Busy times….Why does summer always seem to race by? Around here, in the country, most activity seems to get crammed into the two short, hot months of the year, so it ends up being a bit of a blur.
Have done two great arts festivals so far since June, and am busily prepping for the next BIG one: the Cabbagetown Art and Crafts Sale in Toronto on Sept. 5-7. It’s a whole lot bigger than the last two and I’m working to create as much as possible before then!
Here are a few recent pieces I’ve added:
Kyanite & sterling earrings
Mystic topaz & sterling
Ocean jasper & sterling
Copper anticlastic earrings
I’m now mid-way through the second arts festival of the summer – this one is Festival des arts Georgeville – Fitch Bay, here in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. My booth is in the Mairie (town hall) in Fitch Bay, a lovely former church, then dance hall, with gorgeous honey-toned aged wooden walls. The wooden backdrop for the paintings being shown there is incredible and really makes the art pop! My co-artists are wonderful and we’re having lots of laughs as we get to know each other.
If you find yourself in the neighbourhood, do drop by! There’s another site in Fitch Bay and three more in Georgeville, so it makes for a great drive.
Here are some of the pieces I have there:
Recently, a woman named Shanell Mouland contacted me because she loves my jewelry and wanted to write about it on her blog, http://www.goteamkate.com. She writes about parenting a child with autism and about “Products we love”, among other things. An open letter she wrote last year to thank the man who sat next to her daughter, Kate, on a plane and was so kind and patient with her went viral. Anyway, here’s what she wrote about my shop:
I continue stocking up my shop with new creations in anticipation of the two upcoming shows I’m taking part in.
Dear Le Chien Noir Jewelry followers,
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With the arrival of summer, we’re experiencing intense heat here in Southeastern Quebec. I’m so thankful for the huge lake nearby and the small pond – as well as for having my studio in the very cool basement of my farmhouse. Makes getting to work a treat!
I’ve been spending lots of quality time down there, creating pieces for some of the wonderful gemstones I’ve collected in recent months. Such fun! Also, preparing for the upcoming Festival des arts Georgeville – Fitch Bay coming up later this month. Stay tuned for much more.
Here are some new pieces, featuring stones I’m swooning over….
Here’s a really fun ring I just finished yesterday. It’s a gorgeous, sky-blue round chalcedony cab, surrounded by a slightly off-kilter wobbly circle of sterling. Textured on top with my hammer. And the whole works is oxidized, including the textured shank. I love pieces that make me smile…
I see it’s been longer than I thought since my last post. That’s what happens when you get super-busy I guess. In my case, it’s been preparing for the arts festival/markets I’m part of this summer. The first was last weekend on a beautiful lavender farm here in Quebec, just north of the Vermont border. There were about 40 artists and artisans – all of them native francophones except me. It was great for my French! Met some wonderful people and, in spite of the rain and grey weather, it turned out really well.
I was busy creating what I could in anticipation. The next show runs from July 18 to 27 and is also here in the Eastern Townships. It’s called the Festival des arts Georgeville – Fitch Bay. The website, which should be up and running soon, is http://www.festivaldesarts.net. It takes place in five different venues and is lots of fun. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by – there’s a huge variety of art!
Here are some of my recent creations: