I’ve been on the road since early May. It will take me awhile to process all that I’ve seen and all that I’ve done–the people, the places, the art, nature, jewelry…

I learned so much from Nina Bagely’s workshop at Valley Ridge Art Studio. Of course I’ve taken apart much of what I made there, ordered a bunch of new supplies, ordered more, bought a load of beads at Beadology in Iowa City. In very short order spent a whole lotta money.

Then I knotted, wrapped, patinaed and then cut up again, redesigned, and now have to buy some more stuff. Hmm.

I think I have two finished pieces I feel good about.

Here they are. Working on two more.

On the road

I really did think I could upload new jewelry to my Etsy shop by May 5. Wrong. Lots of work travel in the next month, so I don’t anticipate additions to the shop until end of June. Mid-June I’m taking a workshop with Nina Bagely–looking forward to that! If you don’t know Nina’s work check out her blog Ornamental.

FUEl in Mt. Vernon is still the go-to retail gallery (and awesome coffee and home-baked goods spot) for my jewelry.


What a strange few weeks it’s been. Some of you knew that was invited to Elizabeth Catlett’s 97th birthday party in Cuernavaca Mexico. I was all set to leave yesterday for a week (several days in Mexico City, too). But Elizabeth died on Monday April 2. I visited Elizabeth Catlett and her home and studio in August 2006. I selected and purchased 27 prints for the UIMA collection. It was such an honor. One of the greatest experienes of my life. In some fantastical alignment of the planets, Mauricio Lasansky died the same day at age 97. Lasansky establish the printmaking department at the UI in 1945 and significantly changed the course of American printmaking. We lost two major figure in the art world, both of whom have (and will have), a major impact on my work as a curator.

The day before Mike asked me to look at a protrubrance near a private body part. It was a pregnant tick! Whoa. I quickly grabbed tweezers and yanked that mother (or soon to be mother) out. I was able to do this because when I was a kid our dog Susie would get loose in the woods surrounding our Cape Cod house and return with ticks galore. We’d have to de-tick her. Lit them on fire, too. My mom relished that.

Luckily Mike’s tick was a wood tick and not a deer tick. He’s taking an antibiotic just in case.

Back to the subject of jewelry. I’ll be participating in the Riverbank Art Fair at the University of Iowa Student Union in the Main Ballroom April 28 and 29.  I only do two fairs each year, and this is my first 2-day fair. I will have a lot of material.

Most of what I’ll have will be familiar, although still one-of-a-kind.

There will be a few new small lines such as this style of knotted bracelet below. Thanks for reading my blog. I see I’ve been blogging for one year.



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I do love spring. I love the colors and delicacy of early tree buds, the greening of the grass, and the juxtaposition of greens and blacks. Look closely and you will see black. One of my wonderful painting teachers at UArts (Morris Berd) told me that and it’s true.

Color just blows me away. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Usually I go for neutrals with either subtle differences or in combination with pops of color. But when all things spring are blooming I love the bolder brighter colors.

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