Thursday, September 30, 2010

Crazy and Methodical Lines...

I love the chaos of this bracelet in contrast

with the simple structure of this pendant.

This is the jewelry of Roland Dubuc.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Under the Sea

I'm humming tunes to the Little Mermaid right now! The piece above 'Under the Sea' by Yuka Saito is made of plastic and being shown in 'The Plastic Show' at Velvet Da Vinci Gallery.

Here is what the show is about:

The Plastic Show, an exhibition featuring work from the recently published Lark Jewelry Book 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs. The Plastic Show features 250 pieces by 75 artists employing a variety of plastic materials such as resin, latex, rubber, epoxy, and thermoplastics, many of which are reused or recycled. Having been embraced by artists and designers, these materials are now firmly woven into the language of contemporary jewelry making. Used alone or in combination with traditional elements, these substances can, with certainty, be classified as precious. Thanks to the use of plastics, conventional components like silver, gold, platinum, and gemstones are now only part of the jewelry-making equation. The jewelry in this collection represents the best work being produced today by artists who use plastics as a foundational element in their pieces.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

What a Ring!

I found this gargantuan ring on the CIJ International Jewelry Website. It was made by the designer Barbagallo.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Vote for the MJSA Old Becomes New Design Challenge

I wanted to share an email and the image above from my friend Michelle Pajak-Reynolds:

I am ecstatic to share some wonderful news. I am one of nine designers invited to participate in the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) Old Becomes New Jewelry Design Challenge. Each designer was presented with the same Art Deco brooch/pendant and client story to work from and the winner will be chosen via popular vote.
Visit this link to view my design.
 Voting is open until October 31,2010.

Click here and scroll to the bottom to vote for your favorite.

Thanks so much for your support,


So in conclusion please go to the link, pick your favorite design and then vote for Michelle's! : )

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Ingenuity Fest in Cleveland Ohio

There are two events I might hit this weekend, Ingenuity Fest and Art in the Village. Both look really cool and are free to get in! Check it out!

40th Annual Peters Valley Craft Fair

If you are close to the Sussex County Fairgrounds in NJ you should go check out the 40th Annual Peters Valley Craft Fair this weekend. If you're not close go for a nice drive! Let me know how it is and what you like!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Stones Squared

Yes that's right a stone set in a stone, does it get any better? This ring by La Reina is a Purple Amythst ring with Fancy Yellow Diamond and White Round Diamond Pave.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Best of Diamonds

Reporting again on the Couture Design Award Winners. Stephen Webster won in the category, Best of Diamonds. I would gladly model this necklace, give me a call.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Couture Design Award Best of Gold Winner

Barbara Heinrich Studio won for Best of Gold. I imagine this necklace would have very delicate movement as the wear moved. It reminds me of a necklace I wanted to make though they were silver feathers that were very lite and airy.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Old Becomes New Design Challenge Michelle Pajak-Reynolds

Have you seen the Old Becomes New Design Challenge that MJSA has going on. MJSA stands for Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America. Well one of my friends, Michelle Pajak-Reynolds was invited to the redesign and you can see it here. I was very happy to be her technical advisor! Thanks for including me in the development of your piece!

I would share the image but you need to go check out Michelle's design along with the other designers ideas. Very cool how different people come up with so many great designs!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Jewelry at the Walters Art Museum

Come see some of the beautiful ancient jewelry collection at the Walters Art Museum such as the fish above. 'Tilapia Fish' was made in Egypt around 1976 BC and is made of gold with Egyptian green glazed faience, chalcedony, turquoise, carnelian, lapis lazuli and black stone inlay. The Egyptians believed that the fish was creative and could be used as a protective amulet for children and young women.

Great mix of Colors

Charlotte Ziebarth's quilts begin as photos she takes herself and are printed onto the fabric, sometimes painted and then quilted. I love the colors and the break up of the tree.

This quilt is 'Moon and Mars' but it almost looks like waves and mountains to me.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Sarah Hood

This Eucalyptus Leaf Necklace made by Sarah Hood reminds me of a post I made earlier in the week about the feather earrings. I'd love to see this necklace using found feathers!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Call For Submissions: Humor in Craft

The fantastic website, Crafthaus is looking for submissions for a book called Humor in Craft. (I'm so loving this!) Brigitte Martin the founder of Crafthaus is writing the book and requests:

- Images of humorous artwork,
- Texts/essays by the contributing artists, commenting about humorous aspects in their artwork,

- Audio art,

- Video art (the book will contain a CD of audio/video art depending on qualifying submissions,)

- Essays by writers about the role of humor and fun in craft.

