I submitted my work to a new gallery here in town (Appleton, Wisconsin). The gallery is an Artist Co-op. It is gorgeous. All work in the gallery must be juried in.
I was accepted last week. I feel proud of this.
The jury liked most of my work, but felt a couple of pieces lacked imagination. The thing is that I am not trying to reinvent anything. I try to make well balanced, eye pleasing, classy pieces using good materials and craftsmanship. Because of whatever talent I have, my pieces seem to end up looking a little "special". I think this is because I am really picky and won't finish something until I think it looks "right". At art shows, people tell me my work has a special something to it. We haven't defined what that is!!!! Being inventive is not my goal. I guess that all in all the jury must have seen something they wanted or I would have been turned away.
To apply, I had to do an artist statement. This was weird. I never said I was an artist, and now here I am having to state I am!
Here is what I did for that:
"" "When I was a little girl, I spent hours playing with the buttons in my Mother's button tin: a treasure chest to me. This is where she kept everything from huge gaudy rhinestone buttons to little black plastic buttons. I loved to sort them by color, by size, by how "fancy" they were.
Now I have my own treasure chest: my bead cupboard. My treasure chest has beads of every color of the rainbow. They come from all over the world. Most have a rich tradition and history behind them. In creating one of my pieces, I may incorporate lapis lazuli from Afghanistan, silver from Bali and glass from Czechoslovakia. The elements complement each other and become a whole.
I begin a piece by selecting a single bead that attracts and inspires me and then build the rest of the piece around that first element. I use a variety of colors and textures. Sometimes the effect is a piece that has a tribal artifact look; other pieces have a decidedly modern feel. I don't confine myself to one style. I prefer instead to pursue the endless possibilities that the beads offer me.
I have been making jewelry for 6 years. Before that I worked with textiles and wood fired clay forms. I have work in the Seaweed Gallery, Sanibel Island, Florida and in Gwendolyn's, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Both Galleries have done exceptionally well with my work.
Clients tell me I have a good eye for color and design and that my work stands apart from the work of others. My work is simple, and elegant.
I am committed to creating work that is beautiful, made of the finest materials and made to last. """
I set up my case the end of this week. It's $60 per month but then all the profit is mine. The case is a hexagon and is 10" high and 40" from one parallel side to the other. I'm thinking of buying a fawn colored velvet fabric for the base and then just adding interest by arranging the fabric at different levels using shapes under it. Some people have beans and drift wood, etc. Their displays are almost too distracting. I want the focus to be on the jewelry. If any of you have any ideas about this setup, fire away. I am open to suggestions.
Sorry this was so long! I haven't taken time to write for awhile. Had to play catch up.