Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Giddy


Javelinas coming for their morning visit.
Soon my partner in crime Heidi and I will be hitting the road for Tucson, to experience what is at the same time an exhiliarating, boring, stimulating, demanding, exhausting week+ of adventures.  I get to see lots of my glassy, beady peeps and their incredible works of art, hang with dear friends who used to live here in the mountains with us but now live in Tucson, and spend 830 miles getting reacquainted with one of my bestest friends ever.  We both dread the drive but with each of us taking turns, and chatting the day away it seems to go by quickly.  But once we get there?  Heaven.  I love the desert! And Terry says that the javelinas have been asking about us, and they have a new baby to introduce to us.  I can't wait.

You never know what you might see on the drive to Tucson.

Wind turbines near Palm Springs. 
I wanted to show you some of the work I'll be bringing with me to this new show.  It's always a challenge to know what to bring - jewelry?  Focal beads?  Sets?  As usual I checked my sales records from last year and I at least have a starting plan, but you never know.  And there's always the Last Minute Innovation Factor.  It never fails that within a week or two of this major five day show I am lured away by the "what if I try THIS" ideas, and this year is no exception.  It's something that happens every. single. time. before a big show and I need to work harder to resist the call.  Or not.  Sometimes the discoveries are worth it!

Here are some of the jewelry pieces I'll have in Tucson.

I'm having loads of fun with this disc shape, and making the bails as well.


What would the show be without these awesome ACORNS?  New, with oak leaf bling.
Lots of big holed, capped and cored beads.
I'll share some of the loose beads coming next.  Have yourself an awesome day!

Monday, January 26, 2015

A break in the show prep with a bit of bacon, some wine, and a dude with a bow

Bacon is cooking in the Lakinsmith household once again, and I'm here with you and a lovely glass of wine in my Beads of Courage wine glass, taking a break from my studio.  The fire is crackling in the living room and my man will soon be home.

The bacon is for this dish from my favorite source, Epicurious - Lamb shoulder with polenta and beans.  We actually made it a few days ago and I'm re-making one of the components since it was gone before the polenta and the lamb.  I've been shyly flirting with polenta for a while now, and embraced it headily with this dish - it's creamy polenta, and I'm in love.  The roughly cut corn gets simmered in the oven with chicken broth, cream, shallots and thyme, and it couldn't be easier.  The maker of this recipe was brilliant.  The way that part of the leeks get used in a piquant twist to the savory beans is what makes it.  In case you're wondering, no, I'm not a huge fan of the lamb as food, but we were gifted a bit of it by a family member who lovingly raised it on his ranch and it's there in our freezer.  Yeah, I know, not exactly a stanchion of morals one way or the other on this issue, but it is what it is.  But this recipe, wow.  It's some pretty awesome comfort food.

Speaking of sustainable eating, have you heard of Donnie Vincent?  I recently stumbled on one of his videos on Facebook and am intrigued.  Donnie is an adventurer, wilderness bow hunter, gear expert, and maker of extraordinary films, and what drew me in is his love for nature and telling the story of the modern meat gatherer.  The film work and settings in his pieces are breathtaking (as is the haunting cello score), and I just had to get one of his movies for my husband for Christmas.  In addition to sharing these remote, perfect spots with us Donnie is trying to get us all to think about where our food comes from, like one of my other heros, Michael Pollan.  We all need to do more of that. 

"Don't confuse me with being anything else other than proud. Proud to be a hunter. It's time we stop apologizing for how we get our protein. This is who we are. Unless you’re a small time rancher, small time farmer, a hunter or fishermen... you really have no idea where your food comes from. Most people don’t even think about it. Well, we think about it. ” - Donnie Vincent.
I had my own epiphany of sorts on this topic a couple of years back when I was lamenting how much of our freezer space was taken up by fish, wild ducks, and other assorted game, and at the same time scratching my head over how a grown man could take up so much of his free time plotting ways to harvest food from the wild.  And then it struck me.  Here I am, making a point of shopping various "whole" food stores, buying organic protein, when right in front of me was a man doing a remarkable job of feeding his family with the same goal in mind.  He takes what we can eat, from wild and (hopefully) healthy sources, minimizing the impact on the planet.  He only hunts birds, but we are lucky to be able to trade fish for red meat from our friends who do hunt the larger game.  Now when I open the freezer I feel a deep sense of gratitude.

Here is the little Vimeo piece that piqued my curiosity about this guy.


Who We Are from Sicmanta on Vimeo.

Isn't it engaging?  Anyway, those are my deep thoughts for tonight.  I'm back in the studio after dinner for some more show prep. May the force be with us all!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Beads of Courage: The role of glass beads as Arts-in-Medicine


Today I'm taking a little break from promoting the new Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival , and I wanted to share some bead pictures of my own, but they are not beads I'll be selling at the show.


