The evolution of a project in glass and photography

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New Portfolio Pages Added

After quite a few crazy months, I am trying to get back on track with new glass, photos and Photoshop manipulated images.  Check out the new Portfolio pages that show more of my photos than most have seen.  I have included a second page of Mirrored images that are pretty fun.  Hopefully, there will be more in the very near future!


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December 4 Promotion

To continue with Holiday specials, starting today, Dec. 4, at 8AM and running until Dec. 5, at 8AM (Central Time Zone), I have free or discounted standard shipping on selected items in my Etsy shop.  Standard shipping is US Postal Service Priority or First Class Mail, and these classes are free for shipping within the US.  International orders will receive a discounted shipping fee.  If you need expedited shipping, or request another carrier, there will be an additional cost.

Check back for another special offer tomorrow!

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December Promotions Begin

With the start of the holiday season I have decided to daily promotions through December.  These may be a percent off deal in my Etsy shop, a free item with purchase, or, like today, a donation of a certain amount of my sales to a cause of my choice.  You can “like” my Facebook (Ladybug Glass Studio) page to get daily updates, or check back here.  To start the month off I am donating 10% of my Etsy shop sales from 1 PM Tuesday Dec. 1 through 1 PM Wednesday, Dec. 2 (Central Time Zone) to White Paws German Shepherd Rescue, a group we were lucky enough to find and adopt our 2 dogs through.

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3rd Annual Open Studio with Tom Krueger

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On October 2nd and 3rd, Tom Krueger and I will be hosting an Open Studio once again.  This gives folks a chance to come see us in more of our element than at an art fair.  Tom will once again have his work in the greenhouse, and also plans to throw pots in the kiln area of my work space.  I will have much more than you see at any show, covering all aspects of my glass work.  The photos above are of Tom’s booth at Artstreet this last weekend with mobiles made by his son (Casey Early Krueger) hanging from the tent rafters.  Hopefully we will have some of Casey’s work as well. And, just maybe, another artist or two….

The hours planned are noon to 4pm on Friday Oct. 2 and 10 am to 4 (or 5) pm on Saturday, Oct. 3.  That’s what we have planned right now, but we’ll keep you posted if things change.  Address is Nsixsixoneeight Hillside Road, Casco WI and you can send a message here for more information.


Recovering from Artstreet

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The largest Green Bay Area art fair, Artstreet, was last weekend was this past weekend and I am finally recovered. It has been a two and a half day event for a few years and this year a couple of extra hours were added to Saturday.  That made for a very long day, and made Sunday seem longer even though it was an hour shorter.  The weather cooperated, for the most part, and it was reasonably pleasant for both visitors and artists. I met a lot of interesting folks, heard many great comments on my work, and even had some nice sales!  Of course there were many friends who stopped by to say ‘hi’ and that always makes it fun. A big Thanks to all who came out over the weekend!

For those who missed it, or just didn’t buy anything there, you can find more of my work at The Flying Pig Gallery in Algoma, WI.  Just took new pieces over, so there is a good assortment to choose from.

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Sewing?!?

As I said before, I don’t sew. Ask me to cut out and put some glass pieces together, no problem. Ask me to cut fabric and sew it together, big problem. Oh, I can do the occasional hem, repair a split seam and the like, but actually making something gets me crazy.  showing off this fabric I have been designing leads to the obvious question “so what are you going to do with it?”.  Luckily, my Mother still enjoys seeing and is game for a new project while waiting out winter. So we got together and I cut and pinned, she sewed and we made some scarves.  I have been wearing them and getting good response. Today I decided to try my hand at sewing one myself – maybe after all these years things have changed. Nope. Well, I did set myself up for a challenge by using knit fabric, nothing like adding an extra layer of difficulty. A nice infinity scarf is now around my neck, but I don’t want anyone to look too closely. I have a lot of respect for those who sew with knits, and even more for my Mom who made me a bathing suit years ago. I will be going back to my other idea of making bags and clutch purses out of woven fabrics. Maybe with practice on some easier things I will improve. Or, I will find people who do sew…..

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Too Much Fun…..

Making the fabric with Spoonflower’s program made me think about creating mirror images that could be printed on other materials, i.e. standard photos, metal prints.  There is a great tutorial on making them in Photoshop, so I got to work.  Finally got to bed about 1:30 am….. (which was a bit of an issue because our Great Dane/White Shepherd mix had decided he was sleeping in my spot).  My husband questioned whether or not these new images were true to my claim that all of the designs I show are “in the glass”.  Well, the only manipulation I do is to multiply the photographic image, so I’m thinking it’s not much of a stretch.  And what I am seeing seems worth the work!  Enjoy!

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First try….

I couldn’t wait to make something with a piece of the new fabric made from my photos, so this morning I got out a needle and thread and got to work. Now, many of the women in my family (including my mother who still does some sewing and even made my wedding dress as well as a few others) are or were great in the sewing arts…not me.  That gene totally skipped me. So putting something together with fabric and thread is a bit of a challenge, and, since I don’t sew, I don’t have a sewing machine.  Slippery fabric and hand stitching….but I did it!  Add to that the fact that I start ed about 6:30 this morning and you can understand why I don’t want anyone to look too closely at this first bracelet. But, it shows just how excited I am by this new material!  Here are some pictures. Remember, 6:30 AM, needle and thread, slippery fabric, non-sewer who is very excited to see the finished product.

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Fabric!

The new throw pillows available through Fine Art America started me thinking about having some of my images printed on fabric once again.  This is something I have had in the back of my mind for a long time, and I have played with designs on Spoonflower, but never followed through with an order.  Well, time has come!  I ordered a few designs in their 8″ swatch format and they arrived today.  With arrival of an adapter to try my macro lens on my husband’s new Sony a6000 mirrorless camera I had the perfect photo shoot opportunity.  Here are some of the designs (I created a total of 11).  They are “mirror repeat” patterns, each made with one of my macro photos.  The pictures could be better, but this gives you the general idea. New product concepts are forming…..2015 should be interesting!

Happy New Year!  and a belated Merry Christmas!

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