Today I'm taking you on a trip to India, Thailand, Burma, Bali, Vietnam, and Laos... Well, that's how I feel when I set my foot in The Washburn Imports. This amazing store located in Ivanhoe Antique Row takes you to another world. Each piece they carry is an original, unique, one of a kind, handcrafted by artisans from the above mentioned countries.
This place has carried my artwork for many years by now and it's a great inspiration to me.
Yesterday I delivered my new pieces to the store and finally remembered to take my camera with me to "walk you through the store".
The owner is John Washburn. He travels to all of these exotic destinations to hand pick these beauties.
The store manager is the most helpful Paul Jones, and trust me there is no question that he doesn't know an answer to.
There is a wonderful collection of antique doors, that I would certainly take to my house if I could only have more space to display them. My newest experimental mixed media is above the doors.
My artwork is spread around the store, mixed and matched with the furniture and decor.
I love the look of this gigantic vase.
Mr. Paul Jones in the background taking care of the stuff.
In the heart of the store is a really unique bar called The Imperial. It is open every day except Monday, and it stays open after the store closes. It offers a great selection of micro-brews and boutique wines. I'm really a wine person, but I really like their draft beer . But we'll leave that story for the next time I visit this place in the evening hours when the atmosphere is relaxed and magical.
And who knows, maybe my husband will consider becoming a bartender as his second job. Looks like he likes that idea.
Here it is, my latest big mixed media piece, 48" x 36" framed in a fantastic custom made frame (made by my husband). This is the third one in the Passion flowers series made with recycled sari silk yarn. The background is burlap painted with layers of acrylic and then embroidered with yarn. I don't even know how many thousands of stitches were involved, and honestly I don't want to know. All I'll remember is the back pain working for hours on this big piece and the pain in my fingers from grasping a sharp leather needle and pushing it through the burlap. But I had to do it, and I'm happy with the results.
I love autumn, always have. Autumn doesn't really feel the same here in Florida as it did when I lived in Croatia where we had the classical four seasons. I miss those foggy, misty fresh mornings in city parks, walking over fallen amber colored leaves, observing all the changes in nature preparing for its winter sleep. To me it was a very poetic time of the year. Maybe I'm partial to it because I was born one very rainy October.
Autumn is an inspiration in my fiber arts, and these are the latest samples of it. First one is a necklace, and the next three are pins that can be pinned on fall sweaters, jackets, hats, bags or anywhere else it matches.
Few months ago I got an e-mail from Cynthia Levens, editor of Belle Armoire Jewelery Magazine. She stumbled upon my Etsy shop and liked my fiber art necklaces. She wanted to feature them in one of the upcoming issues. I have never written a how to article before, but I have to admit I had fun while doing it. So thanks to Cynthia here it is in the newest issue of this beautiful magazine.
Belle Armoire Jewelry is a magazine published by Stampington & Company (for those who are not familiar with it). They publish more than 30 truly wonderful inspirational craft magazines and other publications.