Saturday, December 20, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Bronze Age Necklace




A friend sent me this interesting note recently:



A 4,000-year-old amber necklace has been discovered at a dig organised by a team of archeologists in Manchester. The rare find was unearthed from a stone-lined grave – known as a Cist - excavated by the team from The University of Manchester Field Archaeology Centre and Mellor Archaeological Trust.



It is the first time a necklace of this kind from the early Bronze Age has been found in north west England. Peter Noble from The University of Manchester said: “An amber necklace of this sort was one of the most important ways that people of the early Bronze Age could display their power and influence.



“The fact that it has been found in the north west of England is pretty amazing and extremely rare.” Dozens of different sized pierced amber beads are linked together on a length of fibre to form the beautiful artifact. It was discovered by Vicky Nash from of the Mellor Archaeological Trust.



Peter Noble, who directed the dig added: “The necklace was made of amber – which is not found in this region. “In fact, the nearest source is in the Baltic so we’re bound to ask, how did it get here and who brought it?”

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Etsy Updates and Website Orders

I've linked by Etsy store and my website gallery! Now you can get really up close looks at my jewelry in the gallery and you don't have to leave the site to shop. More changes are on the way.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

New Etsy Section

I've decided that I like the idea of having a "Clearance" section in my Etsy shop, so after the Holidays, look for some items to go on clearance as I introduce new designs for 2009.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Huge Sale

I have a huge sale going at my Etsy store. Buy one item at regular price and select a second item of lesser value for half price.



The sale runs through December 24 and as always shipping is free and you can request free holiday gift wrap if you like.

End of Year

Since we're approaching the end of the year, I'm thinking about how to organize my records (and my time) better. I really dislike filing, so my filing cabinet has a big pile of unfiled stuff. I need to create several additional file folders to whittle the pile down.



I have a few ideas that I'd like to share with you, in case you have the same problems I do. To help me organize, I'm going to create a planner - basically a folder with monthly calendars (which I already use) and several pages for notes about important things happening during the month. I'm going to use a 3-ring binder with clear page holders and also some pockets, so I can add pages with information that's important to remember while keeping everything together in one place (no more scraps of paper that get lost).



Another important part of my planner will be my To Do List which could be a weekly or monthly list of items that I'll cross off as they are completed. The idea of the list is to be able to jot things down as I think of them and then not forget them.



I'm also adopting a tip from a friend and making a folder for my shows. I'm using another 3-ring binder with a batch of pockets. I will include all the information about each show, a copy of my application, and any correspondence and notes about the show. This should help me keep appointments and shows sorted out.

Friday, November 28, 2008

New Booth Shots

I recently purchased some Dynamic Display pieces for shows. Of course, now I will need new booth shots for my 2009 show applications.



I've been busy getting everything ready for this weekend's "photo shoot." Fortunately I have space on our screened porch to set things up. I'll post a picture or two next week.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Slow Show

I had an interesting weekend show - slow in terms of traffic but a valuable trip nonetheless. I got several great ideas for floor plans and also ideas for accessorizing my set-up. Some of these ideas will apply to indoor shows as well the outdoor ones.



My Dynamic Display stuff works great and looks terrific. I only took some of the pieces this time. From now on I will take it all.



The banner on the front of the canopy doesn't really show up very well, so I'm going to get something colorful to hang inside along with my large format photos.



My little dangley gemstone earrings did well - time to make some more.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Getting Ready for a Show

I've been hard at work finishing some items for a presentation for the Gainesville Gem & Mineral Club as well as getting ready for a show this weekend, so my posts have been few and far between.



I'll provide some show details next week along with new photos of my latest earrings.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Open House at the Artisans Guild

The Gainesville, FL Artisans Guild is holding several Open Houses during the Holiday Season.


