Wednesday, December 14, 2005

More pics of work....

It was very exciting to have the first Winter Street Studios open studio on Dec. 3 and 4th. I believe over 50 artists opened their doors to the public to see and be seen with their work. We have an incredible array of talented artists there.

I may decide to have "collections" (whoa!) Simply because my work is not clearly one type. I have delicate pieces and clunky pieces, light reflecting glass and heavy turquoise and coral items. I thought that if I put group names on types it would be easier to clarify the variety in my work.

Here are some of the delicate pieces:

This is a lampworked heart by Diane Woodall of Houston and I have put it with creamy freshwater pearls, turquoise and a 14k gold clasp.

The focal heart is white with lime green dots all over it. It has a wonderful feel to it.








This piece is rutilated rose quartz, which means there are light reflective striations within the quartz crystals. It is coupled with gold lampwork beads and Swarovski crystals and a 14k gold clasp.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Life moves on...!

It's mid December and I have been a whirlwind of activity. Some of it effective and some not (as always!) For instance, my website still is static. I thought I'd found a co-worker but it didn't fall together.

However, I have some fabulous pics of new and, most importantly, sold, jewelry. Here are some pics.....

This is a necklace of leaves carved out of jasper and a beautiful caramel drusy for the focal stone. It has lampworked beads and Swarovski Crystals, too. This necklace has been sold.


This is a yellow and green jade necklace. It has several different types of beads in jade. It has a glorious dragon head clasp that is as much a part of the necklace as the beads. This necklace has been sold.

This necklace is apple jasper and raku ceramic beads. It has a warm shine.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Long time no post!

It's been a busy 6 weeks. Rita came and went and I spent 15 hours trying to evacuate. Made it 65 miles up the road and decided to return with my doggies to brave it out. Cell phone usage was spotty and I had family somewhat concerned. All for naught it turns out as I didn't even get any rain. Sheesh. What a trauma.

On a better note, my studio, www.winterstreetstudios.org, had their show and I had my pieces in the gallery. I sold the turquoise necklace! Wooohooo! And I had a packed studio for 3 hours that evening. I sold several pieces and I'm just delighted.

I will be in the silent auction for the Art League Benefit with the Art Guys, which has been rescheduled due to Rita for, I think, Oct 29. www.artleaguehouston.org

I've begun a jewelry class at the Art League, doing silversmithing work. Setting cabochons and wire work. It's quite exciting and my mind is in overdrive!

And finally, I'm lampworking! I've made some pumpkins that are quite cute. Mostly, I want to be able to make the spacer beads and any specific beads that I want in the colors I want for my own designs. At this time, I don't think I'll be doing the fabulous work that ones see with lampworked glass beads.

I'll post pictures shortly. My website is under construction currently...www.lilyrosedesigns.com.

Thanks for the prayers and thoughts during Rita. It was a trying time.

Margaret

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Necklace for my Seester


This is a necklace I made for my sister, when she was here last April. It's just her style. She had wanted me to fix a POS necklace and I told her I wouldn't do such a lowly thing as fix a plastic necklace; that I'd make her a new one. We had a ball picking out what to put with the stones. Here's a pic of us enjoying a woodland walk.

Important People


This is our Queen Bee, Royelle. She is the rock upon which most of my interest and discovery of beading and jewelry-making is based. She is one of the most creative people I've ever met and in more areas than you can shake a stick at. I met her many years ago at the first EGA meeting I ever attended. And we've been friends ever since. She and Barbara, pic to follow, and Ada some of my core friends. There certainly is something to say about the people one chooses for their friends and how close we can become.


This pic was taken at one of our beading retreats. We take off to a beautiful lake setting for about 4 days and sleep in bunkbeds, just like at camp, and bead 24/4!! We all bring food and drink and fun and love and we have the best time. There are about 14-20 of us and we represent all aspects of beading: seed, lampwork, gemstone, freeform design. Enough so that there is never a dull moment and if you're stuck momentarily, there is plenty to inspire you.

