September is a season of arts: shows and festivals are throughout
the country, making art lovers happy. In September's issue:
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Stone of September:
Stone for acquiring wisdom, esoteric knowledge. Connection between the
physical and celestial. Awareness, attunement, intuition and psychic
ability. Stone of protection. Zodiac signs: Sagittarius (Archer).
Dark royal blue gemstones
September has two blue birthday gems, each of them is beautiful:
lapis lazuli and
sapphire. Sapphire is one of the four precious stones and
one of the gem varieties of the species corundum. Blue is
considered the normal color for sapphire, but it is found in
the full range of spectral colors as well as brown, colorless,
gray and black (fancy color sapphire).
We have noticed the sapphire on royalty throughout history. In
olden times, King Solomon wore a sapphire ring, and in modern
times, Prince Charles gave a sapphire engagement ring to Lady
Diana. The British Crown Jewels are full of large blue sapphires,
the mark of prudent and wise rulers.
Lapis lazuli is a semi-precious stone prized since antiquity for
its intense blue color. Lapis is a rock and not a mineral because
it is made up from various other minerals. The main component of
lapis lazuli is lazurite; it also contains calcite (white), sodalite
(blue) and pyrite (metallic yellow), and some other constituents.
The finest color is intense blue, lightly dusted with small flecks
of golden pyrite.
Lapis lazuli is called the ancient alchemists' "Stone of Heaven",
the special mystical quality associated with lapis made it sacred
to the Egyptians. For a time only the pharaohs, the royal family
members, and the priests were permitted to wear it. Accordingly,
Egyptian tombs were replete with carvings of Lapis, for it was
believed that this stone would protect, guide and cheer the dead
as they journeyed into the afterlife.
The main component of lapis lazuli rock, lazurite mineral is deep
blue to greenish blue. Don't confuse lazurite with other blue
minerals such as the carbonate azurite and the phosphate lazulite!
They even have almost the same names, but differ from lazurite.
Lazurite has been mined for over 6,000 years in the lapis lazuli
district of Badakhshan, Afghanistan. It has been used as a pigment
in painting and cloth dyeing since at least the sixth or seventh
century AD. It is also mined at Lake Baikal in Siberia, Mount
Vesuvius, Burma, Canada, and the United States. The name "lazurite"
is from the Persian LAZWARD for blue.
Two pieces of jewelry in lapis lazuli by Zoya Gutina
Our today's featured artist, Miriam Shimon, lives in Israel. She
is a creative person and over time explored many different venues
of artistic expressions, but it was only two and a half years ago
that she by chance came upon a bead weaving class and decided
to give it a go.
Miriam says, "It was absolutely love at first sight, I never knew
that one could make such awesome things with all those tiny beads
and to me it was a whole new world opening up, exciting, fun and
I was extremely fortunate to learn from one of the most talented
artists I have ever met, Angelika Motzkin, whose work Opal Fantasy
made the final of the 2009 Bead Dreams in the Seed Bead Jewelry
category. From her I learned not only all the basic techniques but
more important how to think outside the box; and she has been
instrumental in helping me find my own unique style of design as
well as encouraging me to start teaching myself.
What started out as making simple and fun jewelry quickly became a
challenging adventure into more laborious and elaborate designs,
learning from each piece of jewelry and gaining experience and
insight into the many aspects of jewelry making. Though I've tried
my hand and many different styles and techniques, bead weaving
remains my first and foremost passion.
I love to experiment with many different types of design but I seem to
naturally gravitate towards the more vintage and romantic looking jewelry
and often take my inspiration from nature themes. Flowers, leaves and
branches are especially favorable to me but I like to venture out into the
unknown as well and make up new designs as I go along.
My creative process can often seem quite disorganized, I rarely draw my
designs in advance, rather "doodle" with my beads until I come up with
something that looks interesting, always thinking "What would happen
if..." , while trying to look at new approaches to old techniques. I don't
usually plan in advance what I want to make, often I get an idea that is
either based on a certain color or shape and just start from there."
Full article by Miriam Shimon
Gallery of Bead artwork by Miriam Shimon
Gallery on Flickr:
Etsy Shop: www.cielodesign.etsy.com
Top 10 colors for spring 2010
That's not about beads and jewelry, that's about colors for
coming seasons. Pantone Color Institute is the world-renowned
authority on color and provider of color systems and leading
technology for the selection and accurate communication of
color across a variety of industries. On September 10, Pantone
announced its top 10 colors for spring 2010, a very interesting
mix of bright and neutral tones. Remember these colors when
making or buying jewelry or clothes, and you will be in fashion.
Here they are!
First row from left to right: Violet, Tomato Puree, Fusion Coral, Amparo Blue, Tuscany.
Second row from left to right: Aurora, Turquoise, Dried Herb, Pink Champagne, Eucalyptus.
Pantone fashion color report for Spring 2010
Fashion color trends for each season by Fashion Trendsetter
Florals in beaded jewelry
Oksana Kameneva, our featured artist, takes great pride in her
unique work. She is a creative person and always wanted to
express herself; to find something for her soul.
learned to bead, Oksana had been sewing and doing macrame for
a long time. Beading attracted her because it allows her to
create unique pieces and seemed to her to be the best way to
design unique works because of its colors and shapes.
For three years Oksana learned beadwork and different beading
techniques, before she realized that she could create her own
style of jewelry. Now, she is very dedicated to her work -
often doing and redoing her art before she is happy with it.
She uses no patterns and will not use the work of others as
an example; it is very important to her to have a style of her
own. Oksana feels that her style is classical, but she likes
to use unusual color combinations and free form to add a
Born in the Moscow area, Oksana has now been living in Moscow
for 15 years. There, she often makes gifts for her friends as
she does not like to do commissioned pieces because she feels
that it limits her creativity. Generally, she uses standard
materials - mostly beads and crystals - but always of the
As with many artists, she does not hurry
through her work and some pieces may take days or weeks to be
finished. Oksana feels that success is often dependent on
being in the right mood while working on her art. Though she
is very critical of her own work, she loves the art - saying
that her two sons are the most important thing to her, but
beadwork is second.
Seeing the beauty and uniqueness of her work, you will
understand why she says she feels like an artist painting
Florals in beaded jewelry by Oksana Kameneva
Season of arts
Two exciting events took place in Alexandria, VA in September.
One of them was Alexandria Festival of the Arts, that is voted
one of the top 100 art festivals in the country by Sunshine
More than $15 million in art was on display,
and more than 200 juried artists have displayed and sold fine
art ranging from paintings, sculpture, prints and photography
to pottery, glass, jewelry and ceramics. This year we noticed
less sculpture artworks, but much more jewelry of any kind.
Anyway, festival made a great success!
Another event was at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, where
visual art came alive during the Alexandria Festival of the
Arts. Artists demonstrated throughout the day pottery on the
wheel, drawing, bubble glass making, beading, spinning, weaving,
knitting, limestone carving, etching, and much more. Visitors
could try their hand at different art techniques including
clay throwing, sculpture, and fiber art at special "Try Me"
Hands-on projects also included Champagne Cork Chairs workshop,
Bubble Gum painting, Create Your Own Button workshop, Screen
printing workshop, Mask Making workshop and so on. Lots of fun
for both, adults and kids!
Alexandria Festival of Arts
Art Activated at the Torpedo Factory Art Center
14th Annual Art on the Avenue Festival
Saturday, October 3, 2009 10 am - 6 pm
Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA
14th Annual Multi-Cultural Arts, Crafts & Music Festival, Art on the Avenue celebrates
community diversity though the arts in the Potomac West area of Alexandria, Virginia.
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