Archive for July, 2010

I came across Holly Baker’s blog and am amazed with her furniture transformations. Great work Holly!

I’m feeling inspired to get started on a new project (sorry for putting you on hold narrow lead based paint cabinet).

Is it possible to be in love with a cabinet? Holly featured a cabinet from a local Edmonton photographer by the name of Nathan Walker on today’s Fresh Coat Friday’s post. I love what he did with the cabinet top.

Could this be the answer to our joint table project.
♡ Beth

July 30, 2010 at 8:17 pm 2 comments

featured on creature comforts blog – haru’s lokta paper mobile

I woke up this morning and discovered that creature comforts featured my latest paper mobile in her very creative and inspiring blog. Thank you Ez! I feel honored to be included with many of my favorite artists.

By the way, you can view her beautiful photos on her flickr photostream.

♡Beth

July 27, 2010 at 8:25 pm 1 comment

Spanish Colonial tinsmith ‘how to’

image of tinsmith pounding metal I was honored to assist my brother this weekend in his demonstration booth at the annual Spanish Market fiesta celebrating the long heritage of the Spanish Colonial Arts this past weekend in Santa Fe, NM representing nearly 300 of the top artists in 17 basic categories.  The body of traditional New Mexican Spanish Colonial Arts generally share four basic factors:  They all derived from the original Spanish artisans that colonized New Mexico;  The artists each have some story of heritage tied to the original craftsmen in some way; The artists are trained in the original materials and techniques;  And the arts all revolve around honoring the spirit of God (and more specifically, the Catholic Church).

Graphic Delgado Family Tree

My brother, Jason Younis y Delgado is a 5th generation tinsmith in the Delgado Family tradition.  Every year I can, I join him in his booth and share the story of our family artisans.  Every year, I listen to my brother share stories passed to him from our Grandmother, who he studied under for many years.  And every year, I learn something new and wonderful.  I created this graphic family tree banner to show the breadth of Spanish Colonial artisans in our family and although I was well-aware of the many artists and long lineage in tinwork, I was moved to see it represented in one place.

There are so many amazing stories how this and the other Spanish Colonial crafts evolved here in New Mexico.  Fortunately, my father, a professional videographer has captured these tales on DVD for our family to enjoy and share.  He has created a 2-DVD set.  The first covers the history of tinwork, the history of tin in the Delgado family and the basic tools and techniques.  The second volume is an instructional How-To video that covers three basic projects.  My brother and Dad both did a fantastic job. This is an interesting video for anyone interested in historical stories, family biographies or anyone who enjoys learning new crafting techniques.  You can also learn more or purchase finished pieces, starter kits or supplies from my brother’s comprehensive website NewMexicoTinwork.com.

If you have a historical crafts in your family or region, I encourage you to learn more about the history and/or techniques.  It is an incredible way to sew the generations together, to support your local artisans and to keep these rare arts alive.  Please support your (and my;) local artisans!

PURCHASE THE DVD SET

To learn more about Spanish Market, visit www.spanishcolonial.org

To learn more about having your own How-To video produced for FREE or to see a 10-minute snippet of my brother’s video, check out www.Videotero.com.

July 27, 2010 at 7:48 am Leave a comment

National fiber arts convention full of color and texture

wall of soft colorI had the opportunity to attend Convergence Albuquerque 2010, a national conference for fiber artists. It was filled with candy for the senses. There were booths on weaving, dying, quilting, spinning, felting, beading and lots of interesting modern machines that fold computer technology into the tactile world of fiber arts. There’s a fascinating wearable art display featuring hundreds of delightful pieces (including a fabulous jacket of hand dyed, hand woven, hand painted silk by my Big Sister Victoria Rabinowe). I left with some adorable crocheted finger puppets for the kiddies. I wanted to dive in to the piles of lush, brightly colored, freshly carded mounds of wool. I enjoyed learning about the latest fibers made from bamboo or other sustainable sources.

I’ve been looking for a source where I could find naturally colored local spun wool so I could try my hand at colcha (Spanish embroidery). I think it would be a fun challenge to create an image from shades of natural white to brown.

wall of colorful skeins

One booth featured intensely colored lumpy ribbon-like yarns spun from recycled Sari fabrics from India. I was very tempted to buy some, but couldn’t think of what to do with it, and I already have plenty of boxes of those kinds of materials! But, I was most excited seeing felting demonstrations. It is such a simple, fun, fast craft. I liked watching all these (100% female, BTW) gentle crafters furiously and repeatedly piercing their little projects like you might torture the voodoo doll of an ex. But, I’m not sure whether I think the results are ugly or groovy. I would like to find a felting project that actually looks cool and not frumpy when completed. Does anyone have any suggestions? I’ve been squirreling away some moth-eaten cashmere sweaters for felting potential in the aforementioned “crafting materials that I don’t know what to make into” box.

The convention is not just for fiber artists. Anyone who enjoys crafting is sure to find some inspiration here!

Unfortunately, they do not allow photos anywhere, but V knew a lot of the booth vendors and gained me permission to snap a few pics.  The beautiful shots here are from family run “Weaving Southwest” (Taos NM),a wonderful weaver’s gallery and local supplier of wool yarns.  It is well-respected in the local weaving community for encouraging many local weavers to pursue their work professionally by creating a dedicated gallery.  www.WeavingSouthwest.com

The convention runs through the weekend (July 18-25). For more info on the convention go to: http://www.weavespindye.org/?loc=8-00-00

Sean Wells via iPhone

July 23, 2010 at 5:36 am Leave a comment

free color scheme designer

As I was catching up on my blog reading this morning I was introduced to a really useful site for those who love color. My favorite blogger, Ez, recently found this useful site and thought you would appreciate it too.
~Beth

July 22, 2010 at 9:11 pm 1 comment

local flavor art car

Spotted at my local Mexican grocer, a simple and fun art car covered in kid’s toys.

Sean Wells via iPhone

July 20, 2010 at 11:46 pm Leave a comment

cheap fabrics with modern prints

Spotted at Walmart today @ $1.50/yd, cotton and poly fabrics in cute modern prints. Great for pillows or curtains. Generally too light for upholstery. Also selling $5/5yd bolts in some interesting fabrics.

~ Sean via iPhone

July 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm 1 comment

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