It's here, it's here! The latest issue of Amy Powers' Inspired Ideas magazine. This magazine is a mixture of artful ideas and eye candy that you have to see to believe.
I was so excited when Amy invited me to share a project with her readers. My article, Shake It Up appears on page 122 of this issue. It describes how to make salt shaker pendants like the one shown above. Would you like to see a preview of the magazine?
You can click the link above to enjoy a 12-page peek, courtesy of Amy.
Sylvan's work is in this issue, too. Our bracelets are part of an artists' collaboration project - Off the Cuff. Each artist made a bracelet from the repurposed cuff of a dress shirt. I love classes and collaborations. It's always so interesting to me to see how each artist starts with the same basic materials and creates something that is uniquely their own.
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What is real?
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real." "Does it hurt?" asked the rabbit. "Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt." "Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?" "It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand." -By Margery Williams, from "The Velveteen Rabbit"
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I love hunting through thrift stores and salvage yards to find inspiration for my pieces. In most cases, I don’t know exactly what I’m looking for, but I know when I’ve found it because of the little jolt of excitement that I feel when I see it. It’s fun to find items that have been cast off because they are no longer beautiful or useful to their original owner, and give them a new identity. Once I sit down to start an altered piece, I feel like I am solving a puzzle as I try to fit parts together into a cohesive whole.
My finished pieces feel "real" to me in the Velveteen Rabbit sense of the word.