Once I saw the little treasures at their booth, I had to have one!
Left: They had a plethora of choices. The larger brown one was named, "Henry." The smaller white one has yet to be named. Aren't they just adorable? I am going to add them to my dragon's horde of owls.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
It was really amazing having everyone come out to catch up and connect. Lots of our bead show buddies made it out to relax after a long day at the shows. CLICK HERE to check out all of the pictures of the party. Unfortunately there are some gaps in my photography as I was chilling out to the music of our wonderful special guest performers, Courtney Robbins and Leila Lopez. They were great!
Hopefully we'll continue the tradition next year and give everyone who didn't get a chance to come this year a little more heads up. I can hardly wait...
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
After our show closed, we went over to our other location at the Best Bead Show for the late night. I got to see Candice Wakumoto and her husband Paul and talk with Alethia Donathan for a bit. I also got some really awesome cast findings from Candice. I love them!
When we finally went back to the house, we went out for Indian food. Since the show closed so late, it was hard to find a place that was open. Luckily we found a place that was both open and delicious!
Left: Here's a quick picture that I took of Candice Wakumoto and her husband Paul at their booth at the Best Bead Show. Candice has won several awards for both her lovely jewelry design and masterful PMC sculptural jewelry components.
Left: Here's Alethia Donathan behind her booth. She's got some lovely beads that she makes out of glass. Alethia is one of the owners of a bead shop out in Hawaii and teaches beading to a group of advanced high school students. She and Candice bring me goodies from from Hawaii! I love them!
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Left: The very talented Heather Wynn and I. I don't get to see much of Heather Wynn these days, which is quite a shame. She's one of my good friends who is one of the sweetest people I know, a genuine good spirit. Heather Wynn makes really gorgeous polymer pieces.
Left: Here's a picture of Azalea! We found a dandelion on the way out of the party and she started blowing on it... making lots of wishes. Seeing her is my wish come true!
It has been a long day and I'm tired. It has started off as such a nice trip. How could one not be happy when they are surrounded by their friends and family?