Friday, January 24, 2014

At the Rainbow's End, A Yellow Door

You may have noticed it's been a bit longer than usual since my last post.  We've been going through a time of transition in my home, and although good things are happening, it's kept me hopping!

After the New Year, we were hit with the monster snowstorm that dumped at foot of snow, followed sharply by the sub-zero temperatures of the polar vortex, and then it was back to school at Eastern Michigan University for my son, Tony.  A new semester, new classes, a new routine ... all come with challenges for a college student on the autism spectrum.  This, of course, requires a period of adjustment for Tony and for me.

We've finally settled into the new schedule, but there are other new experiences on the horizon for Tony. Tomorrow he is having a book signing at Art Is In Market at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan where he will sign copies of his children's books and introduce the new comic series that he is doing with artist Emily Zelasko based on the character Rainbow Spinkle-Slime.  

Rainbow is a feisty, adorable, very intelligent, little girl who just happens to be a paranormal investigator. With the support of her somewhat eccentric father, she will be off on many quirky adventures as she matches wits with some very interesting creatures.

The book signing takes place from 1pm - 4pm.  There will be a raffle for a full set of Tony's books and for a hand-crocheted, one-of-a-kind Viper Girl doll (made by me!).

Tony donates 15% of his profits to the Autism Collaborative Center's College Supports Program at Eastern Michigan University. Should be a fun day!  If you happen to be in the area, please stop by.

As for me, I have a new venue for displaying and selling my creations. Beginning February 1, I'll be at the Yellow Door Art Market in Berkley, Michigan.  I am so excited.  I have wanted to have my work there for some time and finally was contacted in January about some available space.  It is a wonderful place, in terms of both the quality and variety of artists and their work, and its engagement with the surrounding community. For example, in 2013, Yellow Door collected art supplies for Arts & Scrap, collected canned goods for Open Hands Food Pantry during their Holiday Open House, and earned more than $300 in gift-wrapping tips for the Heat & Warmth Fund.  They also donated artwork to 28 nonprofit organizations, including the Detroit Zoo, Gilda's Club, New Beginnings Animal Rescue, and Grace Centers of Hope.

I hope to have some Valentine's Day pieces ready for my display when I move in on February 1.  I'll be there just in time for their February "love my friends" promotion.  

I can think of a few people who will be enticed by the Cherry Republic giveaway!  My daughter, Betsy, absolutely LOVES Cherry Republic goodies (actually, who doesn't?).

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

In With The New ... New Jewelry, New Location

With the advent of the New Year, I started working on some new jewelry.  With a few exceptions, I've been working on accessories -- bags and cowls and mitts and boot cuffs --  almost exclusively over the last few months, and I've decided it's time for a return to Gossamer Tangles' roots -- jewelry.  Here are some photos of pieces I've completed since January1, 2014.  Hope you like them!

Variation on my Chain Reaction Necklace

For this version of my Chain Reaction Necklace, I increased the number of chain links between the anchoring single crochets for the swags, and I only placed one anchor per link.  There are four different strands, so each attaches every 4th metal chain link.  The swags are also a bit shorter. You can see that this results in a more tangled effect.

Ring of Rosie Posies Necklace

Building on the idea of using a metal chain as a base for crocheted jewelry (and treating it essentially as one would a crocheted foundation chain), I created this crocheted flower necklace by first making the individual crocheted flowers.  I then threaded Czech glass leaf beads onto green thread and using chain stitches crocheted a vining stem that I attached at points along the chain with a slip stitch.  I added the flowers, using loops from the back of the posie, and pulling a loop of the green thread through to catch them in the slip stitch, as I went.

American Royal, a weedy necklace


This last creation is one of my "weedy necklaces".  As I've said before, I use the term "weedy" because the multi-strand necklaces are made up of a variety of different fibers and beads, and they just remind me of the wild, tangled look of a garden gone "weedy" with wildflowers.  I call this one "American Royal" because of the rich reds and blues that are intertwined throughout.

I also have a wonderful announcement to make for the new year -- a new location, locally, where I  my Gossamer Tangles creations will be displayed for sale!  Beginning February 1, 2014, Gossamer Tangles will be at the Yellow Door Art Market in Berkley, Michigan.  I am very excited about this opportunity!  More to come about Yellow Door as the move-in date approaches.