Interesting Exhibit @ San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art

Wrapping Traditions:
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.


Brass Jewelry

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 Iran, Eastern Europe and Egypt. Brass was one of the first metals to be used by humans in its natural occurring state. Brass was used as a substitute for stone by Neolithic humans around 8000 B.C. brass castings first appeared around 4000 B.C. by the Egyptians, and 500 years later, around 3500 B.C., it was alloyed with tin to produce Bronze. One of brass first "commercial" uses was in the ancient production of mirrors due to its shimmering beauty and was associated in mythology and alchemy to the goddess Venues/Aphrodite. The name brass is derived from the Latin aes Cyprium, which means "metal of Cyprus," which was later shortened to cyprium, and later corrupted to cuprum.

The Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan has probably the world's largest concentration of native brass. Other localities include Bolivia, the Ural Mountains in Russia, England, Australia, Germany, and Arizona. The warm rich tones of brass jewelry not only make it a "must have" of any fashion conscious woman, it provides a similar look to Rose Gold at a fraction of the price.

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.


School House Craft

"School House Craft is a dynamic new three day conference for people wanting to gain the skills to run a successful creative small business.

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!"


Macrame Workshops @ Dava Beads

Macrame Bracelet and Earring Workshops at Dava Beads!
Limited room available in these one day workshops, so sign up now by contacting Dava Beads.

Bracelet Workshop
August 10th at 10:30am
Learn basic macrame knotting techniques, how to incorporate beads and attach a clasp.

Earring Workshop
August 31st at 10:30am
Learn basic macrame knotting techniques, how to incorporate beads and attach ear wires.

Students will use bonded nylon string. All materials available for purchase at Dava Beads. Please purchase prior to the day of the workshop.
For more information including cost and list of supplies needed, please visit Dava Beads website or call the store, 503.288.3991.