The dates are Sunday, November 30th from Noon to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lots of New Items

I've added new earrings and as well as some necklaces to my Etsy store (http://www.dianakirkpatrickart.etsy.com). I've included two brand new shop sections - Fiber and Bead and also Truly Unique.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Earrings




Here are pix of some new earring styles I'm including in my line-up for Winter 2008 into 2009. I will get a bunch of new styles up on Etsy and also on my website gallery soon.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Balloons - Finally!



Sorry for the delay in posting these photos. Here are a couple of shots from the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico last month.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

hypoallergenic earwires available

All of my earrings are available with hypoallergenic surgical steel earwires - just let me know that you want them.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Balloon Fiesta

I've been in Albuquerque at the Balloon Fiesta! Nine hundred balloons is quite an awesome sight. My DH did a photography class there. I'll have some photos to post soon.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Two New Pendants



Here are photos of a couple of new pendants. I'm working on more pendants and lots of earrings.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Pictures

My DH has promised to shoot photos of at least some of my new pieces today. I will put pics of new items up here and on my Etsy site ASAP.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New photos coming

Sorry for the irregularity in my posts. I've been hard at work on earring designs and new pendants. I should have some new photos of my latest ready to post by the weekend.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

More Shows Coming Up

I will be exhibiting in St. Petersburg, FL at CRAFTART 2008 November 22-23, 2008.

I will also attend the CHIMNEYVILLE CRAFTS FESTIVAL in Jackson, MS on December 5-7, 2008.
In the meantime, you can see examples of my work at http://www.dianakirkpatrickart.etsy.com and http://www.dianakirkpatrick.com

Contact me for more information.

Monday, September 22, 2008

I'm so Excited!

I'm so excited! Recently, my woven fiber jewelry and my metal and wire jewelry creations were juried by the Mississippi Craft Guild. Today I received notification that I've been accepted as a juried member of the Guild.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Follow Me

If you read this blog fairly regularly, you may want to become a "follower." I've just added this new Blogger feature. It appears in the right hand column.

Additional fashion thoughts

I read today that see-through fashions may be the wave of the future. A number of sheer blouses and other see-through attire put in an appearance at the recent fashion week shows.


It remains to be seen how much of this is translated into clothes we see everyday.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

More on Color and our Moods

Several posts back, I talked about warm colors versus cool colors and what our color selection may tell others about how we’re feeling. This reminded me of the liquid crystal Mood Rings of years back, so I thought I’d expand on this topic a little bit and take a look at colors for winter and beyond.



Orange has been a popular accent color, but yellow seems to be replacing orange now. Carnelian is a wonderful stone with an orange “flavor” and lots of pizzazz without being blatant and carnelian will work beautifully with a variety of browns, blacks, and other darker colors. Carnelian is thought to instill confidence and energy in the wearer. Amber is another almost magical stone to wear with these colors and many people feel that amber has a calming effect.



You can think of yellow as a transition from summer to fall and winter. Yellow is a great transitional color and it doesn’t take much yellow to brighten an ensemble. There are a lot of accessory items out there now in a variety of shades of yellow – shoes, bags, and also jewelry. Yellow makes a terrific bridge from the cooler colors of summer to warmer and darker fall tones. There are many shades of yellow to choose – soft delicate creamy tones to absolutely neon bright and everything in between. Yellow is particularly good in combination with grays, whites, and black. Gray with yellow is a particularly sophisticated combination. To accessorize your fall wardrobe with a touch of yellow, you can choose jewelry containing lemon quartz, citrine, and some jade colors, among other stones. Citrine is a favorite of mine and some people feel that citrine increases energy, intuition, and creativity. According to stone lore, quartz is considered to provide healing and intensify energy.



For Fall into Winter, look for lots of dark tones: black, dark browns, dark plums, very dark blues, dark greens - some of the shades will be so dark as to be almost black. These dark colors can be effectively accented with bright gold provide a rich ensemble with an elegant “royal” feeling. The bright colors will appear for all those glamour occasions - whether daytime or evening. In addition to amber and carnelian, topaz might be a wonderful stone to team with some of these colors. Although topaz is available in a variety of colors, the hue I’m thinking about is a rich golden shade. Topaz is thought to encourage the expression of ideas and to heighten creativity and personal expansion.



