No Sushi at the Company Picnic


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Originally posted on Playing with Wild Plant Friends:

Hit snooze on the coyote alarm at 4am, still halfway in a dream where I didn’t get any sushi at the company picnic because I was busy cooking corn for everyone (and funny that one of the things I plan to do today is cook lots of corn). I listened to the joyous wild song and then rolled over and went back to bed. When I wandered into the chaparral a while later with my coffee I saw why the tarantula crossed the road; tarantula hawks the size of hummingbirds are everywhere with their iridescent blue/black wings. One walked along the sand and when she got to my foot she flew away. I think of all the things I have learned and done this month, dying wool with tea (Thelesperma megapotamicum), helping make Yucca baskets, making a cradleboard from desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) and Gooding’s willow (Salix gooddingii). Returning from…

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Botanical Mixed Metal Pendant


I just finished this and shipped it off to one of my galleries. The botanical portion is made from BronzClay (Metal Adventures brand), and then riveted to sawn nickel silver and copper which has been textured.

The botanical image was made by carving into a soft block material. This is yet another way to use one’s own images to make jewelry.

One of my followers (wow, doesn’t that sound awesome?!) suggested I do a post on two-part silicone mold making. I will write that as soon as I can, as well as posting about the carving method used above.



Leather Bracelets

Mostly botanical designs, some bronze and one sterling silver tree. I just finished these and they are ready to be shipped off to a gallery! I’m not really into bracelets myself, partially because I have very skinny wrists and also because they tend to present a hazard when working with equipment. I did, however, make one of these for myself with leather from a discarded briefcase in the trash and a face plate with larkspur stems. I love the larkspurs because they attract sphinx moths and tiger swallowtails to our garden.

Commercially mass-produced jewelry is ubiquitous…



Originally posted on Barbara Briggs Designs:

It can be found everywhere from high-end jewelry stores to shopping malls and discount stores. It is obviously popular and preferred by many, but I find it soul-less. It’s just a lot of shiny bling made by machines. I feel it lacks spirit and substance, whereas art jewelry created by hand is imbued with the imagination and passion of the artist making it. Usually one-of-a-kind or produced in limited edition, art jewelry just feels special!

Worn long or wrapped lariat style, I’ve been wearing my latest art jewelry piece constantly since I made it last week in Susan Lenart Kazmer’s class at Bead&Button. I have titled it “Good Juju”. Juju refers specifically to objects, such as amulets, and spells used superstitiously as part of witchcraft in West Africa. The caged element in this necklace holds an Azurite crystal believed to have healing powers and metaphysical properties. A bone bead from West…

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The art of graduation


Graduation and Making Art…good advice!

Originally posted on Global Art Junkie:


Our family has been happily preoccupied for the last month with a college graduation, and the travel it involved.  I’ve been reflecting on the fun – and the sanctity – of graduation, which brought to mind best-selling author Neil Gaiman’s viral commencement address at the University of the Arts . He told graduates to “go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules.” Most of all, he told them, “make good art.”  I’m for that. (Above: Sonia Villiers, Cambridge Graduation Day)

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