This year has brought a lot of changes to my business, Element Metal Arts and to my family.
I have a new business name and website! I have a new studio! And, probably the best ‘news’ of all, I have two beautiful new grandsons!
Let’s start with the business. Element Metal Arts is now Element Wrought & Woven. It was becoming clear that my obsession with weaving and resulting finished pieces was really mixing well with my jewelry. My goal was (is) to showcase the jewelry with complimentary handwoven garments. A challenge, but I’m enjoying the process.
Speaking of challenges, this spring I collaborated with my dear friend and fellow weaver, Manon Pelletier, to design a handwoven garment for submission to the New England Weavers Seminar biennial show in July. We worked for over a year on the design process, both sampling many kinds of weave structures, and fiber content, as well as pattern choices. We decided on a cocktail dress, done in Tencel and a novelty metallic yarn. The criteria we had to meet was integrating Leaver’s Lace, woven in Rhode Island, at one of the few remaining lace factories in this country, while meeting the rules of the NEWS Fashion Show which allows only 25% of the garment can be commercial fabric. The show runs from July 13-16, 2017. The dress will be displayed in the fashion show.
I moved into a new studio in May at the Shady Lee Mill, where I had been sharing a studio with my sister for almost 4 years. We had really outgrown the space; we both needed more elbow room! When a first floor studio became available I jumped for it! It’s a wonderful space, great location, and plenty of room to have not only my workroom, but retail as well . So, don’t hesitate to stop by and see me!
And, the most important news of all; my beautiful grandsons, Lincoln and Joe, now 5 months old. The joy is unending and they are perfect – ‘nuf said.