I have been a professional crafter for a very long time. As the title of this post would indicate, throughout my crafting career, all of my pieces seem to have a common attitude or style, whether I am painting, sewing, gluing, or making jewelry. This year, I have had the honor of participating in a very special class, which we call the “BALC”
As part of our “homework” for the BALC, we were tasked with describing our style. For me, that was the easy part. Let me show you some examples of the jewelry I have made since I first became interested in expanding my creative exploits.
As you can see, I love layers (assemblage) of old and new materials and often choose things that are nostalgic to me-they seem to resonate with my customers, too. It is always a privilege when customers return year after year to see what is new in my booth at craft shows-it is SO GOOD to see friends shopping together and when they are pointing and laughing at my creations, I joke with them that they are having WAY too much fun. Something about what I do connects with something that they are seeing and it is reflected in their gaiety.
Among our other tasks, my classmates and I were asked to choose a theme. I am by no means a cowgirl; however since Cody, Wyoming relies on retention of a wild west image which attracts tourists from all over the world, I chose “Cowgirl Chic” as my theme. I have ordered boots and hats and pistols and saddles (plated brass since the real ones are awfully heavy to hang from your ears) plus a few surprises to be thrown into the mix. It is time for me to…
You can expect to see lots of western stampings, chic colors and vintage additions to my new line of jewelry. I invite you along on my journey and it is my dearest wish that you too may feel connected and well entertained.
Below is a clickable link list of my BALC 2016 classmates’ blogs. Please join me in visiting each of them, leaving a comment or two along the way and enjoy the adventure with us.