We’ll also see some “middle of the road” shades that aren’t pastels but aren’t deep colors either - gray, rose, clay, green, and barberry. Contrast these with deep tones of blue-green, purple, red, and dark green. The striking dark colors can evoke a tribal feeling. Three great stones to accessorize these colors are rose quartz – which may provide increased happiness and emotional healing for the wearer, garnet - thought to contribute to awareness and insight, and labradorite – thought to provide peace, clarity of thought, and increased discernment to those who wear it.



In keeping with both the aura of royalty and the tribal mood, expect to see jewelry with layers of chains, lots of pearls, and large stones – onyx, amber, and more. I will be using more pearls of different types and colors in my new pieces and I’m also including moonstones in some of my new designs. Pearls imply purity, integrity, focus, and wisdom for the wearer. Moonstone contributes to reflection, insight and harmony.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

On the Road

The September newsletter will be available in another week or so. I'll post some excepts here.



I will be going on a buying trip soon - I'll post some photos of pieces I create along the way.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Rainy Days


We've had buckets of rain in our part of North Florida, but everything is OK here. I've spent the last two days working on jewelry.



Here's a prototype for a bracelet design I've been working on.

Friday, August 22, 2008

My Interview

Hello Everybody –

I’m one of several jewelry artists selected to be featured on the World Artisan Gems site. There’s quite an interesting selection on the site already.

I’m very excited about this opportunity. You can see my interview by visiting

Interview




You can see more of my work at



my etsy store


my blog


my website/gallery

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A New Look

My blog now has an whole new look! In addition to updating the blog,I'm working on lots of new pieces that will show up in the coming weeks.




Please tell me what you think about my designs. All my pieces are for sale. If you are interested in one or more of my creations - you can purchase using Paypal or contact me for more information.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

New Earrings


I'm working on some little earrings that will be available in a variety of styles and stones. I'll post one photo here and I'll try to get more shots up on Etsy this week.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Another New Kittie!


We got a companion kitten for our older cat, Deja. Turns out the kitten needed the companion more than Deja did! LOL



Here's a photo of the new arrival (El Gatito) with a bigger, more grown up Mr.Wiggley (aka Deja Tu)

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Can Color Indicate How You Feel?

News Flash!! I hear that “Nude” is the new “hot” and sexy “color” – look for it to show up in womens fashions in the coming months, both as daytime and evening wear.



Speaking of color, recently I read an interesting article on our color “sense” and how we react to different colors. Of course, colors mean different things to different people, but in general certain colors suggest a particular mood or feeling (warm vs. cool, for instance). This applies to everything from clothing and accessories to the colors you choose for your living room walls.



Here's a list of popular colors and a short description of our reactions to each color. I’m including a brief list of some gemstones in the same color family. If you like, you can match your jewelry to the feeling you want to convey to others.



Consider RED – red is a warm color. Red is generally viewed as exciting, “hot”, dramatic, and rich. Red can run the gamut from blue/reds to orange/reds. Darker shades (burgundy, maroon) are no less dramatic and may impart a stately and rich feeling. Red gems include ruby, garnet, coral, and spinel.



Or BLACK - black is elegant and dramatic and provides a neutral accompaniment to any other color(s) you might choose. Examples of black gems include onyx and obsidian.



Or ORANGE – orange is cheerful, bold and exciting. Some gems in the orange family are carnelian, aventurine, and coral.



Or WHITE – white is great in combination any other colors you might select and provides a sense of freshness. Hematite is an example.



Or YELLOW – yellow is bright, cheerful, and warm. Yellow is also highly visible. Your choices in yellow range from delicate pastel shades to robust vibrant hues. Citrine, lemon jade, and some diamonds and sapphires are examples of yellow gems.


