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.
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! : )
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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! : )