Category Archives: Lurking in the Lair

Recent events, projects, successes and failures in the Goblins’ Market Studio

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!

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.


A Little Secret Something

RAW medallion
Circular Right Angle Weave Medallion

That I am working on.  Just now.  This is all I can say about it for the moment. . . . .

Except for the fact that these are really, really hard to photograph.

RAW medallions
Circular Right Angle Weave Medallions