It’s time to start your LIST!

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I write this as the white stuff is lightly falling outside my window, a gentle reminder of what is to come. And with that said, someone is bound to count the days on a calendar, and start the countdown to the holiday season.

20141103_212332Next week, the beyondCRAFT show & sale begins! I will have many new mixed-media pieces there, as well as new cards, jewellery & a few surprises. This is a great event in a fabulous location.

I was honoured to find one of my mermaids gracing the front page of the Stouffville Free Press, advertising the show. I still can’t believe it’s the front page! Speaking of big, I am in the midst of creating more mermaids on bigger canvases, which although a little scary, seems to be working out well. Below are 2 new canvases I recently finished.

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So start your list & come whittle away at it next weekend!

with gratitude..nadya

 

Georgina Studio Tour

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This weekend is the Georgina Studio Tour and I am still not quite believing I am on it! Partnered up with the very talented painter Thelma Sellers, we are upstairs at Homestead Orchards Barn Store, 3961 Old Homestead Road in Sutton or location “S” on the tour map. The tour runs this Saturday & Sunday, from 10am to 5pm both days. Looks like this weekend is shaping up to be sunny and warm, so if you are in the mood for some good art, we’d love to see you!

FYI, as we were setting up tonight, the delicious aroma of apple pies baking were wafting up through the floorboards to us — we could hardly stand it, so even if you just feel the need for a good apple pie, this is the place to get it!

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with gratitude…nadya

Media Bling

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Enjoying making new jewellery pieces for fall shows and working on some canvases with new supplies. I could art all day long!

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With the recent passing of Maya Angelou, I have started a series of canvases with some of her thoughts.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

with gratitude…nadya

Simplicity Malas

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Rudraksha beads & turquoise convertible necklace/bracelet.

Happy New Year Everyone! The last few months have been full of challenges, and I am repeatedly reminded of the dichotomy of the human spirit. We never really know what we are capable of until we are forcibly confronted with a situation that makes us battle with a strength we never knew we had, yet at the same time we are constantly reminded of how fragile we are. We can be stronger than we ever imagined yet we can teeter on the edge of the rabbit hole, hoping not to fall in, but fearing that we might.

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108 rudraksha bead necklace with turquoise pendant

With that in mind, it is interesting that I was approached by Jenn Pike to create mala beads for Simplicity Yoga. I agreed and hurriedly rushed off to figure out what a mala was! Once I realized mala or prayer beads can be regarded as very spiritual, I  immersed myself in this world in an attempt to create jewellery that was as authentic as possible. Along the way, I learned a lot about the stones I like to use in my jewellery making. I usually work from an aesthetic point of view with semi-precious stones — I use what I like the look of, but finding out the potential healing powers of stones like rose quartz, amethyst & turquoise, both physically as well as mentally has been a real eye-opener.

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I have enjoyed learning about & making mala bead jewellery, and although I have a few pieces at the yoga studio, for the time being I will only be creating made-to-order items. I get the rudraksha beads (the brown seed or pods) directly from India, so I currently have a limited supply. The necklaces are generally ~ $60 and the bracelets $30. If you are interested, please email me.

My main efforts for the next several months will be getting ready for the One Of A Kind Spring Art Show in Toronto, running from March 26-30th at the Direct Energy Centre. This will be my second year, but the first time in a booth! More space, more canvases, new ideas. Better get back to work!

 

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Fall is Show Time!

It’s that time of the year, craft shows, conferences, exhibitions — I want to take part in  everything!!! Alas, there is only one of me….  Click on these images to enlarge.

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Friday, October 12 to Saturday October 13, I will be with Pointer Gifts & Crafts at SCRAPFEST in Oshawa. I will be doing make’n takes Friday from 5-7:30pm, and Saturday from 1-3:30pm, and of course, shopping.

I am very proud to announce I was selected to be a participating artisan at the beyondCraft Show & Sale, November 8 – 11, 2012, located at the Latcham Gallery in Stouffville, Ontario. I will be displaying my jewellery, custom cards & mixed-media canvases.

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I will be teaching  mixed-media canvass classes at Pointer on October 18 & 25 from 5 – 8pm. In November, I will also be teaching this class at the Georgina Art Centre & Gallery. When the date is finalized, I will post it.

My next post will showcase the jewellery I have been inspired to make. A teaser to leave you with – think, turquoise, copper, silver, leather…

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