Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Jamaica Plain hosts an event put on by the organization JP Centre/South Main Streets every first Thursday of every month from May to September in which local businesses, local artists, and musicians open up to the community and neighborhood. It's a beautiful neighborhood and a ton of people are out and about enjoying themselves.
This will be Boston Handmade's fifth year participating in the Artisan Fair for First Thursdays. Come see us this Thursday, Sept 1, at 633 Centre Street, next to the Jamaica Plain post office, from 6-8pm.
Exhibiting Boston Handmade members will be:
Sharon of Stray Notions
Leah of cricicis design
Karen of City by the Sea Ceramics
Kerrie of Cody's Creations
An Li of An Li Studio
And Jessica Burko of Boston Handmade will be selling our freshly designed and printed Boston Handmade T-shirts at the show as well.
It will be a lovely mix of jewelry & accessories, apparel, ceramics, embroidery and paper goods. Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I spent the night working on a baby wrap-around jacket for our daughter who is due in November, and I was tragically stuck on one part of the pattern. Diane guided me through it and now all I have to do is sew up the seams, add a ribbon tie, and it will be finished! I'll post pix of this finished product and other tiny items I'm making for our daughter-to-be when they are all camera ready.
In addition to being an expert knitter and a knitting teacher, Diane dyes yarn with natural dyes, and spins her own yarn too. I love this photo of Diane's latest batch of natural dyed yarns and can't wait to see them in person at upcoming shows.
Thanks for a great knitting night everyone!
Monday, August 29, 2011
1. Dream 5x7 Photo Print - France , by Kerry Hawkins Photography
2. 18K and silver bimetal Kufu Pendant , by Cristina Hurley Jewelry Design
3. Felted Black Eyed Susans , by Cozy Cottage Creations
4. An Ancient Teardrop hammered steampunk pendant , by Purpleshiny designs
5. Golden Yellow Harvest Heart Hand , by Merriweather Council
6. Fields of Gold Chiyogami Pocket Mirror ,by MaJenta Designs
7. Adelaide Tiara , by Parrish Relics
8. Gravity - 8x10 Fine Art Print , by Fraske Designs
9. Felted wool sunflower brooch , by Stray Notions
10. Nightingale square bookplates , by cricicis design
11. Porcelain Sake Set for 3 , by City by the Sea Ceramics
12. Goldie the Owl Organic T Shirt by An Li Studio
Sunday, August 28, 2011
One of my favorite things about summer is farmer's markets. I love buying fresh vegetables and photographing them. We are lucky to have a wonderful farmer's market in Dedham, which I look forward to going to every week. My husband will also stop by markets in Boston to bring home some veggies or bread and sometimes both. I love the bright colors of the market. I also, like that I am supporting local farmers. It is a good feeling.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
We have already also enjoyed visiting Plum Island's Joppa Flats earlier this year-
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Uforge is a gallery in Jamaica Plain organized around a unique concept: every month they issue thematic assignments and exhibit the works of any artists who respond to the call. For September, Uforge asked for two dimensional artwork or works of wearable couture inspired by the aesthetic of Coco Chanel and the Harajuku district of Japan—famous for its eclectic mix of counter cultural fashion. It seemed like an assignment created especially for me, so of course I entered. Here is the hat I created specially for the exhibit:
Made with a hand blocked mini pillbox base, covered in brown satin, and decorated with curled pheasant flowers and a cream millinery rose, this fascinator hat combines the elegance of Chanel with the spunk of Harajuku. It will be on display and for sale at Uforge Gallery throughout the month of September.
Where: Uforge Gallery 767 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
When: Show runs September 1-30. Public reception September 10 6-8PM
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Since 2007 Boston Handmade has been connecting local artists and craftspeople, bringing together arts professionals in all stages of their careers, encouraging dialogue, and harnessing the power of many to strengthen the success of each creative individual.
As a group, the membership of Boston Handmade is dedicated to working collaboratively for mutual inspirational and professional benefit, regularly producing exhibition and educational opportunities for one another and the Boston arts community. As individuals, our members are committed to succeeding as working artists, creating their original work by hand in small studio environments.
If you are interested in applying to become a member of Boston Handmade please read our full membership information on our website, and submit an application online.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 30, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
1. eames rocker bookplates , by cricicis design
2. White Organza Flower bobby pins , by Elephunk's Trunk
3. White mug , by City by the Sea Ceramics
4. Flute 5x7 Photo Print , by Lucie Wicker Photography
5. Historic Chapin House Pillow Cream Silkscreened, by Not Without Merit
6. Wash Arizona 11x14 Matted Photograph by Kerry Hawkins Photography
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I have always wanted to go visit Amy's store and boy did I have a blast! Tons of fiber every where, spinning wheels, drop spindles and more fiber galore. Unfortunately I was so excited about what was in the store that I did not really take a picture of the goodies inside but I did make a purchase. This yarn shop is definitely a place for all those who love to spin yarn and weave. Here's a couple of pictures from my trip in Maine.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
The first 6 session class begins Tuesday September 20. If you know a child who might be interested you can see the full description and register online here or contact me for more information.
Friday, August 19, 2011
The Red Nun Music Festival benefits the Pals for Life Foundation is a response mechanism dedicated to providing emergency funds to families and/or individuals in need of immediate assistance.
Labor Day weekend is a popular time on Cape Cod, so if you are in the Chatham area on September 3, I encourage you go get out to this event to hear some great music and support a great cause!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
I recently took a trip to Washington DC. The nation's capital definitely is beaming with art, from museums housing portraits and American history icons, to even the architecture of their monuments. However, I enjoyed finding artwork in unexpected locations...like the Air and Space Museum.
My favorite unexpected finding, was this stained glass piece that displays the electromagnetic spectrum in the earth's atmosphere
The different colors symbolize different light rays, as well as how deeply the rays from space penetrate the earth. Below is the placard that explains further about each of the different color.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Stay tuned for other projects from The Dedham Open Studios. This project is also featured on the Dedham Rocks blog.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
The recent wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton has been credited with the rise in popularity of fascinators in the United States. While I cannot deny that the elaborate head wear of the royal wedding guests provided much eye candy for the stylistically inclined, fascinators have in fact been gaining in popularity for several years. But what exactly defines these head pieces?
Wikipedia defines fascinators as “delicate, frivolous, head decoration....[that] attach to the head by comb, headband, or clip.” Milliners are somewhat divided about exactly what makes a fascinator. A search on Etsy will reveal everything from simple flowers on hair clips to elaborate constructions of buckram, wire, and feathers. Some milliners contend that only the later should qualify, holding fascintors to the standards of the dress code for the Royal Ascot horse races. Others cast a wider net, more akin to the Wikipedia definition, that encompasses anything that must be fastened to the head. Personally, I fall somewhat in the middle, separating out my simpler hair combs from my fancier fascinators.