Friday, September 23, 2016

2016 Aaron Douglas Art Fair, Topeka, Kansas


Join Details for the 2016 Aaron Douglas Art Fair from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday September 24, 2016.  Admission is free and there will be food vendors and children's activities.  It will be held at Aaron Douglas Park at 12th and Lane in Topeka, Kansas.

Aaron Douglas was born in Topeka, Kansas and was a leading figure in the artistic and literary movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. Douglas developed an interest in art early on, finding some of his inspiration from his mother's love for painting watercolors.

Aspects of Negro Life – From Slavery Through Reconstruction by Aaron Douglas 1934




After graduating from Topeka High School in 1917, Douglas attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. There, he pursued his passion for creating art, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1922. Around that time, he shared his interest with the students of Lincoln High School in Kansas City, Missouri. He taught there for two years, before deciding to move to New York City. At the time, New York's Harlem neighborhood had a thriving arts scene.
 

Song of the Towers by Aaron Douglas 1934



 Arriving in 1925, Douglas quickly became immersed Harlem's cultural life. He contributed illustrations to Opportunity, the National Urban League's magazine, and to The Crisis, put out by the National Association for the Advancement Colored People. Douglas created powerful images of African-American life and struggles, and won awards for the work he created for these publications, ultimately receiving a commission to illustrate an anthology of philosopher Alain LeRoy Locke's work, entitled The New Negro.
 
Douglas had a unique artistic style that fused his interests in modernism and African art. A student of German-born painter Winold Reiss, he incorporated parts of Art Deco along with elements of Egyptian wall paintings in his work. Many of his figures appeared as bold silhouettes.

Please join me and 49 other artists Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Aaron Douglas Park at 12th and Lane in Topeka Kansas.  In addition to the art for sale there will be activities for the children, performances, and as always food booths.

Here are a couple of samples of my newest creations.

We sell a lot of jewelry with peace signs on them, and have for several years.  I have created a set, necklace, bracelet and earrings that includes multicolored peace signs.  the bracelet, not shown is just a simple linked bracelet of peace signs; the earrings just the simple peace signs as well.


























This next one is my interpretation on a photo i saw of a pendant made with a locket and charm dangles.



Hope to see you at the Aaron Douglas Art Fair.

Barbara

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

2016 Kansas City Fringe Festival

Thank you to everyone who came to the 2016 Kansas City Fringe Festival. This year's festival included 24 visual artists and 108 different performing groups.  Performers  presented in the areas of theater, comedy, dance, music, film, spoken word, variety and cabaret over 11 days in 23 venues from downtown KC to the Plaza. 

I had so much fun and doubled my sales from last year.  Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some of the pieces I made while at the festival sold, so I don't have photos of all of them.
My Fringe Prize submission.  Admit One ticket decoupaged onto copper with glass, pearl and Kynite beaded necklace.

This one i just finished last night.  I made this for a friend for her birthday.
1/2" x 1" tablet earrings.
Copper Calcite with copper and Rainbow Moonstone accents.
Copper Calcite with copper and Rainbow Moonstone earrings.
1" by 2" copper tablet antiqued. 
These next two pieces were my Fringe Prize submission.  I thought the tickets worked well with the theater theme.  Alas, i didn't win, but got a lot of comments on it.


My Fringe Prize submission.  Admit One ticket decoupaged onto copper with glass, pearl and Kynite beaded necklace. 
My Fringe Prize submission.  Admit One ticket decoupaged onto copper pearl accents.
Our next show is the Lenexa Spinach Festival on September 10, 2016.  Hope to see you there.

Barbara

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Kansas City Royals

As I was shopping at my local bead store, The Bead Shop, in Overland Park, I noticed this blue flat leather in KC Royal's Blue.  I immediately had an idea for a bracelet with a magnetic clasp.  As I shopped in the store a bit more, I found a new magnetic clasp that was perfect for the baseball themed Kansas City Royals.  I was so excited to make the bracelet, that I couldn't wait to get home and make it. 

As it turned out, I have gotten lots of positive feedback on the design, so have made a few more, I've been told they will sell quickly.

So here they are.  Check out the baseball shaped magnetic clasp.  It separates at the seams of the baseball.  Perfect, don't you think.
I purposely chose letters with different fonts for this one.  I like that they are mismatched.
Royals bracelet with larger matching KC letters. 
These are just two of the ones I have and I can make more.  Because of the cost of the leather and the clasp, these are $30.00 US Dollars each.  

