Well I've done it. I've leaped, and with both feet landed squarely on the open studio bandwagon. And although right now I feel like my arms are madly pin-wheeling to help me get my bearings, it's a pleasant sort of off-balance sensation, and is turning out to be highly motivating to my level of productivity. And on May 5 & 6 I will be ready to fling wide my door and show off my new products!
Pictured above is an example of my newest excitement: photo-etching! I have so many pictures of birds and trees and mushrooms and plants, and now I have a way of integrating them into my jewellery. I will be launching this new line at the open studio event, and have so many ideas for possible designs in the future, so stay tuned!
I also have new jewellery incorporating Crystalline Cabochons by Alexis Templeton! These recent pieces she's given me to work with are stunning, and they've taken me in new design directions. At left is an appetizer to tide you over. I roller printed a series of mountain outlines onto the sterling silver background, and cut the top of the pendant to have a mountain profile. On the left side I textured a piece of square wire and riveted it in place.
This open studio event is organized by the Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador. There are several studios participating, most are open Saturday and Sunday May 5 & 6, 10am-5pm.
Visit each location, get your passport stamped (available at each location), for a chance to win a basket of loot comprised of work from each studio! For full details check out http://www.craftcouncil.nl.ca/news/may-day-craft-weekend/
Clay Studio at Devon House 59 Duckworth St.
Alexis Templeton Studio 75 Quidi Vidi Rd.
Running the Goat Books and Broadsides 8 Mullock St.
Susan Lee Studios 116 Bond St.
Anna Templeton Centre/Craft Council Seconds Sale Fundraiser 278 Duckworth St.
Newfoundland Chocolate Company 166 Duckworth St.
CharlotteStreet 181 Water St. (special event location: window of Johnny Ruth/Living Planet)
Sin City Crafters Handmade Market 272 Water St. (special event location: third floor of Rocket Bakery)