Creativity Inspired by the Thomas Fire

Ojai before Thomas

Yes, two more exhibitions featuring work inspired by the Thomas Fire. We’re getting our emotions out there and healing ourselves in whatever way seems appropriate. And, as it turns out, I’ve been very busy.

Human Arts, a gallery in Ojai, has a real understanding of artists and what it takes to create and sell art. Hallie Katz, a fine jewelry artist, sold her jewelry through the same shows that I participate in now, before opening the gallery in 1990 with her husband, Stan. We’ve had a great partnership for about 15 years now and it’s an honor to be a part of this exhibit.

Alaskan Coral

The exhibition titled, “Up from the Ashes: Art After the Thomas Fire.” opens May 18 from 5:30-7: 30 pm and continues thru (June More information at: You’ll notice if

Alaskan Coral Necklace

Alaskan Coral Necklace

you read my last blog, the copper flame has reappeared as a pin this time. In both necklaces, I wanted the wearer to have the ability to “stop the fire” so to speak. Each flame has a tie tack clutch on its back and can be removed from the Authentic Metal Lace necklace at will, changing the feeling of the necklace. It’s an emblem of sorts, “I survived the fire.” And can be worn individually as well. The Alaskan coral beads on both necklaces were chosen because shape and color remind me of tree stumps. And, if you look closely, they have a grain similar to wood grain. Unfortunately, numbers of trees disappeared during the fire – the stump being its remnant. The silver wire bursting forth from the stumps represents new growth; the beginnings of renewal. We’re all doing it now in Ojai; the plants, animals, and people moving forward with the air and earth cleansed, reaching for the sun, stretching beyond our borders.

Incidentally, I have one more stump shaped Alaskan coral bead. So if you feel inspired to have an original creation using it, please feel free to contact me. Custom work is a large part of what I do on a regular basis.

Emergence Purse

Emergence Purse


And, I just finished a purse titled, “Emergence” out of Authentic Metal Lace. An applique flame stitched together from red, gold, orange, black, and green anodized aluminum rings sits on top of the stainless flap. I’ve never tried to create such an elaborate patterning before and let’s just say it wasn’t easy. As always, new directions lead to new discoveries and ideas. This is what keeps us artists intrigued and moving forward.

Museum of Ventura County – “Wearing Our Stories: Rising from the Ashes”

Armored Dreams Detail

Armored Dreams Detail

On June 2nd from 6-9pm, I will be unveiling a full-length dress titled, “Armored Dreams” for the fashion show, “Wearing Our Stories: Rising from the Ashes” held at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main Street, Ventura. I’ve been working on this one piece for about 5 years now as it started as a dream; hence, the name. It’s still not finished, but it’s very close. I’m amazed at how long some pieces take and when they decide to come into being. An artist never actually knows when something will be finished. We just keep working. And, now that I’ve given it a deadline, I’m pushing myself to finish it. So here’s the info to purchase a ticket: See you soon at both events.

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