Recently I've been spending a portion of my torching time making specially matched beads for a cause near and dear to my heart.  Beads of Courage is an arts-in-medicine program that helps seriously ill children own and share their stories of strength and courage.  There are over 30,000 children participating in the international Beads of Courage program.  Through the groundbreaking work of nurse and founder Dr. Jean Baruch, this non-profit foundation has been helping children tell their stories since 2003, about the same time as I discovered glass bead making.  In the 11 years since it began, the program has grown to include over 60 hospitals not just in the United States, but abroad as well.  Jean's vision, love and energy are helping thousands of children and their families to cope with the challenges that chronic, serious illnesses bring.

These matched pairs are part of the Carry A Bead program, and will be carried by athletes, celebrities, and others who embark on amazing adventures, who will give one of the beads to a child with an inspirational note. 
These glass beads are going to help children who are facing life-threatening illnesses, and that makes my heart sing. 

Please visit the Beads of Courage website  to learn more about their amazing work, and ways that you can help them in their mission.

If you're in Tucson for the gem and bead shows and want to attend a great party and support their cause, come to Bead Inspired, and enjoy a wonderful, heartwarming evening with Jean Baruch and the Beads of Courage folks at the Metal Arts Village.  I can't wait to see who is inducted into the Bead Hall of Fame this year.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival: Jared DeLong


The incredible glass sculpture of Jared DeLong.  I can't tell you how excited I am to be able to see some of his work in person for the first time.
In the days leading up to the shows in Tucson I am sharing some images of work by the participating artists in the new all glass Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival at the Quality Inn Suites from Feb 3-7.  Jared DeLong will be there showing his mind blowing work.

This new show is conveniently located just off I-10 near the Tucson Expo Center. This map will help you get your bearings.


I will be there with some of my newest glass beads and jewelry, in the Palo Verde Room (the "ballroom") at table B-6, just inside the front door. 

Lampwork and bronze bracelet by Patty Lakinsmith.
 Please check the show website for more info.  The Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival also has their own shuttle bus route and it goes between the Quality Inn (where this new show is), Kino Sports Complex (where the Best Bead Show is), J.O.G.S. Tucson, and the Tucson airport, and it goes several times an hour.  Here is the link to the show guide containing all of the shuttle bus info.

Please come and visit me at my new show!  Here is the exhibitor list:


Patty Lakinsmith
Lori Engle / Heiden & Engle
Monty Clark & Carol Fonda-Clark / Dichroic Inc.
Jeff Rogers / Rogers Art Glass
Darryl Emmett / Blast Shield Tools
Donna Felkner / CG Beads
Doug Harroun / Greymatter Glass
Donna Conklin / Prima Donna Beads
JeriLyn Alderman / Firechilde Glass Studio
JC Herrell
Margaret Zinser / MZ Glass & Bijoux Bee
Jo Hoffacker / Dogmaw Glass
Jeff Rutherford
Ren Farnsworth
Susan P. Hanson
Jared DeLong
Akihiro Okama
Ryo Ono
Mika Nishiyama
Takahiro Muto
Masao Sakai
Kazushi Onodera
(+ about 20 amazing Japanese artists work who cannot attend in person!)
Lewis Wilson / Crystal Myths
Barbara Svetlick
Bronwen Heilman
Marcia Kmack/Cavecreek Glassworks


Friday, January 23, 2015

Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival: Barbara Svetlick

Today I would like to share some work from another artist participating in the all new Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival - Barbara Svetlick.  Barb is a multi-talented artist who is also a prolific and accomplished writer.
Glass flowers by Barbara Svetlick.  Her newest work features sculpted glass flowers on burled wood bases.
This new all glass show at the Quality Inn & Suites from Feb 3-7. It's just off I-10 near the Tucson Expo Center.

Mandala Pendant by Patty Lakinsmith. 
The Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival is a brand new, all glass show at the Quality Inn and Suites, and goes from Tuesday, Feb 3 through Saturday, Feb 7, and I'll be there in the Palo Verde Room (the "ballroom") at table B-6, just inside the front door.  Check the show website for more info.  The Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival also has their own shuttle bus route and it goes between the Quality Inn (where this new show is), Kino Sports Complex (where the Best Bead Show is), J.O.G.S. Tucson, and the Tucson airport, and it goes several times an hour.  Here is the link to the show guide containing all of the shuttle bus info.

Please come and visit me at my new show!  Here is the exhibitor list:


Patty Lakinsmith
Lori Engle / Heiden & Engle
Monty Clark & Carol Fonda-Clark / Dichroic Inc.
Jeff Rogers / Rogers Art Glass
Darryl Emmett / Blast Shield Tools
Donna Felkner / CG Beads
Doug Harroun / Greymatter Glass
Donna Conklin / Prima Donna Beads
JeriLyn Alderman / Firechilde Glass Studio
JC Herrell
Margaret Zinser / MZ Glass & Bijoux Bee
Jo Hoffacker / Dogmaw Glass
Jeff Rutherford
Ren Farnsworth
Susan P. Hanson
Jared DeLong
Akihiro Okama
Ryo Ono
Mika Nishiyama
Takahiro Muto
Masao Sakai
Kazushi Onodera
(+ about 20 amazing Japanese artists work who cannot attend in person!)
Lewis Wilson / Crystal Myths
Barbara Svetlick
Bronwen Heilman
Marcia Kmack/Cavecreek Glassworks


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