Monday, August 01, 2016

Freestyle Beading

Today is a civic holiday for me: an opportunity clean my studio and finish up some projects.
This necklace was started during the winter and finally wrapped up today.

My project began with three wooden faces I painted silver 
and I had a filigree necklace I was dying to upcycle.

My classic evening lap desk.

I just hand-sewed beads around the faces.

 I glued some felt on, to make the back of the filigree look tidy again.
Then I reassembled the necklace with jump rings.

Upcycled and refreshed!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Vintage Paris Ribbon Necklace

I always prefer to wear more fiber in the summer.  It is so lightweight and colorful.
This necklace is a perfect example of everything I love.

My unique pendant beads are actually vintage french ribbon.

Each year in Paris, I look for ribbon samples 
that salespeople used to show customers a ribbon collection.

This year I did really well in the Paris antique markets.  I found several boards like this one.
You can see an entire collection of the same design in many color options.

The strips are just long enough to create these little ribbon "pocket beads."

I folded my ribbons and secured a ribbon edge metal component to create a finished edge.

I stuffed the beads with a little felt and hand sewed the sides closed.
With my beads completed, I strung my necklace with beads in a similar bright color palette.

The bead strands were a gift from Sarah James and Candie Cooper.
Thanks girls!

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Wonderful Window Dog In Brugge, Belgium

I have always referred to this doggie as the King of Belgium. Several years ago I was in Brugge, Belgium on one of those canal boat tours. We were speeding along and I looked up to see this well known local. I only had one second to snap a picture with my cheapie camera before we flew past. 
To this day, I keep the picture on my computer screen. 

One day, I hope I will be this relaxed.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

The French Mannequin Head

Every year in Paris I look to see if this tiny store in the 6th still features this mannequin head.
Happily, they never disappoint.  This is five years of styling.





Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Gone With The Wind Inspired Curtain Necklace

This necklace is inspired by that famous scene in Gone With The Wind when our leading lady decides to turn the velvet drapes into a dress.  
Even as I child I thought "why not."
Everything can be repurposed and refashioned.
So this necklace is what I would have made with the curtain tie backs.

This gorgeous tie back and tassel is only $5 in the John Bead Outlet.
I know.  $5 is a steal.

I cut off several of the individual tassels.  These already have a nice knotted loop I can add a jumpring through.

When I cut through fibers I wrap the area with tape so that everything does not unravel.

See, cut, secured and perfect.

Now the ends are easy to glue into an endcap.  I use Beacon's Quick Grip because it absolutely works for these types of projects.

My last touch was to attach this $10 scarf bead from my local consignment store; My Sister's Closet Boutique.

Curtain tie back to necklace!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

An Open letter to Ontario Heritage Trust

An Open letter to Ontario Heritage Trust,

A few weeks ago I had the great fortune to visit and spend time at Fulford Place.  As described by your website:  “This magnificent 20,000-square-foot mansion was built in 1899-1901 for self-made millionaire and Senator George Taylor Fulford I (1852-1905) and his family. The house was designed by noted American architect Albert W. Fuller, with landscaping design by the prestigious Olmsted Brothers firm.”

I am utterly amazed that such a stunning mansion, open since 1993, existed in my own province and I never even heard of it until June 2016.

I can tell you that the tour we were given surpassed by leaps and bounds any I have experienced at a heritage property site anywhere in the world.  The museum docent was a complete delight and could elegantly explain exactly what might have occurred in any of the rooms 100 years ago.

Twenty minutes into our tour I had to stop and ask “how is it possible that this museum does no social media?’  And more important, why is there a NO PHOTO policy?  Clearly, this spectacular site NEEDS and deserves the exposure and recognition.

“Fulford Place and its collection were donated to the Ontario Heritage Trust by the Fulford family in 1991. Many items from the family’s collection are exhibited in the house just as they were over 100 years ago.”

While I am thrilled that you have restored the home to what is was 100 years ago, I believe your policies need to reflect 2016.  There are so many stories here that need to be told.  Had I been given the opportunity, my Facebook page would have shared with friends around the world images of this first class museum in a way that would have compelled them to want to visit too.

Photography policies in museums around the world reflect a new trend allowing people to gather their own images of the art, antiques and installations that they see.  It is now part of the experience to share what you view with family and friends.  It is a new way of viewing art that I acknowledge not everyone appreciates, but one which I believe, brings new life and excitement into the museum going experience.

So I ask you to consider this.  Please let the world know more about some of our Canadian historical sites.  Let’s share instantly around the world the “original tapestries, paintings, statuary and ceramics collected on the Fulfords' world travels that are on display throughout the period rooms and are featured in special exhibits.” 

Set up a Facebook page, welcome bloggers, encourage photography and garner all the goodwill that comes from sharing news about all that has been done and all that needs to be done to maintain this mansion.  Harness all the good that comes with a social media audience of fans and supporters that would welcome images and news from this national historic site.

By way of closure, here is a short list of how world-class museums are handling the photo issue. 

Art Gallery of Ontario
The AGO allows photography for personal use only, except where indicated. We ask that you respect the rights of artists and their representatives under Canadian copyright law.

The Louvre
The Visitor Regulations authorize photography without the use of flash in the permanent collection exhibition rooms, under certain conditions:
"Artworks in the permanent collection exhibition rooms may be photographed or filmed for private use by the operator. The use of flash and other lighting equipment is prohibited. Photography and filming is strictly prohibited in the temporary exhibition rooms.”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Still photography is permitted for private, noncommercial use only in the Museum's galleries devoted to the permanent collection. Photographs cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever.

The National Gallery London
Photography is allowed for personal, non-commercial purposes in the National Gallery. It is the visitor’s responsibility to ensure no copyright is infringed.

Carmi Cimicata

Update June 17, 2016
Ontario Heritage Trust Thank you for your comments about Fulford Place – it is great to hear how much you enjoyed your visit. We also appreciate your feedback on the photography policy. We are currently in the process of revisiting the policy for a number of the reasons that you mention. On the Ontario Heritage Trust Facebook page and on our Twitter account @ONheritage we regularly share information about Fulford Place, as well as our other museums across the province. We hope that you will like/follow us to learn more about all of our sites and activities!