Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Mesa Arts Festival THIS WEEKEND!

I am participating in the Mesa Arts Festival this weekend, please come by and check it out. See details below!

Mesa Arts Festival

Saturday, December 10 - Sunday, December 11, 2011

Mesa Arts Center

10:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.

The 2011 Mesa Arts Festival is the premier place to find unique gifts for the holidays! The annual festival will feature original works of art for sale from local, regional and national artists in various mediums; live entertainment showcasing local and national talent on two stages; live artist demonstrations; a variety of children's activities and an array of culinary delights.

Kick off the holidays at Mesa Arts Center and experience this fun and exciting community event!

Click HERE to download complete Entertainment Schedule.

Click HERE to print complete Weekend Program.

For more information call 480-644-6627.

Event Admission and Parking are FREE!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

La Broche Del Noche

I made a new piece, I made a new piece! Sorry...its just been awhile since I've been productive in the studio:)
I am participating in the show, La Broche Del Noche at Equinox Gallery, coming up in December.
Curated by Jillian Palone, Gary Schott, and Laura Wood, this exhibition will feature one hundred jewelry artists from all over the nation who celebrate the brooch! This exhibition will be accessible online in addition to the Gallery.
See pics of the brooch I made for the show below, as well as the show announcement.
If you are in the San Antonia area, be sure to attend the exhibition!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Website Down

Just wanted to post and let you all know that my website is temporarily down. I am working on getting it back up and running as soon as possible.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from the whole Happy Meal:)I feel like a real mom now! I made Halloween costumes:)
Now if I could just get some jewelry made too...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

It's that time of year again!

Here is the piece I made for the show. Its made from laser engraved poplar wood, paint, and features a detachable brooch in sterling silver, bronze, embroidery, and a freshwater pearl.
It can be yours for $100! Just come to the show, info below!
Tuesday, October 4 - Monday, October 10, 2011
Mesa Contemporary Arts

Mesa Contemporary Arts' (MCA) is pleased to announce its Third Annual 10 x 10 Benefit Show & Sale, which features the work of more than 100 artists from Arizona and beyond. Participating artists are asked to create an original work (2-D or 3-D) of art in keeping with the 10 x 10" theme. The competed pieces will be on display at MCA from Oct 4-9 and sold at the reception on Oct 10. Each piece will be available for $100. First come, first pick! Doors open at 7pm sharp! All proceeds benefit MCA exhibitions and educational programs.

Reception & Sale: Monday, Oct 10, 2011, 7-9pm

- $10 per person at the door

- MCA Members (and one guest) get in free and 10% off their entire purchase*

- Sweet treats will be served
- Cash Bar

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Custom Order

Just wanted to post a picture of this custom order I just finished up for an etsy customer. She wanted a brooch made to match these earrings.I love how it turned out and think I may make more! Feels good to be making something...even if its just a little something! This whole being a new mom business is hard work! I feel like all I get done all day is feeding a baby. Oh, and speaking of the baby, here is a picture of little miss ellie at 8 weeks!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fall Classes

I've got another session of classes starting up next week! Sign up now!

Weekly Classes:
Introduction to Jewelry: Fabrication Basics
August 29th-December 12th, Mondays 9:30am-12:30pm

Forming Shaping and Embossing
Fridays, September 2 - October 7, 2011, 9:30am-12:30pm

Creative Entrapments/Cold Connections for Found Objects
Thursdays, September 1 - October 6, 2011, 1:30-4:30pm

Fridays, October 14 - December 16, 2011, 9:30am-12:30pm

Hand Fabricated Chains
Thursdays, October 13 - December 15, 2011, 1:30-4:30pm

Weekend Workshops:

Acid Etching
Saturday, September 3 AND Saturday, September 10, 2011 , 9am-5pm

Marriage of Metals, Patterning and Inlay
Saturday, October 29 AND Saturday, December 3, 201, 9am-5pm

Holiday Ornaments with the Hydraulic Press
Saturday, November 12 OR Saturday, December 3, 9am-5pm

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ellie Juel

Just wanted to announce the birth of my little girl, Ellie Juel Andreasen. Born 7/19 at 10:28 am. It's amazing how much my life has changed in the last couple of weeks. I love this little baby girl, and I probably kiss her at least 7000 times per day...just so you know:) Here are a few pictures just to make sure you get your daily dose of cute:)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hiding Places: Memory in the Arts

The "Hiding Places: Memory in the Arts" exhibition at the John Michael Kohler Art Center is now open! There is also a catalog of the exhibition which I am sure will be available for purchase soon.You can find me on pages 72 and 78. Click on the images to view larger.

SNAG - The Conference: Seattle 2011

Attending the SNAG conference this year was really different for me from the other years I have attended. Since I am co-chairing the conference here in Phoenix next year, I went to this years conference with an entirely different perspective. Looking at everything from the angle of planning it made me see everything in a different light. I also spent a lot of time in meetings, so I missed out on some events I wanted to attend, and really missed out on socializing/networking in between sessions and such. I'm not saying it wasn't a great year, just different from my past experiences. In some ways it was a lot better. The first year I went to the conference I was totally overwhelmed. There were so many people, and so many big names. I felt so tiny, insignificant, and kept asking myself what on earth I was thinking attending such an event. Afterward though, I realized how important the experience had been, even if I was shy and didn't fully take advantage of all that was available. I knew I wanted to go back the next year, and I did. Each year I've attended I've gotten more out of the experience. Learned more, absorbed more, observed more, met more people, come out of my shell more, and its been wonderful. I fully believe that attending these conferences is important. It's important to know the other people working in this field, important to make friendships, important to see the work in the exhibitions in person, important to listen to the talks and expose myself to what is contemporary metalsmithing. I always leave the conferences feeling totally invigorated and ready to get back into the studio!

