Mary Hettmansperger, Visiting Artist

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The lovely and very creative Marilynne Lipshutz, owner of the highly respected Studio 34 emailed me to say there are a few spots available in the classes offered by this summer’s visiting artist, Mary Hettmansperger. Read on – and email Marilynne to register.

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Mary Hettmansperger is a fiber and jewelry artist who teaches internationally in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Singapore. Across the US, Mary instructs at Arrowmont, Penland, Bead and Button, Convergence, National and Regional Fiber conferences, Art and Craft Schools and private Guilds. Mary has authored and illustrated 3 books:

  • Mixed Metal Jewelry Workshop: Combining Sheet, Clay, Mesh, Wire & More
  • Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet
  • Fabulous Woven Jewelry

 

Hinges

Hinges, Doors, Books and Lockets

Friday, August 15, 2014

Using copper sheeting, students will design a hinged locket. Students may bring a personal photo, image or favorite paper to place in the locket, or use papers and images that Mary has selected. Mica is used to protect the image and cold connections hold it in place. Students will make one locket with a copper back and a sterling silver front and will have material to make more books and lockets using just the copper. Patinas, texturing, and metal applications, including embossing will also be covered. The focus of this class is to master the hinge using tabs to create a variety of moveable doors. It is a low-tech process with fabulous results.

Students will make several different designs.

$45.00 per person including registration, materials and teaching fee
Tools needed for class:

Hammer Bench Block
Texturing hammers if desired Needle Nose Pliers
Metal scissors or snips Wire cutters

Materials in kit for class – supplied by instructor:

24 gauge copper sheeting All patinas
Findings & embellishments Torches/fuel
All wires & cold connections Handouts
Mica, paper & embossing materials


 

tabs

Torch Firing and Tab Bezels

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Using torch firing in a variety of ways, students will make colorful and unique pieces of jewelry.  Copper sheeting, wire, enamels, cold connections and embellishments will all be used to create layering and unusual effects in enameling.  Patinas, texturing, and basic wire and metal applications will also be covered.  Many torching techniques will be covered, such as adding Glass beads, silver foil, resist, sifting, embedding items, stencils, patinas and more.  The focus will be the endless possibilities of torch fire enameling and the benefits of using tab bezels to connect when using enamels.

  • $140.00 per person including registration, materials and teaching fee
  • $75 deposit due July 16, 2014

This is a six hour class.  10 am to 5 pm (one hour included for lunch).

All materials will be supplied by the instructor.

Tools needed for the class:

Dust masks                                                                                Hammer
Bench block or small anvil                                                 Bent Nose Pliers
Needle nose pliers                                                                  Wire Cutters

Tools may be purchased in advance or ordered.    Please contact the studio two weeks prior to class to order.


Looping a

 Looping Class

Sunday August 17, 2014

Learn the art of Looping over glass, beads, stones and more!

Using a tumbled beach glass base, rocks and other beautiful focal items, students will create a layer of knotless netting using a fine wire. A variety of colored wire along with copper and silver filled wire will be used in this weaving technique. Students will have an opportunity to layer items under the netting, leave areas open and exposed to create visual interest and add beads in the netting for embellishment and added texture. Students should finish a couple in the class time, but will be given, several items to loop over and the wire needed to complete all projects.

  •  $130.00 per person including registration, materials and teaching fee
  • $ 75.00 deposit due July 16, 2014

This is a six hour class.

Tools needed for class:

Hammer                                                                                  Bench Block
Texturing hammers if desired                                       Needle Nose Pliers
Metal scissors or snips                                                      Wire cutters

There will be some tools available in class, as well a list for purchase from Studio 34.

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Farmers’ Markets, Now with More Crafts

Betsy Murray Dog Bone

A couple of weeks ago Betsy Murray of Sunshine on Water sent me her list of shows to add to our members only Shows page. On her list was six Wednesday nights at the Monroe Village Farmers’ Market.

I hadn’t thought about that market in a while so I started poking around the website. I was disappointed to see the list of artists appearing there this year hasn’t been updated to 2014, but still, I got a kick out of seeing a bunch of familiar names on their 2013 Artists list.

That got me thinking about all the area farmers’ markets and how in recent years, they have been allowing more and more craft artists to sell. I bet that serves them well at the very beginning of the season before they are filled to the brim with produce. I know the Fairport Farmers’ Market runs into November so that’s holiday gift buying season, again, when produce & plants have petered out.

