Thursday, August 25, 2011

My fair city, as Tom & Ray say.

Some local Hudson River Valley towns have asked their local artists to decorate a sculpture supplied by the village or a patron. Catskill has done cats for several years. On YouTube I watched videos of the auctions of these finished pieces.

They brought in around $2000 in bids, each. Hudson had dogs along Warren St when I was there last and I understand Saugerties has replaced their horses with lighthouses this year It is a gorgeous way to adorn the town and serves as a fundraiser as well.
In Esopus, the Hutterian community provided 12 white tugboats on pedestals and I was asked to decorate one of them.

When I first took on this project, I knew I'd be teaching in Australia for nearly a month, but felt confident I could finish ahead of deadline, upon returning. I recall sharing some of this with you at that time, like my seeking advice and proper supplies from John Bridges at Rhinebeck Art Supply in New Paltz. (BTW, John is having a show of new work at Unison Arts Center. I've marked my calendar for the opening Friday September 9th, 5-7pm.)
We received this notice:

About the tugboats being auctioned at the end of summer. Kind of exciting for our humble town. If you drive through Port Ewen on Rte 9W, aka Broadway, the artwork is laid out as indicated in the map above. Our town was beautified about 4 years ago with new street lamps and sidewalks. I love living here.
Fortunately for my Tulip beading needles customers, I have the best post office ever. They even call me when my EMS deliveries from Japan arrive. And they are a quick bicycle ride away. As are the new gorgeous library with river views, the new credit union that filled the void when Bank of America pulled out of town, a deli, pizzeria, convenience store, wine store. It was completely perfect a few short years ago when we used to have an IGA grocery store, hardware store, florist and neighborhood bar too. Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Reminders of where you are in time and space and process.

Well, I'm here to say how wrong Mark Twain was when he (alledgedly) said, "don't make your avocation your vocation". Next month completes my 10th year in this evolving adventure of self-employment. As I review this decade since abandoning my career as a chef (which, btw, I thoroughly loved, though perhaps not all the venues, equally), I appreciate this dynamic balancing act that has come to fulfill my creative, social and financial requirements. I am living my dream.
As I appreciate this life I've created, and marvel at the path it has taken, would'nt ya know that lately I've crossed paths with a few folks that have factored into my adventure. And then on Monday, while marketing, I look up from my grocery cart and am delighted to see Mau standing next to me.

Mau, aka Marian Schoettle, is an internationally recognized fiber artist I had admired since seeing her garments at Julie's Artisan Gallery on Madison Ave in New York City. Imagine my surprise, years ago, when we met in our post office and I realized we both lived in the same small town. Turns out we were both also mad hot lovers of our library and even worked on a library project together. At that time I caught my favorite expression from Mau, "it is what it is". Indeed. And for a while, I even shared her sunlit Studio 419 in a former shirt factory in Kingston NY at 77 Cornell St.
Speaking of her studio, September 3rd, 2-6pm, she is having a studio sale.
If you can't get to the studio, she has an online store that is offering a 30% sale all of September, (and is actually recognized NOW!) if you use coupon "mau2011".

Check this out, even if you don't know the language, there are pics!

Her current work is post-industrial folk wear. Nomadic...adaptable...featherweight...unique...practical, her collection of contemporary street wear is made out of the ubiquitous modern material tyvek, adapted and manipulated here for personal use. This is not the same tyvek of souvenir jackets and bike race pinnies. Along with excellent performance properties, the material looks deceptively fragile and perishable like paper but is in fact a tough and resistant modern material. (25%recycled + mau recycles)
The material is made in the USA, surplus materials are gathered from the local computer, snowboard and automotive industries, and design studio scraps are recycled.
Mau says: "Clothing is an expression of culture. High design, smart clothing, and trends don't drive me to create. I'm trying to find the genie that is so commonly found in folk wear to appear in work that is of our time."

As I appreciate where I am today I look forward with even greater enthusiasm and joy to what is to come: another book, this one featuring new beadwork projects and original stitches I've devised since MASTERING BEADWORK; another (my 3rd) time teaching at TAFTA plus in Australia; distributing Tulip Co beading needles, bead crochet hooks and felting needles to beadstores nationwide; teaching tour in Europe; 10th year teaching at Bead & Button Show (or was it 10 this year?) and I'm certain even more desires and ambitions will be fulfilled...another trip to Japan?
Thank you for sharing my fully felted and "beadiful" life.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Beadfest "Philadelphia"

Friday afternoon Amy and I headed for Beadfest "Philadelphia". This is the 10th year for this show which has been held in various venues in the Philadelphia surrounds. A couple months ago Beadfest announced it would not be held at the Valley Forge Conference Center. It was relocated to The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks PA. Curiously, the gps address necessary to get you there is 1601 Egypt Rd, Phoenixville...which gets you to a deli and then you"re to follow signage to the destination. Interesting.
Friday evening I taught a class from 5-8 and then dashed over to the area of the hall that was set up for Meet the Teachers. Amy had set up the display beautifully, so we were ready at 830, when the doors opened. It was great to schmooze with the beaders that came but, this formerly bustling event was sparcely attended. The vendors and exhibit hall had closed at 6 pm. Unfortunately, this site is not connected to restaurants and hotels so beaders couldn't conveniently have dinner or a rest in their rooms from 6-830. There just wasn't anything to do for those 2 1/2 hours until Meet the Teachers, so they left. Rain made it even less appealing to drive back out to this remote location.

