Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Annual Salon des Artistes is Nigh

Here is our official invitation for the Salon this Sunday, by artist Bea Lombard, who will have a table full of lovely wares, much of it elegant paper goods. Also there will be Carleen Lopez (fabric bags, pillows, baby dresses from vintage fabric), Diane Glenn (her famous surprise balls plus altered vintage necklaces and other small treasures), Marie Baron (intricate beaded jewelry plus a new line of clothes based on 19th C finery) and Phoenix Forrester with vintage clothing and accessories.  If you are in Albuquerque, do come by.  If you're returning guests to the airport, we're essentially on the way!

The last few items I've ready for my display corner are:

 Necklace #165, playing with some printed cotton knot buttons and loops, adding vintage metal buttons (that center one was a gift from a friend visiting Morocco) and then accenting with some dyed coral beads.  It's on the woven Japanese bias tape.  Long ago a friend made some lovely stoneware blue and white bowls that she dubbed the "fake folk art bowls."  This is sort of a "fake folk art necklace," with a vague ethnic look.  

Necklace #166.  At a quilt shop in Taos I couldn't resist the little glass stuffed-animal eyes, here mixed with some vintage glass and brass buttons and put on Japanese chirimen polyester bias tape.

Necklace #167.    Celluloid pearl buttons with little rhinestone accents on Japanese chirimen polyester bias tape.  The necklace reminds me of something I might have had as a little girl in the 1950s.

As always, my little photo album of recent work is at,
May your Thanksgiving be peaceful and lovely!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Vintage Plastics, How I Love Thee

Necklace #161 has a double-up center of a vintage metal and a celluloid button, with textured celluloid buttons making up the rest.  It's on the spotted crisp cotton bias tape.

 Necklace #162 is a mix of celluloid (the larger ones) and Bakelite (the smaller ones) buttons on the polka dots again.

Necklace #163 is vintage celluloid buttons on Japanese cotton bias tape.

and Necklace #164 is mostly shiny Bakelite, with a buckle in the center doubled up with a button with a deep central groove.  I like the way the dots on the bias tape show through the applejuice-style Bakelite button up to the right there.  Not sure if the triangles and the two-color four-hole cream and black button are Bakelite or another old plastic.

Buttons covered in vintage Japanese kimono silk are a visual/textural pleasure as well:

Necklace #160, on Japanese chirimen polyester bias tape.