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New Year Resolutions

The New Year for many of us brings the opportunity to reset goals and start fresh.  Resolutions are worth nothing if we don’t take the necessary actions and what I have learned this past year is that being able to keep a record of actions also keeps me moving forward.

My goal in 2014 was to ‘finish’——sewing projects, craft projects and of course beading projects.  I’ve kept a little notebook and listed the projects as I finished them.  This tool has kept me focused but also successful……I recorded 148 projects finished this year.  It is the first time I have ever followed through with one of my New Year resolutions.  So for 2015, I am going to focus on a one word goal and then keep track of my actions. Think I’ll start at the back of my little book to keep that record!

What success did you have this year with your resolutions?  And, what are your goals for 2015?

Fused Glass: Molds

Fused Glass: Molds

Intro to Fused Glass

This class will expose the absolute beginner to working with glass. Learning basic cutting, layering, firing and finishing of several small pieces, one should expect to leave the class after day 2 with a small cast piece, and several pieces made from sheet glass. Handouts will include technique information, a tool list for future work with the medium, a list of vendors to purchase glass from, both locally and online, and technical information on firing schedules. There will be discussion about how a kiln works, and how to make decisions regarding firing.

This is an approximately 2 1/2  hour class.  Pieces created can be picked up within a few days of firing.

Check our Calendar for upcoming dates, or Contact Us to request this class.

An update on finishing!

In my January blog, I wrote about my one and only New Year’s resolution: finishing projects of all kinds.  I have been diligent over the past six months in keeping this focus…with of course lots of other things going on in my life.  As of yesterday, I have completed 77, yes, 77 projects—sewing projects, beaded projects, items needing repair, gifts and samples for the Bead Bush. (Note: I keep track in a little notebook)  Some of these projects I started years ago, and some two weeks ago…but finish them I have…

So you’d think my sewing room, and my work area in the Bead Bush would be clean, neat,  really quite empty…wrong!  I admit, the pile has lessened and I am a little more organized, but I have a long ways to go.  It probably won’t ever happen, but it is better.

One of the things I think about is why I don’t finish…….lot’s of reasons…run out of time, isn’t working out right, stuck on what to do next, poor color choices, doesn’t fit, poor choice of material and technique, grow disinterested and just plain boring.  I’m gradually pushing myself to dispose (could mean throw away, give away, take apart, or put in box with other experimentations) of those things that hang around, that will never be finished or used…..whether they be beaded items or sewing items. Hard to do, but getting easier.

I find I like things a little more organized, labeled, and less messy… wow….that is amazing.  Now I have just have to keep it up.   That will be the challenge!

What have you done this year, that inspires you to finish what you have started?


Do you see what I see

Innovative Approaches to Color & Design # 3: Do You See What I See!

Do you see what I see

This class will look at some of the ‘tricks’ that our brains and eyes play on our on perception.  We’ll have some fun looking at different trompe l’oeil devices in color and design and analyzing how they work from the artist’s as well as the observer’s perspectives.  2 1/2 hours.

Prerequisites:  Color Awareness, Designing with Beads, and three of the four intermediate Applied Color & Design classes.  

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The Ugly Color

Innovative Approaches to Color and Design #2: The Ugly Color

The Ugly Color

Have you ever looked at a painting, a swatch of fabric, a collage, or a patch of beadwork and thought, “Well, those colors just don’t do it for me!”  This session will provide a framework for analyzing how colors interact.  We will also try to figure out why some colors or color combination just feel ‘wrong,’ then consider what (if anything!) we can do change the way that we look at these ‘ugly’ colors and control the effect that they have on our work…at least on our beadwork! 2 1/2 hour class.

Prerequisite: Color Awareness, Designing with Beads and the four Applied Color & Design topics.  

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The Starting and Finishing Struggle

As creative creators, starting and finishing something is an interesting cycle.  We all function differently when it comes down to it.   It is a continuous topic with beaders.  We have a very few beaders who create one project at a time and finish one project at a time.  These folks never have an unfinished project.  And then there are some who never finish anything and then all the folks in-between (this is me)…who starts many projects, but do finish sooner or later. ( just don’t have time for all the ideas of things I’d like to do.)

Now it really does not bother me to have loads of unfinished projects, but I would like to have a few less.  So, one of my new year resolutions, (oh, let’s face it…it is my only resolution) was to start a finishing journal for the year.  In that journal I would write down all the projects (of any kind) that I complete.  I’m feeling very satisfied… of today, I have 6 items in my finishing journal.  If I can keep up that schedule for the year, I will have an empty sewing room and all my beads will be in perfect order!  Since that will never happen, I’m just going to enjoy the present process and swirl of finishing!

For me, there has been something very focused and satisfying in completing projects, writing down the completion and moving onto the next project.  I know that I will get side tracked, but I have a sense that I will be more focused, productive and satisfied with my creations in 2014 than in previous years.

What to you do to bring to conclusion your projects?

Study 2: Emotive Properties of Color

Study #2 in Applied Color & Design: Emotive Properties of Color

Study 2: Emotive Properties of Color

This class will investigate how color communicates messages, evokes predictable reactions and affects our moods and our emotions.  We will look at color from a number of different perspectives including cultural, physical, physiological and psychological.  And we will consider how we can use color in our beading or other artwork to set a tone, communicate a message, or evoke a response.  This 2.5 hour class is fun and surprisingly thought-provoking! 

Color Awareness is a pre-requisite for this class.

Check our Calendar for upcoming dates, or Contact Us to request this class.