A lot of people freak out a bit about milestone birthdays. I am bringing this up because I just turned thirty. I'm not upset about it. I am welcoming this years voyage around the sun with open arms. Cheers to a year of trying to a better person than I was in my last!
Puerto Rico is amazing by the way, which is probably why I am in a good mood.
Show season is in full swing and I couldn't be more excited. Stop by the events page to see where I will be next, and come to say hello! I relish in the opportunity to see you all face-to-face and get your feedback.
The best thing about these shows is that we are accompanied by a plethora of talented artists that hand make their products right here in the USA!
Hope to see you soon.
On a recent trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, I was delighted to discover that Dale Chihuly's work was being featured at the Desert Botanial Garden. I am very fond of desert landscapes so this was really a marrying of two of my very favorite things.
I am just returning, feeling very fulfilled and prepared to take on the year, from a visit with goldsmith and mentor Michael David Sturlin. Michael hosts a few 5 day In-Depth Retreats per year at his private studio in Scottsdale Arizona. I was one of the lucky four to nab a spot at his January retreat.
Michael's retreats focus on the process of design and artistic development. He very generously shares with his students the wealth of knowledge he has accumulated through his trials, errors, and successes while earning a living as a goldsmith. This is not the kind of education you get in a university, which is exactly why I had to see him.
I went to Michael with an idea for my new line, and over the five days I worked through his design process to develop a beautiful new suite of jewelry that I am very excited to debut this spring. We were all very busy sketching, making paper and foil models, refining ideas, and fabricating prototypes, but we also found a bit of time to enjoy some of the wonderful things about Scottsdale.
Dawn (a new goldsmith friend and fellow retreat member) and I got up early on Monday morning to visit the Desert Botanical Gardens. This was so wonderful that I had to create it's own blog post (see Chihuly in the Garden). I highly recommend a visit to the gardens if you so happen to find yourself in Scottsdale.
On Tuesday, we all took a trip to the late Paolo Soleri's residence and sculpture studios called "Cosanti". This field trip was great for shape exploration and to see sand casting applied to a different craft. Paolo Soleri trained many artists to sculpt, cast and finish his famous wind bells, and many of the artist live in the bio-climatic architectural residences he built on site. The artists pour the bronze wind bells during the week we were fortunate enough to see them in action. I posted some pictures below.
I also have to mention that Michael's wife Praparat is a professionally trained chef and culinary teacher from Thailand. She prepared three course meals for us for lunch and dinner each day and supplied us with homemade snacks to keep us fueled up at the bench. I have never had such delicious food, and I am promptly planning a trip back to Scottsdale for her cooking lessons.
It was a trip full of new friends, laughs, relaxation, fantastic food, and hard work that left me feeling accomplished and happy. A very gratifying start to the new year.
For more information on Michael David Sturlin and his retreats, please visit his blog.
Please join talented artist and gallery/shop owner, Taylor Reeve, and I for a trunk show on December 21, 2013 from 12-5pm. Stop by for a glass of wine and some last minute holiday shopping.
We can't wait to hang out, sip some vino, and give you discounts!
The Taylor Reeve Art/Heel Gallery is located at 3410 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803. Check out her website here.
I just received the most beautiful selection of Royston Turquoise. All of the stones pictured to the left are currently available for custom orders. If you are interested in a custom piece, please use the "connect" tab to contact me.
Royston Turquoise comes from the Royston mining district located near Tonapah, Nevada. The colors found in Royston Turquoise range from light blues to dark greens.
I am always impressed by what a great job the Renegade team does curating their shows. They really make sure to provide visitors with a great mix of artistic talent and handmade treasures. It was a great show and it was lovely to mingle with clients and other artists.
A big THANK YOU to all who came out to visit, shop, and support local artists.
If you missed the event, here are a few artists I think you should check out:
Rhyno ClayWorks - My booth partner! Ryan's ceramics are to die for, and he is such an awesome guy! I walked away with a vase/carafe and some other small goodies. Visit his etsy shop to view his work.
Meg A. Meyers Designs - Meg is a recycled glass artist and she makes beautiful jewelry boxes, terrariums, and home goods. Check out her goods in her etsy shop.
Flea Market Rx - Hilary makes awesome lamps and industrial inspired homegoods. Check them out here.
Peg and Awl - This husband and wife team creates cool curiosities and keepsakes from reclaimed items. I LOVE their handbags. Visit their website here.
Here is a quick sneak peek at some of the items I am working on for the Renegade LA show on July 20th and 21st
Can't wait to see you there! Visit Renegade's website for more details about the show.
One of my nearest and dearest friends tied the knot this weekend, and I had the honor of creating the perfect bracelet for her special day. Taylor's dress was off white and ethereal with some beaded leaf details on the bodice, so we decided to create a textured leaf cuff in a similar shape to match. I accented the cuff with moonstone and mother of pearl beading to add a little delicacy and to relate the color of her dress. She looked fantastic and the wedding was so much fun.
If you are interested in having a custom piece for your big day or any other special day, please visit the connect section of my site to contact me.
I also had the honor of being a bridesmaid. Taylor is a artist and shoe designer, so we bridesmaids had the pleasure of rocking a pair of her awesome heels. Check out Taylor's website here, for more info on her radical shoes.
I have been working like a mad woman getting one-of-a-kinds ready for my spring craft shows. I am taking a short break to give you a little preview. Come see these new items in person at Patchwork Santa Ana on May 26th.
Many more one-of -a-kinds will be available at my spring shows. I look forward to seeing you there!