Saturday, October 22, 2011

Solar Barque

I thought I would share some images of my most recent full sized piece which is based on a technique showcased in the cover project of the November issue of Beadwork magazine. The title is in reference to Ancient Egyptian mythology which has the sun being sailed across the sky each day by ship-- the shape of the pendant with the Swarovski cosmic ring hanging above reminded me of the myth.

"Solar Barque"

Solar Barque (pendant detail)

Solar Barque (long shot to show chain work)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

"Eye Flower" Necklace

This is another of the designs I took to the recent art show:


"Eye Flower"

The cabochon used in this piece is very unique: it's a glass fish eye. I was infatuated with the beaded design work of Laura McCabe at the time when I designed it. Laura is a fantastically talented lady who uses unusual and sometimes unsettling materials in her designs. She is particularly well known for her use of doll's eyes in her jewelry and beaded sculpture. I have to admit that using human-looking doll eyes would be a bit much for me to stomach, but I do like the effect of various animal eyes, which I'm not as bothered by.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Upcoming Appearance: T.F. Riggs Native American Week Beading Workshop

I'll be teaching a short beading workshop on basic Peyote stitch in celebration of Native American week at T.F.Riggs High School in Pierre. I'm super excited to be sharing my love of the art with some awesome young people from our school district. It should be a lot of fun, so if you live in Pierre and know a high school or middle school student whose looking for something do Thursday at 3:30pm, let them know to drop on by. We'll have a blast and everyone will leave with a finished necklace to wear (hopefully)!

Spirit of Dakota Art Show Photos

I had a great time at the Spirit of Dakota Banquet and Art Show. Thanks to all the wonderful people who helped make it such a fantastic evening!


This is a photo of my booth at the art show. There were some extraordinarily talented artists there, and I was honored to be exhibiting with them. I didn't take any closeups of my actual pieces while at the show because the lighting wasn't the best, but I did do a photo shoot at home before I left for Huron, so I thought I'd post a few of those to give those of you who couldn't make it out to the show an idea of what I had on display :)


"Dandelion Snowflake"


"Koi Bell"


"Arctic Huntress" 

I did have a few other pieces on display, but I don't want to overwhelm a single post with pictures, so I'll save some for upcoming posts. :)