Thursday, July 17, 2008

middle aged artists

I picked up the summer issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry a few weeks ago. It's now quarterly and when reading it, I was surprised to see their choice of artists to showcase. Many new artists, some that are good, some that aren't all that great. The pictures that are published do showcase the work, but they waste a lot of space with giant pictures to go with their articles rather than adding more to the magazine. Since color ink is expensive, the magazine is also. I thought it was rather nifty that some Etsy artists are featured, but did wonder why they made the choices they did. I did read that they searched the internet quite a bit for their artist featured. Ok... How old was the person doing that searching? What is the age of the editorial staff? That said.....

Would I buy it again? Not sure.

I took particular issue with an article on lampworking which states about a lampwork artist (who I haven't heard of before and I am way into lampworking and have been for at least 10 years of buying it, working with it, and the last 6 years, melting my own glass into beads) plus do you need more credentials? I have plenty but why list them now before my rant. ;-)

quote "she stays on top of trends in lampwork beads by tracking the listings on ebay, where you can see a huge range of quality and style, from the omnipresent mold pressed beads to one-of-a-kind works of art, from the traditional colors and shapes created by the typical middle-aged bead artist to the more experimental pieces created by the younger artists just starting out."

Hello Belle Armoire... have you forgotten who buys your $15 magazine?
Who wrote this article?? some one obviously who thinks middle aged artists are 'typical' and the only artists who experiment are the 'younger artists'

Upon reading this article, I kept thinking 'who is this person' who is the lampworker.. is the author a friend of hers or does she have a good agent? Then I started to think about how lampworking wasn't being presented in a very good light. So many little comments about how this artist does lampworking 'right' and that isn't very common. Wrong o mundo!
First.. pretty much everyone who does lampwork anneals their beads. So when the article stated that the artist has to tell people who had broken beads from other artists, that they weren't annealed properly, but 'she' does that, I took issue with that. I figured it was written by someone who doesn't know a lot about lampworkers, so I moved on from that. But rest assured, lampwork artist anneal, lampwork from mass produced sources isn't generally annealed.
Next..Ebay isn't the only place to look at lampwork. There is great lampwork on Ebay and Etsy, but there are many lampworkers who don't sell there. If someone wants to see absolutely great lampwork, contact the International Society of Glass Beadmakers. (ISGB) The work is unbelievable. Lampwork beads that are beyond anyone's idea of what can be done with glass. The talent in the lampworking world is filled with artists who use presses, artists of all ages, experimental artists can be in their 80's for Heaven's sake! Think of Grandma Moses, Monet, Matisse! And uhhhh... I experiment in glass almost everytime I work on the torch. I guess I am an middle aged experiementer. I don't ever think my work is mundane and take great offense at being thrown into a group and discriminated against.

If you are in the Oakland, CA area see if you can get to the Bead Bazaar to see what real lampwork is. I am unable to attend the Gathering of ISGB this year but if you want to see jaw dropping work, get yourself over there!

This comment written by the author of the article has caused a stir. No way do I blame the featured artist who I am not naming, but where are the proof readers? Where is the publisher? Who is the audience this magazine is targeted to? Grow up Belle. You want to feature lampworking? Do it right. Get yourself to the Gathering and make nice to us offended middle-aged mundane lampworkers. Show the beauty of what can be done with glass, and make a list ( a very long list) of cutting edge experimental glass beadmakers. I don't care what age they are, but do it right.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

reminding myself why I like winters in North Carolina

Looking for pictures for my son, and I ran across this from my visit to Michigan last winter. This is the house we are selling.
I miss my friends and silver studio and the art shows in Michigan, but this I don't miss.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

musings on moving

Wow It's summer, I have it off and it's hard to believe how busy we are. We're 'home' in Michigan and there are so many people to see, places to go, things to do. Like getting my hair cut at my 'regular' shop, and that isn't quick anymore since color has to be done too. Seeing old friends, going to the silver studio, celebrating birthdays, going to see relatives. We have to do this now because otherwise the week before we head back to NC, everyone calls and says 'Let's get together one more time!' Maybe this summer we'll leave a few open evenings for that. I'm marking my calendar now for some big 'get togethers' before we leave again.

Then packing this house. ugh... I hope to have a day when packing isn't an issue. We're getting so good at it, we should open a "I'll pack your house" business, except I think I'd rather gouge my eyes out than pack any more I personally have to.
My husband actually got out a box today and started packing! woo hoo! He's been avoiding it, I swear. There is still time.. a few more weeks until we want this house empty.

It's probably best we have taken two years to make our move permanent. Kind of the bandaid approach.. pull it off fast and feel the pain all at once, or do a little at a time for a longer but lesser pain. We are past the shock of leaving a small community where we've spent 30 years of our adult lives, and now it's fun to visit with all kinds of good memories. I love seeing my friends, miss a lot of what we had, but have to be realistic knowing in this economy in Michigan, we've done the best thing we can for ourselves.

onward and upward... need to make a few beads, pack a few boxes, and head out to do some silver work with Sharon this afternoon.