Art & Wine Night Pop-up

On Friday evening I’ll have an Evanston pop-up. Creative Coworking is hosting Art & Wine Night Friday, May 26th, from 5 to 8pm. This month showcases work by Laura Engel and Ross Martens.

I will have a pop-up table with my jewelry and ornaments and brand-new plant stakes in the exhibit area. Creative Coworking is located at 922 Davis Street in Evanston.

These evenings are always fun and full of new discoveries.

I also have my butterfly collages on a wall in the coworking space, and numerous other artists grace the three floors.

Ongoing exhibitions inlcude: Liz Albertson, Laura Allen-Simpson, Jerry Alt, Raissa Bailey Eirich, Ann Baker, David Bender, Michael Berns, Betty Butler, Melanie Deal, Mark DeBernardi, Michael Birnbaum, Vanessa Filley, Angela Garbot, Larry Geni, Ted Glasoe, Liberis Golfinopoulos, Heather Hancock, Jill Hejl, Chris Heisinger, Jason Kaiser, Sarah Kaiser, Bonnie Katz, Bridgette Kelling, Ian Lantz, ITALA, Edyta Legiec, Elisa Lindstrom, Patrick Linehan, Stephen Lloyd, LP Lundy, Michelle Mallin, Christine McClure, Katherine Nemanich, Kristen Neveu, Darren Oberto, Greg Palmer, Annette Patko, Brian Peterson, Ron Rutkowski, Don Seeley, Barbara Seyfried, Sorcha, Rich Sparks, Nina Ulana, Amy Woodbury, Jerry Woods, Monica Zanetti, and Benita Zarling.

Come on out and enjoy wine, nibbles, and excellent company!

You can take the CTA to Davis Street, or park nearby in Sherman Garage or on side streets. I’m sure there’s a bike rack closeby as well!

 

Agápē Commission

When I started adding wire to my encaustic collages, a friend asked me to make a piece for her. She bartered for massage services, which I couldn’t refuse!

So her Agape piece has been marinating in my head for a while. I started by writing good words on the cradled board and then layered encaustic paint representing water and greenery for her.

I received a partial anatomy book from a friend that had hands and hips, which were quite appropriate for this lady. I also gathered other snippets of words and images that would fit her profession and personality.

Agape (Ancient Greek ἀγάπη, agápē) is a Greco-Christian term referring to “love: the highest form of love, charity”, and “the love of God for man and of man for God”. Per wikipedia, “agape embraces a universal, unconditional love that transcends, that serves regardless of circumstances. The noun form first occurs in the Septuagint, but the verb form goes as far back as Homer, translated literally as affection, as in ‘greet with affection’ and ‘show affection for the dead’.”

Since the words would be obscured, I also made a small stab-stitch journal for my friend to allow her to read the content of the collage.

It was fun to play in a different artistic arena for an afternoon.

Then I wrangled the word ‘agape’ out of wire.

I embedded the steel into the wax layer, which is harder than it seems. The metal heats up while the wood stays the same, and it is a challenge to get continuous pieces of wire to stay on the board as they cool.

After that, I forgot I had not yet added hardware to the back, so making sure I wouldn’t make the steel bounce off the front was interesting, but the challenge was mastered.

Last week I sent this piece on to its journey to a new state, where it will reside in Rebecca’s new office.

If you’re in Louisville, Kentucky and need a massage therapist, check out Rebecca!

She truly has healing hands.

Fun Mother’s Day Fairs

It’s been a whirlwind of fairs the past few weeks, but all were fun. I always like exploring new Chicago neighborhoods.

On April 22 I got to know the families involved with Sauganash School. The PTA hosted a fundraiser that included a vendor fair in what is normally their cafeteria.

Soon the space was transformed for Spring shoppers.

My spot was under a tree. 🙂

I was seated next to my friend Chai Wolfman, who has lovely collage art and paintings that she also makes available for prints. Meeting her family during the day was a bonus.

I have my eye on a few of her pieces, and got a head start on Mother’s Day cards.

Soon I had admirers too, and I was happy to see my creations go to new homes.

