Hi Elaine, I just wanted to let you know that I got the top. It’s awesome! The sleeves are perfect and makes it very likely that I will wear it more often. And it’s incredibly comfortable but still extremely unique. Which is exactly what I wanted. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with me. Thank you so much!
I wanted to tell you that I get so many compliments whenever I wear your necklace. From friends to complete strangers sitting next to me who stop to ask about it. It is so nice to wear and fiddle with, it feels great and it is striking in its strength and delicacy balance. I do enjoy it! Thought you might want to know you are spreading beauty around!
Ojai Studio Artists: Turning Corners
A new beginning, a new style of art, a new direction, a new path in life — these are some of the ideas behind the theme of this exhibit.
Through October 9
130 West Ojai Avenue
History is Now, 2023 Special Exhibition
History Is Now, 2023 celebrates 150 artists who have made an impact in Ventura County over the past 150 years. Featuring artist portaits photographed by Donna Granata, the founder of FOTM. I am so honored to have Donna’s amazing portrait of me chosen to be part of the exhibit.
July 10 – September 5, 2023 Ventura County Government Center
September 11 – November 6, 2023 Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center
October 7 – 9, 10 – 5 pm
The Ojai Studio Artists (OSA) tour, set for Oct 7-9, features a stunning array of art featuring 60 artists and the opportunity to explore the private spaces where it’s made. This year OSA is celebrating its 40th anniversary, making it the longest-running studio art tour in California. Get your free tickets and come join us!
Artist and Women's Empowerment Couturière
I create seductive, wearable objects combining jewelry techniques with chain mail to caress the female body. As a child, I was taught to be quiet and not express myself even though I noticed creativity flowing through my grandmothers fingers in the form of quilt-making. I find my voice when I create art through the meditative state of linking one ring at a time. When knitted with thin metal wire and small rings this masculine, war-like material becomes extremely soft and flowing. The ritual of laying the transparent veil of chain mail on a woman invokes a sense of security and a feeling of empowerment. My creations are a merging of art and history in the intimate setting of a woman’s body.
Lately, I’ve become fascinated with the color and pattern of chain mail. I was reminded of the quilt squares my grandmother Minnie always had sitting by her chair. These thoughts led to a series of wall pieces relating to a quilt square format. “Legacy” being the first in the series, a pattern created using bright colors similar to hers. Translating the material to a wall format has opened a whole new venue for my art with new directions.
An international, award winning metal/jewelry artist with a Master of Fine Arts degree from Illinois State University. Her work has been featured at the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Through the Ojai Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, “The Triangle Dress was displayed at SOFA Chicago in 2018. She was featured in Intersection: Art & Life by Kevin Wallace published by Schiffer Publishing in 2018 and Chain Mail Jewelry by Terry Taylor and Dylon Whyte published by Lark Books in 2006,. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers.
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