artBLISS Recap and return from absence

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.07.13 PMI am surprised that I haven’t updated my blog since my last post which was the announcement that the artBLISS registration had opened. When was that, around April? Well, artBLISS has come and gone and I must say, the retreat keeps getting better and better with each year. Next year, artBLISS will be celebrating it’s 5th anniversary and we, Cindy and I, plan on making the 2014 event very celebratory. But more on that at a later date. If you are interested in reading the recap for this years event, please visit Cindy’s blog. She did a great write-up with lots of photos.

The past several months I have taken a break from my time in the studio to spending my time with my children while they were on their summer break. That, and spending a lot of my time enjoying the outdoors, focusing on my health and eating a high raw vegan diet, including lots of exercise and reading and meeting other people who share the same lifestyle. This new lifestyle is here to stay but I still have some kinks that I am working on to really bring my health to the optimal level. It’s a new way of life and I need to remind myself to be patient and forgiving as I continue on this journey.

With that being said, I am really looking forward to getting back into the studio. I have some tutorials that NEED to be written. One’s I have promised so long ago. I just have to sit myself down and take the step-by-step photos and get it done. I thank everyone for their patience. I love sharing my ideas, but actually sitting down and getting it written is another story. But, I am going to do it.

My fingers are crossed that for my next post, it will be a completed tutorial.

Jeanette

 

 

 

Jeanette Blix Ryan is a jewelry designer and instructor who teaches wire and metalworking workshops in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. She also published the Glass Art Calendar, the first glass calendar published featuring lampwork beads among the leading glass artists in the field today. Recently, she has become a Jamberry Nail Consultant, because in addition to creating and wearing her jewelry designs, she also loves having pretty and artistic nails!

Registration for artBLISS 2013 is open!

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We’re excited to announce that registration is open for
artBLISS 2013!
Please join us for 3 days of workshops and activities.
Dates and Location:
September 27 – 29, 2013
Sterling, VA

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We have an incredible line-up of instructors again this year. You’ll enjoy seeing some of your favorite instructors returning, and we hope you’ll join us in welcoming a couple making their artBLISS DEBUT!

Kerry Bogert
Christine Damm
Richard Salley / Jessica Papke
Stacie Florer
Stephanie Rubiano

Please visit the site to see the full range of day and evening workshops.

In addition to furthering your jewelry designing skills, new this year at artBLISS, you’ll find MIXED MEDIA workshops! We are excited to welcome Stephanie Rubiano to the artBLISS family.

Saturday Night soiree artbliss final NEW!  Join us Saturday Night at artBLISS for a fun-filled evening!

  • Shop at your own Marketplace!  This year, a limited number of tables will be available in the lobby.  Sell your supplies, art, and beads.  Consider sharing a table with a friend.  Please contact us if you are interested – a lottery will be held for these spaces.
  • Pizza and Salad night – stay in and hang out with your friends over dinner.
  • Grab a friend and take an evening class with Kerry Bogert! Learn to make a must-have herringbone weave bracelet, complete with a custom button clasp!
  • Join us for a demo with Erin Siegel!  You’ll learn how to create a pair of stunning earrings, featured in Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry.

Can you help us spread the word about artBLISS?
We have a great GIVEAWAY for you with 4 chances to win!

We will be giving away 4 prizes!  Two winners will be chosen from entries in this giveaway post, and two winners will be chosen from those who register for a workshop during the first 2 opening weeks of registration!

Here are a few of our new badges – we hope you’ll chose one for your blog!button 4 - 300x225 copy Or our new 2013 Badge artBLISSbluefinalsm2013 artBLISS logo designed by Amber Brien with embellishments by Susie Hibdon

Here are the prizes for four lucky winners. Screen Shot 2013-04-08 at 10.15.25 PM You can win a copy of “Soldering Made Simple”, a micro torch, ceramic board, quench cup, and tweezersScreen Shot 2013-04-08 at 10.17.13 PM Win a soldering iron, soldering iron stand, flux, and flux remover

Screen Shot 2013-04-08 at 10.18.17 PM Two winners will win a treasure trove of enamels in all kinds of colors

To enter the give away:

  • Leave a comment (1 entry)
  • Blog about the 2013 retreat (1 entry)
  • Add any one of the blog badges to your blog – see the various badge options here (1 entry)
  • Help spread the word on Pinterest – Pin any image directly from the artBLISS website (your favorite workshop, for example) to one of your Pinterest boards.  Please include “#artblissworkshops” to your pin description so that we can easily track the pins. (1 entry)
  • Post on Facebook or Twitter – please share the link (1 entry)
  • Register for any artBLISS 2013 workshop during the official registration opening week (April 9th through April 23rd). (1 entry)

*Giveaway closes at 11:59 p.m., EST on April 23rd.   Due to the package size, the giveaway is regrettably open to U.S. residents only.

