Greetings, everyone, and thanks for visiting my blog! As you may or may not know, September kicks off art show and festival season here in Texas. The weather (allegedly) starts cooling off, and every weekend it seems there is something new and fun to do. While I have not managed to get into an art show every single weekend, I do have a goodly number scheduled in the coming months. I can't wait to see old friends, make new friends, and share with everyone how my work is progressing!
As far as September goes, first up is Arts Alive! in Corpus Christi, Texas at the Art Center of Corpus Christi. This is a relatively new show, this upcoming one being it's third year. It's being billed as a family-friendly event. The address is 100 North Shoreline Drive. For those of you familiar with Corpus Christi, that's across from Whataburger-on-the-bay (the big two-story Whataburger overlooking the marina and the bay). I'm really looking forward to going for many reasons, one of which is that Corpus Christi is one of my most favorite cities in Texas! I also hope to visit with Kellie and her family, and see how Esther and her family is doing in their new home down there.
The following weekend is Septemberfest at The Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas. Septemberfest is in its 49th year this year, and I am excited to be a part of such a great event! Friday night will be the gala art preview (complete with gourmet food and wine and a chance to buy art from your favorite artists before the general public gets a chance, so it's fancy). Saturday and Sunday are open to the general public. I'm still waiting on the hours the show will be open, but I will post them as soon as I know. The Museum of the Southwest is a beautiful facility there in Midland, and the art show is held on the lawn. There are also food trucks, and activities for the kids, including a petting zoo. I am wondering if they will bring the African porcupine back. If so, this year I aim to get enough courage to actually pet the thing. They're a lot bigger in person than they are on Animal Planet, and they're kind of freaky! I'm still waiting to finalize my schedule for October, November, and December, but I will definitely keep you all posted.
Speaking of shameless self-promotion, I finally decided to join the 21st century and get an Instagram business account so I can run ads and annoy the general population on social media. I haven't gotten around to running any ads yet, mostly because advertising mystifies me beyond belief, but I will before too long. This account is not completely devoid of cat pictures and food pictures, but it will not include any pad bugs or gross clarinet pictures from my other line of work, repairing woodwind instruments. The main focus will be promoting my jewelry with (hopefully, but probably not) well-done photography, selling said jewelry, and the occasional promotion to show appreciation to my loyal followers. My new Instagram username is @hkarlssonjewelrydesign so please give it a follow!
In other news, I've been working on getting ready for art show season by obsessing over my display and trying to build up a substantial inventory. I've been wire wrapping like a fiend. Take a look!
I'm pretty excited by the simple ring design I came up with. Right now I'm going to stick with doing it in copper, but I may get around to doing some silver ones, too. It depends on what I have time for between now and Arts Alive. For the record, the green ring was supposed to be a bracelet. Yeah, I know. I know. I REALLY mismeasured when I was coming up with that design. For what it is worth, there will be only one of these, unless somebody just REALLLLLLLLLLY wants another one.
I also got my jury shots back from my Ritornello 2.0 designs. I was hoping for a third, but the original design on the third piece had an unfortunate setback (that will have to be another blog post, because it was an absolute trial and I'm still sulking about it). I hope to have another one done before the end of next week, but whether or not that is possible remains to be seen!
Finally, I signed up for an amazing wire weaving workshop taught by the godmother of wire weaving in this country: Mary Lee Hu. Y'all, I am here to tell you that this is some next-level artistry that this woman does. I mean, you all think the Turquoise Queen collection is nuts? Oh no. Here is the flier for her workshop (which is already full up, by the way). Feast your eyes on the works of this woman. Yeah. I'm going to be learning about THAT. I'm SUPER EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And finally, what would a blog here at H. Karlsson Jewelry Design be without cat pictures? Here are two of the latest candid portraits from Tosca Q Puss and Kaycee Katt!
That's all the news that's fit to print! Thanks again for reading, and stay tuned for my further adventures in metalsmithing!