Friday, November 24, 2017

I've Been Wanting to Play with These Little Guys...

Necklace #182.  Gelato spoons with vintage glass and plastic buttons on Japanese chirimen bias tape.

The annual Salon des Artistes is a week from Sunday!

Come see us if you are near!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fun with found objects - and wonderful Japanese fabric

I've been having fun including some of the found metal objects that sit on my worktable:

Necklace #177 .  Vintage metal buttons with a central bit off the street, on bamboo bias tape.

Necklace #178.  A metal bit with great patina that I found on the street in Houston last year.  The contemporary plastic buttons have a similar patina and the little vintage plastic ones add a poke of color.  It's on Japanese chirimen polyester bias tape.

Necklace #180.  This one incorporates a rusty washer that I have long admired.  The buttons are celluloid and other vintage plastic on cotton bias tape.

And then there is this one that is all button:

Necklace #179.  Vintage celluloid buttons on cotton bias tape.

And one with some lovely Japanese kimono silk:

 Necklace #181.  Buttons covered in vintage Japanese kimono silk with vintage plastic accent buttons (maybe Bakelite - not sure), on Japanese chirimen polyester bias tape.

And it is time again for the annual Salon des Artistes!  Here is the beautiful invitation created by Bea Lombard, whose work will be available at the event.

In addition to me and Bea, there will be work by Carleen Lopez (bags and pillows with exquisite fabric and photo-transfer embellishment), Phoenix Forrester (vintage clothing and tiny scenes under glass domes), Diane Glenn (necklaces and various bits of exotica), and Marie Baron (pottery and elegant beaded jewelry).  If you are near, please come see us!

Back to black ink - my more current work is in an album at
I am about to work on this album - some images have been in there too long!  I need to fix past posts of this blog as I move some of the pictures to another album and I'll try to be thorough, but if you see holes in a post where there should be pictures, I would be thrilled if you would let me know!  The link to the big album of past work is