Sunday, August 10, 2014

Cleveland Flea...

This weekend we finally got to The Cleveland Flea.  They have it once a month from April through October.  It's part flea market, part handmade market with lots of food and beer.  It's being held at Superior and East 36th street in the Asia Town Neighborhood.  It's a fun show in an industrial setting and extremely well attended.



Fun people.  I got some big nails from Black Kitten.  I wasn't going to get them then I noticed the heads were numbered. Really cool.  I'll post a pic later. 
 
Just for Cris!!

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Indigo Imp Brewery is on-site in one of the buildings. 
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So of course we sampled their brews. 

My Beer....keep your paws off!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stash from Coldwater Creek

When a women's clothing store goes out of business of course there are deals on the clothes but what you don't think of is all the fixtures.  They are selling everything...down to the hooks on the walls and the hangers.

So I picked up a few things....


a dress form or in this case a torso...which strangely has abs and nipples...and some risers.  I am debating on tea staining the torso and then stenciling on it. I want to make it look old. I am going to paint the risers black and then distress them.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Color....

I used up some clay this weekend that has been sitting around for a while.  I've been making sure it was staying hydrated but it was time to PLAY!!



A few pendants, a few discs...and colors.  My laundry room carbon just keeps on giving.  

I posted my favorite over on my Facebook Design Page. Come and take a look . 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Stash...

No Bead and Button show would be complete without the STASH!!!  Beads, tools, and what-not that you don't necessarily need but can't resist.

This show is the one time a year Cris and I get to see Abe from Afghan Tribal Arts.

Abe is such a charmer!!  I lifted this picture from his Afghan Tribal Arts FB page.
He has some of the most beautiful beads.  Lapis, onyx, jasper...the list goes on and on.  This year Abe showed Cris and I some of his collection of extremely rare beads.  Ones that dated back to Alexander the Great and before.  It was a treat.  I only wish I had taken a few photos.

Jaspser carved into these great melon shapes

Gorgeous lapis

Roman Glass....I love these shapes.  They go so well in necklaces. 

Faceted green aquamarine.  These are stunners!!

I think this is jade.  I love the dark green.  A great complement to the bronze.

The other people we can't wait to see is Ebrima Sillah and Ruth Aschaffenburg from Bead Paradise in Oberlin, Ohio.  
Ruth and Ebrima....I took this picture from the amazing website!!
Ruth wasnt' there this year.....we REALLY missed you Ruth!!  But Cris and I will be coming to visit the store in October!!

I got this truly amazing strand of Nigerian Amazonite from Ebrima this year.  The hard part is deciding if I use them or just hang them in the studio

A few other bits and pieces to round the shopping.  There is so much to see in the vendors you could never see it all.  There is always some treasure hiding in the next booth just waiting for you to discover it. 

Nepalese mala or mantra counters. 

Molds

There great glass bead from The Bead Goes On

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Bead and Button Recap

It came fast and left the same way.  Hard to believe it's been two weeks since the show.  Our classes went really well and I hope everyone had a great time and learned some new techniques.  Outside the classroom we were able to catch up with friends.

Setting up and giving a ride to Cris

Cris and YiYi

Eli and I

Great brass and metal clay bracelet by Louise Little

More bracelets made by the class

Cris

Twisted bronze wire bracelet

Backside showing the riveted connection

Women using MAPP gas....gotta love it!!

Everyone at work

Bill Struve and Katie Hanrahan hard at work
Katie hard at work

Photobomb!!

Our students were so creative. A twisted bronze neckwire made in the bracelet class.

Metal clay tube bead bracelets

And then there were mustaches!!

or Frieda Kahlo eyebrows

Needless to say we aren't afraid to look stupid.

Eli and Yiyi are adorable!!
Bronze clay class.  Everyone made such great things.

Great colors and texture.

Pam put together a great necklace

A big thrill to see our earring class on one of the big display columns.

Close up

Remember what I said about looking stupid.  Cris has must have a whole album now of things I put on my head
Panaoramic shot of the show floor and Cris's mangled arm :)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Big Ass Bells

Bought myself a present.  These are some big ass bells...LOL.  They are very cool and have some great patina on them.



They kind of look like Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors.



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa

I don't pre-order books...usually because I don't like waiting for them and I don't like giving my money to someone well in advance of getting my book.  I guess I'm an instant gratification kind of girl :)  And I specifically don't pre-order books or videos from artists directly. Sorry...I know this seems like a huge slap in the face to my own group of people.  I've seen a few go well beyond their estimated date of publication....and some never get published.  I've never quite figured out the ethics on that one.  If you take money from someone but don't deliver the product...does that count as theft or fraud...or both??

But I digress.....I heard about this book called Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa by Matthieu Cheminee



Well...this was a no brainer.  First this is something I can't wait to get my hands on...I mean seriously...I'm drooling. Second it is from Brynmorgan Press...Tim McCreight's publishing house...he always delivers a quality product.  I love Tim.  He is one of the nicest and most generous teachers I've ever had.

Watch the video about the book.  It's amazing.  How many of you file your metalwork on the side of your foot?  After watching this video....I'm ashamed at all the tools I have.  I would love to take a trip through Africa meeting up with the locals artists like this.


 

Can't wait for the book!!!