Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Off to....

Well, I am off to Seattle tomorrow. I am a bit nervous about giving my first lecture, but I know it will be GREAT! I've never been to Washington, so it should be really fun. I get to spend 2 full fays sightseeing. Any suggestions on what to do?

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Bad Blogger

I know I have been neglecting the blog as of late. School started last week and this semester is my first time teaching. I am teaching Three Dimensional Design at ASU, and so far it is going pretty well. I have a new piece in the works and will post on that soon. Also, my trip to speak at the Facere gallery is 2 weeks away so I will have lots to post on that when I get back!
For now I just want to remind you about the Mesa Contemporary Craft show, where you can come see my work (pictured above) this friday! This piece is from my undergrad and pretty old. It is small rollerprinted and formed pillows with handmade books.
Details about the show to the right.

Monday, January 14, 2008

29th Annual Mesa Contemporary Crafts

I'd love to see you at the opening reception for the Mesa Contemporary Crafts show! The exhibition space is beautiful and the show is always very good. The reception starts at 6pm on January 25th. Come, come, come!
"Highlighting the finest in contemporary crafts from around the country, the 29th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition has become a benchmark for innovation and quality. This year’s exhibition showcases 58 artworks by 21 artists from 20 states. These artists work in traditional craft mediums including ceramics, fibers, basketry, metals, wood, glass, jewelry, papermaking, and book arts.

Guest juror for the 29th Annual Contemporary Crafts was Michael Monroe, who is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington."

Animales: Part 3

These are all the pieces I completed for the Animales show at the Facere Gallery. I have two more that are so close, so I will mail them separately when I finish them.
The show opens in Seattle on January 30th with a lecture and reception. I will be flying to Seattle to speak at the lecture and attend the reception. I am so excited about this opportunity I was given to participate, and I am looking forward to the lecture. I have never spoken at a lecture before so I am a bit nervous, but I know that it will be good for me. Wish me luck!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Animales: Part 2

Here are the necklaces for the animales show. Hopefully I can post the rest of the images within the next couple of days...

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Animales: Part 1

Here are some images I took of the pieces I have completed so far for the Animales show at the Facere Gallery....
This one (below) shows the tracks of a white tailed deer...
The back...An Owl...
The Back...
A Big Horned Sheep... The Full View...
And my favorite piece, this one shows roadrunner tracks. I love the colors...

More tomorrow...I have so much photographing and editing to do before I mail these off...

P.S. The above pieces are hand fabricated using sterling silver, brass, copper, and embroidery floss, and have been treated with different patinas.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

First Friday: Craig Randich and Jen Urso

On Friday, I went out to the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Phoenix. Friend and sculptor, Craig Randich, had a show at the Ice House Gallery, (iamge above taken from their website). The space is this really cool old warehouse downtown, and the entrance room has no roof. It is a really cool art space. A few of Craigs sculptures were in an adjoining room, pictured below. His pieces are constructed in wood with a tansparent fabric stretched over them. A light inside glows through the structure. His work is breathtaking and very quietly beautiful. I wish these images could do it justice, but they just don't. I think the show will be up until the third Thursday of this month, so if you get a chance, check it out!Also at the space was Jen Urso, a graphic designer and artist who was doing an interesting performance piece.
She was slowly chiseling shards away from a 350lb boulder, until it was nothing but a pile of small rocks. Explained in her words in the image above, I think the idea is interesting but would like to see her push it a little farther. It did get me thinking though. It is an interesting concept, and I'd like to see more of her work.

Saturday, January 5, 2008


The countdown has begun! I have exactly 16 days until my work for the Animales show has to be at the Facere Gallery in Seattle. The show will be, "Nine contemporary studio jewelers presenting a bevy of animal inspired sculpture to wear in metal, polymer clay, and found objects." Artists include: Ruth Altman, Lynette Andreasen, Melissa Calohan, Robert Coogan, Patricia Phillips, Jeanie Pratt, Gail Stefanek, Sarah Wilbanks, and Kristi Zevenbergen.
(The little red arrow is pointing to an image of my work.) I am SO excited and can't wait to send off my pieces.

Here is an image of a piece by artist Sarah Wilbanks who will also be participating in the show. Check back soon for images of the work I will be sending...