Author Archives: Elizabeth

Steampunk Bear Hat

The Philly show has a few themed galleries in addition to the showcase gallery. The producers choose the themes – this year they brought back the Steampunk gallery – always a favorite with both the artists and the collectors. I … Continue reading

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Summer Joyride

I’m getting ready to do the show in Philadelphia sponsored by the Susan Quinlan Doll & Teddy Bear Museum. The show always features a special gallery of one of a kind pieces done by the attending artists. For this year’s … Continue reading

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Old Coat to New Treasures

At a recent show in Tampa FL, the promoter had asked the artists to participate in challenge called “Old Coat to New Treasure”. We were asked to create a piece using an old coat. I found this one at a … Continue reading

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Philly Doll & Teddy Bear Show 2018

The Quinlan Artist Doll & Teddy Bear show was held in April this year and I created a new 5 1/2″ bear design for my show pieces. All of the bears were hand-sewn, instead of using a machine. Each bear … Continue reading

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Recreating a Sea Urchin in Resin

I love all things ocean and beachy and that includes sea urchins. I love to incorporate those images in my designs, but natural items like sea urchins, sea shells, and starfish are fragile and do not often hold up well … Continue reading

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Deconstructed Reconstructed Retreat – Sunday Assemblage

Our last day of retreat was Sunday and we focused on assemblage pieces. Jen had brought a huge tub full of wooden boards, canvases, and picture frame samples. I picked out a board with a large knot hole in it … Continue reading

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Deconstructed Reconstructed Retreat – Saturday Collage

On Saturday, Jen took us through the process of creating a collage using photographs. We were asked bring some prints of our photos, or we could use one of hers. I brought some pictures taken on a trip to Florida … Continue reading

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Deconstructed Reconstructed Retreat Friday – Part 2

I worked on two other necklaces on Friday, although neither was finished that day. The first one started with an old ampere meter, a lizard brooch, (both of which came from a stash Jen brought to share) and a tassel … Continue reading

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Deconstructed Reconstructed Retreat – Friday part 1

Friday at the retreat was all about jewelry.  We learned how to take apart commercially made pieces, use found objects and all about making connections. Using Apoxie Sculpt, torching copper and bronze wire, and drilling holes in objects were all … Continue reading

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Deconstructed Reconstructed Retreat – Thursday

At the end of January, I had the privilege of attending the first Deconstructed Reconstructed art retreat led by Jen Cushman. Jen is one of my all time favorite teachers and this was a new concept. Rather than a class … Continue reading

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