Monday, September 03, 2007

Craft Shows and Festivals

A couple weekends ago Leonard and I went to Art in the Park in Uxbridge, ON. For an outdoor show, it is one of the most scenic. The trees are gorgeous and the weather was phenomenal this year too. I enjoyed looking at the different vendors. I bought a fused glass pendant from Judi Waymark of The Glass Garden. I liked her colour combinations and shapes. She has control over the shape of the glass.

We attended Kawartha Arts Festival at the Fenelon Fairgrounds in Fenelon Falls, ON this past weekend. It was another gorgeous day. Most of the art was paintings. A few of the artisans stood out though... One was Victor Lee. He enamels on coins and then puts them in a silver finding. (Lee's Fine Enamel, Another was Bearpaw Jewellery ( Most of their work was pierced silver designs. Then there was a non jewelry craftsman, William Edwards. He carves pictures and makes photo albums. I liked his work and his attitude. I like happy people.

There are a whole bunch of fairs and studio tours coming up, too. Guess it's that time of year!

Summer 2007 is Over

The summer has flown by. It has been a quiet and reflective time. I still love working with wire and want to get involved with silver clay and glass.

I made a few of these... mixed media charm bracelets. The only thing I didn't fabricate is the clasp. Wrapping all the dangles is meditative. Yes, the rounds are plastic, but I like the brightness and light-weightedness of them. I'm following my inner soul.

These are some of my memory wire neckwires I have been playing with. "Tween" jewelry interests me. The blue and orange neckwire is geared more for this age.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Where has the time gone?!

My last post was October 3, 2006. Today is March 22, 2007. My has time flown by.

This post is about the Bead Oasis Show in Toronto at the Convention Centre March 9-11, 2007. I worked with Dywn Tomlinson at Dragon Jools. ( Dywn's style is evolving quickly. Her dragon beads are so beautiful. She built one that looked like a dragon of hematite hanging onto a jewel of moonstone. It is awesome. I wish I had a picture of it. She doesn't have one on her website either. Bad, Dwyn...but of course, she has had her share of problems lately too. LOL

I so enjoyed seeing everyone at the show. It had been at least 6 months since I had seen anyone. Sue Wise, Kirstie Naray, Amy Waldman Smith, Amy Johnson, Erin Maloney, Neal, Grace (Lauscha Lady) and a lampworker from Celestial Stained Glass were in attendance. I enjoy looking at everyone's creations. Erin Maloney and her husband, Jay, from Air Wynn Glass Designs ( were attending the show for the first time. Erin is definitely an up and comer. I find it so amazing that people using the same type of equipment and same type of glass can come up with such decidedly different designs and techniques!

Yes, I made a few purchases. Rainbow Minerals and Beading ( called my name in pearls. Cynthia from Kulu Trading ( had some gorgeous Amazonite that I couldn't refuse. Then there was Dana from Stones and Findings ( Dana designs her findings and creates the palettes of her dyed jade. I loved them all. Her chain is cutting edge and colours of jade gorgeous! I wish I had more money.