Monthly Archives: January 2014

Authentically Me??

Greetings from the flip side of the New Year, Jewelry Fans. I know, I know, the new year is sooooooo three weeks ago. Forgive me, things take me a while to get around to sometimes, especially this New Years stuff.  I do not believe in New Year’s resolutions. I believe that EACH day is powerful– EACH day provides us an opportunity to reach new decisions and discover uncharted water. These days, I’ve been meditating on being Authentically Me, and in doing so, I’ve decided to embrace the Chinese New Year. In fact, I am EARLY to embrace the Chinese New Year, it begins at the end of January!! In one week– The Year of the Horse is coming, and the Year of the Snake will be done. The Horse is the symbol of traveling, competition and victory, a talisman for noble, outstanding leadership. If your lucky element is Fire, like mine– than 2014 should burn brighter than any other year for you as this Year of the Horse is crafted of wood.  No pressure, Jewelry Fans. No pressure.

The question is– what fire will burn brighter? What victory will The Year of the Horse bring?? I am hoping and meditating upon a year of being Authentically Me. I know there is no grammatically correct reason to capitalize Authentically Me. But for the fact that I draw attention to it, for whatsoever the eye shall see, the mind shall engage in. If I could, I would throw a bit of neurolinguistic recognition in there and circle Authentically Me with a thick, black magic marker-esque circle.  Authentically Me. Authentically Me. Authentically Me.

During the past five years, I realize that I have, in fact, been going about this ART CAREER thing all wrong. I have been following a scripted path, written down by heaven knows who, on HOW to BE an ARTIST and HOW to BE SUCCESFULL.  There is something dwelling in me that craves order and tidiness (United States Naval Academy, anyone?) Certainly, deadlines and submission guidelines need to be adhered to, but the heart and soul of my art– that is Mine. I reclaim it.  I reject the pre-ordained path and hereby declare, by the power invested in me by the almighty creative force of the universe, that I am OFF ROAD. Follow closely, jewelry fans– because this year, in the year of the Horse, you never know where I will be, or what I will be doing, but for one thing– I will be Authentically Me. This is not a linear Journey, but a Path encompassing brilliant, explosive moments of Beauty, Joy and Awe. Go ahead, close your eyes; see your life as a beautiful night sky full of streaming, sparkling, exploding fireworks, a choreography of energy, pure light and movement.

What does an Authentic You look like, Jewelry Fans?? What is it about you that is constrained and longing to be free? What new technique do you want to learn? What uncharted water would you like to test? How is it possible to be more YOU every day of YOUR life? For me, it means cups of tea, long walks with my dogs, time spent with my boys (I feel the clock of their independence ticking louder and louder), the companionship of my loving husband, allowing myself a sense of wonder and play in the studio, refusing to harbor anger in my heart, and greeting each moment with a full sense of being present with a heart full of love.

I think you will notice a difference in my work . I look forward to seeing all of you, in this, 2014, the Year of the Horse, the Year of Authentically Me.

 

 

Philadelphia Double Tap!

Subject: Philadelphia Double Tap!


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Hello Jewelry Fans! I apologize for sending out another email so soon– two in as many weeks seem offensive to me, considering I’ve sent one out in the last three years, but I don’t know how to make them contain more events (yet) and there is so much to tell you. This email is about Philadelphia!
I will be teaching at Bead Fest Philadelphia both in April and in August. April is a quick two day teaching trip, but in August you can choose from six workshops over five days of classes– including at two day workshop “Going with the Flow” in which each student will design, construct and weave a major Art Jewelry piece. Think of the pieces you see at my booth or the ones I wear– AMAZING.  I’ve included a picture of one of the pieces above.
You can find me selling my wares in Miami (Beaux Arts Festival Jan 17-18) and in Tucson this winter  (La Encantada Feb 15-16), Green Valley Farmer’s market most Wednesdays and the Rincon market on Saturdays — stop by, I have so many great new styles. I also have an Etsy shop with a selection of work– however, be warned, there is always more in person.
I’ve corrected some poor spelling on the links of the email (sorry!) and wanted to let you know my website will be updated by the end of this weekend. The blogs will continue, in a scheduled, maintained fashion. I’m trying out a “blocking” schedule technique to help me keep all the balls in the air.
Be on the look at for my workshops in Virginia Beach this year at the Art and Soul Retreats Sep 30- Oct 5. It will be my first event with the organization– so let’s make it a good one Jewelry Fans!  I haven’t been back to that neck of the woods since I was in the Navy, Ma’am! Thanks so much for your support, I hope to see you all this year.
Sincerely,
Margaret
 Bead Fest Philadelphia Spring is better than ever!
Choose from Cuff, Hoops, Necklace or Ring classes in combinations of weaving and my break-all-the-rules-construction-techniques. Maybe try two- or maybe try all four! This April is closer than you think– don’t wait to register.
Bead Fest August Philadelphia is the FLAGSHIP event of the year!
6 workshops spread over only 5 days including my aforementioned “Going with the Flow” two day workshop. Honestly, this is a dream schedule and I’m so excited to be teaching this line up of classes. In fact… cross your fingers… this is a very good snapshot of some of the projects in my first book! This event isn’t quite open for registration, but you can check back to the page below for the schedule very soon. Click on my name and voila– when the site goes live, the schedule will be there.

First Couple of Events for 2014

Subject: Upcoming Classes and Festivals!


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Hidden Key CuffHello Jewelry Fans! 2014 is coming and there are so many great opportunities to learn and collect! Join me at Bead Fest in Dallas (March) and Bead Fest Spring Philadelphia (April). I will also be teaching in February  during the Gem Show at To Bead True Blue (Doubletree Hotel, Tucson, AZ). You can find me selling my wares in Miami (Beaux Arts Festival Jan 17-18) and in Tucson this winter  (La Encantada Feb 15-16) — stop by, I have so many great new styles.
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 Bead Fest Texas is Bigger than Ever! Will you be there?
So many new classes, so much to teach and learn. Come Learn from me in one of four fabulous classes. Or maybe try all four!
Copy and paste this link to get a jump on April Classes in Philadelphia:
To Bead True Blue at the Doubletree in Tucson, AZ Feb 2014 Gem Show
10 workshops spread over 12 days. Surely, if you’re going to be at the Tucson Gem Show 2014, you have time for one? I have the ultimate home town advantage during the Gem Show and you will never find the number of classes I offer during the show. Browse around, find one with a torch, or without…