Deadline is March 1st 2011

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Atelier Zobel

This necklace, created by Peter Schmid of Atelier Zobel is made of sterling silver, gold, platinum, champagne diamonds and moonstone cut by Munsteiner Atelier. The necklace feels very dreamy to me.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"Crafting a Nation" Conference in DC

There is a "Crafting a Nation" Conference going on in DC during American Craft Week October 1-10. Some details are below, to learn more about the event go to this link.

WHERE: Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets N.W., Washington D.C.

WHEN: October 8, 2010 Friday, 9 am - 5 pm
October 9, 2010 Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm


Monday, September 13, 2010

Find American Made Website - You need this Resource!

American Style Magazine has created a website so you can find stores, galleries and gift shops that sell American Made Goods! Support American Made and check it out!
It may be a good idea to start your Holiday Shopping using this website to find galleries. I try my best to avoid stores in the month of December. I'm not too fond of the crazy crowds!

Rooster Feather Earrings

I forgot to mention the wonderful Rooster Feather Earrings I bought from Sonia Lub (pictured above). Her company name is VolverAVolar and you can purchase her fantastic earrings at her etsy shop.

This is a picture of what my earrings look like, Sonia picked them out for me! i love them and they are fun to wear. The feathers are similar to my hair color so from a distance people think it's my hair. Pretty Cool!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Anat Basanta

I love these simple elegant floral earrings by Anat Basanta. They remind me of the flower earrings I made and wore with my wedding dress.
Snowdrop Earrings
Trillium Earrings
Tulip Earrings

Here are my Lilly of the Valley earrings I mentioned above. I made them 2 days before my wedding so I'd be wearing something I made!

High Speed Photography

My wonderful sister Kelly shared some awesome high speed photography she found here.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Please Support the National Alliance on Mental Illness Walk

I will be walking with my self injury support group on a 3 mile walk to help support NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). I need people to sponsor me to Walk. Any size donation would be helpful. The following link will take you to a website where you can donate on my behalf. Thank you so very much for your help with this important project of mine!
Valerie Heck's NAMI Page

Art in the Village

A great Art Festival is happening September 25th and 25th at Legacy Village in Cleveland Ohio.
My friends Rona Fisher and and her lovely assistant Emily will be there selling beautiful jewelry.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Casey Hyland

You can see more of Casey Hyland's beautiful glass work on Artful Home.

Friday, September 3, 2010

American Visionary Art Museum & Baltimore BMAC Show

Have you been to the American Visionary Art Museum? It's located in downtown Baltimore by Federal Hill. "Visionary art as defined for the purposes of the American Visionary Art Museum refers to art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself." In short, visionary art begins by listening to the inner voices of the soul, and often may not even be thought of as 'art' by its creator.

The Buyers Market of American Craft had their Show Party at the Visionary and it was awesome. The Gift Shop has the craziest stuff like the Shark Cards above. Each card has a different hologram image of a shark.

Some of the artwork in the Visionary was created by patients of mental institutions, like the piece above. This piece speaks to me, for reasons unknown.

This is a sculpture that hangs in the large stairwell and spins while slowly ascending and descending.

I loved seeing the sculpture from many different angles.


Outside the Visionary there was this wonderfully tacky Christmas Tree shaped sparkly object.


I would have taken it home if they had let me!

The Baltimore Inner Harbor.

Federal Hill.

A view of the Aquarium Building.

Another view of the Harbor.

As the light fades...

Out comes the Harvest Moon!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Fun at the Buyers Market of American Craft

Visiting the Buyers Market is always fun, but sometimes scary because I want to buy almost everything. I purchased this beautiful necklace above from 314 Studio.

And I also purchased this pair of earrings from 314 Studio, I love how they're different!

My boss traded Kevin O'Grady a necklace and received several awesome marbles in return, and then gave one to me. Thanks Matt! My marble is a little different and it's just memorizing to look into.

I also bought one cute bowl similar to the bowls above made by Tasha McKelvey.
I attended the Buyers Market of American Craft to assist my boss with his booth. It was nice to be at the show and not running the show. My previous job I was the jewelry manager for the BMAC Show.
More relaxing this way! : )

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Pencil Art

This wonderful pencil art was sent to me in an email without the artists name. I would love to know who has this kind of patients!