GET NOTIFIED for in-person jewelry making classes for Fall 2023
Learn more about the various levels of workshops. Here’s a list:
– Beginner’s beading and chainmaille
– Beginner’s Bead Weaving
– Beginner’s Wire Wrapping
– Intermediate Wired Wrapped Pendant
– Intermediate Pearl Knotting
– Intermediate Bead Weave Necklace
– Intermediate Bead Weave Pendant
Advanced workshops are also available on a private or semi-private basis. Please ask me!
For more information, add your name to this spam-free email notification list. I will email you the picture along with registration and workshop dates.
Trudy Maresch of Art In Jewelry welcomed Ward 4 Councilor Raika Sheppard and her team to Boynton House on October 15, 2022. Mayor David West, Ward 3 Councilor Castro Liu, and Ward 5 Candidate Anders Lindfors-Wheeler also supported the artists. Over 2400 patrons visited the exhibit from Oct to Dec 2022.
The Richmond Hill Art Walk was such a wonderful success, to thank those who visited my booth, I have now reduced many items for sale.
This year on Saturday, September 18, 2021, artists of the Richmond Hill Studio Tour invite you to join them for this outdoor event:
The Richmond Hill Village Art Walk
I will have my jewelry on sale and exhibit at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. There is public parking in behind the RHCPA, address is:
The Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts
10268 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON
All RH Village Art Walk venues will strictly adhere to current COVID safety protocols as issued by the government so you can feel and shop safely at this outdoor event!
Over a year later and there’s no end of sight for COVID19 and it’s variants!
Unfortunately, the activities needed to fuel the success of any art fair or show (teeming crowds, new connections between customer and vendor, in-person appearances, a place to survey the art landscape under one roof) are all at the heart of the spread of this virus and its deadly variants. In most cases, art shows and fairs are either cancelled or worse — hosted online.
The cost of participating in one of these online art shows can be low but you may as well through your money out the door. It’s a completely different type of event requiring much more time and planning. Promoters feel they can simply post event announcements on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and expect buyers find your product on that website where you are crowded with so many other vendors who are also expecting results. And what about those ‘events’ where all you get is a link to your website! How ridiculous is that? No one will waste their time to click yet another link to visit yet another website they know nothing about, because promoters did little or nothing to get your product in front of their supposed visitors. They don’t have enough time to do a proper job. You do know if they were doing that job successfully, they wouldn’t be an online show promoter.
Online art sales also require massive amounts of SEO & SEM (like ad words, organic links, yada yada) and again, all of that requires so much more lead time to acquire and work up. You could have done that better yourself – and so you should have (I’m talking to myself here). Being sold a spot in a mash-up, online venue makes it that much more difficult to convert a single visit, let alone make a profit! What’s worse -> far too many online Artisan events aren’t even juried. Much like any brick & mortar, you need window dressing to get shoppers interested. That can’t be achieved with the unknown, untested waters of unproven artists who’s entry is based on digital images which may or may not even be there own creations. So many promoters don’t deliver on their promise to promote you. 99.9% of them will take your money and expect you to promote yourself!
Where is the legitimacy or integrity of the artistic event? Vendors & visitors alike go unattended. No one follows anything up, because it’s a limited time venue (in most cases). Unless the visitor takes the initiative. And they don’t if they feel your website does not provide secure transactions. Again this indicates that promoters have not done their job! You may as well sell your stuff on Amazon. These time limited online craft shows and art fairs just don’t work. If I can’t host my goods on your site for at least 6 months, don’t waste my time and don’t waste my money! In other words, “ The juice aint worth the squeeze! “
I will wait for the time when we can all come together in a safe and relaxing ‘artistic’ environment, where I can greet customers in person, talk with them, help them try something on, or customize a piece for them at my table on the spot.
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” ― Martha Graham
I believe creating jewelry to be a reflection of spirit, a craving of curiosity and a never ending need to a learn a new skill or conceive a new design idea. It is also emotional for me as I work to finish something that is the epitome of femininity, all the while envisioning the person who will buy and wear my design as they embrace it as their own.
With March 2020 and the changes brought on by COVID19, my ability to participate in art shows has diminished. A virtual show just doesn’t cut it. So, for now, and while we wait for social and economic improvements, new pieces are taking longer to complete and that’s okay. However, I am still taking in repairs.
Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed Martha Graham’s quote above!
It’s February 27th 2020 and I’m in the midst of working on a few projects, volunteering on a few committees, and helping with some exciting new events coming to Richmond Hill for 2020.
Here is shot from last year’s Culture Days for the Studio Tour promotion held at the Richmond Hill Public Library. We had lots of people come to see the art and find out more about the tour and how they can take it. We all had fun creating beaded bookmarks, keychains and lanyards together! I really enjoyed having the tiniest of fans hover around my table.
I’m hoping to be accepted into this year’s Art & Studio Tour as well as a couple of shows in Toronto, including a Mother’s day event.
Stay tuned for more beaded creations and event announcements.
2019 is almost at an end! It’s crazy how fast each year seems to go by – each year disappearing faster than the one before! I’m looking forward to what’s in store for 2020 but before I say goodbye to 2019, I’m taking these with me:
1) Be kind to everyone, but be kind to myself as well. 2) Everyone is on the journey of their life. No one gets to skip it. 3) Celebrate the smallest win, learn from losses, and keep going forward. 5) Be thankful and accepting of help if and when needed. 6) Learning is the reward of a lifetime. Keep growing, in mind, spirit and soul.
