Thursday, January 27, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Santa Cruz Mini-Break of Inspiration

This weekend I drove down to Santa Cruz to visit my eldest daughter at her new apartment and it was the perfect weekend to do so.

The weather here has been foggy and cold for over a month, and I was happily surprised to find that the sun had come out for my day long vacation. It felt like summer again and the warmth, sun and sand fed my imagination for new pieces. It was so relaxing to feel the sand beneath my boots and the sun on my face. I hope to create jewelry that will evoke that 'day-at-the-beach' bliss.

The jagged cliffs falling into the coast brings such a natural contrast to life and I want to incorporate that to my pieces as well.

Not only did our beach adventure get my mind thinking about new creations, but spending time with my vibrant and enthusiastic daughter made me want to include a more care-free attitude to my works.

The day was beautiful, relaxing and brought many new ideas to the forefront for my spring/summer collection. Thank you Santa Cruz for such a lovely mini-break vacation!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hello 2011!

New Year's Eve has come and gone, and now it's time to get back to business and reality. The time has come to review the successes and failures of 2010 and improve and correct them in 2011. I'm working hard developing an updated a business and marketing plan, which includes a complete overhaul of my website.

Besides re-vamping my business it's self, I am also introducing new materials to my designs.
Silk, wool, folk fabrics, and more. Here's a few bracelet cuff's I've made out of felt and floral deigned folk fabric from Poland. Each bracelet is different from the next and is sewn with a unique design.
Bohemian / Folk Bracelet Cuff
Other than working with textiles, I am looking into working with resin as well. Baubles & Beads in Berkeley and San Rafael as well as The Crucible in Oakland have courses on working with resin for jewelry and 3D designs that start as soon as next month. I'm excited to have more control and direct input in the production, not just the construction of my pieces. With the skills I'll learn from the resin workshops I will be able to create my own pendants, beads, and bracelets like never before.

Keep an eye out for my new designs!