Or VIOLET – purple and violet are luxurious colors that remind us of royalty. Purple can vary from a shade so deep as to be almost black to delicate lavender. Two gemstone examples are amethyst and certain sapphires.



Or BLUE – blue ranges from sky blue to turquoise to midnight blue and lots of shades in between. Blue speaks of serenity to many of us. There are a huge number of gems to choose in the blue category. A few examples are turquoise, lapis, sapphires, aquamarines, and blue topaz.



Or GRAY – gray is a neutral color that goes well with most other colors. Gray is considered soothing and elegant. Again, from light to dark, there’s quite a range of shades to choose. Some gray gems include varieties of labradorite, “black diamonds,” and hematite.



Or GREEN – green comes in shades ranging from delicate pastels to neon brights and deep shades such as hunter green. Green is another popular and soothing color and one that most of us associate with nature and natural things. Examples of green gems include emeralds, jade, tourmaline, beryl, and peridot.



Or BROWN – petrified wood, jaspers, tiger eye, smoky quartz and topaz are a few examples of brown gemstones. Another color that we associate with nature and natural things, brown is casual and relaxing.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Check Out Etsy






I have put a lot of new items on Etsy and I will have more going up this week. I'm also adding additional rhinestone pins and other Vintage items.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Artisans Guild

The Artisans Guild here in Gainesville hosted a well-attended reception last night to honor supporters and welcome new members. As a new member, I look forward to participating in the Guild.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Hello Everyone

I've been out of touch for a while, but I have some exciting news. I was recently accepted as a member of the Gainesville, FL Artisans Guild and I've been really busy getting pieces of my handcrafted jewelry ready to display in the Guild Gallery. If you happen to be passing through Gainesville, do stop in. There are a lot of wonderful artists represented in this Gallery. The address is 4201 NW 16th Blvd., Gainesville, FL (352) 378-1383.



I have some new items up on my etsy site (www.dianakirkpatrickart.etsy.com) and my woven necklace entitled Coral Sands is on display at the Thomas Center Gallery in Gainesville through August 24th.




Diana

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Rainy Sunday

The weather got hot early today and now it's turned into a rainy Sunday so we didn't get to take the anticipated bike ride.



We're having some special work done on our "new" Jeep so we can hook it up to the RV.


Since we can't be outdoors, I'm catching up on some designing and reading. I'm going to have a new line of woven fiber earrings ready soon and I'm working on some little bags.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July everyone!



My woven necklace "Coral Sands" will be on display at the Thomas Gallery starting July 12 and running through August 24. There's a photo of this piece elsewhere on my blog.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

New Bracelets in my Etsy Shop

I have several new bracelets in my Etsy shop. You can see photos on the right side of the page.



I'll have more and different designs up next week.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Coral Sands






My woven necklace entitled Coral Sands has been accepted into the Thomas Center Juried Regional Exhibition here in Gainesville. Here's a photo of the piece.

Friday, June 13, 2008

New Items Are Coming

I have photos of new bracelets that I'll put on Etsy and also here as soon as I can. Let me know what you think of the designs.


I've been putting all my energy into assembling a couple of portfolios to mail out.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Company Here



We have house guests, so I'm not posting on any sort of a schedule. The tapestry needleweaving classes wind up tonight. I'm hoping to do some more classes - I have a neat amulet bag work out - this summer.



The kitten is growing by leaps and bounds - you can almost see him getting bigger! Here's a new photo of "Mr. Wiggly" and Deja.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

New Items on Etsy


I've added more art jewelry pieces to my Etsy store and also some Vintage jewelry items, too. Here's a photo of one of the vintage pieces.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Togetherness


We hoped the new kitten and our resident cat would eventually become friends. Initially we were skeptical but the two of them are gradually getting together.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Latest New Horizons Piece

The latest addition to the New Horizons Collection is finally completed. It's a rococco cuff bracelet. I'll have some photos up shortly.

