Friday, January 29, 2010

Mexico Inspiration

When traveling back from my yearly Yucatan trip to Hacienda Xcanatun in Merida, I had a couple of hours to kill in that bastion of blatant commercialism that is the Cancun airport. I sought refuge in the one oasis of good taste and awesome style - the Pineda Covalin store. These two designers are inspired by their rich cultural heritage, drawing on the many textile and artistic traditions of their native Mexico. The photos below are modern takes on traditional indigenous designs of the Tehuana, Maya and Huichol people.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Looking back at 2009

January is a time for reflection, so I thought I'd take a look back at what I accomplished work-wise during 2009. I keep an inventory for bookkeeping purposes, so it's pretty easy to tally my production. It's amazing what 6 to 8 hours a day in the studio four or five days a week can produce! And for every five pieces that make the grade, one goes into the reject jar....

Earrings: Almost 1,000 pairs. And since I make my own earwires, I used over 350 feet of silver wire!

Pendants on chain: 268

Neckwires and necklaces: 126

Yikes, I'd better get crackin' on making stuff for 2010! Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

What I gave myself for Xmas

It's really hard doing over 70 shows a year. Not because it's a heck of a lot of work making stuff, then schlepping stuff, then setting up and breaking down stuff. Not to mention dealing with the elements. It's hard because it is so difficult to restrain from buying half of what I see. At these shows I'm surrounded by truly awesome handmade goods made by wonderful, talented and sharing people (well, 99% of them are wonderful and/or talented). To that end, I kept telling myself all season that if I had a good year, I'd treat myself to a couple of my faves. I did have a good year and I did treat myself!

I've been coveting a SayaStudio bag for a long time. I just adore my beautiful (and practical) new bag in orange, blue and red leather and fabric. I'll take a photo sometime, but here's another one of Saya's bags to get your mouth watering.
The second present to myself is one of Chromalab's signature wall clocks. Can you tell I love orange? Tony and Alicia have the gift of color - their re-purposed furniture and accessories are all light and sunshine. My new clock is now up on my studio wall - time checks have never been so much fun!