Monday, September 14, 2015

What's New at My Brown Wren

What's new?  Tons and not much, all at the same time...

Back in April I made the decision to go back to full-time employment as an optician.  It was a difficult decision, but it's necessary for right now.  It's been great working with people again.  I was beginning to feel pretty isolated - even in the group studio setting at Blueschool Arts.  The down side is that I don't get to my studio as much as I would like, and getting ready for a show can be pretty exhausting after working a full day.  It's almost been 5 months since I made the transition.  I'm hoping to find some balance now that the Studio Tour is over and we've gotten our taxes out of the way. 

Now, I'm working on a super fun project that I think will change the future of how I teach my classes.  I can't tell you much of anything about it yet.  It's TOP SECRET.  Sign up for my newsletter to be the first to know about this really cool project that I'm embarking on.

For now, I leave you with some pics of the fun pieces I created for the studio tour this year...

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