Saturday, September 11, 2010

I went to the Mimi Gem & Mineral show here in Tucson, yesterday.  The huge one is in February but this small event keeps us in supplies and in touch with new things. 

I love the shows where the artists come in and are there with their new designs, colors and chatter.  Such fun!  Yesterday was the "Best Bead Show" and a quick trip to the Holidome and Cobough for Turquoise.

I came home with several bags of goodies and a lot of inspiration.  Can hardly wait to get started on several new products. 

We're so lucky to have this at our own back door twice a year.

This is from an earlier event.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

I've Been Published!

Feminine Medicine Rocks

Calliope Creations Handcrafts Gemstone Charms Specifically for Women
Natasha Suter

Marianne Hopkins of Calliope Creations has been designing jewelry, beading and making small sculptures with natural materials for over 15 years. Her work has been sold at the Tucson Museum of Art, as well as placed in galleries in California and Arizona. Many of her pieces are in private collections across the country.

One of her creations is the light gray ‘Women’s Health Medicine Rock,’ which is embellished with soft, downy white duck feathers and gems with a band of light green cording crossed with pale yellow. The gemstones selected are those which have been used through the ages to promote women’s health, especially in the area of fertility, pregnancy and childbirth. Calliope Creations’ rocks can be used and appreciated by any woman and they make a loving and thoughtful gift.

The designer behind Calliope Creations resides in Tucson, Arizona and when she’s not working on various creative projects, you can find this artisan training and showing her Shetland Sheepdogs in competitions.

I've always heard that an artist should select one mode and perfect it. This is too limiting for me.