Well, I don't know how this got so little but it's Barbara and Ada two very important beading friends.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Cool stuff coming....

I've placed an order for David Christiansen Furnace glass and it'll be here on Monday. I'm really excited as I've done a very cool bracelet and I want to make 2 more bracelets in different sizes and at least one necklace. These are hand wired with Sterling Silver 22 gauge wire. And then I add some fat Swarovski's to make them really light up.

It is interesting how ideas percolate and finally come to fruition. I'm always surprised at how different the physical reality is from the concept in my mind. I'm getting better at choosing the types of beads for different effects. I'll be working with wood and amber and more natural components for my next batch of lilies and roses! I've been studying the upcoming fashion trends in jewelry and there are two distinct directions: organic and non. Non has plastic in the wildest forms with acrylics and anything that is manufactured and "worldly". Then there's the path I prefer.

I hope that's traditional with a spark. But, I'm beginning to realize that design never seems to mean the same thing to disparate groups of designers. I always thought that good design included the attributes of proportion, rhythm, contrast, dominance and scale. Perhaps these are significant to designers of solid objects. (Certainly, a software designer doesn't use these parameters!) I'm thinking these are true objectives for a painting, a floral design, a landscape but perhaps not for an item of clothing or a piece of machinery.

Bracelets to Dangle


This is my Carmen Miranda bracelet. I really like the way if falls. The pieces of fruit are hand blown glass beads and the leaves are Czech. Needless to say, I did the pic, not Elizabeth. You can click on the pic and it gets bigger.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

New York, New York

Just spent 5 days in NYC and got some very exciting findings for new jewellry. I walked in almost every store on 37th and checked all the variety. It was overwhelming. "All circuits are busy...all circuits are busy..." What I do know is that as I learn more and see and especially handle more, I will be able to tell the difference between the real and the fake when the fake is good.

Found some new Czech crystals with great new colors and purchased a selection for new work. They'll be in some of the pieces for the September show.

I met this woman at School Products, which is a yarn store (see wordswitsnwool.blogspot.com) and we just started talking as sometimes you do. It turns out that she's a jeweller, too, doing goldwork with granulation. She knew all the stores I was going to and gave me names for some at Metalliferous. Trips are great for meeting new folks.

Lampwork and turquoise




This lampworked focal bead I got from Jan Locander. She does really beautiful work and I'll have more of her beads in the future. Of course, I didn't buy just ONE!!! This piece has a dichroic closure by Paula Radke. I figure if you're gonna name drop, might as well drop the best!!

We have a group here of about 15-20 women who work in lampwork. We call ourselves the "Hotties" and meet once a month. It is amazing to see the totally different work that is created by each of these very talented women. It's extrodinary. And I'm learning so much.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Wedding Bracelets



This are 6 bracelets I made for my DD, Jen, for her bridesmaids when she got married last October. Because they are all Swarovski, I had to redesign them several times as the crystals kept cutting the various threads I tried. I finally had to string them completely on Soft Flex wire. They didn't hang as gracefully as they would have with a non-wire stringing but they DID stay together! LOL!

Needless to say, the dresses were the Siam of the Swarovski's. There are Olivine bicones, Siam rounds and 24K Delica's. Jen and her now hubby, Steve, and I worked on the design for several months. I think we're all pleased at how they turned out.

Seacoil Bangle

This is a bracelet that I learned in a class with the incredibly talented Cynthia Rutledge. It is her design and my execution.

New Designs



Here is a necklace I'll be showcasing in the Winter Street Studio's Artist Show opening Sept. 9th. It is green turquoise and quite large. The focal piece is 2.5" x 3.5" and the spacers are citrine Swarovski crystals. The clasp is Bali silver with peridot on both sides.

My friend, Elizabeth, took the pictures. She has Beads on the Brain and has been so helpful to me in the intricacies of getting the business started. I'm so grateful to her for her help and talent.