A couple of years ago I was helping artists connect with various farmers’ markets and was so pleased to see how they are spread throughout the week. I’d always been of the mind that they fall on Saturday morning, like the Public Market (which runs other days too) and Fairport’s market.

I was thinking I should post a list of area markets for reference – I don’t know if they are already filled or if there are always openings, or any details, actually. But this thought has been rattling around in my brain for a number of days – and then today, as I was reading Greenovation President Deb Muratore’s column in their newsletter – boom! There’s the very link I would have looked for if I’d gotten that far.

I give you the 2014 Farmers’ Market Guide.

I’d love to hear about your experiences, if you’ve been selling at local farmers’ markets.

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Irondequoit Art Trail – July 25 & 26

Paula Peters Marra

Irondequoit Art Trail
Friday, July 25, 5:30-8:30
Saturday, July 26, 11:00-4:00

For the 3rd year, many independent, Irondequoit artists will make their art space available to the public for viewing, purchasing and learning. There will be demonstrations, including some hands-on opportunities and creative silk scarf tying. Participating artists represent various media, including acrylics, oils, watercolors, collage, mixed media, fiber art, jewelry, bird carvings, woodworking, furniture, colored pencil, dyes on silks, garden art, repurposed treasures, and welded steel.

Prior to the event, beginning July 14, samples of the artists’ work will be exhibited at

I-Square Visions Gallery Show
693 Titus Ave
Rochester, NY 14617.

Hours are 10 to 2, Monday through Thursday.

Samples of the artists’ work and maps will also be available at their sponsor business locations. Click the Paula Peters Marra painting above for further details about participating artists and the locations of their work.

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Got July 4th Plans?

Sunshine on Water Sand

July 4
8:00 – 5:00
Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum Arts & Craft Show

Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum
7606 North Ontario Street
Sodus Point, NY 14555

Sunshine on Water

I had not heard of this show until I read about it on Betsy’s Sunshine on Water blog. Now I’m intrigued! What better place to spend the 4th of July than on the water buying art?

"The whale tails have been hand-forged by me with .925 Sterling Silver. The earring hooks are also made with sterling silver."

“The whale tails have been hand-forged by me with .925 Sterling Silver. The earring hooks are also made with sterling silver.”

Using high quality sterling silver is important to me. I form all of my designs with .925 sterling silver and incorporate clean lines with beautiful shapes.

“Using high quality sterling silver is important to me. I form all of my designs with .925 sterling silver and incorporate clean lines with beautiful shapes.”



If you find yourself in the Cazenovia area, here’s a great show to visit!

July 5 & 6
Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Sunday, 10:00 – 4:00
Cazenovia Arts & Crafts Fair

Lorenzo State Historical Site
Cazenovia, NY

CAVAC FB Cover

BLS Designs
Canterbury Cabin Soap & Candle Company
Estancia Designs
HandCandy Mittens
Hilltop Pottery
I’m Melting … Glass
Shiny Bits Jewelry
Suki Handmade Jewelry

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Shows Reviews – New Platform Launched!

Add Your Review

Art Fair Reviews

I’m very excited to introduce our new platform for entering reviews of craft shows and art fairs, in which you have participated! This is all thanks to the amazingly brilliant Henrietta Foster, of Adora Designs Artisan Jewelry.

The buttons above are displayed prominently in the sidebar, over there on the right, scroll down a little.

Here is the easy-as-pie fill in the blank review form. There is also a text field for any additional comments you’d like to add.

This information gets automatically populated into our big beautiful Google doc Show Reviews spreadsheet! You don’t have to do anything with the Google doc that houses the comments – just scroll back & forth & read! The information is entered automatically, from the above mentioned form.

This was developed for use by Rochester Artisans but anyone is free to add reviews via the form and read the reviews too. We decided this isn’t a bad thing because we’ve long felt that we’re all in this together – artists and show organizers. Each group needs the other one! I would like to keep it relevant to the western New York area.

On a related note, I hope you’ll check out our Biz page of this website. There’s a lot of good information there, contributed by Rochester Artisans. One of my faves is, “Artist Etiquette“, listing some ways you can be a coveted show participant.

My other favorite one is for show organizers called, “Happy Artists are Returning Artists“. We wrote this with the smaller show organizers in mind, such as for schools & churches, who use shows as fundraisers. We understand their perspective – raise money. We wanted to write something for consideration of the long-term success of their efforts. Very often the organizers of school shows, for example, change over the years and their children “age out” of the school, so this would be good information to pass on year after year.

