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Adornment Artist residing in the wilds of Far Upstate NY. Specializing in modern and traditional bead weaving techniques, silk painting and fiber dyeing.

Blessed Samhain!

The wheel of the year is turning and turning.  I’m getting ready for the St. Lawrence County Arts Council’s Studio Tour this weekend.

(If you are in Upstate NY and want to follow the tour, you can see a brochure with maps here.)

108 mala meditation
108 bead meditation mala made of pink and white freshwater pearls, garnet, sterling and hand dyed silk ribbon

I will be working on Meditation Malas during studio tour and I managed to get a few new ones made last week while most of the household was feeling down with one thing or another.

They take a lot of patient time and attention to get the knotting and count just right.   They each have their own individual energy and I want to make sure that I get them right so planning can take some time, too.

new meditation mala jewelry
4 new malas from October- Rudshakra & Pearl, Onyx & Turquoise, Pearl & Garnet, Dalmation Jasper & Serpentine Jade

But now, this week is for dyeing!

I have tons of new  scarves to dye in velvet, devore, satin and chiffon.  I also want to dye lots of thread for more mala tassels.

I may also bring this fabulous doodle to work on over the weekend.

I hope to see you there!

In the meantime, Blessed Samhain!  May the chilly days of autumn and winter bring you clarity and joy.

I will turn your crew to swine!
My Halloween costume this year – my favorite Witch of Classical Literature – Circe!
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Annual Progress Report

luna1I have to laugh at myself a little.  I’ve been really terrible about blogging.  A couple of years ago I had all of these grand and wonderful ideas about all the things I was going to accomplish and how well I was going to document everything and how  gorgeously & efficiently I was going to grow my online presence  . . . .  Well, it turns out that my concepts were a little too large for a one woman show.

But that’s OK.

I make wonderful things.  People buy them and are happy.  I use the money to keep my house warm and to make more wonderful things.  It’s a good system.

What wonderful things have I been making this year?

Hand strung 108 bead Mala pearl and Amethyst by Virginia Burnett
Pearl and Amethyst Mala by Goblins’ Market

Malas.  I love making meditation jewelry.  It is a form of meditation itself for me.  Selecting the beads, dyeing the fibers for the tassel, knotting the thread, all are at the very foundation of what I love most about my art.

 

Silk Satin Ice Dyed Scarf by Goblins' Market in Tiffany colorway
Silk Satin Ice Dyed Scarf by Goblins’ Market in Tiffany colorway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice dye.  LOTS of it.

On Silk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and Cotton Voile

Gblins' Market Ice Dye Pareo in Cotton Voile Tiffany colorway
Gblins’ Market Ice Dye Pareo in Cotton Voile Tiffany colorway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goblins' Market Ice Dyed Rayon Jersey wrap, wear as scarf, dress or skirt
Goblins’ Market Ice Dyed Rayon Jersey wrap, wear as scarf, dress or skirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and on Tunic Dresses

Tunic Dress Ice Dyed by Goblins' Market
Tunic Dress Ice Dyed by Goblins’ Market

October will be seeing some evolution around here:  Tomorrow I will be taking some pretty things in to Soap Guys & Company in Potsdam so local folks can drop in to buy pretty things in person.

I’m going to be shutting my Amazon shop – which I never even got around to advertising here – because I really don’t like they way they want to dictate how I interact with customers.  According to their TOS, I can’t even share my blog address.  I’m an artist, not a merchant and that’s a pretty important distinction to me.

I’m also going to refine my Etsy shop this month and update my ArtFire shop, which is currently empty.  I’ll be clearing out several styles of jewelry.   So keep your eyes open for sales!   (I’ve finally accepted the fact that I’m just not a mass producer.  Dying a large run of scarves in the same colorway is one thing – making 50 pair of earring clones in one sitting is another.  Yuck!)

In November, I’ll be at the Arts Council again for Studio Tour, and then for an Art Market and the Tastes & Talents of the North Country show in early December.  I’ll keep you posted!

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Studio Tour 2015

My favorite weekend of the year is coming up!

Ice Dyed scarf with lace
Ice Dyed Rayon scarf made more fabulous with lace!

November 7th and 8th are the dates for the St. Lawrence County Arts Council’s annual Studio Tour.  It is a great opportunity for people to get out and meet artists in their working environment to see how they do what they do and maybe do some holiday gift shopping at the same time.

I still do not have studio space at home that is ready to accept visitors but I will be participating by setting up a studio-away-from-home at the SLC Arts Council site.  You’ll be able to find me (and lots of scarves and beads and other pretty things) in the upstairs dance studio at Downtown Snell Hall, 41 Elm Street in Potsdam.

What will you find if you come to visit me?

Beadwoven seed pod beads
Beadwoven SuperDuo globe earrings

Well, as usual, I will have lots of beautiful scarves, including plenty of ice dyed jersey scarves which lots of people are in love with right now.  Some of them will even have gorgeous lace trim at the edges to take them from being an every-day sort of accessory to the height of Bohemian luxury.  If there is someone in you life who has a flair for gypsy fashion and loves to wear colorful accents, one of these scarves would make a wonderful gift!  Each is truly one of a kind since ice dyeing results in totally unique outcomes every time and no one else is making scarves like these.  (yet!)

I will also have beaded jewelry options ranging from simple strung bracelets and earrings to luxury bead woven adornments.

Beadwoven Bracelet
Fire Drake Beadwoven bracelet

But the really fun stuff is that I will have a small selection of czech glass beads and supplies for you to make your own simple earrings!  I will also have a couple of luxury beadweaving projects in progress so you can see how I work the bead magic.  I hope to also have a short video or slide show of my ice dye process so that you can see how that magic is accomplished.  It’s a pretty slow process but I can film the exciting bits for you to see.

Orange & Turquoise Earrings
Orange Crystal Turquoise Ceramic earrings with Sterling Silver

So, I hope to see you at Studio Tour!  I will be on site from 10-4 on Saturday and from around 11-4 on Sunday.  There are5 other artists planning to be at Snell Hall as well so there will be plenty to see and do in Potsdam!   For more information on Studio Tour, participating artists and directions to studios , visit this link on the SLC Arts Council’s website.

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