Making this ring was such a fun adventure. I love doing intense planning and secret scheming with someone in order to create a beautiful piece that their partner will cherish. This is Rachel's ring. It was a complete surprise, and she LOVES it. Congratulations, Rachel & Chris!
Toronto, I have too many great things to say about you, but FIRST, here are a few of my vendor highlights from the show:
Hand and Shadow is a gorgeously detailed line of screenprinted clothing and textiles from Hamilton, ON.
Bookhou: a multidisciplinary studio that made me want to buy everything at their booth. They do everything from furniture to textiles to bags and home decor.
Grace Eunmi Lee is a ceramicist who blew my mind with her "micro-organisms". As I looked through photos of her exhibitions, I was amazed by the scale of her work.
The One of A Kind show in Toronto is well-organized, the vendors are talented and helpful to newcomers, and the customers were super receptive to my work (and most noticed I was new!). Thanks to all who came out to visit, chat, and tried on some outrageous rings. I can't wait to make all the custom creations you've ordered!
After countless months of prep and creation, I'm almost ready to debut my new work at the One of A Kind Show in Toronto! It'll be my first time at the show, and I'll be excited to see some fellow vendor friends there, as well as ogle exhibitor wares. I'm packing up my entire booth display and jewelry in suitcases, and ready for the 6-day extravaganza. If you're around the Toronto area and like to come by for a visit, I'm in booth Q19. See you then!
See you then!
It’s hard to describe the Tucson Gem and Mineral show. I was only able to go to 5 or 6 shows (after a while everything starts to look similar!), but that was definitely enough to see the tremendous variety of goods offered by international and local suppliers. Minerals, fossils, gems, beads, were all on display for sale to wholesalers, stores, designers and to the public. Sifting the good from the bad was easy, but dang, there was a LOT to sift through. It was super overwhelming at times, especially after seeing the same thing over and over again (fake Swarovski, glass beads, massage stones, tumbled rose quartz, etc.), but then I hit a choice booth and it’s like the heavens opened up. I got some great pale Jaspers, some great quality Amethyst, geometric cut Lapis, and some Chrysophase pairs. TO THE WORKSHOP!