I consider all of these documents I’ve mentioned, “living documents”, meaning they will be edited and updated over time. If you have additions to be considered, please leave them in the comments or send me an email at stefanit@rochester.rr.com. I’d love to hear what you have to say!

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Four Days Left

2014 Maplewood Button

Hi. It’s me again, pimping the Maplewood Y Craft Show. As many of you know, I help organizer Sara Senour with this show. The deadline for applications is June 30 so I wanted to give it one more mention here.

This has nothing to do with the prediction that I made saying we’ll have 100 applicants this year. (Okay, maybe a little.) But seriously folks, it has everything to do with making a great show. This will be our 4th year for the show, 2nd year for it being a juried show.

Albums for Jury

Here’s the cool thing. Sara puts all the photos (unless instructed otherwise by an applicant) in category-specific albums on the show’s Facebook page. That is how the jury reviews the photos, right there on Facebook. She uploads them as she gets them so you can go scroll through them right now and check out your competition. Are you thinking, “Oh yeah, I can smoke the competition!”? Then please scoot on over to the show’s information page and follow the link to the online application. You pay when accepted. Then email your five photos, according to the instructions. It could not be easier, I promise. Presuming you already have your jury photos ready to go, the whole process will take you 10 minutes, tops.

Whether I’m accepted into the show or not, I’ll be there working alongside Sara and the entire team of volunteers to make this another spectacular show. I’ll see you there!

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Jury Photos, a Necessary Evil

Photograph: Mark Strozier/Alamy

Photograph: Mark Strozier/Alamy

Evil is a bit strong, but it’s hard for me to imagine anyone, even professional photographers, not stressing over photographs of their work to be submitted for acceptance into an art fair. Photographers have the technicalities down, but I’m guessing they still worry about content.

My modus operandi the last couple of years has been to assemble a fresh set of photos for that year’s jury photos. It helps me look at what I submitted the previous year, so I can be sure to show new work, to show growth as an artist.

This is my Sticky Notes jury photo from 2013. I like everything about this piece, the colors, the complexity of the pattern.

This is my Sticky Notes jury photo from 2013. I like everything about this piece, the colors, the complexity of the pattern.

This is my Sticky Notes jury photo for this year. The stitching isn't very complex at all but  it's different from last year and I know people love the songbird motif, it's been a good seller for me.

This is my Sticky Notes jury photo for this year. The stitching isn’t very complex at all but it’s different from last year and I know people love the songbird motif, it’s been a good seller for me.

What I am newly working on is trying to make sure the entire photo looks good. I tend to focus on the subject only. That’s how stuff like this happens.

See that brown shadow on the right? Yeah, I know. Guess what happens when that gets blown up to poster size? It's ALL I can see. :::cringe:::

See that brown shadow on the right? Yeah, I know. Guess what happens when that gets blown up to poster size? It’s ALL I can see. :::cringe:::

At least I can say I'm learning a little. I spotted that dark shadow at the top of the 1st photo and got rid of it. Of course, that was after I sent it to two shows. Baby steps, people.

At least I can say I’m learning a little. I spotted that dark shadow at the top of the 1st photo and got rid of it. Of course, that was after I sent it to two shows. Baby steps, people.

As many of you know, I help organize the Maplewood Y Craft Show, held each October. (Applications are online and due June 30.) Last year was the first year the show was juried. Organizer Sara Senour and I pretended to be jurors, just for the experience. It was eye-opening and Sara wrote a guest post about it.

Based on that experience of seeing a wide range of photos, good and bad, I decided to try something new this year. I included one very close-up photo of my stitching, so the jury can see the stitches individually and really grasp the technique used. The stitching fills the photo, you can’t even tell what the piece is (though I explain in the caption, where possible).

Good or bad idea - remains to be seen. I'm hoping the visible detail outweighs the fact that there's no context. (This piece is 9" in diameter and will be framed in a 12" x 12" frame. It's a gift.)

Good or bad idea – remains to be seen. I’m hoping the visible detail outweighs the fact that there’s no context. (This piece is 9″ in diameter and will be framed in a 12″ x 12″ frame. It’s a gift.)


The photos in this post were resized to appear correctly on Facebook. The images I send to shows are much larger. I’m not a pro, not by a long-shot, but I’ve become much more familiar with a free online photo editing program, PicMonkey. (I actually use the paid version now, you get a few more features and options.)

