Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Doin's






I've been back from Bead & Button, recovering for the last week and working at the Golden Gallery. I worked in the yard yesterday, reconnecting with my kitty and my plants and yard, as they've been sorely neglected for the last month. Bead & Button eclipses everything from early May until mid June. I'm slightly relieved I won't be able to attend next year as my daughter's graduation will be the same week though I will miss the lusciousness that is the bead show! The above pics are from one of my favorite booths. It'll be a nice break for me but never fear! I have lots of new ideas for future classes at Bead & Button, so stay tuned!

I have a book signing here in Wilmington June 30th from 12-3pm at Tickled Pink near Wrightsville Beach in Lumina Station. I will have some jewelry for sale as well.


And I will be teaching at Art Unraveled in Phoenix, AZ next month. So if you're even thinking of attending, don't hesitate! It's a blast! I always enjoy this event. The hotel is wonderfully accommodating as comfortable. And though mega hot, the hotel pool is delish! Phoenix is gorgeous and anyway you're inside makin' stuff all day. Great sunsets! Be sure to check out close by Scottsdale. Last year a friend took me to the Mission Restaurant there in old Scottsdale. FABULOUS!



And we enjoyed nearby Consanti immensely! Consanti is in Paradise Valley (near Art Unraveled) and is the home and sculpture studio of Italian designer of Paolo Soleri and his staff. In the mid 1950's Soleri began work on the experimental buildings that would be ecological human habitats. He dubbed his theory "Arcology".  Now designated as an Arizona Historic Site, Cosanti presents a unique bio-climatic architectural environment. There is a gift shop there where you can purchase Soleri's books, DVD's, as well as gorgeous ceramic and bronze bells created onsite. I hope to go back this year. Believe me, it is a rare treat!!!!




2 comments:

Desiree Malan said...

Hi Melissa
Just a quick note to tell you I bought your book in Cape Town today and have been paging through it all of tonight - its the best book on metalsmithing I've read sofar. I'm a ceramic artist and is experimenting with metals - your book is EXACTLY what I have been looking for. I especially enjoy the last few chapters with all the alternative materials. I can't wait to go into the studio tomorrow morning to start experimenting from your book. Thanks again,
Desiree
Earthbutter Studio
South Africa

Desiree Malan said...

Hi Melissa
I bought your book today in Cape Town, South Africa and have been reading it front to back tonight. Its exactly the book I was looking for as I am experimenting with metals. I like your book as its not project-based and also enjoy the chapters about alternative metals and materials - luv it!! I'm a ceramic artist and are looking at ways to combine metals with my ceramic beads. Thanks again,
Desiree
Earthbutter Studio
South Africa