Author Archives: MarvyMaike

Making A Rabbit Hole for Alice

A month ago I was asked if I wanted to participate in an Alice in Wonderland themed project. How could I possibly say no? So I set about creating a piece for the current Alice production happening on the Main-Dempster Mile. Alice is an ambulatory, multi-disciplinary theatrical experience. The audience, traveling in groups of 15, follows […]

Ravenswood ArtWalk: 17th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry

Can you believe it is September already? Suddenly it is time for one of my favorite art fairs of the year, the Ravenswood ArtWalk! This year I return to the Atrium building, formally known as Hayes Properties, and will set up my stands there. I look forward to seeing familiar artists and getting to know new […]

5th Annual Girls Nite Out

Mid-September always kicks off art fair Holiday Season for me. Yes, we’re a few months away, but these are the fairs at which people start thinking about holiday gifting. For Wednesday, I made some Elmhurst Angels that will hopefully flutter away that night. On Wednesday, September 12, I am heading back to the Wilder Mansion […]

Preparing for 3 September events

September is here and it will kick off my holiday season. I am working on some Elmhurst angels for Girls Nite out on September 12. Then I head over to the Ravenswood ArtWalk September 15 & 16. I will be back in the “Atrium Building”, also known as the Hayes Building (same as last year). Meanwhile, […]

Artist Inspiration Challenge-Pencil Prayers

For our September JigUFacturer Design team challenge, our theme was artist inspiration. Of course numerous artists inspire me, but translating an inspirational work to wire was a bit of a challenge. I thought of all the women artists I love and didn’t really have a concept. Then as I was packing for my Michigan Cottage […]

New Pendants for Indian Summer

I’m enjoying an extended birthday celebration, but also had time to make a few new pieces in the studio recently.  Inspired by Bead & Button, I finally incorporated some pieces from prior Milwaukee trips. My new ovals are particularly inspiring. A tiny oval helped me create this wrap around a vintage rose pendant. I wanted […]

Another year of joy

It’s officially birthday week and I am enjoying it all. I kicked off birthday month with my Sidewalk Sale splurges, and then just kept on celebrating. I had Andy’s Frozen Custard with a friend last weekend. We took in the lovely Evanston Art & Big Fork festival. I treated myself to Lucky Platter twice this […]

Angel explores the Riverwalk

Last week I went downtown to visit a friend, and enjoyed riding the CTA Purple Line for a spell. I love the express route as you get a glimpse of the beautiful skyline and cross so many intriguing neighborhoods. Since I got in a little early, I explored the Chicago Riverwalk before she got off […]

Strolling Calvary Cemetery

On my quest to find longer daily walk routes I decided to explore Calvary Cemetery in July. Just blocks from my house, I found a pedestrian entrance in a Hinman alley. Speed walking down the paths felt disrespectful, so I slowed my pace and admired the memorials. I read some of the tombstones, but soon the […]

Wellness as a lifestyle

Last year’s Harvey drama had me paying less attention to my self-care and triggered the comfort-food (and drink) habit a little too much. Waistbands and dresses got tighter, and I wasn’t happy with what I glimpsed in the mirror. While my buddy Grayson kept me from completely hibernating during the cold winter, those 20 minute […]