Sunday, April 28, 2013

Viva la Vida!!

"Frida", sterling silver with Kingman turquoise and bamboo coral.

This is one of my pieces that will be featured in the St.David's Celebration of the Arts, which opens this coming Friday at 8:00 PM.  This piece is inspired by Frida Kahlo's famous painting "Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird".  Frida is one of my inspirations.  Her passion and creativity were bottomless.  She lived life according to her beliefs and passions regardless of the dictates of her culture.  I first became inspired by Frida while I was facing a serious back surgery a few years ago.  I was reading the Biography of Frida at the time and the story of the accident and injuries she survived helped me to keep my own situation in perspective.  The bracelet below which sold a couple years ago is the companion piece to this necklace.  I think I need to make another one.  Viva la Vida - Long Live Life!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pearls in the Forest

Sterling cast branches with mabe pearls
Spring has finally arrived in Central New York and I am ecstatic!  My daffodils and hyacinths are blooming and I wake to the sound of birds every morning.  What could be better?

I have many events on the horizen this spring and I am working non-stop to prepare.  The first is the Celebration of the Arts at St. David's Church in Dewitt.  It is a show celebrating local artists in which each artist contritutes 2 pieces for a one week gallery show - definitely worth the visit if you have time!  In May I am going to a one-week intensive course in Portland, Maine to study with Kate Wolf, master wax carver.  I have really wanted to fine-tune my wax carving skills for lost wax casting, and this promises to be a great opportunity.  Following my trip to Portland, I will be in Lockport, NY beginning May 31 for the 100 American Craftsmen Show at the Kenan Center.  This is a very selective show of fabulous artists from across the country.  It's my first year participating and I am very much looking forward to it.  I hope to see you there!