The other upside to sending clear, large photos is that shows are always looking for photos to use in their advertising of the show. Kind of a nice ego-boost when that happens – and makes it even more fun to promote shows you’re in.

And yes, I’m still nervous every time I apply to a juried show. Heck, I’m even nervous putting these photos “out there” on this blog post!

Please share any good tips & trick you’ve had success with, in the comments.

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What to do with unsold work?

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This is a topic that comes up from time to time, mostly in a cringeworthy fashion, “I can’t believe how far I’ve come since I made that embarrassing piece?!”

Fortunately, with my hand stitched paper art, the materials are so inexpensive, that I feel no remorse in throwing something away if it’s not up to my current standards. Or I’ll disassemble it and reuse the good parts.

(Which reminds me of the time a woman at work, took apart the birthday card I’d given her (a month or two after her birthday, not right away) and gave me back a part I could reuse. She was one of the most frugal people I ever met, so I understood her thinking. And I did reuse it, but it was a little weird! It’s okay if I do it, lol. I was thinking I’d rather she’d thrown the whole thing away then cannibalize it. No, I don’t get me, either.)

I have always thought I would have a section in my booth or online called, “Retired Designs”. It sounds more elegant than, “Crap I Can’t Stand Looking at One Minute More”. But I’ve never really had enough to do that with so I’ve just marked down the price on a few things and of course they sold. And then that irritates me because people are buying according to price not how stunning my work is, she says modestly.

When I’ve written about hating my old work before, people have commented that just because I don’t like it, doesn’t mean that someone else won’t. Another school of thought is, the one I subscribe to for the most part, is that I don’t want my name on anything that doesn’t represent me well.

All of this came to mind when I saw Gia Conti’s invitation to her Super Sale at the upcoming Corn Hill Festival. She’s making a point of letting people know that older works will be marked down so I’m sure her collectors and wannabe collectors will go scoop them up. It seems like such a win/win when it’s someone else doing it.

Then today, Alyson Stanfield wrote about the very same topic, Earlier Work Not Selling. Be sure to read the comments below her post for a myriad of ideas on how to deal with this very subject. The common thread seems to be that one should carefully go through the rejects and deal with them on a case-by-case basis.

What have you done in the past, that’s worked for you?

Robyn 404

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Garden Art Festival in Buffalo, June 29

RA Collage for Buffalo Garden Art 400
June 29
10:00 – 4:00
Buffalo Style Garden Art Festival

Parkside Lodge in Delaware Park
Buffalo, NY

Aremel Soaps
Art FX Glass
By Ann
Copperman
Kathleen Kosel Steelworks
Tom Zachman Fused Glass

Find arts and crafts inspired by the garden – and to put IN your garden – copper, steel, glass, stone, concrete, and wooden statuary; hand-crafted furniture and tuteurs; hypertufa planters, birdbaths, birdhouses, paintings, ceramics, stepping stones, and much, much more!

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Solstice at Soulstice

Header with White Text 400 artisans

Summer Solstice Sale
Saturday, June 21, 11:00 – 5:00

“I want every customer to feel relaxed while they browse through the unique treasures tucked in every corner of the store. Don’t be surprised if you are warmly greeted by two wet noses. They will be happy to show you around the shop,” says owner Collette Welch.

Soleil & Bode, in their younger days.

Soleil & Bode, in their younger days…

We have over 50 artists that sell their products at Soulstice Artisan Market. All artists are well known in the Rochester, NY area and have won awards for their craftsmanship and artistic talent.

Shopping at Soulstice ensures a diverse experience due to the wide range of styles and artistic background. Every customer should find something they want. Feel free to come in and intake the talent of our local artists, right in our back yard.

Sticky Notes with Hand Stitched Cover, by Stefani Tadio. $7.00.

Sticky Notes with Hand Stitched Cover, by Stefani Tadio. $7.00.

Soulstice artists are preparing to help you celebrate Summer Solstice on Saturday, June 21, 11:00 – 5:00. Stop by to meet the artists – many are offering special pricing for this celebration. You’ll find everything from hand crafted jewelry, pottery, stained and fused glass, paintings, paper goods, pillows, quilts, beautiful purses and accessories to aromatherapy!

Soulstice Artisan Market
632 North Winton Road
Rochester, NY 14609

For additional information please call 585-370-0076 or 585-482-4005.

Red Creek Jasper Necklace, by Generous Spirit Jewelry Designs

Red Creek Jasper Necklace, by Generous Spirit Jewelry Designs

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