Saturday, April 30, 2011

Eye Appeal

We went to the Artists' Reception for the CNIB Eye Appeal event. I was really thrilled to see the 3D craft work displayed beautifully in one area. My piece was a wall-mount design but looked very effective on a stand. The gala event was last night and I have absolutely no idea who ended up winning my lady- I would love to know.
The Eye Appeal was a complete sell out and will generate much needed funds the people who are not able to see the beautiful things so many of us take for granted. It was an honour to be able to participate.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The next project... "The Mural" The Inspiration Point

Last year my daughter was involved in a mural painting project. Here she is beginning a painting of a dove.
Here  I am blogging about beginning a new project based on this photo. It will combine a board and a 3d figure. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Eye Appeal and an Invitation!

I'll be heading to another Gala-Gala-Do tomorrow night... well, it's actually the advance preview of  the CNIB Eye Appeal fundraiser held at Crystal Garden in downtown Victoria. Two hundred  local artists have donated work which will be raffled off to Gala-Goers. The actual gala is a jewel-encrusted evening on Friday April 29th but the artists have been invited to a special reception in the venue on the 28th. It's a wonderful chance to connect with arty friends and oggle the artwork. ...

BUT WAIT-- THERE'S MORE!! At 7:00 PM the Public is invited to take in the show too! So if you are in Victoria, consider yourself invited! 

7:00PM- 9:00 PM 
at the 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Colour Your Palate!

Tomorrow evening I'll be heading over to enjoy a lovely evening sampling great local culinary creations with a delectable dash of colour! It's the annual Colour Your Palate event which is a fundrasiser for the outstanding artsREACH Project here in Victoria. I have a Muse- "Evelyn" and a pendant earring set in the Silent Auction which is always a little nerve-wracking but with some extra wine in hand I intend to have a wonderful time !
Evelyn- in the Silent Auction

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Crafthouse at YVR !

I've been selling work through the Craft Council of BC Crafthouse Shop for many years and now I'm excited to announce that my work will also be available at the Crafthouse YVR Shop at the Vancouver International Airport!  I've been getting together an order or earrings, rings and Fusion Bangles for my first shipment. I'm looking forward to a visit to the airport in June when we're travelling to Calgary so I can take some photos of the store.
Here are some of the new Fusion Bangles I made for the order. They incorporate  the technique I was experimenting with in Morrisburg.

Best wishes to all for a happy and relaxing holiday weekend.... and go Canucks!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Cool Groupon for Aspiring Metal Clayers

I confess- I'm a Groupon junkie. So far I have scored deals on great restaurants and now I am getting a great deal on a copper clay workshop! $67 for a $140 class. I took a silver clay workshop with Tiffany and really enjoyed it so I'm confident in recommending anyone in the area to come to Victoria for the class. There's still time to go for the deal! Here's the Link

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

My Inspired by Klimt and Resin Demos at Morrisburg

I did two demos at Morrisburg. The format was for all demonstrations to be 15-20 minute sessions The Klimt Demo is temperature sensitive as it requires translucent sheets run thought the pm at #9. I once taught this particular technique in a very warm room. We had doors and windows open and fans running but the clay was gooey making for a rather "interprative" class. Things were much better this time around. The clay behaved itself nicely. My demo was very bare bones and gave the participants a wide margin to take the concept and spin it. My second demo was an introduction to UV resin. I had little kits of UltraDome available for everyone. Many thanks to UltraDome founderTerry Morris for all his help in getting materials for the kits! I was delighted to see some so many people combine the two demos so beautifully. I always enjoy seeing different takes on a concept that is so familiar to me.  I was inspired to take an alternative approach with my own demo to come up with this pen.

Here are some of the pieces that launched from my Klimt and Resin demos. They were taken as we swarmed around the Show and Tell Table and things were a bit chaotic. I want to credit the artists so  please let me know if you can match a name to a piece.

 Barbara Colautti
 Janice VanBeek
 Barbara Colautti
 Elaine Kennedy
Sandy Willis's clever use of a dollar store frame to create an earring display showcases her beautiful millifiori combined with the Klimt process.
 Sandy's extruded spiral cane figures  are accented with a layer of resin 

Adria's Steampunked Resin Pendant

The two demos work well as a one day workshop which I'd enjoy teaching!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Home Again

I'm home again after my travels around southern Ontario. The trip was marvelous with the exception of having the plane hit by lightning on the final approach to Victoria. (eek!)
Morrisburg was an absolute delight. Over the last decade Margi Laurin,  Vio LaPorte  and pinch hitter Leslie have developed a venue that combines challenge for all levels of expertise, inspiration, fun and friendship in a very comfortable environment. I certainly hope to attend next year!

 Here's a collection of pictures of some of the  fun!