I also found some round leather in royal blue and made this fun ring.  It's about a size 8 to 8 1/2.

It's asymmetrical, which I'm all over and it's just something fun with some bling. 

You can take it apart as the leather is looped around the metal ring form.  It just screamed out for royal blue leather.  This runs $12.00 US Dollars.


So this is my homage to the World Champion Kansas City Royals.  Hope they do it again this year. 

~Barbara

Monday, April 25, 2016

Trends in my jewelry

I really like learning new jewelry techniques, whether I teach myself or got to a class.  I taught myself to etch copper, which is really, really fun and I'm still exploring new designs.  These sell quite will and are very unique. 

This is the first piece of jewelry I made from etched metal.  It sold very quickly
I liked the rainbow paint on the etched metal and decided to continue the rainbow on the rest of the bracelet.
I've used this "Art" stamp on several pieces.  They are very popular.
This piece was an experiment utilizing a pattern from a jewelry magazine.  The pattern was for a pin, but o converted it to a necklace.  This design technique I call "Chaos" because it has random bends in the wire to make the base.
Original Blue/Green Chaos.




My first copper Chaos necklace.

Chaos and the Kitchen Sink.  Designed for a contest, although it didn't win.
I call this Wildcat Chaos.  The purple represents the college I went to and the feathers represent our cross state rivals. 
I started using leather and am making some basic leather bracelets.  Those have been popular as well. 
Red Chinese crystal double wrap LuLu bracelet.

A four wrap bracelet with clear round AB coated beads on dark purple leather.

I'm setting out to make more chaos necklaces, maybe some earrings and I have some etched pieces ready to make into bracelets and necklaces. Look for my new pieces both here and on Facebook on my personal page and at Details Jewelry.

Barbara


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Wedding Jewelry

I'm working on some jewelry for a wedding for a friend of mine.  Her colors are blue, white, silver and burnt orange.  Yes the burnt orange stumped me for a bit, too.  But I persevered.  with her budget in mind we settled on bracelets.  She also thought this would be best given the dresses they would be wearing

 We settled on a three strand design with cones at each end to gather the strands, that I have used before and really like the results.  Since I don't have the wrist measurements, I added a bit of chain to one end to allow for bigger and smaller wrists.   I've made a few of these in other colors, some of which are shown here.
Black and White 3-Strand from  a pre-mixed bag of beads.

White and clear 3-strand bracelet, made for  the Lenexa Bridal Show in February 2016.
A purple 3-strand made from a pre-packaged bead mix.


3-strand bracelet made with a bead mix.



Once I started working on the bracelet, I started enjoying the challenge of using, what for me is an unusual color combination.  i use several shades of blue beads and several different different white and clear beads.  The orange ones are small but pack a big punch.  I finished one, showed it to the Bride and she loved it.  I then finished all three pretty quickly.  Wasn't sure i had enough beads, but somehow I made them stretch far enough for 4 bracelets.

The first of the four bracelets.

Another view of the wedding bracelet.
 I'm really happy how they turned out.  The wedding is this weekend in Las Vegas, so I wish them all the best.  The will be surrounded by family and friends for the big event.  This is my first custom jewelery for a wedding, so I'm hoping the bridesmaids like them.

Best wishes,

Barbara 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Many new items

I have more new jewelry to show you.  This first piece I really, really like.  I'm kind-of into red right now, maybe because of Valentines Day, I don't really know.  It's a double wrap bracelet with red leather and dark opaque red Chinese crystals.  The findings are Tierra Cast.

Double wrap bracelet with red leather with red Chinese crystals


This next piece is also a wrap bracelet, but it wraps 4 times around the wrist.  It's dark purple leather with clear round Czech glass beads that have an iridescent coating.  These types of bracelets take a lot of time to make because you are stitching the beads on the leather.  But they are fun to make. 

Dark purple leather with clear round Czech glass beads with an AB coating
I have a couple of new Long and Lean (so named because they are 6 feet long and use lots of seed beads) necklaces.  Thanks to my sister for teaching me this technique.  These are fun to wear because you can wear it many different ways, including as a multi-wrap bracelet.  I usually have themes for the ones I make, the first one is purple and white.

