I attended the Red Deer Artwalk Festival on June 21st in Rotary Park East. It started out rainy and a bit windy, luckily the sun came out late morning making for a perfect day to be outside. The Artwalk committee had everything organized to a “T”, and we enjoyed a fabulous day of art and live music.
On Sunday, June 8th I hosted a Dress Club group in our backyard. It was a beautiful sunny day, allowing us to make beads outside. A super fun group of ladies and they did a fantastic job making BHB’s (Big Hole Beads) for their pandora bracelets.
I haven’t posted for a long time. So here’s “What’s New”!
I have plenty of photos to add to this post – some of the new Spring sets and the rest are from two classes that I attended in May.
The first class I went to was at Tiffany House Glass Studio in Calgary. Two amazing Calgary Bead Artists, Wendy Alger and Angie Gemsa showed us some tricks and tips when working with Double Helix glass. Double Helix is a premium silver glass that produces different reactions depending on how you fire it. It is my all time favorite glass, some of the reactions are immediate when firing at the torch and others will only emerge once the bead is fired in the kiln.
The second course I attended was at ACAD in Calgary and was taught by Joan Irvin. Joan was a delightful instructor with an immense amount of knowledge regarding all forms of jewellery making. This two day course was an introduction to working with PMC which is precious metal silver clay. The idea of this silver form is that you can mold your own piece out of the silver clay and once it is kiln fired the binders within the clay burn off and you are left with a fine silver piece. It allows you to make custom findings, sounds easy, but was more challenging than I expected. I made two pendants and an assortment of textured bead caps for hollow beads.
On October 1st I took a one day class from Astrid, she is an amazing artist from South Africa and we were so fortunate that she came to Edmonton to teach. She works with hair fine stringer techniques and paints on her beads using enamels. Something I haven’t tried before. She is beyond talented and it was a pleasure to take her class and try something new!
I attended a Ladies Fitness Retreat at Goldeye Lake the last weekend of September. This was my second year attending and once again we had a fabulously warm and sunny weekend for it!
I did a demo on Friday night and four hours of group sessions on Saturday. The ladies made some wonderful first time beads and we had quite a few laughs!
I have been in my studio for over 7 years!! Hard to believe, time has flown by so fast. I decided to paint and give it a major reorg before I embarked upon another “Bead Season”.
I took everything out, sorted, pitched, cleaned and painted.
I purchased a sweet metal unit that fits in perfectly and adds a pop of color as well as repurposing some office organizers to store my ever growing glass collection.
I am getting ready to set up at Sunworks on Saturday, May 4th from 11:00 – 3:00. Pop by and see the newly renovated space and pick up something special for Mother’s Day!
I will be spending the day at Sunworks on Saturday, December 8th from 10:00 – 4:00 (travelling bead show upstairs). Stop in and check out all the great gift ideas, I will be tackling my Christmas list for sure!
Our annual sale is this Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st – if you didn’t receive an invite please send me an email or give me a call.
Helen and I are so excited to be setting up shop at Barbara’s again this year. Barbara is an amazing host, decorator, chef – she can do it all. When I grow up I want to be just like her.
We hope you can join us!