A stunning vision in off-whites! Great for all occasions but perfect for the bride, maid of honour or mother of the bride.
With 9 strands of wrapped stones and pearls, this beautiful necklace is made with fresh water pearls of different sizes and shapes, cream coloured Swarovski pearls and crystals, and these gorgeous tear-drop shaped Quartz crystals which are very hard to see in this image because they blend in with the other beads. Plus more semi-precious stones – fluorite – in light pinks, purples and off-whites.
This necklace was wrapped in sterling silver wire. It can be wrapped in Artistic Wire, which is a silver coated copper wire having an anti-tarnish finish which has a lower cost. The chain uses more pearls with a sterling silver clasp.
If you are interested in something like this, please contact me. I would love to make one just for you!
The International Watercolour Society of Canada (IWS Canada) is hosting an amazing 5 day event called “A Symphony in Watercolour”, details can be found on their website IWSCanada.ca or in their brochure.
On behalf of the Richmond Hill Creative Eye, I created 4 bead woven crystal heart pendants because they symbolize the organization’s directives:
“peace, harmony, love, understanding and acceptance of each others’ differences”.
The pendants were beaded using clear Czech crystals (with an A/B coating) and silver Japanese seed beads and are being presented at the Boynton House in Richmond Green, Richmond Hill, 3:00pm, September 28th, 2018. Have a look at how President, Ona Kingdon has packaged these up – just beautiful!
With the looming Studio Tour, Culture Days and Taste Of The Hill events here in Richmond Hill, I haven’t had much time to bead. Here are couple of items I did have time to fool around with.
I lent my bead spinner out a few years ago and haven’t seen it since which didn’t bother me back then because I needed to count the number of beads for weaving. I just bought a new one and it is wonderful! The spinner has a long needle and when it is in the spinning bowl, the needle fills up fast! It’s fun to watch. I got mine on amazon.ca – none of the locals stores carry it. I like mixing colour for a variegated look. Instead of counting beads I measure the length of the section the spinners adds. It’s not 100% accurate but the flow is softer with less precision. More pieces like this coming soon.
I love the way these earrings turned out. The center crystal is a Swarovski pave bead in the shade of “gunmetal” and the copper core wire (in rose gold finish) works beautifully with it. I further punched the contrast by added more gunmetal in the findings.
Tons of coiling in this cute pendant made at the request of a college. Bare pure copper wire was used with aquamarine beads.
I know the aquamarine looks more green than blue, but it is closer to it’s natural state – not died and stabilized.
Here is a picture of natural aquamarine.
More bead weaving pieces for the month of May
These were made for a good friend from London England. I started with the pendant and finished with a pair of matching earrings. The set in Sterling was $125.
The warm sunshine blasting in my window will hopefully start to turn everything green, and everything beautiful that is ‘flora and fauna’. Here are some items that I made in time for Spring, St. Patrick’s Day and will hopefully make it into the hands of Moms all over come May.
Inspired by a beautiful butterfly
Full Spectrum of Tahitian Tones
Lush lavendars, pretty purples, beautiful burgundies, spectacular fresh water pearls in Tahitian colours (two shapes) using hematite wire. The Labradorite chips have a rainbow effervescence, Czech crystals are “trés-chic” with their “heliotrope” finish, all coming together to create a beautiful cluster necklace in a shorter “collar” length.
Lucky Irish chunk in emeralds
Twisted in more greenery
Turquoise & Bronze
A beautiful “Aztec” styled peyote bracelet, describe as “feels like fabric”. I love it when people enjoy wearing my jewellery!
Deep Ocean Tones of blues & grays
This is very tiny, but you can’t see how small the crystals are (they are 3mm). I used a sky blue 15mm seed bead to create the spiral using a sterling silver heart shaped clasp.
Bronze, Gold, Topaz and Olive – Finished Statement Jewelry Set
Tons of beads flowing all over the place, but its a great way to stay creative and finish the pieces I am designing and creating for entry (jury process) into various show for the 2018 season. The show I have actually participated in so far are few, I attend more than I am in! I can’t help myself.
This years my designs will include two amazing metal work pieces of copper & silver in moonstone. These are pendants and I hope to have them ready in time for an April show.
Also on the table, tons and tons of bead weaving pieces with Czech Superduo and Swarovski beads. The sparkle from the Swarovski makes such an impact on these “statement” pieces.
Delicately woven into a beautiful necklace, this design contains lots of Swarovski crystals in bronzes, topaz and Silver Night colours and finishes.
It’s been a while since my last post, website work has been keeping me too busy!
Here I am showing my latest adventures in beading! If you have seen my Facebook pages you will see my cluster crew necklaces that I have taking up my time. I enjoy making these necklaces because you can never tell what the end result will be. It is so easy to achieve a classy looking piece, great for formal, semi-formal or even business/office attire.
Here are some examples:
(Fresh water pearls, Black Quartz, Clear Quartz, rutilated Quartz, Onyx, tarnish resistant silver plated open link chain with toggle clasp)
(Different shapes and sizes of coral, Swarovski crystals, Czech crystals, Czech druks, on black wire hand-beaded with black toggle clasp)
Gorgeous Tahitian Pearl with rainbow labradorite, Swarovski crystals and much more!
Imagine the endless possibilities with this design! Want a multi-purpose necklace for that special occasion or the office? This is the perfect solution!
*** In-PERSON EVENT MANY SALES HAPPENING Sept. 23, 2023 at Richmond Hill Performing Arts Centre *** Dismiss