Saturday after a morning "hand felted bangles demonstration", I hit the show floor. On my way to Beyond Beadery, I ran into Adele Rogers Recklies. Yes, you recall reading the post about her that I wrote after the Bead & Button Show in June. She had taken my Complex Cane Hand Felted Beads Necklace workshop. (Adele has written about and makes Turkish bead crochet and in particular, beaded snakes. She and Keiko Seki shared the by-line on an article in Bead and Button Magazine about Turkish bead crochet.) Here she is, showing me the necklace from the workshop, that she'd continued to work on.
At Beyond Beadery, owner Betcey said how she missed Rachel and I commiserated. We miss you Rach. She was wearing a stunning multistrand bracelet that Ms Rachel made for her.

These druzy beads spoke to me from across the room. They were in Star's Clasps booth. I shot a pic of owner Kay, who was kind to let me share her picture here. I know her and John from years of Bead & Buttton and Beadfest shows when I've admired their beautiful clasps. I hadn't known that they also have a store in Vienna Va. [Before sliding out of Dodge, I made one last stop here for a couple of these amazing clasps. Who could resist?]

Sara of
C-Koop Beads makes lovely enamed copper findings, elements and beads. I have collected a few, intending to design something yummy with them.
There were many vendors and tons of beads. Somehow I never got to see everything during my time between teaching. I only this evening realized I missed Dana and Bert of Well Done Experience. Bummer. I had so looked forward to seeing them. They are sweet and lovely, heavily into bead crochet, designers of a great portable beading system and design and offer wonderful kits.

Saturday evening I taught Felted Beaded Bangles to Bead. Look how happy Lauren looks. No whiners in this workshop. They were a bunch of creative, sweet-spirited beaders eager for the felting adventure, even at day's end. Plus, the Turbo Felting Boards really does move the process along.

Michelle had been a Facebook friend and is now a felting and beading buddy. She and her friend Liz arrived to class with their undulating beaded beads finished and ready to mount on the fresh felt bangle.

This is Liz's. I was pleased to share with everyone the faster new method I have for making the undulating peyote. Plus we covered how to bead the double-needle odd-count peyote beaded bead. Everyone really appreciates that method once they see it.

Yipes, I cannot remember the name of the gemstone that is pinky peachy green. But, Margaret brought her collection of them and created a bangle that almost looks like that stone.

Jan, a seasoned felter I think, encrusted her bangle with beads.

Wendy's had "bullseye" surface design and was embellished with a Swarovski button, pearls and firepolish. Lovely.

Shown out of order but, here is Margaret in her finished bangle.

Sunday, yesterday, I forgot to shoot even one picture during my beadwork bracelets workshops, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I had a few beaders in class that have beaded with me before, which is always such an honor.

Amy drove us home after that last class, while I so joyfully wrote my blog post about our adventure from the passenger seat. I was thrilled to have it done and just needed to check links before posting. Today when I went to do just that...where did it go? Drats. So this is second time around, and it DOES get old.

On the way home we sought out a place for dinner when we drove through Doylestown. Boy, did we luck out when we found Bobby Simone's, right there on East State St. I had Summer Inspired Seafood Stew that had a lobster tail, shrimp, mussels and a scallop in a coconut broth. Amy had salmon on risotto studded with peas, atop carrot emulsion, garnished with pea tendrils. I've never had pea tendrils! The bread was worth eating (by that I mean, ya know, carby, no-redeeming-value nutritionally speaking, but delicious white bread) especially drizzled with the tomato oil they served us. We agreed to save this in my gps and iPod to make certain that next year, upon returning from wherever Beadfest "Philadelphia" will be, we'll stop at Bobby Simone's for a delicious dinner.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I've missed sharing the last couple weeks with you but, hope to catch you up soon. I've photos to share from recent workshops at Crystals on the Rocks and Beadzo.
What's had all my attention between workshops? My Dell looked like it was building up to yet a third new motherboard. To avoid the 3-4 day black hole that accompanies this process (a tech in the studio to install it, reinstalling data, or not, and then reeling from that!!!) I drove to the Apple store and invested in a Mac.
All new OS and, well, everything, but, I'm finding that my experience with and, frankly, mad passionate love for, my iPad is making the transition interesting rather than horribly frustrating.
This is the deadline week for Bead & Button Show applications. Always a serious endeavor, made more so by the time-crunch and learning curve that this computer transition caused. Whew! Wish me luck.
But, Saturday I'll have a delightful respite while sharing with Beads Mosaic beaders, the Bevy of Bezels. They have laid in a supply of stones and rivolis. I've already packed the show and tell pieces to inspire how you might use your new bezeled beauties, even more lovely from the back than from the front!

Hey, I digress! Now...back to my applications...see you again here soon.
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