Monday, March 24, 2008



this is my absolutely favorite necklace EVER!!!
it now belongs to my good friend, claudia.
i am hoping to have more similar to it in the
weeks to come.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

new pretties begin



an organized mess!?!
new pretties for spring necklaces.
the beginning of new bracelets.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

only in new orleans



mardi gras beads surrounded by lush greenery.
saw this on a fence near the house while taking a walk.
beautiful.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

how easily we forget

i have spent the last week reading several posts by artists who have had bad experiences at both baltimore and snag in the last few weeks. the general consensus is that many of the "established" crafters ( can we define that term, please?)and several metal smiths with a butt-load of formal training have been griping about the alt-craft movement, most specifically the new wave market at the acc show in baltimore.

to read more about these experience by the artists who were there check out the following links:

midge's mind
annie of imogene
julie lake


i know there are more, but i have been reading so many of them this week, i am starting to loose count ( and maybe even be getting a little confused as to who said what). i fired off a message to margaux lange of midge's mind just a few minutes ago and am seriously sitting here hoping i did not come across like a deranged groupy psychopath.

it's just that the craft movement is very important to me. i may have spent the last few years wallowing in my own self-pity over some of the stupid-ass decisions i have made in my life, but i have finally come to terms with the fact that art is all i know! i tried to study sociology ( effing statistics), anthropology, criminology---any 'ology would do. none of it made me as happy as sitting down and MAKING SOMETHING WITH MY OWN TWO LITTLE HANDS.

but, i didn't like my art courses either ( with the exception of water color and printmaking) because my professors were THE ESTABLISHMENT and they weren't as open minded as i thought, in my infinite 20-something wisdom that art professors should be. i left the art department because i felt that i was being told that if my work was not political, then it wasn't any good. it was many, many years later that i finally figured out i could make pretty (good) art and not be angst ridden, unhappy, or politically minded. that was a good day, let me tell you.

but, i digress.

the thing i wanted to say is this... it appears that a lot of the "established", "old guard" crafters are threatened by the new alt- craft movement. i have heard some of these rumblings with my own ears, but mostly i have been reading about them. it appears that they see these new vendors as diminishing their sales. well, if most of the country falls into my tax bracket, i can see why. i can't afford to buy most of the "established" craft that i actually do like. will you ever see a todd reed ring on my finger? no. not unless i win the lottery. his work is amazing and original, but way too rich for my blood. but, thanks to sights like etsy and trunk.org i have been able to find good, affordable craft. it's awesome!!!! these are my people!!!!

and another thing that bothers me about all the grumblings and bad-mojo drifting from the establishment is this... have these people forgotten what it was like to start something new? most of them are the people who started the crafts revolution in the '60's. have they forgotten what it was like to do their first shows? to be part of something new? evidently.

now, i know there are plenty of established crafters who are embracing the emerging alt- craft culture and i applaud them for it!!! you guys are our muses. the people we look to when we think " i can't do this". so thank you.

and to all the crafters, artists, friends and family of crafters and artists, collectors, gallery owners, and the beautiful man who puts up with my artsy temperament and ways.... thank you for making this a beautiful world where art is not lost. and we artists can be who we are.

i am still trying to figure out where i fit in to all of this - my own work is a bit pricey for most people my age. i do consider myself an alt- crafter, though. i have no formal training apart from above mentioned art classes. i don't follow the established rules for getting my work out there. and i am trying to figure out how to market myself. i know i have a long way to go, but i do feel there is a revolution taking place and i dearly want to be a part of it.

Friday, March 14, 2008

pop! spring colors



this is one of my original designs from when i first started beading over 10 years ago.
i pulled this design out and modified it to the stitch i use for the bracelets.
i think it turned out well.
and i also think i am going to make more with these bright, bold colors.
sometimes you have to go back to go forward.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

happy birthday to me!

today is my 38th birthday!!!
whoo-hoo!!!!
i tried not to spend too much time in the mirror this morning scrutinizing wrinkles and white hair. yes, i said white. not grey. white.
thank god for l'oreal.
to tell you the truth, i am just pleased as punch to even be here, so i am seriously going to celebrate being older than i ever imagined being when i was 25.
my man is taking me out tonight - where, i do not know, but i am sure good food and good wine ( the only new year's promise i have kept) will be involved.
this will be the second night i have taken off from jewelry making and i am feeling a bit guilty.
but, seeing as it's my day, damnit, i am going to enjoy it!

Monday, March 10, 2008

new metallics



new pieces off to high gloss.
the klimt piece is one of my favorites.
the new asymmetrical gold and silver square
is a new favorite.

spring!



spring approacheth.
took this on a walk a week or two ago.
still waiting on warm weather though.

Friday, March 7, 2008

correction

i inadvertently listed the wrong spelling
of the new blog i found - 18kt. this is the
correct spelling. many apologies for the error.
amber

Saturday, March 1, 2008

all work and no...

i have been playing catch up for over a week now from having the flu and then basically feeling like ass for another week.
the house is a wreck, the clothes don't want to wash themselves, and if i would stop watching freaks & geeks, i might acutally get more work done than i am.

but...

i am working on a new batch of bracelets for high gloss. nina from tomato made a special order in addition to meeting with me regarding which designs will work best for her and for spring. my friend, pat just moved back to town and re-opened her fab-u-lous, fantastic, famous store - the ragin' daisy- in rouge beauty's old spot in the quarter. yay! she wants me to bring some jeweled goodies by next week as well. i have alot to do... but so little time.

the fired up! clay conference is in town this weekend and my peeps and i are going to check out some of the installations in the arts district tonight. then it is off to clancy's for some of garth's yummy cocktails and hopefully i will behave enough to get up early and make jewerly before going to marda's salon tomorrow afternoon.

i just found the most amazing jewelry site!! i wish my spanish was better. but at least i can look at the pretty pictures.

through 18k i found julie lake. her blog is wonderful and her work is amazing. i really like what she has to say about not being able to focus. i think i am the only person who feels that way, alot of the time. but, evidently i am not. and i don't feel so bad about messing up my work space now..

but, anyway... i will have some new pics of my own work up by the end of next week.

until then- have a happy weekend!