Key to the Town: Green Box Arts Festival

This is a project that I worked in collaboration with silversmith and jewelry designer, Matagi Sorensen. I drew up the designs for the key and helped polish and hammer the final product. Each one of these is actually a small bronze sculpture! They turned out beautifully, and I learned A LOT about metals.

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keytotownKey to the Town: Green Box Arts Festival

It’s getting to be that time of year for the Green Box Arts Festival held in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado.

In 2012, I was asked to create keys to the city of Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, to be presented to honored artists at the Green Box Arts Festival. Wildfires shut down the festival last year, but this year all systems are go. Christian Keesee, founder and promoter of the event, talks about this year’s festival in the Denver Post.

I worked with artist Holly Troy to design the keys and we created this unique art piece. The keys are cast in bronze and then are hand-hammered and highly polished, giving each key a unique surface texture. They come with a bronze chain and a medallion naming the recipient of the key and the year. The keys are approximately nine inches long…

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Upcycled Gems – Ethereal meets Earthy

Matagi Sorensen recently finished a wedding ring commission which I photographed. It was so difficult to choose which photos were my favorite for his website.

Normally I am not into diamonds, but as I was looking at the photos I found myself completely mesmerized by this gem. This diamond has an ethereal quality that is almost hypnotic. It doesn’t seem like it could be solid!

The stone was originally from the bride’s grandmother’s engagement ring. A closer look under the microscope revealed a color and clarity from diamonds mined from the 1890s to the 1920s that were regularly used in jewelry from Germany.

The ring has two sapphires and a diamond and was originally in a classic setting. Matagi’s magic turned it into something completely modern and completely original.

Check it out – Something Old, Something New . . . 

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Pretty soon I’ll be leaving Phoenix, so I won’t be taking photo’s of Matagi’s work anymore. What a piece to end on.

photography, jewelry and l’amore!

From my other life as a photographer . . .

Matagi Sorensen has made some gorgeous wedding rings for a super sweet couple.

I’ve been taking photos of Matagi’s work for the last couple of years. It’s actually how we had our first date. He asked me how much I’d charge for photographing his jewelry, I said, “How about dinner”.

Bold move—I had no idea how to photograph jewelry, I just liked taking pictures. I can’t even bare to look at the photos I took back then, but, I had to start somewhere.

I am thinking about taking some classes in digital photography . . . something I will do within the year. In the meantime, I’ll keep on going and keep on improving and, I’ll keep on seeing Matagi!

I used to just take photos of his work on stones—I hated the way the pieces looked in photographs when taken on velvet or other fabric. Now I use frosted glass—it creates an ethereal glow and a gently reflects the pieces.

I am really happy with the way the photos came out. It rained for about 45 seconds as I was preparing the glass for the shot. It stayed cloudy, so I didn’t need to diffuse the light—just went out back, found a pebbly patch of grass, laid the glass down on the grass, and voila!

About 12 minutes later Matagi was off to deliver the rings.

He really is a talented metalsmith and jewelry designer! Most of his work is hand-fabricated (that means made by hand and one-of-a-kind). Check out some his work at Sorensen Silver Fine Art.

SNAG Surprise!

Matagi Sorensen is incredibly hard-working and incredibly talented! This last year for us in Tucson has been a struggle—but push on we have.

The ad in South Scottsdale magazine such a nice surprise—I’m so happy to see his work being recognized and displayed so beautifully. Also, I am really proud of him.

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I am so excited! Dana Singer, the Executive Director of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), just informed me that she liked my work so much that she used my gold and silver cocktail bracelet for a full page ad inSouth Scottsdale Magazine for the SNAG Trunk Show that I will be in at the end of May!

The ad is on page 9!

Here is info for the trunk show:
2nd Annual Society of North American Goldsmith’s Trunk Show
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Scottsdale, AZ
Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 12:30-2:30pm

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Quilts! Paintings! Jewelry! Oh my! Planned Parenthood Event Raffle Pieces

2 more days to this event!!!

I framed my piece for the raffle happening at the Planned Parenthood Celebration of Women’s Health fundraising event in Flagstaff, AZ, on March 8th. The event is sold out – but you can still buy raffle tickets. They are $5.00 a piece, or 5 tickets for $20.00.


