Friday, September 28, 2007

Fall Colors

A new piece for fall. Green chalcedony with faceted carnelian clusters. I absolutely love this piece. I love the colors together and the texture of the small beads.

When I sat down to work on my fall "fashion" line (any better ideas for a name?)I sketched out everything I wanted to do with each gemstone, chain, metal component. I wasn't going to sit down willy-nilly and just start putting pieces together like I normally do. No, this time I would plan it all out. Well... that went out the window about 2 seconds after I sat down to work. Not one thing went as planned. I wanted to make these simple little pieces - very modern and geometric. As it turned out, all of my pieces for fall are very feminine, flowy, clustery, textural. Nothing like I planned at all and they are some of my favorite pieces ever. Funny how things work out.

I have an appointment Monday to drop some of this new work off to a local boutique who is interested in seeing what I do. I am excited. I really would love to have my work in this shop.

I made hundreds of head pins for my clusters yesterday and although I know that I won't get as much work done Friday and Saturday as I would like, I hope Sunday and Monday morning I can make that time up.

It's supposed to be a beautiful weekend in New Orleans. We could really use one.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Welcome to K-Ville

All is quiet along Magazine Street today. We dodged whatever that was brewing off the coast of Florida and today has been lovely instead of the washout we were all expecting. The shop has been a bit slow today, but you can't have it all.

Yesterday morning and early afternoon were just a madhouse at The Mann! The Fox TV show, K-Ville was filming just outside our door until around 1 o' clock in the afternoon. It was very exciting. We don't get much excitement on this end of Magazine Street- unless you count crack whores or those idiots who drive the wrong way down this one way part of the street - and a full scale TV production sure got our attention.

On the jewelry side of things, the people who clothe the K-Ville universe came into the gallery and pretty much cleaned us out of jewelry. We thought we were well stocked for Art for Art's Sake - NOT ANYMORE! Unfortunately, my bracelets were not on the list of purchased items (boo-hoo), but here's a nice list of who they did buy....

Tom ( of course), Mark Garcie ( NOLA watermeter pendants), Wasabi, Alexis Bittar,Tana Acton ( the most amazing wire wrap cuffs you WILL EVER SEE, Andrea Janosik ( fabulous leather flowers with silver and pearls is what the gallery carries, but her feather and fabric pieces are to die for), Avant Garde (silver plated cuffs from Paris), and one of my favorite designers EVER - Lorelei Hamm. Lorelei does not have a website, but you can find her beautiful, feminine designs in most jewelry galleries. Google her and there is a long list of places that carry her work. She is also a very nice person. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Baltimore Craft Show this year.

Tonight I am going to the movies, but hopefully I will finish some pieces I have been working on and get some photos up by Monday.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Supply Day

I love supply days! That's the day my longed for and desperately needed supplies come in. That day is today! Whoo-Hoo!! Of course, if I would plan ahead a little better I wouldn't get in these crunches. The beads I needed to finish my bracelets for High Gloss arrived as did the wire and chain for my "fashion" line. I will post some pics of these new pieces ( I love them!) shortly as I am finishing them for Fairy to take for Art for Art's Sake (Oct. 6th). It seems I never have enough time to do it all - and tonight is no exception. I have a dinner to go to and won't get home until bed time. I wish there were more hours in the day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Slowly But Surely

Work in progress.

Here is a little smattering of the bracelets I am currently working on for High Gloss Gallery in Houston - Kim and Lisa Glosserman were in New Orleans a few weeks back and stopped by Gallery I/O - the jewelry gallery I manage in my daylight hours. They liked my work and placed a nice order which I have to deliver around the 1st of October. It's been moving along quite nicely, but I ran out of a few colors of beads last week and am waiting on the shipment to arrive. I hate waiting on supplies. No matter how I ship them - 2 Day, 3 Day, whatever they never seem to arrive on time. It should be tomorrow and then I will get back to work. The bracelets are all woven by hand, one tiny little bead at a time. They take approximately 8 hours to make from start to finish. And I have quite a few to make. I am a little over half way done ( I think) and I am really ready to finish them and send them off to their new home.