Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Lots of things going on!

So much is happening right now... all good!  Next weekend is our annual Holiday Artists' Marketplace, expanded this year to 2 days!  I will have racks of tie-dye clothing, knit and crochet scarves, covered journals and notepads available.  Here's the latest covered journal, just finished this morning:

This will be my last show of the year, but I am very excited to announce that the Artists' Coalition of Flagstaff will be opening a beautiful new co-op gallery November 15 at the Flagstaff Mall!  I will be a participating member, which gives me the opportunity to offer my bowls, dyed and shabby chic scarves, and some of my wall art for consideration!  The location is in the same storefront where we had our Prelude exhibit in August:
It is a beautiful venue, and we are really looking forward to becoming a regular presence here!
Here are a few of the bowls I have recently completed, which will be on display:

 Take in is next week, so I will post pictures once I have my space set up.  If you are in the Flagstaff area, I hope you will come by!  Here is the flier for our Grand Opening:

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

New Directions

I just got a copy of Sherrill Kahn's book "Creative Embellishments":
I have devoured the contents, and started gathering materials to learn all I can about the wonderful techniques she describes in the book.  I also ordered 2 others by her that go into painting and mixed media techniques, so I think my winter explorations are fully mapped out!  If you haven't seen this book, do check it out on or other book venues.  It is a veritable feast of color, pattern and textures!  I will be posting more about my adventures through these wonderful books over the next few months, and hope to have items for "show and tell" soon!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Autumn Leaves & Holly

I've been working on adding to my inventory for the Autumn Leaves & Holly show next weekend:

This is our third year putting this show on, and it has become a favorite of mine and my regular customers... lots of beautiful hand-crafted items from a variety of great crafters.  As usual, I wanted to have a good selection of Autumn-inspired items available, so here are a few of the bowls I will be offering:

This year, I decided to add some autumn leaves to the ones in back... I love autumn leaves, and use them a lot in my various crafts.  And of course, I have a selection of my autumn leaves batik shirts:
We have some new crafters in the show this year as well as some of our regulars... all very talented, offering some wonderful items for sale.  I hope  if you are in the Flagstaff area you will try to stop by!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Craft Show season!

My last post was about Flagstaff Open Studios Tour, which was a raging success for me this year! Wonderful sales, both at the month-long Prelude Exhibit at our local shopping mall, and also at the 2-day tour at my friends Mack and Cinde's home just north of town.
Cinde with a selection of her fabulous beaded wall art

Mack in his fused glass studio
So, the dust has barely settled on that event, and I'm busy making scarves, coiled fabric bowls, notepad covers, Autumn leaves shirts and more, because I still have 3 big shows coming up before the craft show season winds down for yet another year - see my Show Schedule above. 
BTW, here is one of the bowls that I sold during Open Studios, a companion to the first bowl I sold at Prelude exhibit:
I love these because I randomly pull strips of fabric from a bin to make a colorful bowl, then finish with wrapped cord I shape into a slithering snake, complete with beady eyes and a red serpent tongue. this one has a snake made from some beautiful black and white print fabric I bought awhile back, just saving it for something special.
Well, back to the studio... time's a-wasting!  

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Getting ready for Open Studios Tour

Hard to believe that the Flagstaff Open Studios Tour is less than three weeks away!  It always seems so far off, then I wake up one morning, look at the calendar and go... OMG!  Time to ramp up production and crank out more product!
Every year, we have the Prelude Exhibit for the entire month of August, which allows the Open Studios artists to display samples of their work to the community, to help them decide which artists' studios to visit.  This year, we are holding the exhibit in a beautiful store in the Flagstaff Mall:

We had over 500 in attendance at the Opening Reception Saturday, and I sold both of my pieces... a good omen for the Tour!
Meanwhile, the Bowl Werks is up and running: 

   And the Autumn Leaves shirt factory is up and running:

Time to head back to the studio... time's a wasting!  Stay tuned...

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Just puttering...

It's been kind of a lazy month in some ways... although I have been spending lots of time in the studio!  But some of that time has been spent tidying up, some has been spent experimenting. However, this past week I have been able to finish up some projects, and that always feels good. First off, I took a little time to paint a covered box for a gift to a new friend:

I used to do flower pots and cigar boxes using a similar technique... forgot how much I like how they turn out!
I also started making my covered notebook pads again, trying to stock up for coming shows:

I have several more in the works, along with a start on some covered composition books.
Lastly, I finally found stretcher bars in the right size so I could mount my paper-pieced string quilt top:

If I had it to do over again, I would have mounted this on a slightly larger frame to include a small border in the black fabric... live and learn!  But at least now I have a better grasp of how to gallery wrap fiber art, and hope to do more in the future.
Hope you're having a fun and creative summer so far! 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Having fun...

I hadn't made one of my coiled fabric bowls in awhile, so I decided to fill a bin with fabric strips, and randomly pic strips to create a multi-color bowl.  Fun!  Totally unplanned, except for how I finished it off... with a wriggling snake!  I'm always looking for different ways to do the finish, and I like how this came about.  I'm calling this "Snake on the Bowl"!

The bowl measures 11" across, and 4" high.  I'm thinking it would work to keep fruit or serve rolls.  I finished it with Polycrylic sealer, so it can be wiped with a damp cloth or paper towel if it gets dirty. Think I'll have to make some more of these!