Little Guy, the new kitten, and Deja Blu seem to have become buddies as of today - Yeah!! We'll see what happens tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

We're Making Progress

I think we're making progress - of a sort. Our resident cat and the new kitten are both out and about now. Some considerable hissing from Deja since the kitten only seems to want to chase her and jump on her.



This is a tremendous learning experience for us - we have not had any prior experience with kittens.



I have some new jewelry designs coming along. I'm working hard on my soldering skills for some ideas I want to put together. Also, there's an Infinite Horizons cuff bracelet taking shape gradually. I'll get photos of some new items up soon, but there's new stuff on Etsy now.

Friday, May 9, 2008

New Items in my Etsy Shop

I've added several new items to my Etsy shop - some fun earrings and a swirl neckband. The neckband is shown in gold, but it's available in sterling silver as well - I just have't gotten the photo up yet.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Upcoming Classes





I'll be teaching a two session class on Tapestry Needleweaving on May 27 and June 3 at Gifts of Avalon in Gainesville, FL. Classes start at 6pm. We'll start a woven fiber and bead necklace in the first class and finish it in the second class.



Here's an example of the necklace design. Call the store at 352-379-1272 to sign up.

Friday, May 2, 2008

My New Etsy Site is Up - Part 2



Please visit my new Etsy site.



I'll have more items up in the next few days and weeks. In the meantime, I'm including a preview of a whimsical necklace and earrings.



We have added a new kitten to the household and I'm discovering how that complicates working on my computer. The new kitten is named Deja Tu, so now we have Deja Blu and Deja Tu.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

My New Etsy Site is Up

My new Etsy site is up with three necklace and earring sets for sale. I'll add more items in the coming days. Eventually I'll have some of my woven fiber pieces for sale and tutorials for them as well.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

New Kitten

The new kitten has arrived. The breeder called him Euro, which I like, but I think we'll probably name him Deja Tu after our other cat (Deja Blu). Eura/Deja is a loveable and very active little guy who goes non-stop.



We'll take photos next week and I also hope to have my new Etsy site up and running.




I'm working on a turquoise necklace and an Infinite Horizons cuff. We're having an open house tomorrow to show off some of my pieces.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Kittens





Here's a photo of Euro and some of the other kittens. Euro is the kitten in the back facing the camera.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

New Kitty

A new kitty will be joining the family very soon. His name is Euro and he's 12 weeks old. Euro is a Tonkinese kitten and will join our resident cat, Deja Blu, in a couple of weeks.




I hope to have a photo of Euro to post very soon.

Friday, April 11, 2008

COMING SOON

















I hope to have my new Etsy site up in early May. I'll post the URL and complete info as soon as possible.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Some Really Great Books

I’m often asked for the titles of jewelry making books that I have found particularly valuable. For those of you who are interested in making jewelry or learning more about how jewelry is constructed, here are the names of a few that I often refer to.



I have some other interesting titles (available from Amazon.com) posted on my www.squidoo.com/needlewoven_necklaces site.



The Complete Metalsmith – Tim McCreight. This is a terrific general reference book.



Fabulous Woven Jewelry – Mary Hettmansperger. There is a lot of varied material in this book and I have gotten a lot of ideas to my own designs. (Mary Hettmansperg has another book coming out soon – I'm taking a couple of seminars with her in June at Convergence 2008 in Tampa, FL)



Fiber and Bead Jewelry – Helen Banes. This book explains the techniques involved in tapestry needleweaving along with lots of lucious photos and also gives you patterns to follow.



Contemporary American Jewelry Design – Ettagale Blauer



Textile Techniques In Metal – Arline Fisch. I love this book. There are a number of metal techniques covered with lots of photos.



Jewelry Making Step by Step – E. E. Joachim. This is a book I first used years ago for basic silversmithing. It still is filled with practical information.



Fiber-Wire Beads and Jewelry – Lisa Vann. This book contains innteresting techniques and examples.