Flowers Keep Emerging (No Matter What)
oil on canvas
12″ x 12″ (framed it is about 13″ by 13″)
$300.00

I am so excited that this event is sold out! Yes, citizens DO care about women’s health, and children’s health, and men’s health, too! (We’re all connected)!

Matagi Sorensen, silversmith and jewelry designer, is donating a one-of-a-kind hollow form silver bracelet.

Ultra-mod Crater Cuff with Turquoise
silver and turquoise
$400.00

There’s Always Another Mountain to Climb by Wendy Wetzel
quilt
fabric

Indeed there is always another mountain to climb when it comes to health care. Tough, perhaps, but the vistas can be beautiful—well worth the effort!

Wendy Wetzel is a very active women’s health advocate (not only is she an artist, but she’s a nurse and the director of Flagstaff’s production of Vagina Monologues!) If you haven’t seen her work live, you are missing out.

There will be many more items for raffle—Matagi and Wendy are the artists I am connected to. Local shops are also donating certificates, etc., to this wonderful and essential cause.

Contact me if you would like to buy raffle tickets: sacredfolly@gmail.com

Quilts! Paintings! Jewelry! Oh my! Planned Parenthood Event Raffle Pieces

I framed my piece for the raffle happening at the Planned Parenthood Celebration of Women’s Health fundraising event in Flagstaff, AZ, on March 8th. The event is sold out – but you can still buy raffle tickets. They are $5.00 a piece, or 5 tickets for $20.00.


Flowers Keep Emerging (No Matter What)
oil on canvas
12″ x 12″ (framed it is about 13″ by 13″)
$300.00

I am so excited that this event is sold out! Yes, citizens DO care about women’s health, and children’s health, and men’s health, too! (We’re all connected)!

Matagi Sorensen, silversmith and jewelry designer, is donating a one-of-a-kind hollow form silver bracelet.

Ultra-mod Crater Cuff with Turquoise
silver and turquoise
$400.00

 

There’s Always Another Mountain to Climb by Wendy Wetzel
quilt
fabric

Indeed there is always another mountain to climb when it comes to health care. Tough, perhaps, but the vistas can be beautiful—well worth the effort!

Wendy Wetzel is a very active women’s health advocate (not only is she an artist, but she’s a nurse and the director of Flagstaff’s production of Vagina Monologues!) If you haven’t seen her work live, you are missing out.

There will be many more items for raffle—Matagi and Wendy are the artists I am connected to. Local shops are also donating certificates, etc., to this wonderful and essential cause.

Contact me if you would like to buy raffle tickets: sacredfolly@gmail.com

Moons and Gemstones!

My man has been on a moon kick lately. I love this amethyst moon! I love photographing his work (and wearing it, too)!

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Amethyst Crescent Moon

The color of the amethyst in this pendant is such a rich purple it practically glows.

Amethyst is traditionally worn to guard the wearer from drunkenness and poison. (Many people in recovery love this stone). Amethyst is also known to bring about pleasant or prophetic dreams. It is aligned with the Crown, or Seventh Chakra, so it may open the wearer to spiritual wisdom.

This hand-carved pendant measures 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

Amethyst Crescent Moon

Click here for purchasing info

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Feminine Form in Silver and Stone

Is it me, or is Matagi’s work looking more and more female as time goes on?

I love watching the work evolve.

This is just a sampling of the work he produced last month. The hollow forms must be bringing it out in him!

Nature, Inspiration, and the Creative Process (and teaching and learning)

Pam Stephens, art education professor, wrote an article about my partner Matagi’s work and his creative process for an art education magazine called School Arts.

Sorenson’s jewelry designs frequently communicate ideas derived from nature. The organic forms in his work call to mind objects which are at once familiar, but perhaps not entirely known. It is this sense of mystery that elevates Sorenson’s work as a well- tempered response to nature. 

hand-carved hollow-form silver disc

I took this picture of a pendant Matagi made for me while I was in Peru volunteering alternative medical services with Healer2Healer. I enjoy his jewelry, and this piece was a happy surprise.