It was fun to play with a spring-y setup for this fair, since holiday trees are a bit too early for April.

On May 6, I ventured to Independence Park, which was also new to me. I have driven on Irving Park Road a few times, but never stopped to explore the area.

I unloaded my bags in the gym and set to transforming my table.

The Field House was quickly transformed from Gymnasium to art fair, with amazing new-to-me artisans.

Angel was partial to these twig creations.

Receptables made from pine needles and raffia caught my eye.

These glass boxes have so much scope for the imagination.

A young girl sold tic tac toe sets with different designs.

I enjoyed being next to a doll boutique that was perused carefully.

My dragonflies and ladybugs and butterflies were admired.

It was fun to imagine swinging from the ceiling.

Soon I had admirers, and a few pieces wandered away with kindred spirits.

I enjoyed admiring the craftmanship of old building construction.

These pieces were raffled off with positive feedback from the recipients.

Before long, this booth was packed up as well.

Let me know if there are indoor art fairs in your community I should know about. I always like learning of new organizations that support the handmade community, and enjoy exploring Chicagoland that way.

Consigned at ReVive

Entrepreneurs need to network to keep making connections. At a multi-chamber networking event I fortuitously sat down next to the owner of a consignment store, when my mission was to find more consignment opportunities. We agreed to a meeting, and after that I merrily made some springy pieces for this lovely store.

Owner Jackie opened ReVive Consignment 3 years ago, and most of the pieces she used to furnish the store are second hand. She even mixed leftover paints until she got the lovely colors she needed for her cheerful walls and fixtures.

Truly living by the philosophy that she doesn’t buy new if she doesn’t have to, Jackie consigns an array of boutique items and makes them accessible to the Rogers Park community. The store carries clothing, shoes, purses, books, and assorted gift items for women in all stages of life. There is a lovely bridal section, and the sizes range from small to plus.

I brought in a selection of my Springy pieces that will be on display for the next few months. There will probably be a trunk show in the future, but for now just pop in and take a peek at this lovely store and say hi to its friendly owner.

ReVive Consignment is located at 1606 W Pratt Blvd. in Chicago and current hours are: 11:30 am to 7 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. On Fridays and Saturdays the store is open from 11:30 am to 6 pm. The store is closed on Mondays.

You can make an appointment to consign high-quality pieces from your closet. ReVive Consignment accepts:

  • Women’s and maternity clothing
  • Shoes and boots in excellent condition
  • Purses
  • Jewelry
  • Accessories

These excellent-condition items must be on hangers and clean, wrinkle free, odor-free, without pet hair, holes, stains, pilling, missing buttons, loose hems, or broken zippers.

Check out this lovely store. I will return for some summer dresses soon!

 

Mother’s Day Gift Market

I love honoring the nurturers in my life, and I have another Mother’s Day shopping pop-up this week. On Wednesday, May 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. I will have a table at the Mother’s Day Gift Market hosted by Ravenswood Covenant Church.

The Mother’s Day Gift Market features fresh flowers and plants from Patyk Farms, green beauty products, and goods from local artists. It also features fresh new pieces by me.

I will be joining these fabulous vendors:

Bring the kids to create a personalized message for mom with a “Why I Love Mom” photo backdrop. Our friends at Ravenswood Covenant Church will also be running a craft table with activities for children.

The Mother’s Day Gift Market will be held indoors at 4900 N Damen Avenue in Chicago from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Ravenswood Farmers Market is a joint effort of Ravenswood Covenant Church, Ravenswood Community Council and Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce.

Check out the new creations I made last week to gift to your favorite maternal figure. I decided not to get too attached to the beads I had bought at last week’s expo, so after counting them I already had ideas.

Pink is always a fun color and perfect for spring, so I started stringing the square marble beads into new pieces.

I knew this would be a jewelry set right away, and the bangles called for the longest stringing.

The teardrop pendant has fewer beads.

Soon the set materialized.

I hope someone enjoys this combination!

ChromaK8 Jewelry Swap

With Spring in the air it is time to refresh my consignment locations. Last week I hit the studio to make some new pieces for ChromaK8.

