Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE

I'm super excited! My Dipnet wall pockets were chosen to be in the All Alaska Juried XXXV show at the Anchorage museum. https://www.anchoragemuseum.org/exhibits/all-alaska-juried-xxxv/
They picked only 40 pieces (out of 600) to be exhibited, so it's a wonderful feeling. Also I was given one out of five $500.00 merit awards.  It's really great to be acknowledged for something that I worked long and hard on.
When I was in Juneau my brother dug out this old piece of beadwork that I had made him many, many years ago. It's funny to see my early attempts, but also nice to know that long hours at the bead table and lots and lots of practice can really pay off!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

9/9

I'm sharing a sneak peek of the order I'm working on right now. Here's your bag in progress, Mag. Hope it's what you had in mind!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

WHAT A TRIP

Sitting down this morning rehashing the trip in my mind. Leading up to the show was a little nerve wracking, but it turned out that the radio interviews were kind of fun and having Annie to do it with was the best! The opening was packed and Annie and I both sold some stuff right off the bat so the terror of the skunk was off. I was able to see many old friends and gab late into the night with my family until I literally lost my voice. The road trip home was a ferry ride out of Juneau to Haines and then a 1000 mile road trip thru Canada and some of the loneliest stretches of road in Alaska you ever want to see. No one out there but me blasting the Dixie Chicks with my moon roof open, dodging ground squirrels and ravens eating dead ground squirrels. Gives you a good feeling to know that mankind's foot print isn't everywhere. When I was in Haines Junction I saw this little church that said Our Lady of ON THE WAY. When I looked back at the pictures it was Our Lady of the way but I guess I saw what I wanted to see...
first sale!
annie and her work


Klukwan

entering canada

destruction bag

the pass

Sunday, July 6, 2014

TIME IS SHORT

LESS THAN A MONTH AND I'LL BE IN JUNEAU! Annie Dennis and I will be getting together to  wow them with our work  at:http://www.anniekaills.com/events/index.htm
The first friday opening is August 1st.  It's right downtown Juneau. ( 244 front street)
 I understand they serve wine at these openings, that always helps with the show opening jitters. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

SOLSTICE

It's a rainy sunday day so I thought I would catch up with some picture taking of things in the gallery. The first day of summer was fun and eventful around here, we had a birthday party for my friend Angela and some great customers who come by every year came in and we had a chance to catch up. I remember when I decided to open the gallery, I thought because I was always sitting here sewing it would be nice to have some people to talk to and the truth is, it is. So thank you to everyone who stops in with their visiting summer relatives year after year. I appreciate it.
So, here are some pictures of the finished projects, the Eagle Bag with all of the colorful flowers added and the salmon skin and butterfly cuffs.

Monday, May 26, 2014

MEMORIAL DAY

My current project on the bead table. The flags and eagle were not planned to coincide with Memorial Day but it feels appropriate. Working on this piece made me realize that I enjoy the freedom the black velvet gives you with the flowers. You just rough the design out with a white Pentel gel marker and then just play with the colors and design as you go. When I first started being interested in beadwork, those many moons ago, I really loved the contrast of the bright colors on the black velvet. Can't wait to get started on the vines, gray blue or clear, which do you like?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

HAPPY TO BE DONE!


I finished the bag today. It's been a long haul and especially hard to stay put at the bead table when the weather has been so gorgeous. After coming off a long alaskan winter, (even an easy one like this year) you feel the need to be outside gobbling up the warm breezes and watching green thing grow. So I was very happy to tie the last knot and put this in the mail. It's going to Milan Italy, which is cool and also makes me happy. Time to give the wrist a rest and start planting and weeding. I love this time of year!