Korean Textiles Now
June 17 – October 22, 2011
This exhibition presents the work of 66 artists from Korea, the United States, England, Finland, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Iceland, and Japan. The work includes delicately pieced and hand stitched traditional Bojagi, wearable pieces, installations, and wall hangings, all of which echo the larger world of art. This uniquely Korean folk art of anonymous ancestors has evolved into a contemporary art form embraced worldwide.
I have just about finished ten piece of new hammered brass, chain and stone jewelry for my friend's bridal party!
I will, of course, post some photographs, but only after the wedding - the jewelry is a surprise present for the bridesmaids! Shhhhhh.......
Brass is a new love of mine. It is soft, beautiful, similar to gold in look, but much more affordable!
And the history of brass is quite interesting, too!
Brass Jewelry is an ancient classical jewelry. People began wearing it thousands of years ago.
Throughout history, brass has been loved by many people and cultures due to its malleability. There are stunning examples of brass jewelry from
The Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan has probably the world's largest concentration of native brass. Other localities include
Brass Jewelry is favored by many due to its beauty and versatility; it has similar color likes gold jewelry. Besides, good flexibility and scalability, and so many creative designs available because of its softness and malleability; jewelry designer can use it to create a unique style of jewelry design.
Are you considering staring your own business or do you already own your own business that focuses on craft, art or design? Do you have a shop on etsy, sell to shops and galleries, sell at craft fairs or want to start a new venture turning your passion into a business? If the answer is yes this is the conference for you!"
Feels like Summer is just about here and I've got a fun line up -
The Portland Saturday Market all season long
Urban Craft Uprising Summer Show, Seattle, Washington July 9 & 10
Gresham Art Walk, Gresham, Oregon July 16
Art in the Park, Boise, Idaho September 9-11!
And I'd like to add many many bike rides, trips to Colorado, Cleveland, New York and who knows where else! Work hard, play harder, right? Lucky me my work is also part of my play!
I spent today making macrame rings. I've noticed that many guys really love my rings, but can never find one that fits - I need to make some larger! So, I've been knotting away with the goal of providing a ring for all sized fingers, and men and women.
I thought I'd share some images of my ring-making process. My favorite part of making rings is playing with endless color combinations. It really is a study in color theory.
And here is a photograph of my lovely studio with my new plants. Well, plants from my preschool classroom, which were well cared for by my students and now sit in my studio soaking up the sun, reminding me of all the fun and sweetness I experienced while teaching this past year. Oh, bittersweet! Miss those kids!
I met some amazing people, artists and customers, and feel so lucky to be able to live the life I do, being creative and sharing it with the public! Check out these talented artists, who are not just creative, passionate and unique, but warm, friendly and thoughtful people, too!
One of my students is the daughter of a kinetic sculptor here in Portland and he wonderfully agreed to speak to the kids about his work and mobile sculptures. The kids sat quietly, listening, totally into it! They drew with pastels on small, irregular pieces of cardboard and matte board, used various yarns to tie these pieces to a re-figured wire hanger, and I, along with my awesome co-teacher and my student's dad, finished the tricky part of assembling their creations. Of course I wanted to learn more about Calder, and so I asked my student's dad about Calder's jewelry. I learned that he made many pieces and basically gave them away to friends! Boy, I wish I had been around!
Calder was a prolific artist of many mediums, an inspiration and intrique, and someone I am glad to know a bit more about now. Thanks kids!
Fun and success at the Buckman Art Show & Sell!
Thank you Buckman students, faculty, volunteers and coordinators! I bought three pieces of student art, a pin for someone special (you'll know who you are soon enough), and hand drawn card for someone funny (you will always know soon) and a lavender eye pillow for myself - ahhhhhh!
There are many things that I love about participating in local craft shows; i love seeing and interacting with returning customers and meeting new ones, catching up with artists and designers I met at previous shows, trading artwork, and knowing that my work will help young artists grow (30% of sales are going to Buckman School, K through 5th grade).
Shout out to some of my favorite artists and people!
Brook Tuveson of Brooklyn Blue Jewelry
Talia Jewelry Design
Cathy Pitters of Bossanova Baby
On Thursday March 3rd, AMiRA jewelry will be showcased at Little Things in Portland, Oregon. The craftiness factor is getting pretty exciting here in my studio. I am experimenting with hammering, filing and drilling into found metal pieces and metal wires, adding canvas, chain, stones and string! There will be many new designs on display perfect for the Spring & Summer seasons! Come support! Come celebrate creativity and local craft!