I was so excited when Sandra and David told us that they were obtaining the Verday line of aging products. I have worked with this product a lot and truly love the outcome when I use it.Read More
I am an Assemblage/Mixed Media Artist and my specialties are shrines. My love for shrines goes back to my childhood in Bavaria, where we often encountered them on our walks in the country side.Read More
The word Retablo comes from the Latin retro -tabula, meaning behind the altar. They come in two forms Santos and Ex Votos. They were placed around the altar as objects of veneration, over time, coming into homes.Read More
Creating with inspiration and respect for the past has always been my passion.Read More
I get enjoyment from many different aspects of Creating.
Sometimes I have a plan and do quick sketches to get my ideas down on paper and while I have dozens of sketchbooks filled with project drawings and ideas, it would take me years to actually make all the pieces I've designed and want to create.
I love collecting, gathering and sorting through my antique materials.
Taking time to try out different arrangements until I find the perfect piece and placement, you know it's the piece that looks as though it were made to go in that spot!
The golden seed beads and bouillon trims you see here came off of a 1920's Flapper dress and all of the set stones are actually "paste" stones from the 1700's. Paste is a term they used for a certain kind of highly refractive lead glass that was hand cut, faceted and then polished to resemble real gem stones.
The large center stone is also early paste. These stones are getting harder to find all the time.
In order to get just the right look on the flames I've layered several different tones of yellow from mustard to butter, sun to sunset, all topped with little highlights of metallic gold.
When I'm hunting for antique pieces it's the details that make all the difference for me. The thing I go crazy for on these stones is the setting, look closely, each setting has a little dot of round metal that holds the stone securely, isn't it beautiful?! And just so unique.
When the last bit of embellishment has been applied another aspect of being a maker is ready to happen. Photographing the finished piece is a much fun for me as making it was. It's an expedition, traveling around the object, camera in hand, peering through the lens just waiting for the right angle to reveal itself.
And lastly the satisfaction I get when actually wearing a piece I made from beginning to end. The sense of pride and accomplishment means so much to me, its especially gratifying in times of unrest in the world.
I never take for granted the act of creation. Makers are the journey takers, the adventures, the wanders and the experimenters. Thats who we are, we explore, we observe, we absorb, we interpret, we express and we contribute.
E6000 Adhesive/Tacky Glue
Acrylic Paints Yellow Tones/Gold/Brick Red
At the very top my son's Christmas wish list was something that actually caught me by surprise. He wanted a cross necklace. Of course, being the dutiful mom and trying to make that wish come true, I began my tireless search for a cross necklace.Read More
I could see it so vividly in my mind's eye. A throne inspired by the whimsy of fairies in their secret world. Vivid colors, moss, flower elements and big, huge butterfly wings unfolding from the back of a throne meant for a true fairy queen.Read More
Many times when I’m working with RELICS & ARTIFACTS® pieces, I never know exactly what my finished artwork will look like! Especially when I’m working on what I call 'home decor' pieces that are built on canvases – it becomes a journey determined on what embellishment pieces I select with a general idea of a color palette that I want to work with.Read More