when i look back on all of the many pieces of jewelry that i've designed in the past 29 years, i think that the design i like most of all is my multi-faceted, layered bracelet/necklace wrap. i love that it features a stream of consciousness design technique, where i sit at the studio table and begin to incorporate random trinkets from the studio table, old and new. i love the wire wrapping, the hammering, the engraving, the crocheting, the stitching, the leather, the fabric, the gemstones and pearls. i love that the piece can be worn as a bracelet, or as a choker necklace; when worn different ways, the assorted components take on different highlights, as placement of focal pieces change.
i've taught this design several times, continue to teach it with enthusiasm and bliss. and now i'm excited to announce that for the FIRST time this year (!!), i'll be teaching this two day workshop once again, along with a one day workshop that focuses on my assorted jewelry techniques. it's been a crazy year thus far, having spent nearly four months of it down in alabama assisting my uncle and my mother with family matters, with illness, with death (my uncle; my mother is thankfully fine). i'm only just now getting back into a rhythm down in the studio, and when a call came from shop owner Kristen of Ephemera in Paducah, Kentucky, i was momentarily caught off guard with her request for me to come and teach. it seemed like such a foreign concept to me, after such a long stretch. but yes! we've finally ironed out all of the details, and are looking forward to a lovely long weekend in october (17-19). the last time i taught was on those dates out in california at the wonderful French General; so it seems fitting that i once again step out of my quiet zone and share the knowledge that i've accumulated and developed with those of you who wish to take a class. (it will be my birthday, too, a good way to celebrate!). you can click here for workshop details. spread the word! it will be a lovely time of year, in a lovely little town, a lovely part of the country, a lovely shop, a lovely couple of classes in which to learn. i hope i will see you there....xxx