Friday, September 24, 2010

My First Outdoor Show

Ruby Sparkle by Julia L. Hecht
Gold plated seed beads and swarovski crystal

Tomorrow I will have my first outdoor booth at an arts and crafts fair. It is a juried show for members of the Northern New Mexico Arts and Crafts Guild. I scoped out their July show. It is a great location just off The Plaza in Santa Fe, in Cathedral Park. The historic and grand Cathedral of St. Francis provides a fabulous Santa Fe backdrop. I am excited to be among this diverse group of artists. I am even more excited to be talking with a whole new group of people who will meander into my booth. I love explaining about beadwork. A lot of my work is very intricate, and it is very rewarding to see the wonder and awe that beadwork inspires. Always, people comment that they don't have the patience. As fellow beaders may relate - For me, it isn't patience - it's a joyous, meditative process and love of the beads - tiny points of color and light.

The fair is Saturday and Sunday September 25 -26th,
from 10- 5.
For a Link to the Guild and a Map click here.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

My Saul Bell Design Entry

"Night On The Town"

I entered my "Night On The Town" bracelet in the Saul Bell Design Competition today. This spike cuff is my homage to New York City, my former home. I made it entirely of beads and assembled it entirely by sewing. No glue was used. I am very happy with it. The photo credit belongs to Pat Berrett, who does all my professional shoots. He works with models often, so I am lucky to benefit from having models on hand to display my art.

I dropped my submission off at Rio Grande Jewelry Supply, which happens to be in Albuquerque where I now live. Wow, what a resource! I've never shopped there. There is no browsing, everything is warehoused. But, man, are they nice! My mom has even taken classes there when she's come out to visit me.