September brings a change in seasons here in Colorado. The temperatures have already started to cool in anticipation of fall. Trees are even starting to change color. I love this season. And with September comes the Front Range Open Studios!
Look for these colorful signs to guide you to the 16 artist studios on this year’s tour. I am delighted to be returning to the tour, now in its 4th year. So many creatives, sharing what they do and opening their studios to the public during the weekend of September 13 – 14, 2014.
Botanicals ~ Aspen Leaves; Sterling Silver
Photo credit: Daniel Krucoff
During this year’s tour weekend, I will be demonstrating a metalsmithing technique known as Chasing and Repousse. I took a 5 day workshop this summer from Il Maestro Fabrizio Acquafresca. What a wonderful experience and it has opened so many possibilities for me in my work.
The cuff shown at the top of this post is a combination of techniques; Chasing and Repousse, plus fused gold to steel. My husband Dan had a great idea to video my work on this cuff, from start to finish. Here’s a sneak preview of that video.
If you visit my studio during the tour weekend, the video of this piece’s fabrication will be playing (except during the Bronco game on Sunday). Throughout the days on Saturday and Sunday, I will be demonstrating Chasing and Repousse, the Italian way. My goal is to share how this technique can be utilized to create wonderful forms of personal adornment.
I will also be debuting a number of Aspen leaf earrings, like this pair. Fused 22Kt gold to steel. The movement in these reminds me of the way the Aspens in our back yard move as the wind blows. As a matter of fact, several of the young Aspen leaves from this spring served as patterns for the earrings.
This is the map to our studios. Click on the map or this link for the online information showing where our studios are located. My studio is lucky #13!
In addition to all of this, we have the Zentangle Challenge!
What are Zentangles? They are a form of creative doodling. The ‘zen’ part is the calm, relaxing sensation one experiences during this form of self-expression. Anyone can do it.
Ten artists on the tour have either incorporated Zentangles into their work or have examples as inspiration in their work space.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find all ten artist locations where the Zentangles exist. When you find them, circle or star the location on the studio brochure (that is your entry form for this contest). Once you have identified all ten locations, you can leave your completed brochure at any tour studio. Please include your name, email and phone number so we will know how to contact you if your name is drawn as the winner. The prize, a gallery quality dichroic glass platter by Nancy Bonig Glass Studio!
The weather forecast is wonderful for this weekend, with a hint of coolness and that means I might make a batch of spiced cider for people who visit me.
Until next time, I continue to aspire to be more as an artist and a person.