Thank you for sharing our excitement!  Good luck & we hope to see you in September!

– Jeanette & Cindy

Jeanette Blix Ryan is a jewelry designer and instructor who teaches wire and metalworking workshops in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. She also published the Glass Art Calendar, the first glass calendar published featuring lampwork beads among the leading glass artists in the field today. Recently, she has become a Jamberry Nail Consultant, because in addition to creating and wearing her jewelry designs, she also loves having pretty and artistic nails!

Wellness Word Jewelry Challenge

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At the beginning of the new year, Tracy Statler with Making Bracelets, posted on her blog that she was going to host a Wellness Word Jewelry Challenge. The challenge could not be more fitting for me personally, because wellness, health and overall fitness had become a very important part of my life. Over a year ago, I made a pledge to make my health a priority and have completely changed the way I eat (plant based) and exercise almost daily. I learned that “wellness” is something that can’t be taken for granted and must be practiced daily to achieve and maintain. Good health and strong mind creates a life with more joy and surprising adventures!

Our challenge was to choose an inspirational word or phrase in an area of our life where we wish to make a change or will continue to work on. My chosen word was:

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I choose “evolve” as my wellness word because it was one that resonated with me. Over the past year, I have seen myself evolve from poor health to better health.  I have also seen myself go from feeling lost and unfocused, to feeling more grounded and with a life of purpose and new direction. It has truly been a year of evolution.

And with keeping to the evolve theme, the jewelry medium I choose to work with continues to evolve. For the Wellness Challenge, I wanted to work with the ever so popular materials of leather. Metal and leather, a beautiful combination.

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I want to thank Tracy for organizing this challenge.  With all blog hops, as fun as they are, it takes a lot of time to coordinate. Thanks again, Tracy and hope to see you sometime soon in the future. Especially since you live just a hop-skip-jump away. To see what others have created for the Wellness Word Challenge, please visit these participating jewelry designers below.  Thank you again, Tracy, and hope to see you soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Jeanette

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Glass Art Calendar 2008/2013

 

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REVISION: I initially thought that the dates for the 2008 calendar year aligns with the 2013 calendar year.  Unfortunately, because of leap year, not all the months align. However, I am still selling the calendar for it’s artwork purposes. These are museum quality images that can be beautifully framed and are available for $7 which includes shipping. Thank you.

  • A full-size 13 month wall calendar that celebrates leading glass artists and their remarkable pieces. Each month, the 12×12 calendar features a different glass artist with vibrant full color images of his or her work, including detailed descriptions of the art and the artist. The museum-quality calendar captures the great variety and artistry of these extraordinary glass creations, including glass beads, jewelry, objects and sculptural pieces.The Glass Art Calendar featured remarkable glass creations including glass beads, jewelry and objects and sculptural pieces by many of the leading artists in the field today, as well as emerging artists (Tink Martin, Carter Seibel, Beth Williams, Lisa Niven Kelly and Michael Barley, Judy Carlson, Jeff Barber, J.C. Herrell, Jennifer Geldard, Sarah Moran, Lucie Kovarova-Weir, Dustin Tabor and Stephanie Sersich, Eric Rader and Kristina Logan).

I still have some extra 2008 calendars in stock which I would love to see being enjoyed by others. The calendar retailed for $14.95 in 2008 and I am offering it for $7.00, which includes media mail shipping. The images of the calendar are museum quality and very suitable for framing and would look beautiful hanging in your studio, home, bead shop, workshop or where ever your heart desires, these images would be perfect. The Glass Art Calendar was sold in retail lampworking supply shops and several museums, such as the Toledo Museum of Art and Corning Museum of Art to name a few.

I had an amazing team to help bring my calendar vision to life. For graphic design, my dear friend and amazing artist, Kathy Milillo.

For photography, the principal photographer of the calendar was the very talented Jewelry and Fine Art photographer, Robert Diamante.  And lastly, but not least, Queen City Printers in Burlington, Vermont for printing a beautifully high quality calendar.

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For those who are interested in purchasing a calendar,  you will be able to find them listed in my etsy shop. They are stunning, you won’t regret the purchase!

