I am in the process of designing and creating samples for my upcoming shows. I realized last week that I had 4 groups, but none of them really featured BLUE. I gave myself a few days to come up with a palette that balanced with the other color palettes that I had already done, and I came up with Lapis/Blue.  It is rich and saturated with a nod to Ancient Egyptian jewelry and faience. I’m working with purple-y blues and lobelia, turquoises, navy, lavender, and shades of metallic gold. This is the first piece I have made and now I want to keep making more and more with this palette. It’s calming and deep and mysterious- and looks good on lots of people.

This little painting by Hiroshi Matsumoto is my color inspiration.

I am about three weeks away from my East Coast Tour of Wholesale and Retail shows- ACRE Philadelphia (to the trade only) and ACC Baltimore (to the trade and to the public.) Here is my “Synapse” necklace- with 4 strands of beaded beads, beaded saucers, aventurine, pyrite, prehnite and recycled glass. It hangs at about 29″ at the longest point. This piece joins other pieces in a merchandising group called “Celadon Red.”

I’m working on creating a body of work for my wholesale accounts- galleries, museum stores, boutiques. I enjoy making “groups” of colors and themes and then I create work that falls into these categories. This way each group is a “story” which is easy for a buyer to understand (necklaces, cuffs, and earrings all in the same palette to mix and match.)  Here is a new necklace- Element 5- with a polka-dot herringbone cord and 5 beaded beads, 29″ in length.

I hope to be posting lots of new work here, as well as in my shop in the next few weeks. In less than 4 weeks, I will be attending the ACRE (American Craft Retailers Exhibition) in Philadelphia, as well as ACC(American Craft Council) wholesale and retail shows in Baltimore.

Layers of my drawings, watercolors, wrapping paper, Japanese papers and vellum on wood panel – 15″ high by 10.5″ wide.