Anyway, this year was no different in that was a great experience. I just leave the conference every year wishing I had had time to experience a little more, do a little more, see a little more, talk a little more, etc. I guess that is why I keep going back!

The Seattle conference kicked off with the traditional pin swap. Everyone makes tons of pins to trade and then walks around trading and meeting people. I didn't make trade pins (major bummer, but I just didn't have time) but I did get to walk around handing out promotional magnets for next years conference here in Phoenix, so I met lots of people that way. It's always really fun to meet people that I am so familiar with online, but have never met in person. Strange almost, to know so much about someone without ever having met them...but I guess that is what the internet has done to us!

Anyway, the next day I listened to the speakers, Glenn Adamson, Lola Brooks, and Damian Skinner.
Lola Brooks (above) was amazing. Her talk, "Love and Other Indoor Sports" was one of my favorite presentations at the conference. Hilarious, well spoken, engaging, shocking, intelligent...I was in awe and hung on every word. The lady has some serious hoarding tendencies, but she knows it and I have to say, her collections were pretty incredible! Also, prior to the conference I was very familiar with her work, but had no idea really what the context was, so it was wonderful to hear her talk about the ideas behind the objects.

That night we went on the exhibition crawl and I walked until I could barely move! Being 9 months pregnant at the time of the conference (and not used to hills) I was huffing and puffing my way around downtown Seattle! But, I managed to make it to several of the exhibitions (unfortunately not all of them) and was not disappointed. The exhibition crawl for me is always one of the highlights of the conference. So much great work packed into such small spaces. I always go home dreaming about it...always wishing I had a photographic memory! There is never enough time to absorb it all.

On Saturday I attended the professional development seminar and saw speakers, Valeria Vallarta Siemelink, Masako Onodera, John Grade, and Miel Margarita Paredes.I have always liked Masakos work (above and below), but had never had the opportunity to hear her speak about it. I love getting to hear from the artist what their work is about, and about their studio practice. I especially enjoyed hearing about her material choices and her research into Urushi Lacquer.
John Grade (above and below) is an artists whose work I was not familiar with before the conference. The beauty of his images and his honest and open dialogue about how he goes about making the pieces and what influences him sucked me in right away. I am always totally in awe of these artists that undertake such huge projects that require dozens of people. My own world is a much tinier place! Also, the temporary nature of his work was really intriguing to me. I spend so much time focused on how to make my work last forever that making work to last only a short durations is a completely foreign idea to me.
Miel Margarita Paredes (below) is a metalsmith whose work I pretty much worship. That lady has some serious talent. And after listening to her speak (although it was already assumed) it was obvious that she has a killer work ethic as well. It was really interesting to hear her talk about how she has taken her metalsmithing skills with her into a career making steel armatures for an animation company. How cool is that? One of my dreams is to someday be involved with making a prop or costume accessory for a movie. Miels talk gave me a little hope that it may even be an achievable dream!
Saturday night was the exhibition in motion (below). I have to be honest here...usually this event is one I really like, but this year it was...weird. The whole idea was to combine jewelry/wearable metalwork with dancers who would sort of animate the work. Apparently the dancers never saw the work they would be performing with until the night of the exhibition (or at least that is what I heard, and judging from the performance I think it was true). The dance was all improvised, modern, I don't even know what to call it...other than strange. The work in the exhibition was great...I think I would have rather just seen it sitting on pedestals though. The music was weird, the dancing was even weirder, and it seemed to go on and on forever. The dancers were performing with several pieces all at once and it felt really chaotic. And, I'm pretty sure a couple of pieces that were supposed to be in the exhibition got completely forgotten and weren't performed with at all. I'm sure it appealed to some, but I have to say that this years exhibition in motion was not my thing.

Sunday was the last day of the conference. I listened to talks by Lori Talcott and Stacey Lee Webber (below).
Lori Talcott (below) was my other favorite presentation. She talked about her background and the fact that she is a 4th generation jeweler. 4th generation!! That's amazing! She talked about her influences, inspirations, and what motivates her personal work. She showed some wonderful images of historical and folk jewelry that still have not left my mind. She talked about different mourning rituals in different cultures and it got me thinking about how important research is to fuel our work. I would be willing to bet that she spends as much time researching historical work as she does making her own work. She talked about a mourning ritual in Papa New Guinea where the people wear 100 necklaces and remove one each day until their mourning period is over. Her talk left me feeling so motivated to get home and read, get in the studio, and then read some more! It was so interesting...I soaked up every bit and wanted more, more, more!
That afternoon was the trunk show, which turned out to be a huge success! I had little to no expectations. This was the first year they held the trunk show, so really there was no precident. I didn't have time to make new work, so I took a lot of older stuff to sell. I didn't imagine I would sell much since pretty much all the conference attendees are jewelers, but I ended up doing really well. I sold more in 2 hours than I normally do in a 2 day art fair. Crazy! And it was really cool because I got to see my work go to people I knew, or knew of...its so nice knowing that my jewelry was going to good homes!
The conference ended with the final night party. They held the "Passing of the Torch" ceremony where they passed the torch on to Tedd, Becky and I as the co-chairs of next years conference. Of course, we had to dress the theme (matching t-shirts, sunglasses, chili pepper necklaces, and cacti props) We are pretty excited about everything we have planned so far...SNAG 2011 was great, but SNAG 2012 is going to be one HOT conference!