Jeanette

Jeanette Blix Ryan is a jewelry designer and instructor who teaches wire and metalworking workshops in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. She also published the Glass Art Calendar, the first glass calendar published featuring lampwork beads among the leading glass artists in the field today. Recently, she has become a Jamberry Nail Consultant, because in addition to creating and wearing her jewelry designs, she also loves having pretty and artistic nails!

artBLISS-only 16 days away!

Can you believe artBLISS is just around the corner! We are so excited and look forward to seeing everyone! If you have not registered, it’s still not too late! Let’s do a quick review of all the happenings!

We have a variety of awesome workshops to attend! You can choose taking a workshop with Christine Damm and learn how to work with polymer clay and create colorful bangles or pendants. We also have some great metalworking classes! Learn how to make colorful metal bezels with Kerry Bogert in her True Colors Workshop or the Elemental Bracelet class with Stacie Florer!



Have you always wanted to learn how to make your own lampwork beads? Now is your chance! Kerry is an amazing lampwork artist and is back again to teach her K.reating A.rt B.eads workshop. Learn from one of the finest in the field today!

Lets talk about the importance of beautifully photographed jewelry. Yes, learning how to take beautiful photographs of your creations is very important. But lets review why it’s important!

  • A portfolio provides a visual representation of your work. You should start creating a jewelry portfolio as soon as you commence making or designing jewelry, so you can show it to interested gallery owners and merchants, potential clients and educational institutes.
  • To sell jewelry on-line, it’s imperative the photographs of your jewelry pieces are exceptional. Your customers will base their purchasing decison by what they see!  A poorly photographed, but beautifully made piece of jewelry, will perhaps never receive the opportunity of being enjoyed being worn by a happy customer.
  • Most jewelry artisans have blogs and enjoy sharing their newest and latest jewelry creations. Just imagine how you will capture your audience’s attention with clear, crisp and artististic photographs of your jewelry!

The above are only a few of the reasons of “why” and I will leave it to Kerry to show you the “how” in her Snaptastic workshop.  This is an evening workshop and seats are limited! We also have two additional evening workshops, please check them out!

Our Meet and Greet which also includes our Authors Signing will be on Friday, September 21st from 7-9pm. Entrance to the Meet and Greet is complimentary if you are registerd for a workshop. If you are unable to attend a workshop, you can register to only attend the Meet and Greet and Authors Signing for $15. It’s going to be a great evening of mingling with the instructors and friends, enjoying h’orderves, wining door prizes and more!


And lastly, let’s not forget about trading beads! Join us for our “Don’t Trash it, Destash it” event! If you wish to participate, please register on-line. There is no cost to participate! More details will be coming about this event! In the meanwhile, collect all your beads you would like to Destash for new beads!

We look foward to seeing everyone.

Jeanette

HobNob Earrings

I always seem to start my post by saying that it’s been ages since my last post, but I truly find very little time to myself with two young children, especially during the summer months. It’s been an awesome summer, lots of time at the pool, tennis lessons for the kids, a trip to Boston and catching a game at Fenway and then on to Vermont for visiting family, spending time at the lake house, picking blueberries and swimming at the local swimming hole-just like images you would imagine seeing in the summer issue of Vermont Life Magazine. This Sunday we head to the Outerbanks and conclude our summer by enjoying a week at the beach before returning for school.

Before I leave for the beach, I needed to work on some class samples of the HobNob earrings I will be teaching at the Reston Community Center next month on September 15th. These are fun earrings to make. This class comes at the perfect time, a few months before Christmas. Enough time to master the technique and make a bunch for holiday gifts. Earrings-the perfect holiday gift-one size fits all!

And lastly, before I sign off for the night, I want to thank my dear friend, Andrea Arden, for revamping my blog. I thank her for her patience and expertise in creating exactly what I was envisioning. If you are interested in creating a blog for yourself or revamping one you already have, please don’t hesitate contacting her.

Until next time:)

Jeanette Blix Ryan is a jewelry designer and instructor who teaches wire and metalworking workshops in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. She also published the Glass Art Calendar, the first glass calendar published featuring lampwork beads among the leading glass artists in the field today. Recently, she has become a Jamberry Nail Consultant, because in addition to creating and wearing her jewelry designs, she also loves having pretty and artistic nails!

The Making of artBLISS

It’s been a while since I have updated my blog. However, I am a guest blogger on Love My Art Jewelry today and I have written a post called, “The Making of artBLISS.” If you are interested in checking it out, please visit LMAJ. The post focuses more on friendship and following your passion. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great day.