Thursday, May 20, 2010

Camille

This is Camille Cole, an incredibly talented and creative jewelry artist. I met her a couple of years ago when she attended one of my Wild Wire Women retreats at my mountain home in Idyllwild, California. Here you can see Camille in her booth at the Palm Springs street fair. Doesn't she look great... and her jewelry is divine!
The Palm Springs "villagefest" street fair is held every Thursday night along Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs (near the Art Museum, and lots of shops and restaurants). It really was a fun evening strolling up and down the streets viewing beautiful artwork and listening to local jazz bands and Peruvian instrumentalists.
I have to confess that the only item I purchased was a lovely, dense loaf of whole-grain bread from an artisan baker. But the highlight of my evening was running into Camille, who used to own a bead shop and decided that she'd like to change her life a bit and become a full-time jewelry artist. So a couple of years ago she closed her store and made arrangements to move to Belize, where she has friends who own hotels on the beach.
Once in Belize, Camille started selling her jewelry right away to local tourists through the hotels. Apparently she's been quite successful at this, and she thoroughly enjoys her time in the tropics. But she also spends some time in Palm Springs at the street fair, and told me the commute back and forth is not that difficult or expensive.
I also have an invite to join Camille in Belize someday, and you can be sure that I'll be taking her up on that!
When she first arrived for a retreat in January 2008, Camille was already an accomplished and creative jewelry artist who showed us her beautifully strung necklaces and eclectic earrings. But I like to think that she picked up a few useful wire-art jewelry skills during our retreat, and I can see that she's made great strides since then. I love her designs! It was fun to catch up with her.
If you would like to take a workshop retreat in Idyllwild this summer, I still have openings on the following dates:
July 29-Aug. 2
Aug. 12-16
Sept. 2-6
Sept. 9-13
Sept. 16-20
Sept. 30-Oct. 4
Oct. 7-11
Oct. 14-18
Oct. 21-25
Nov. 4-8
Nov. 11-15

For more information about my Wild Wire Women retreats, click here.
Happy wrapping,
Sharilyn
sharilynmiller@mac.com

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Alpena, Michigan workshops!

I'm coming out to the midwest region this summer to teach an awesome couple of classes at Art in the Loft, in Alpena, Michigan.
Alpena is a lovely small town waaaay up in the northeast corner of Michigan, right on the lake (on Thunder Bay), with gorgeous views everywhere you look. When I taught there two years ago, I was so jealous of the inhabitants for their incredible art space called Art in the Loft! It's a massive loft area at the top of a commercial building, right in the heart of Alpena.
The classes I'm offering this August 28-29 include:
The Grateful Heart Necklace (pictured above) on Saturday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
The Autumn Dance Necklace (or bracelet, or pendant) pictured below, on Sunday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Register by June 28 and save $25 on both classes! The fee is just $250, not including materials. If you register after June 28, the fee is $275. For a registration form, click here.
These workshops are great for students of all levels, with plenty of detailed instruction for beginners and enough challenging opportunities for more advanced students as well. You can make your necklaces using copper wire instead of sterling silver for significant savings, and as you can see in the picture at top, this type of jewelry looks terrific in copper!
For a supply list for the Grateful Heart necklace, click here.
For a supply list for the Autumn Dance necklace, click here.
I have taught both of these classes several times in southern California, and they've been very popular. Students enjoy adapting them to bracelet designs as well, and I'll show you how to use the techniques you learn in class to make many more jewelry pieces than the ones pictured.
Since I don't often get outside my local area to teach workshops, I hope to see you in Michigan this August! Remember to register by June 28 to save on class fees.
If you have any questions about the classes or the supply lists, please email me at sharilynmiller@mac.com.
Happy wrapping!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Final workshop of the season at Monica's

I'm offering just ONE more workshop this month at Monica's Quilt & Bead Creations in Palm Desert: the Squiggly-Wrap Bangle bracelet. I think it's one of my favorites, because everyone ends up with a very different bangle or two, depending on the beads you use, and because it's not too challenging to make.
The workshop takes place on May 13 (this Thursday) from 10 am to 3 pm. Because the "season" at Monica's is short—all of her snowbird customers fly north for the summer—I won't be teaching there again until December, so take advantage of your opportunity while you can.
While I will be offering workshop retreats in my mountain home in Idyllwild over the summer and fall, I will not be teaching at any other venues. I hope to see you in this workshop at Monica's for our "last hurrah" until winter sets in again.
If you would like to sign up for a retreat this summer, I still have openings in the following dates:
June 10-14
June 17-21
July 22-26
July 29-Aug. 2
Aug. 12-16
Sept. 30-Oct. 4
Oct. 14-18
Oct. 21-25
Nov. 4-8
Nov. 11-15
For more information about my Wild Wire Women retreats, click here.
Happy wrapping,
Sharilyn
sharilynmiller@mac.com