New Workshops, new shows!

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Excited to announce that I’ve added a couple of new workshops to my August roster, in addition to the upcoming glass-etching workshop on August 27th. I’ll be teaching two workshops on terrarium-building on August 14th and 23rd!  These two classes will focus on how to create sustainable tropical ecosystems under glass, with step-by-step Moss and plants for terrrarium workshopinstruction and tips on keeping your terrariums beautiful long-term. Attendees will get to personalize their terraria, and we’ll use truly unique glass vessels (no fishbowls here!) to build in.  Very excited to offer this class at the Presentation School Foundation in Brighton, as previously, I’ve only offered it and Brookline Adult and Community Education and Newton Community Education.  If you live in the Greater Boston area, or will be on August 14th or 23rd, join in!  You have to pre-register to attend, register here.

This Sunday, I’ll be exhibiting at SOWA Boston, debuting some new pieces. I’ve created new terrarium ornaments, botanical-gilded lanterns, terrarium shadow boxes and botanical-etched decanters. SOWA is open from 10 AM – 4 PM on Sunday, and is free to attend (it costs $10 to park, but you can use the parking voucher at any of the vendor booths!)Gilded Botanical Lantern 2

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New Stuffs!

Green Orchid Bud Vase close webI am expanding the Hieropice product line, after a couple of years of awesome responses to our terrarium ornaments.  I used to do a lot of glass-etching in my youth, and started incorporating etching into last Winter’s ornaments.   During the holidays, I offered ornaments with etched designs and pressed botanicals.  I am now expanding my etched pieces to bud vases, lanterns, cruets (those dispensers for oil, wine, etc.) and more, that I offer at art markets and online at Hieropice.com and hieropice.etsy.com.  The pieces featureEtched Fiddlehead Frame 2 web the thematic elements customary of Hieropice, ferns, orchids, and bits of nature I fall in love with as I explore.  I create original drawings and etch them onto reclaimed glass, and, in the future, will create some pieces that incorporate more glass techniques (mosaic, stained glass, painted glass, etc.).  I hope you enjoy these new pieces, I am really enjoying creating them!

FYI, if you’re in Greater Boston, you can still register for one of my glass-etching workshops taking place on August 4th and August 27th, at the Presentation Foundation Community Center.  Pre-registration is required, and the registration link is here: http://bit.ly/29ztFz6

Fall Can’t Come Fast Enough

Hieropice at Assembled

The Hieropice tent at Assembled

The sun is waning, we’re moving away from the “Dog Days” into Autumn.  I’m allergic to sun, so I’m certainly not mourning the end of Summer as most folks are!  I love Fall, and can’t wait for colorful leaves, apple-picking, crisp air, pumpkin pies, intense sunsets, Thanksgiving, and busting out my shawl collection.  Yup, I’m ready for Fall, bring it on!
I posted a while back about producing September 7th’s “Assembled: A Handmade Arts

Zombie Romance by Kristilyn Stevenson

Art by Zombie Romance’s Kristilyn Stevenson

Market at Assembly Row” arts festival; it’ll be my second.  I’m really excited about the vendors we’ll have on Saturday; particularly the artists who I’d really wanted to join us for the May 18th opening show, but who weren’t available.

Zombie Romance will be there on Saturday, with original illustrations by Kristilyn Stevenson in comic, jewelry, card and print form, as will Uni-T, will t-shirts and prints featuring artist Eujin Kim Neilan’s original artwork.  Moozydoo will join us, with her handmade cloth shoulder bags in vibrant colors and bold patterns, and Dominique Custeau will be selling her handmade fused glass jewelry.  I am proud to call these artists my friends.  And there will be a lot more, perhaps even a flashmob around 1:30 PM, but you didn’t hear that from me.  Assembled takes place at Assembly Row (formerly the Assembly Square Mall, in Somerville), at 145

Uni-T by Eujin

Uni-T by Eujin Kim Neilan

Middlesex Ave., Somerville, from 11 AM to 4 PM, Saturday, September 7th.  See you there!

Spring is Sprung, Assembled, and New Additions

Hi all!

The sun is finally out, on a regular basis, here in New England.  The sun and I have a troubled relationship (I’m allergic) but I’m still glad to see it!

