Wednesday, June 30, 2010

lingering butterflies

So I've been noticing butterflies have been taunting me - following me lately. My first recollection was a dreary, cool day in early Spring. It was morning and my daughter was being especially defiant. I started yelling, correction I have to admit I was screaming at her. We were late, she didn't want her hair combed, wouldn't eat her breakfast, the usual arguments. But then she said, "look Mama, a butterfly" and indeed on the screening drape there was a butterfly. I gently scooped it up and placed my cupped hands outside and opened - letting go. And in that moment, I was reminded of the importance of gentleness, independence and flight - keeping life in balance, especially through challenges. Since that morning, I have had many encounters of the flittering beings. I know it's the season, but I believe they are more than just flittering past. When they appear, they follow me, lingering about, like a friend that wants to say something  - sensing, but will not probe or condemn. Well, I'm listening - trying.
from Wiki Answers: There are many links with butterflies in mythology from all over the world, many of which, in particular Greek mythology, link butterflies to the human soul. The Ancient Greeks also considered butterflies as the souls of those who had passed away.
 The butterfly is a reminder to make changes when the opportunity arises.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

and today...

Dew Drop Bracelet with Janice Berkebile--- great silver fusing class.
Janice was a fun teacher - with a lot of one on one attention. So if you are planning on coming up this weekend, you should consider taking one of her classes, I think there is still room in a few. And if you can't be here, there is online learning at Beaducation - some classes even free! So get to it! And learn something new.
I definitely got my workout today. I'm so happy I finished these two bangle bracelets. Some of the "dew drops" were being a bit stubborn. But I fixed them - just breathe - and think... BALLS!  ;) I wire wrapped a heart bezel charm on the one, all ready for mixed media and resin when I get home.
The show floor opens in 5 minutes, but I did quite a bit of shopping yesterday at the Meet the Teachers - so I'm sure my funds will run out way before my interest will! And gosh, 3 days, I think that is all I can handle of all this fun and frolick. I'm exhausted, but energized. So grateful for the days here. Oh, time's up! Better get to the trample zone - these women are ruthless ;)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

on the bead and button show front

I've been here less than 24 hours but it has done wonders for my soul.
I jumped right in with Cristi Friesen's Steampunk Heart-o-Rama. Here are a few hearts I created - destined to be embellished a bit further and made into pins or pendants.  Her personality is very much intune with her quirky book, constantly encouraging and making us laugh. She showed so much in the little 3 hour time frame, her energy is contagious and is fuel by her "drug" of choice - CHOCOLATE.

Today was a Polymer Plates and BronzClay Bell with Louise Duhamel. I'll post pictures later - they will take all night to fire.
{ update Thursday :  will NOT have my Bronze pieces to take home, fuse blown on the kiln - not sure where it was in the cycle, or if my pieces were even in there - but either way, it possible that it might be an epic failure and turn the bronze to dust. But, I'll think positive thoughts on their safe arrival in my mailbox soon }
I love BronzClay, but it's not quite as instant gratification like PMC. One of the main reasons I take classes is to learn how others teach - Louise was very patient, methodical and orgainzed. The class was a bit much for one day, but we fit it in. I was happy to try the polymer plate process first hand, especially after my team member Kelly Fehr, recently demystified the process with her YouTube video. I look forward to practicing this technique this summer and teaching the process in the fall at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center.

And speaking of the Fine Line, if you are in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by for Raku Day this Saturday. It is my favorite event at Fine LIne. Paint a pot, watch the demos and the Emerging Artist's Show in the Gallery is breathtaking.

student work - PMC Rings

Here are a few of the creations from my PMC Ring class last Saturday. Hand model Sherri was new to PMC and did a great job jumping right in. And Marian, one of my PMC addicts created some beautiful pieces also. Thanks for a great day, ladies. See you soon.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

creative retreat

Heading up to the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee.
Going tonight!
Plenty of fun and creative time to be had.
Tonight's foolery is with Christi Friesen.
I normally don't work in polymer clay, but the steampunk style, mixing up the norm and character creating really intrigues me.
Her book is chock full of techniques - witty and light-hearted.
Check it out, it is sure to make you smile.