It was time to change up the collection, and I was in the mood to bring in something truly fresh rather than rotate existing pieces into the boutique.

There had to be mother’s day flowers.

Soon these creations emerged, and I hope they are well-received. If not, I might keep the earrings for myself!

This evening ChromaK8 is hosting a special party. From 6 to 9 pm on May 4, enjoy a blowdry style, makeup touchup + refreshments. You can also swap your old jewelry for something new, including all these pieces I dropped off last week:

The salon will also raffle off a haircut, Eufora and jane iredale products to benefit the Natural Resource Defense Council.

Bring in your off label products to recycle and get 20% off retail that day. $20 reserves your spot and is used toward the purchase of a product this evening. ChromaK8 is located at 5425 N Lincoln Avenue in Chicago.

Fine Craft Fair at Independence Park

May is here already, which means getting ready for my pre-Mother’s Day pop-up. From noon to 4 pm on Saturday, May 6 I’ll be part of the 10th Annual Pre-Mother’s Day Fine Craft Fair. Sponsored by Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association (GIPNA), the fair will be held at the Independence Park Fieldhouse, 3945 N. Springfield Ave., Chicago, 60618. Free parking is available in the lots north and south of the fieldhouse. #82 Irving Park Road bus stops at Springfield Ave.

The fair will showcase more than 30 artisans offering everything from handmade jewelry to recycled hardware, knit garments, miniature rustic twig furniture, ceramics, stained glass objects, baby clothes, pine needle baskets, greeting cards from recycled materials, totebags, sketchbooks, wallets and more. I’ll bring my new dragonflies to bring in spring. The plant  stakes are already getting a good response.

The Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association (GIPNA) is a group of civic-minded individuals who believe a unified community that faces modern challenges can affect real, lasting change. GIPNA is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in the Independence Park community by involving, informing, and encouraging people to participate in matters relating to the community, and by protecting the historical, social, cultural, and architectural character of the neighborhood.

The Independence Park neighborhood began in 1869, when New York investors bought land between the current Irving Park Road and Kennedy Expressway. These developers made an agreement with the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad to build a train station if the trains would stop, resulting in the new city of Irving Park. In 1889 Chicago annexed the Irving Park community, adding new electric trolleys and new rail cars, attracting more residents of varying nationalities.

On Sunday I attended a local bead show and picked up some lovelies that I hope to transform into jewelry by Sunday as well.

I was on a mission to find more pewter dragonflies, but of course couldn’t resist other goodies along the way.

It’s fun to count this new treasure and I look forward to revealing the new creations on Saturday.

Brilliant Blooms

I’ve returned from my cabin getaway and will tell you more about that soon.


Right now, I am basking in the springy sunshine too much to sit and write.

I love this part of the season where petals unfurl in their brightest finery.

Pink is trending.

So pretty.

My favorite scent is everywhere.

I think it is a kind of jasmine, I keep forgetting the name of these blossoms.

The lake sparkles with all the sunshine cast upon it.

Tulips make my Dutch heart proud.

Narcissi have an array of petals.

Purple petals radiate.

I hum Alice in Wonderland’s flower song in the streets.

My favorite flower has returned.

Trees are coming out of hibernation.

Cultivate’s current exhibit has stunning photos of ferns unfurling.

OK-gotta go out and sniff again!

Shop Local Fair on Saturday

The Spring Weather has inspired me to create some new blooms and repurpose some oldies as well.  Some of them have gone to consignments, but I will bringing the inventory I have on hand to the Shop Local Fair on Saturday.

Perfectly timed for Mother’s Day gift shopping and a jump-start for dads and grads, the event will be held April 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sauganash Elementary School. The school is located at 6040 N Kilpatrick in Chicago. The event will help raise money for the neighborhood’s public school.

The mission of Sauganash School is to provide a high quality educational program that meets the academic needs of students through an integrated curriculum, differentiated instruction, and the use of technology.  Sauganash School is committed to meeting the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of its students. 

I hope to see you there!