Purple and white Long and Lean Necklace











Having stated that I have themes for these types of necklaces, the next one doesn't really have a theme.  i just like the colors and it can be worn with a lot of different colors.  
Long and Lean with coppery seed beads with multi-colored accent beads
I'm hoping for a good show on Sunday at the Lenexa Bridal Show. 

Stay tuned for more new jewlery.

Barbara




Saturday, February 20, 2016

Lenexa Bridal Show

On Sunday February 28, 2016 I'll be at the Lenexa Bridal Show at the Thompson BarnWe assume we will receive a lot custom orders, but I'm making some fun pieces appropriate for Mother's of the Bride or Groom or other events related to the wedding.  For this event, you must pre-register and pay an entrance fee.


Turquoise Pearl and necklace and earring set

I just finished this piece.  It's sparkly and a great color.  I hope someone will like it and buy it.


Necklace of pearl and crystal on sterling silver wire links
Here is a closeup of the necklace, it's made up of cultured freshwater pearls and crystals strung on sterling silver wire links.  I really love the color, it's one of my favorites.

This set could also be appropriate for prom or other fancy event.
 
Pearl and Crystal earrings on sterling hooks

 The earrings are the same beads on sterling hooks.  

I'm really happy with the set, and have a few other pieces that I haven't photographed yet. 

I'm also thinking of more casual jewelry maybe more appropriate for a casual or beach wedding.  We'll see what I get done.


It's supposed to be a heavily attended event, so we are hopeful for a good crowd.  I'm thinking of a beaded purse, or other beaded accessory, but don't have much time to get it started.

Hope to see you soon.

Barbara




Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Purple Heart

Actually, it's more of magenta or hot pink with copper undertones.  When I bought these heart beads,  I really didn't know what I was going to do with them, I just really liked them.  I started and stopped on a couple of designs, then I rummaged around in my other beads and finally came up with this design.

I really, really like it.  The heart beads are about an inch across and are backed in copper and coated with an iridescent coating.  I found the pearls on sale several moths ago at Fire Mountain Gems.  I think they coordinate beautifully.


Yes I know it's kind-of purple, and I know I make too much jewelry in purple, but I just can't help myself.

I keep thinking about what I have to wear with it, just to test it out.  It needs something dressy and it will really make a statement.  

Look for more heart related jewelry. I'm really looking forward to Cupid's Gems this year. 

Barbara

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hearts - Inspired by my imagination!!

I was shopping in Hobby Lobby last Saturday with the sole intention to find heart shaped beads for the Cupid's Gems show in February (see the previous post for the date, time and location).  I found a bunch of heart shaped beads and findings.  But a set of black and white glass lampwork beads immediately set my imagination into overdrive. I couldn't wait to get home and get to work.  The lampwork beads were very well made, great detail and excellent quality.   I was so excited that they looked exactly like I wanted them to look.  Yeah!!!!!

 Here is a full view of the necklace.  This is exactly what in envisioned.

 This is a close up of the pendant and the "fringe".


























The earrings are simple and fun.  The earring posts, as well as the chain, clasp and wire in the necklace are sterling silver. 

I haven't priced the pieces yet, but check in on the Details Jewelry Facebook page over the weekend to see if I have posted these photos.  I try to include the cost of the pieces in case anyone is interested.

I have lots of other heart beads to work with, so I'll be busy until February 6.  Please come visit us at Cupid's Gems in Lenexa.  It's always a fun show.

Barbara


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year.  I hope 2016 is healthy, happy and prosperous for you and yours. 

I realize I haven't posted anything recently.  Just enjoying some down time before our first show of the year. 

There was a Gem and Mineral show in my area this fall and I took a friend who had never been.  Donna is a very creative energetic person and was so stimulated at the show, she was giddy.  She was so inspired that she is now making jewelry for her family for Christmas.  She started with her sisters and sister-in-law and will soon be moving on to her nieces. Her pieces are very creative and beautiful. 

It looks like there will be lots of hearts and flowers for Details Jewelry in February.  We will again be at Cupid's Gems show on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 10:00 to 5:00 pm at the Thompson Barn, 11184 Lackman Road, Lenexa, Kansas.  We end the month in the same location.  We have also been accepted to the Lenexa Bridal Fair on Sunday February 28, 2016. The Bridal Show will be our first foray into this type of venue.  We are looking forward to it.   We hope to see you at one of these shows.

I look forward to a profitable 2016.