Please take a moment to visit this site and my other Squidoo sites click here for jewelry and click here for woven fiber pieces.


You can bookmark my sites and vote to rate my websites, if you're interested.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Rainy Sunday

Today has been almost totally rainy - lovely sunshine early in the morning followed by drizzle into heavy downpours from mid-day on. Let's hope that tomorrow is a better day.




Watch for my April Art You Can Wear Newsletter - it will out this week.

Diana

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Small Disaster

While setting up a rental canopy for the show yesterday evening, we discovered that almost all the frame parts for the top were missing.



I've rented this canopy before and everything was perfect, so I didn't check it out. The business is closed on weekends and there is no emergency contact number that I know of. I'm not aware of any last minute rental places, either. As a result, I had to drop out of the show.



In the future,any rental items will be checked out thoroughly.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Getting Ready for the Spring Arts Festival

I'm working hard to get everything ready for the Spring Arts Festival this weekend in downtown Gainesville. I've had some computer problems, but I think I have a backup system ready to go, just in case.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Colors of Spring

Tip of the Day:

Are you overwhelmed with too much Spring color? White can be your antidote - add white to colorful outfits - or add splashes and dashes of color to a white ensemble.

I'm working on several white jewelry pieces - a howelite donut and a woven pendant in howelite. Stay tuned for more details and photos.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Spring!

Here in Florida, the azaleas are blooming in lovely, subtle shades of pink and red and white amidst the deep green foliage. To celebrate Spring, I have posted a photo of the completed Infinited Horizons necklace. Click here if you'd like to take a look.

On the fashion scene, along with the jewel-tones we're already seeing and some basic neutral shades of sand and ecru for summer, neon colors are about to make a big splash on the fashion scene. Fashion is pushing fluorescent and iridescent nuances in the mood for spring and experts suggest dashes of flash teamed with those sandy neutral shades. Wonderful! I'll create some jewelry that incorporates those striking neon yellow beads I accidentally purchased a while back! Soft, fluid fabrics are also making an appearance.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Making Some Changes

You'll notice some changes in this blog in the coming days. Please e-mail me and comment on what you think.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Catching up - spring is here!

The fashion shows in New York and Europe have ended. I’d like to tell you about what I see as the fashion forecast for Spring into Summer. I believe we'll see lots of natural elements and natural colors figuring in clothing and jewelry designs in 2008. Mixed with crystals, pearls, and gemstones, natural materials produce an eclectic look. Rich colors including purple and burgundy, vibrant shades of green will be featured in jewelry. Clothing colors will be bright, but flattering shades – mint green, ocean blue, rich citrus yellow, lilac, and crimson, for example.




High-tech looks in jewelry are going to be in, too. I love combinations such as black onyx with smoky quartz combined with the textures of bright silver (hand-wound beads of silver wire). Black and white combinations will continue to be popular as well. Metals contribute a sleek modern look to designs.




Jewelry will also feature some larger bolder designs than we’ve seen recently. My new Infinite Horizons Collection includes some definitely bold pieces! For some pieces in this line I’ve combined hematite with some of my hand-wound silver beads and Swarovski crystals. I’ll include some cuff bracelets in this line, too.




Some of my new designs with feature combinations of silver and gold. Each metal brings out the richness of the other. The combination of the two metals provides a totally different look. Look for elegant gemstone pendants in silver and gold, coming soon for Spring and Summer. Longer necklaces – medallions and other pendants should play well against the high necklines that are forecast. Pearls are always interesting and there are so many different shapes, sizes, and colors to chose. I’ve been intrigued with little peacock potato pearls that work in so many designs and color combinations. I plan to use more pearls in my pieces this year.




