Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Earring A Day Challenge

As you probably know, I've been participating in Victoria Takahashi's Earring-A-Day 2015 challenge.  This is one of those things that I've always wanted to do, but never quite been able to follow through on.  Well, I'm pretty far behind, but so are a lot of the members.  Some have just jumped into the challenge and we are almost at the third way marker.  I am so happy to be doing this.  It makes me think more creatively.  Knowing that others are having a hard time too is comforting.  We're in this together!

Why keep going you ask?  Well, I have the opportunity to connect with other jewelers in an open forum, which is not something that happens as a general rule.  We share what we've made and sometimes how we've made it.  We share our mistakes and our triumphs.  It's very supporting and spawns new ideas and pushes us personally to take our work up a notch.  The newest idea that has come about is to make earrings with what we have - not buying any new materials for the project.  I've been doing this for the most part.  The verbalization of the idea has made me think that I need to explore new materials in my studio - something I wouldn't normally use to make earrings.  I can't say I have any ideas yet, but the idea is in my mind now.  I'm really excited to see where it leads.

Here are a few of my recent earrings made from pieces and parts in my little parts drawers...

Monday, March 23, 2015

Blueschool Arts Gala

Saturday was the big Gala event at Blueschool Arts.  What's Blueschool Arts, you say?  It's this fabulous and fun place that I became a part of in August where my studio lives and where I teach jewelry making and other cool art classes.  I'm one of nine studio artists who have a studio there.  We are a gathering space for curious and creative exploration.  Cool tagline, huh!!??!!

So, I only have access to a couple photos of the event so far, and here they are...

The gal back center with the white paper in her hand is Karin Bolstad.  She is the Headmistress.  I'm her assistant, The Assistant Headmistress.  I like the title!  Together, and with the help of the other studio artists, we pulled off the not-to-be-missed event of the spring equinox.  It was pretty amazing to see so many people come out in support of this idea that we've birthed.

Artsy Swag Bags for the first 50 attendees

We have 23 classes up on the Blueschool website so far and plans are in the works for oh so many more!  I am super excited to be teaching quite a few of them, like Etching Metal Without Acid, Jewelry Making Basics with PMC, Charmulets: Personal Symbolic Talismans, Artisan Crafted Jewelry Findings, Texture Making in Clay,  Jewelry Making for Tweens and Teens and the ever popular Jewelry Salons.  So, if you live anywhere near Clinton, Washington, come on down for some fun and funky classes (not all of them jewelry making in nature).  I look forward to seeing you at Blueschool Arts one of these days!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Last Week's Top Picks EAD2015

It's probably been longer than a week since I picked some of my faves, but here goes anyways...

Carin Jones #29
Evelyn Markasky #27


Maria Apostolu #26

Sunday, January 18, 2015

2015 one-earring-a-day

Imagine making one earring a day for 365 days.  On the behest of Victoria Takahashi, that's what a group of crazy jewelers from all around the world are doing.  We started on January 1st.  Once a week, from here on out, I'll highlight some of the submissions.  You can visit our Facebook page to see more.

Here are some of my favorites from this last week:

Earring 18/365 -Single earring- sterling silver, brass,cubic zircon and freshwater pearl- EAD2015

Earring 17 of 365 EAD2015
Sterling silver antique lace, 18k gold, cultured pearl, Herkimer diamond; sand cast, hand forged

EAD2015 day 16 of 365 single earring etsymetal team labradorite sterling silver asymmetrical or pendant