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Things are blooming, and my allergies are punishing me, but I’ll take it!  It’s Summer show season, and I can get back to taking photos for

Hieropice outside, in gorgeous natural light.  Doing that in January was brutal.  We’re just coming out of a tricky, scary period here in Boston, and I’m happy to feel good about going outside again.  After the Boston Marathon bombings and the manhunt for the bombers that followed, we were on lock-down here in my neighborhood as they turned up about 10 minutes away, in Watertown.  We were prohibited from leaving our homes, and it turns out the local man who they car-jacked in their escape attempt was car-jacked two blocks from my house.  I have several friends who live in the neighborhood that was a constant fixture on the news for days, as the police exchanged gunfire with the bombers and searched for the surviving bomber in resident’s homes.  Everyone I care for is safe, thankfully, and I’m relieved the worst is over. http://somervillebeat.com/things-to-do/3235/assembly-row-to-host-summer-arts-market/

On a positive note, on May 18th, I’m taking on my first craft show as Producer, and I’m quite nervous, and excited about it!  I’ve been reaching out to all the artists’ whose beautiful work I’ve seen at shows, purchased on Etsy, found in consignment shops like Boutique Fabulous and Magpie, or elsewhere online, and asking them to apply for the May 18th show, particularly those with Etsy shops.  I’ve had this vision of making an all-Etsy craft show happen for a while now, and it’s finally going to happen!  The Somerville Beat interviewed me about the show, and did a great piece on it here , wherein they featured my Orange Flower Terrarium Necklace and we chatted about the vision behind the Assembled show on the 18th.https://www.etsy.com/listing/121132694/mini-ecosystem-terrarium-pendant  And, I’m even more excited about some new, one-of-a-kind pieces that I’m about to launch.  I’m finishing them up now, and can’t wait to show them off, I’m really proud of how they’ve turned out and they’re really different/unique, which is my constant goal.  I’ve never seen anything like them in my 31 years of life, so I hope you’ll all respond as positively to them as I hope you will!  Anyway, get outside and enjoy the proliferation of Spring, if you can!  I know I will.

Cheers!

Dara

Old South Church Christmas Craft Fair

old south church candles

Alright, I’m no longer in denial about it pretty much being Winter now.  Fine, fine.  It’s cold.  It snowed today.  Again.

But… That also means that the holidays are upon us!  I LOVE Christmas so much, for purely non-religious reasons.  The lovely music that never changes, the leafy garlands and pine-smelling wreaths everywhere, red berries, snow, beautifully-wrapped gifts with big ribbon-bows, hot chocolate, cider and eggnog with cinnamon, twinkling lights and giant, animatronic santas that would be tacky any other time of year, ice-skating, and that love-your-brother vibe.  I think that vibe is my favorite.  That warmth.  I love the palette of this time of year, the white, red, green.  It’s abundant and alive in the midst of a time of year that can be a bit bleak here in New England, before everything renews in the Spring.  Old South Church Craft FairLast year, I went to midnight mass at this unique Catholic church in Waltham, and the service was mutli-cultural, with singing from Congolese congregants, pine-bow decor from its Italian congregants, and all of this hushed singing in the darkened church and candle-lighting throughout the service that was just wonderful.  Looking forward to exploring a new church of different denomination this year, and experiencing some new traditions.

It’s also a crazy, crazy time for a small independent jeweler/artist/crafter like me.  I am grateful for all of the opportunities, and wonderful customers.  But I am in complete work-mode.  I’ll be doing a few craft shows in December, beginning with the Old South Church Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, December 1st.  The venue for this show is stunning, a very old, exquisite church in the heart of Boston, with all the charm a church of its age brings.  From what I’ve seen, they deck it out quite extravagantly for Christmas as well, so I’m just excited to get to be there!  If you’re in the Boston area, come by 645 Boylston Street (Copley Square) between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM and say hi!Gordon Chapel at Xmas

 

Happy holidays!

 

Dara

2012 Holiday Shopping Expo

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/2012-Holiday-Shopping-Expo/142035835940231?sk=infoThis Saturday is the 2012 Holiday Shopping Expo, a show extravaganza on the South Shore.  We’ll be vending there, at 100 Coddington Street, in Quincy, from 10 AM to 4 PM.  There will be a TON of vendors there, and I’ve never done this particular show before, so I really have no idea what to expect.  I do know that the proceeds go to the Montclair PTO, which is pretty cool.  It has a holiday theme, which feels a little premature in early November, but considering we’ve already had several inches of snow here in Boston, perhaps not!  It’ll be a good time, complete with Santa and cookie decorating.  You can check out the event page on Facebook, here.  I hope to see you all there!