I’m really excited! March 16, 2008 Jewelry Connection interview went really well. You can watch the background video I posted earlier and if you visit the site (www.nowlive.com/mona77401) you can see the podcast of the program.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

New Lens on Squidoo.com

I've just created a new lens on Squidoo.com. This new lens is all about creating wearable art using handweaving techniques.




click here to view my lens

Friday, February 29, 2008

Interview Coming Up

On Sunday March 16 at 3pm EST I'll be interviewed on The Jewelry Connection.

Go to:


www.youtube.com/user/Mona77401


Look for the video titled, "The Jewelry Connection Presents Diana Kirkpatrick" to see the background video for this program.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Link to the Bella Online Needleweaving Articles

Here's the link to the Bella Online series on Needleweaving:


click here

2008 has been busy so far

Hello Friends:


I recently mailed my monthly newsletter. You can subscribe on my website (FAQ section).


Have you ever wondered how I make the woven fiber necklaces that are shown on my site? I'll be happy to share that information with you. I’m writing a regular column on tapestry needleweaving for BellaOnline. Right now I’m doing a series of articles showing how to construct a needlewoven necklace. I include a lot of photos along with detailed instructions. I think that you’ll find it interesting. If you would like to check out Part I of this series, check back in these posts for the URL or e-mail me. Part II will be posted shortly so don't delay in taking a look at Part I.



So far, 2008 has been a very exciting year for me. I’m focusing on new jewelry techniques and I have a number of examples of my latest work on my website at www.dianakirkpatrick.com. – look in the Wired section under New Directions. The new techniques include a delicate wire sculpture pendant in rutilated quartz and gold wire and a variety of pieces in woven silver or gold wire. I will have a Infinite Horizons Collection coming soon - different designs in jewels and wire. I would really appreciate some feedback. Please take a few moments to have a look and send me a note about what you think. I’m honestly interested in hearing what you like (and what you don’t like).


I will be participating in the Spring Arts Festival in Gainesville, FL on April 5 and 6. I’ll let everybody know my booth number as soon as possible. I’ll be announcing other shows and dates as they get closer.


I’m currently scheduling jewelry parties for March through July 2008. Parties can be in your home or in an office. I have also been invited to set up at various meetings. If you’d like to host one of these parties, contact me for details.


Early this month I was one of several Florida artists selected to participate in a professional development seminar in St. Petersburg, Florida. Unrelated to this seminar, I’ve been developing some promotional websites that cater to the arts and artists in all fields. Here are links to a couple of them:


http://www.squidoo.com/ArtYouCanWear

http://www.thedb.com/art_you_can_wear

Monday, February 11, 2008

My New Site

I have a new site on Hob-nobbin. You can visit me there. The URL is
http://www.hob-nobbin.net/profile/dianakirkpatrickartyoucanwear


Here's a slide show of some of my pieces:


Find more photos like this on HobNobbin'

Monday, February 4, 2008

Great Weekend Class

I had a really succesful weekend experience. The class I attended for Florida artists on promoting yourself and your business was fantastic. The material covered basics like assembling your portfolio and doing some essential PR, but also included things like grant applications, sources of additional information, and the importance of a website.

Friday, February 1, 2008

My listing has just been featured on the main page of the Fashion Portal channel in the TalentDatabase. Please check it out.

This weekend I'm at a professional development seminar - stay tuned for more detail.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I have a new Tapestry Needleweaving article, complete with photos, available at http://www.susanspassionforjewelry.com/experts_diana_kirkpatrick.htm
The current articles show how to design and produce a needlewoven necklace. Once the body of the necklace is completed, I'll look at choices for the neckstraps, and discuss adding more beads and dangles to the necklace.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Marketing Seminar

I've been selected to participate in a marketing seminar for Florida artists. I'm excited about this opportunity and I'll report on the seminar next month sometime.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

My Space

I'm in the Florida Keys right now. Yesterday was really windy and cold. Today is better - sunny, but still very windy and chilly. I hope to get some great photos while I'm here.

I'm working on jewelry while I'm here and I hope to get some photos taken.

You can see me on myspace, too. Please visit my site.