Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Holiday Show Schedule

Here's my jam-packed holiday show schedule. I'll be sending stuff to Trinket (32 1/2 Church St) often and you can always see my work online at Etsy. Happy Holidaze!!!

Women's Festival of Crafts -   Saturday Nov 24th 10-6
City Hall, Burlington               Sunday Nov 25th 10-5

Lake Champlain Waldorf Fair -  Friday Nov 30th 6:30-9
359 Turtle Lane, Shelburne         Saturday Dec 1st 10-3

Trunk Show at Sweet Lady Jane - Saturday Dec 8th 10-5
40 Church St, Burlington

South End Holiday Hop -             Friday Dec 14th 5-8
4 Howard St, 3rd door up from    Saturday Dec 15th 10-5
Pine, then 2nd door on left

Holiday Artist Market                 Friday Dec 21 12-7
City Hall, Burlington                   Saturday Dec 22 10-6        

Monday, November 12, 2012

Some new work

I have a few new designs that I thought I'd share here. All of these pieces can be found in my Etsy shop.
The first is my new Vermont Pendant. This sterling silver pendant features a kind of patchwork pattern which delineates the 14 counties. The VT letters are made up of my signature "patch" design. I love the organic nature of the texture combined with the industrial look of the letters. It is $45 and a portion of the proceeds will go toward the Vermont Foodbank.
Also available in brass for $25.
I recently picked up some tiny glass bottles at a vintage market. I knew I wanted to make necklaces with them but wasn't certain how I should fill them. Well what's better than a message in a bottle? To make the scroll, I roughed up and tea soaked some archival paper and burned all the edges. I can write a small phrase on it or you can write your message yourself (making it extra special with your own handwriting). Write the message on the inside of the scroll to keep it private or on the outside so bits of the writing show through and visually add to the piece. I included 2 tiny Herkimer diamonds. I wired the bottle with brass and it hangs from natural brass chain.
This very sleek, sexy and modern pendant looks elegant dressed up or edgy with a tee and jeans. I wrapped a water clear Herkimer Diamond in sterling silver and it hangs from a oxidized sterling chain. It's very eye catching!
Brass wishbone with mala beads on black waxed cotton cord. Very tribal and edgy. A great layering piece.
Sterling silver wishbone on oxidized sterling chain.
Love this vintage lace, it has such an antique look and feel, my favorite new cuff!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Vermont Life

I'm so excited to be a new guest blogger for Vermont Life. Right now, if you go to their home page and scroll down a bit you can see my post! Or just click HERE.

As I mention on the blog - I intend to include tips on how to be a savvy shopper, how to put outfits together and DIY projects, and I plan to feature Vermont designers, focusing on handmade and eco-friendly whenever possible. I’ll include posts on current trends as well as classic styles and do interviews with Vermont boutique owners. 

I'm working on my next entry now and I'll have it up in a couple of weeks.

Stay tuned!

Catching Up...

I would like to start writing this blog again but it' been so long that I don't feel like I can just start writing without taking a moment to briefly write out some of the things that took up my time since, oh, last February...

I created a new line of jewelry: Chakra Kahn It has been very popular and has expanded to include bracelets, silk wrap bracelets/anklets and earrings. In May I was a vendor at the Burlington Yoga Conference, where I debued this line. It was well received by the yoga community and now I'm thinking about vending at Wanderlust in Stratton, VT.

I made a book... a Blurb book. It is 98 pages and includes photos of all of my work and all of my publications...everything about my jewelry in one pretty place. I had several copies made and use them for promotion. Doing the layout took forever! I spent several weeks gathering the images and putting everything in order. Also, it wasn't cheap (since it was so many pages and hardcover). I do recommend this though, it's a really good way to showcase your work.

I set up several studio spaces...
At home, upstairs...this is where I roll out PMC, cut out metal and put things together.

In the basement I hammer, drill, use the torch and fire in the kiln.

Then I have a studio called Ancient Arts Studio that I share with Rebecca Freedner of Heartfire Henna in the South end of Burlington where I do some finishing work and meet up with customers to show them my jewelry. I participated in the Art Hop in September and I'm excited to participate in the Holiday Hop on Dec 14th and 15th!
I started a new blog called Kahnvert. It features many of my stylish customers and Vermont Designers. That lead to me writing an article on fashion for Thread Magazine. I really enjoy exercising my writing muscle!

With Brando's help we made a new booth for my jewelry. I will blog about this separately when I have a chance this winter cause there's a lot to say about this wonderful new set up. The greatest thing about it is that the displays can all hang on the wall in my Burlington studio, it's like a booth transformer!

I was honored to win...2(!) Daysies. from Seven Days annual guide to reader's favorites from around the state. One for Best Local Jewelry Designer and one for Best Craftsperson!

I made a lot of jewelry for Trinket and enjoyed another great season at the Burlington Artist Market. I've been doing trunk shows at friend's/customer's homes, I really love doing these! I recently reached 500 sales in my Etsy shop!

Okay, that's most of the things that have happened and now I can begin writing here again! Seeing it all written out here is making me feel really good about the direction my jewelry is going in, it's hard work but satisfying work and I look forward to blogging more about it all! Thanks for reading!