Sunday, August 22, 2010
What should you bring in order to participate in the fun? Simple: a donation of needed goods (list to be provided by the CAC soon) OR a small ($5-$10) monetary donation. We also ask that you promise to make a hat for the winter.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is a revolutionary material invented by Mitsubishi Corporation and is available in pure silver, 24K gold, bronze and copper. In simple terms, PMC is manufactured from very tiny particles of pure silver mixed with water and an organic binder that produces a malleable, clay-like material. After kiln-firing, the clay fuses into a piece of solid silver that is 99.9% pure – more pure than sterling silver which contains elements of copper. Most PMC comes from recycled precious metals.
2. It seems to me you are inspired by nature and nature's elements. Would that be a correct assumption?
Yes, most definitely. PMC has a very rustic, organic look to it anyway which only enhances the natural designs I like to use. I use only molds I make myself, free form it or hand carve it. And many pieces bear words of wisdom or inspiration.
3. Besides PMC, what other “ingredients” do you use to create your jewelry?
I have really gotten into setting natural stones into the PMC. Natural stones can't be fired or they would be destroyed by the heat so it’s more of a challenge to create the setting before firing. Lab created stones can be put into the PMC before firing, but I prefer to use natural stones.
I also use a lot of leather with my PMC. The simplicity of the silver suspended on a piece of ultra soft suede is irresistible and really practical. It’s really important to me to create jewelry that is affordable, practical and, at the same time, a wearable piece of art.
4. What three words would you use to describe your craft?
Just three words? Hmm … Rustic. Organic. Inspirational.
5. Where can we find your PMC jewelry outside the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market?
Currently, my jewelry can be seen and purchased at:
- Two Sister's Boutique in Fredericksburg, VA
- Tides Inn Spa, Irvington, VA
- Details of Occoquan, Occoquan, VA
- You can also visit my new website. My show schedule is also listed on the website.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I have always liked taking pictures, and when I upgraded to a DSLR a few years ago, I started taking a stronger interest in it. I took workshops and classes to learn more, and ultimately ended up enrolling for the degree program at NOVA. The Associates in photography should compliment my BS in Graphic Design well. I will finish after this Fall. My part-time hobby has slowly become a second (or maybe third) part-time career.
2). You do multiple types of photography—wedding photography, location shoots, etc. Which type of photography do you enjoy the most and why?
I really don’t have a favorite style of photography. In fact, when people ask what I shoot, I usually say “anything that catches my eye or is interesting.” I think the product categories I have to offer reflect a lot of what I like, though. I have sports shots, nature ones, lighthouses, religious and even a miscellaneous catchall category, too. I do think that I am getting more comfortable taking people’s portraits, and they are some of my favorite shots lately. I try to have enough variety in my work to interest everyone who stops by my booth at art shows, and also know enough about things, like wedding photography to be able to offer that service, as well.
4). If you could photograph any place in the world, where would it be?
Probably Italy or some tropical island. Actually, anywhere in Europe would be amazing.
5). Where can we find your photography outside the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market?
- You can visit my website for my market schedule or to contact me.
- A Show of Hands in Del Ray (I just gave them about 60-70 new pieces.)
- The First Saturday Alexandria Art Market (September 4th from 10am - 4pm.)
- Etsy: I don’t have all of my work up yet, but it’s a work in progress. Also, if someone sees something they love, but I don’t have that size at a show, I can put it up on etsy within 24 hours.
- My Facebook page
Ninja pandas for sure. They are so stealthy and can use nun chucks and swords … The Yeti doesn’t stand a chance.
Find Love to Create in their usual spot, Booth #9, at the August 14th Ballston Arts & Crafts Market.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
1). Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your craft. What sets you apart from other jewelers?
Yes, there are a lot of jewelers out there, so it’s important to me to have a unique style. I primarily create wire-wrapped jewelry. This means I bend, twist and s
hape metal wire with stones and crystals. I make scroll and spiral designs with the wires then use these to create patterns with symmetry. I consider my designs wearable art. At first it seemed funny to me to think of myself as an artist since I majored in mathematics and engineerin
g in college. But almost as soon as I picked up that pair of pliers, I knew I had found my calling. The right side of my brain wakes up when I pick up these jewelry tools, bringing a balance and joy to my life, which shows in my creations. Making jewelry calls to the artist portion of my soul. In the magic of inspiration, colors come alive, wires dance, stones shine and lustrous pearls seem to smile. I hope that my customers find as much joy in the wearing as I find in bringing the piece to life.
There are so many pretty gemstones, it’s hard to choose just one! Three of my favorites are blue onyx, leopard jasper and ametrine stones. Blue onyx is a fantastically brilliant indigo stone. It really stands out and I use this stone to make a piece really pop out and capture your attention. I like leopard jasper for it’s cool patterns. Its marks look like a leopard’s spots. It’s very cool to look at! Finally, ametrine is pretty cool because it is a natural stone that is a mix of amethyst and citrine. So it’s partly violet from the amethyst and partly yellow from the citrine.
3). What inspires you when you are designing?
I take inspiration from so many things. I like to travel, so the cultures, places and things I see in my trips are inspirations. I love bright colors and flowers. I mix and match the colors of gemstones such that they remind me of the flower gardens or bouquets. I use these inspirations and my imagination to find the potential of the materials, of the stones and the wire in order to create a beautiful piece.
4). What three (or four!) words would you use to describe your craft?
Wearable Art. My pieces are unique with the artistry of blending colors, patterns and textures such that they accentuate the grace of a lady’s body.
Charming. I try to make every piece attractive, enchanting and eye-catching.
Feminine. I’m uncovering more of my femininity through the process of creating. My jewelry is made for the confident woman who wants to show she’s feminine.
5). Where can we find your jewelry outside the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market?
I also sell on etsy. Also, one Sunday a month, I have a booth at Eastern Market in Washington, DC.
Bonus question: So, ninja pandas or a yeti. Who would win?
Definitely ninja pandas!
Check out Monica Fiorella Jewelry at the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market August 14th!