Sunday, June 19, 2011

More Earring And Pendant Photos From The New Art Festival

Here's an image-heavy compilation of some of our work at the New Art Festival two weeks ago! Of course I had some new clear-encased flower pendants to reveal, including this blue one with a cool swirly background:

And a wind-blown white flower with an all-black stamen:

I've been trying spotted flowers lately, so here is a dramatic red speckled lily on a muted green base:

Here's another take on my new Dream Egg bead series, which is a more abstract version of my floral technique. This is a dark neutral worked into an asymettrical necklace.

And for something a little more whimsical, a new big red fish from our fish series!

We updated our earring collection with more simple dangle-hook styles, especially in our yummy-looking sugar-bead series.

And our most popular style, the locking, handforged Captive Drop earrings! These were a huge hit at the festival, which is great because I am addicted to coming up with new, tiny, intricate glass beads for them, and Andrea just keeps improving the process and outcome for handforging the sterling silver wire components!

We also made a lot of bracelet and earring pairs that can work as sets. The sets are always fluid - there are many of combinations that work beautifully, and everything is available individually. The blue bracelet is part of a more simple, classic series that we developed for the festival.

Watch this space for more new work (and new displays) for the Art In The City show
coming on in Confederation Park the last weekend of August!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

We loved the New Art Festival!

What a busy and fabulous weekend - the tents went on and on! The map shows 52 artists and artisans but it felt so much bigger. Maybe because all the displays were so fascinating! I snagged a new office mug and two dessert bowls from Dale Mark with the lovely flowy red/blue/green glazes I adore so much. And I coveted about a million things.

This was the first show for which we needed to supply our own tent, and it turned out quite well! Huge thanks to my father and our friend Jill for helping with loading and unloading (yay for trucks!). We had the same Costco Caravan tent as 75% of the other vendors and we're satisfied that it does the job and is good value for the money. I'm very happy with the new banner, too. Now I want more and more...

The display layout was effective and people seemed to be able to see everything. We were very lucky to have a corner booth. In fact the vendor next to us was a no-show so we were able to partially open the other side as well.

Most of all I was pleased that some of our new designs were well-received. We've been inspired to try some asymmetrical necklaces - in fact we made about half a dozen bold showpiece designs! But half of the big new necklaces were purchased at this show, and I have a feeling that more will go at the next show! It's very encouraging, especially since Andrea and I are inspired to make even more elaborate neckpieces now.

This long, ornate piece went to a new home:

This iridescent piece will be available at the Art in the City Show, August 26-28 in Confederation Park!

I'll share more about the earrings and pendants in my next post...