Thursday, January 31, 2008

off to New York!

I'm sorry for the total neglect of this blog over the last few weeks. The wonderful Annie and I are off to the New York Gift Fair today. To say I'm nervous would be an understatement. I've never done a show of this size before (not to mention the cost).

After New York (I'll be back next Wednesday), I have about a week and a half until ACC in Baltimore. Then its off to Utica to install my 2-person exhibition, then a few more days, and then off to Savannah for SNAG, where I'm presenting in the Professional Development Seminar! Wow!

And since I'm missing the Towson Jewelry/Metals beginning of the semester party, I'm including a few pictures of myself for that. (I have pictures of myself so much, so this is quite painful.) Below you'll find what I look like in a typical day in my studio, and me when I'm cleaned up a bit.

If your at the New York Gift Fair, stop by and say hello! (Handmade, booth 132)

PS - Interns, sorry for not posting the other pics! Time got away from me.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

new show schedule

As I'm starting to hear back from shows for the upcoming season, I've updated my show schedule. Be sure to check out the right side bar for all of my upcoming shows.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

organic, elegant, fresh

These are the words used to describe my work by our randomly chosen winner - Rachael of Pistachio Press. Congratulations Rachael!

Thanks to everyone for chiming in - your feedback is much appreciated. Stay tuned for more contests in the future.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

pattern lovin'

First off, I have to say that I'm loving this new pattern by Amy Butler!

While browsing summer workshops, I discovered the work of Jennifer Angus (pictured below). She creates these amazing installations using silk screened patterns of insects. Even more amazing is that she's teaching workshops on repeat pattern design for silkscreen at both Penland and Arrowmont. I'm so there. Even though I feel like my jewelry has been going well, I haven't had the time to pattern design like I've wanted. It seems like a summer workshop would be just the ticket.

And thanks for all your thoughts on my work - you can still enter my contest until tomorrow!

Monday, January 14, 2008

opionion wanted!

I need an opinion from everyone - so I've decided to run a little contest. I'm trying to get my booth ready for upcoming shows, but I'm having a little trouble hitting the right mood for the booth. This is where you come in - if you have a moment, please comment on this post with 3 words that you think best describe my work. (I'll be showing both my steel and silver line and my steel leaf line at these shows.)

I'll leave the contest open until noon on Wednesday, and then I'll draw one lucky winner and send you a set of 2 of my fine silver on steel rings.

Thanks in advance!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

a tough decision

After much stress, I've come to a tough decision. The sofa was both maxing out my little work space and causing me a lot of stress. Since I don't feel I have the time to make it properly, I've altered the pattern and am now making a chair. I can't even tell you how relieved I feel to have made this decision.

Oh, and inspired by this post, the photo above (of the new chair measurements) was taken with my iPhone and uploaded to Tittr.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

new earrings

I'm just checking in to share a few new pairs of earrings. I'm trying to really limit my computer time (and my TV time) because it turns out they are major studio distractions.

In the last two days, I applied to 6 craft shows (hence the new images) and ordered slides to apply to 4 more. Apparently I'm trying to make this summer busier than last.

Friday, January 4, 2008

its not always pretty

Even though I have fantasies of a fashionably dressed me producing jewelry in a lovely studio, the reality more often looks like this - me, in my crappy boots and Carhart overalls, working away in my freezing cold garage (I mean studio).

Here's a little preview of a new group of necklaces I'm working on. I'm still loving the chunky necklaces - this one's a little combo of two different styles.

a few more close ups

Just some pretty details from my backyard.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

heavy on studio, light on blogging

This next month feels like its going to be the busiest of my life. The New York Gift Fair is now less than a month away, with ACC and my first 2-person exhibition not far behind. On top of that, January is the month when many applications are due for summer shows.

I'll be hunkering down in the studio, and as much as I hate this, I probably won't be blogging much. But no worries, I'll check in when I can. Wish me luck!