Update! Still Alive and Creating New Work

So much has happened since I last updated the blog! Where to begin…

First off, I’ve moved with my husband and two fur babies to small town Texas, and officially have a room for my studio! Hurray! No more garage, no more Texas heat, and most importantly less humidity on my tools and metal work.

I joined the local art league and have been participating in their various activities. This past summer was full of children’s art classes and art shows. Not only have I been helping to teach watercolor to kids, but I’ve been preparing to offer classes of my own. The community response to classes has been good so far, hopefully that is true for my classes too.

The art league has provided a great deal of opportunities for me. This past August I was given the space to have a solo exhibition! The space was generous and my work looked very nice.

20160810_144722Along with the solo opportunity, I had the chance to fill a role the League unexpectedly needed filled. I am the acting Gallery Director! Pretty fancy title, and my goal is to keep work rotating in the gallery and to keep the space clean and professional.

Meanwhile, I have been working on new pieces of my own! Check out pictures below!


Whole New Interests!

Happy New Year (and a month or so)!

Lately I find my eyes wandering to all the different stones I have to play with in my work. They are so beautiful, these natural shimmers of organic art.

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They draw my attention away from the beautiful floral textures I have been dwelling with and have been begging me to give them life! Elements like Labradorite or Jasper or Chrysocolla have a vibrancy and vitality that as of late have been a muse to new and unique ways to create art inspired by nature!

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The stone can have such an attitude that the metal is secondary. For instance the stone on the left, a crazy lace agate, lost its intrigue and organic colors when paired with complex or elaborate metal components. Simple mimicry of the curves is all that is needed to accent the natural elements of the agate.

The second stone, a picture jasper, allowed for more room to play with metal interaction with the stone. I loved how these mountain ranges just pop from the cabochon and spread off onto the copper, add a touch of moonstone in the corner and a completed landscape materializes.

Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition 2014

So I am so stoked! I received word that the Lewton-Brain Foldforming Competition for 2014 included two pieces of my work in their Juror’s choice category! Check out my work and the official Awards video presented by Sue Lacy.

Autumns Touch $245

Autumns Touch $245

Lily Sculpture $275

Lily Sculpture $275

Special congratulations to all the winners! And a thank you to the competition hosts, jurors and sponsors!

First Place: “Metropolis Bracelet” by Alison Antelman, Berkeley, CA, U.S.
Second Place: “Jewel Beetle” by Kharisma Sommers, Quincy, IL, U.S.
Third Place: “Cross Foldformed Bracelet” by Hendrik Schouten, Santa Cruz, Aruba
Honorable Mention: “Strange Fountain” by Heather McLarty, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Innovation Award: Hand-form aluminum by Noah Deledda, Tampa, FL, U.S.
“Hanging Garden Ring” by Alison Antelman, Berkeley, CA, U.S. (Photo by: Eric Smith)
“Sea Slug” by Stephanie Brohman, Iowa City, IA, U.S.
“The Inside” by Jungmin Cho, Seoul, South Korea
“Faux Diamond Necklace” by Lucy Louise Derickson, Richmond, VA, U.S.
“Purple” by Pat Downing, San Diego, CA, U.S.
“Origami Planes” by Diana Garcia, San Francisco, CA, U.S.
“Autumn’s Touch” and “Lilly Sculpture” by Kerye Hartzell, Richmond, TX, U.S.
“Still Life” and “Dignity” by Denys Knight, Bonners Ferry, ID, U.S. (Photos by Jay Ellis)
“Stolen Moments” by Ed Lay, El Cerrito, CA, U.S.
“Foldformed Granulated Cuff” by Frank Mancuso, San Francisco, CA, U.S.
“Strange Urban Jungle” by Heather McLarty, Los Angeles, CA, U.S. (Photo by Martha Benedict)
“Fluted Collar” by Sher Novak, Albany, CA, U.S.
“It Looks Like a Shell” and “Linear Foldform Bracelet” by Hendrik Schouten, Santa Cruz, Aruba (Photos by Chris Schouten)
“Echinacea Flower” and “Frilly Peach” by Kharisma Sommers, Quincy, IL, U.S.
“Tiffany Forest” by Gayle Whiteley Minjarez, Santa Barbara, CA, U.S.
“Wall Piece 2” by Roy Ysla, Bethesda, MD, U.S.
Jurors: Charles Lewton-Brain, Hazel Wheaton, and Alan Revere.
Sponsors: Art Jewelry magazine, Center for Metal Arts (host), The Ganoksin Project, Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, and Rio Grande.

Keeping busy

Hello out there in internet land!

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything new up here, have you missed me? Well, no worries I have certainly been keeping busy. Since my last post I entered another competition – Jewelspan “Cool Jewels” Competition. While I did not place, the winners had excellent work! Keep a look out for the winner’s work here!

Meanwhile check out some of my latest works and works in progress!

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June Update

Hey bloggers! Long time no see…

Been kinda crazy here, between relatives visiting,

moving my best friends, and working at the bench I disappeared from here for a while.

Lately I’ve been working towards making work fit for the Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition.

The annual Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition is a juried competition for metal work using foldforming techniques. Winners in 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Honorable Mention receive gift certificates from Rio Grande and coverage in a print issue of Art Jewelry magazine. Notable entries recognized in a Jurors’ Choice round are included in the magazine’s special online gallery and the annual event video.

Check out the website for the competition here!

Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition

As you can see from the visual advertisement the competition is stiff!

I’m still excited to see how my work will compare, I’ve been watching this competition

for the last two years and finally I am participating. Since, you are my fans… you get a sneak preview of

what I’ve been working on! Entry for fold forming competition

Entry for fold forming competition