Monday, January 25, 2016

In the studio

This incredible thing happened a few weeks ago. I moved into a studio. Another artist was in need of a studio mate and I jumped at the chance.
 These fibers were from my first batch of washing and dying in this amazingly equipped space. I feel like I have won the lottery, it is pretty much a dream setup. FOUR utility sinks, loads of heat sources for dying, a washer so I can spin water out.. man, it's great.

I also am starting to carve out time to get back to some work that I have had in my head for a while. I finished cabbing the Montana Moss Agate in the center above just before the Fall term was up. I know I am pairing it with this piece of fossilized coral I bought at a rock shop up in Beulah, MI several years ago and a tip of an Icelandic sheep horn.... just don't know how yet. You can watch progress on my rock and non-fiber jewelry adventures on Instagram under the name thecuriousatelier. I wanted to separate this body of work as I started getting back to my jewelry and rockhound roots but there will of course be overlap, hence the sheep horn.

Tonight I was in the studio later than ever but sometimes that is just the way life goes. I had wanted to get in on Sunday but unfortunately blew out a tire on my way back from visiting friends Saturday night. Being stuck on the side of a major highway till 2:30 in the morning waiting for road side service kinda puts a damper on productivity the next day. I did manage to get everything above and then some scoured and dyed. There will be loads of batts for Wine & Wool Festival this weekend at Sandhill Crane Vineyard! For more information check their facebook event here.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

I have updated my Press, Show Schedule, and Lecture/Teaching Schedule tabs above for the new year. I had already started this a few months back as I'd like to have a better landing page for all things Bricolage Studios. Ideally it will all be on my SHOP page because I would prefer to narrow my focus on just a few platforms (my Big Cartel and my Instagram account) instead of stretching myself thin using ones I don't enjoy as much.

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This brings about that whole reflection thing. It is the start of a new year and I feel like if I can just get things off on the right foot, it will be a fulfilling, bustling, exciting year full of growth and patience. Patience with myself, with change, and with my business, and whatever else life throws at me.

I want to bake more, sew more, knit more, and spin more (to knit!)

I want to take my kids to fun places instead of sitting at home because I dread getting everything loaded and unloaded and loaded again from the car. It really isn't that big of a deal... just an obstacle I make up in my head.

I want to feel good about me and enjoy the times when my whole family manages to be in the house at once. It is rare these days.

I want to not get in the way of myself. Anywhere. Period.

I have never taken much stock in resolutions, but I know what makes me happy and what prevents me from being that way and that I can make those changes. The start of the new year is as good of a time as any to make those changes. Cheers!





Thursday, November 20, 2014

inspiration

It can come from a lot of places.



This is my mood board. It changes subtly every so often and is a carefully curated mixture of beautiful postcards of people's work I am drawn to, pictures of my own work, biz and postcards of friend's work who I find particular great, trinkets, things Adele made me when she was little, comics, Gareth's tag from his little hospital bed proudly stating, "I'm a boy!" and photos.

Do you have a mood board? I find it really centering to stare at mine for a bit. It shows all stages of my work either through symbolism or completely literally in the case of the photos and pieces of my work I pin here and there. Sometimes I turn from my bench and pin a piece up there to view it differently.

It is so tidy in these photos. I have since added, subtracted, and gotten a little sloppy with overlapping additions. 



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

 Etsy shop has been updated with lots of goodies and will continue to be as the holidays approach!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Big October Update

 A big update went in the shop last night! bricolagestudios.bigcartel.com/products

There are also custom and ready to ship Cosmic Poppy Necklaces and matching cuff bracelets!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Autumn = Awesome

Autumn also = BUSY!

I have classes, workshops, shows, and soccer games (I can't wait to see my niece play!) scheduled for basically every moment of every weekend for the next several weeks. I am going to try to keep everyone posted here in the coming weeks as to what I will be up to but you can also check my facebook page for the most up to date information.

This weekend?

Get yourself to Yellow Door Art Market. It is their annual birthday celebration so all of those delightful handmade goodies made exclusively by Michigan artists (including mine!) will be 15% off!





Can't make it to Yellow Door? Starting tomorrow, October 2, 2104, I will be adding several necklaces and cuffs from my Cosmic Poppy line to both of my shops. I have been trying to move away from etsy in the last year to Big Cartel because of various changes etsy has made that I do not agree with so as a compromise rather than doing it entirely all at once, I will only be offering made to order listings there. More about that later but in the mean time, here is a sneak peek at a matching pair and of the colors available. 

aaaaaand some of these goodies are still available from my update the other day in the Big Cartel shop.