Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fall Stringing Carnival...My Urban Escape

Welcome to this stop on your Carnival ride!  I'm happy to share a little bit about my piece from this Fall's Stringing Magazine...then you can hop on to the other 23 blog entries from other contributors.  The list of links is down below in this post.  Plus, Michelle Mach, the carnival master, has the rules for the giveaway--you can win stuff just by commenting--on her blog.

 little about my piece...Urban Escape...what does that mean?  ahhhhh...I see a big city all around me but I have a gorgeous, grounded piece of artwork around me neck that allows me to escape when I touch the silky knots or rub the smooth onion skin pendant.  Just makes me happy!  Moreso, I think of the afternoon when my bud, Stella, came over and I waved this necklace in front of her and asked her to name it...off the top of her head.  Copper, silk, clay...so much texture... the result was "Urban Escape."  In the middle of Alabama, we were looking for an escape, that's for sure!  haaaaaaaaaaa

Let me share some of the goods on the components for this piece:

First, there's the silk ribbon.  This is not just any old ribbon, it's a gorgeous hand-dyed and finished piece from Jamn Glass.  A while back, during the first Bead Soup Blog Party, I was lucky enough to be paired up with amazing glass artist Julie Nordine of Credit River Art Glass.  Well, as part of my "soup" she included a pretty ribbon and I immediately went to the JamnGlass Etsy shop and got a bunch for myself. it's the hoarder in me!  haaaaaaaaa Meeting Julie (virtually) and that whole Soup party was so much fun that I have great memories every time I see those ribbons.
Jamn Rustling Leaves Silk Ribbons
available at the JamnGlass Etsy shop
Next is the fired clay rectangle from Artisan Clay.  Kristie Roeder, the artisan of Artisan Clay, has become another "virtual" friend.  I found her work through the Beads of Clay blog while working through a set of creative challenges last fall and now I follow her blog, too.  Some of her signature pieces feature vibrantly colored recycled glass "pooled" in a disk, but this focal has a wonderful smoky finish.  I have a bunch of Artisan Clay in my collection right near the silk ribbons!  haaaaaaaaaaa  Oh, I should mention that Kristie's going to be exhibiting at BeadFest in Philly this weekend...so if you're gonna be there, go say hi!

Smoke Fired Large Square available at the Artisan Clay Etsy Shop
And finally, that red onion pendant came from a little bead shop with big personality in Occoquan, Virginia:  Off the Beading Path.  If you're ever up near DC, in Northern Virginia, stop by and say hi to Denise.  If you need an excuse to figure out where, exactly, Occoquan is, there's a great show there in the fall:  The Occoquan Craft Show is slated for September 25-26, 2010
So, enough about my little creation...this Carnival is full of goodness for fall...go see for yourself!
Click on the links below to go explore the other artists, designers, and contributors to this issue.  Comments are always appreciated and may be rewarded with prizes!!

- Autumn After Dark by Michelle Mach
- Autumn Jewels & The Love Letter by Lorelei Eurto 
           - She also authored a great "Sell & Tell" article!
- Afternoon Social & Cornucopia by Stephanie LaRosa
- The Who & Enchanted Forest by Heather Trudeau - The Peacock Fairy
- Give a Hoot  by Denise Yezbak Moore
- Hoot if you Love Fall  by Lisa Petrillo - Lucid Moon Studio
- Woodsy Owl & California Bungalow by Anne Perry
- Hint of Spice by Jen Zeiger - ZBeadz
- Urban Escape by Jennifer Judd Velasquez (Yeah, you're already here!)
- Clockwork Scarab by Melanie Brooks - Earthenwood Studio - Also in the Bead Beat!
- Kate by Tari Kahrs - Pearl and Pebble
- Mixed Metaphor & Smoke and Cognac by Erin Strother
- Wisdom & Memories of Tucson by Kelly Angeley - Beadologie
- Fertile Ground by Ruby Bayan - Ruby Beads
- Green with Love by Gaea Cannaday
- Incredible Things by Sharon Palac - Sharon's Jewelry Garden
- The Blackbird Sat by Erin Prais-Hintz - Treasures Found
- Fleur-De-Lis by Kristy Abner
- The Bamboo Cutter’s Wife & Dandelion Harvest by Molly Schaller
- This and That by Amy Haftkowycz - Artful Beads Studio
- Bronze Lotus by Kelly Morgan - Silver Parrot Designs
- Queen of the Nile by Marianne Baxter - Simply Seablime Jewelry
- Sunburst Necklace by Carrie Beckwith
- Beth Hemmila of Hint

Many thanks to Michelle for putting this even together and to all my beady friends, enjoy the Carnival!!


  1. What, No Popcorn or Cotton Candy? What kind of carnival is this? LOL

    This was another one of my fav's in the magazine.

  2. I am digging the smokiness of your necklace! Great focal, and that silk cording is just to die for!!

  3. Lovely Jen! The colors in this necklace are wonderful-love that ribbon!! It really pulls the subtle colors out of the pendant and link. Very cool:)

  4. Great piece of jewelry. I love it as a whole!!! its color, I am fascinated how you mixed materials (copper chain with silk ribbons - this part is amazing!!! and the square over circle pendant.:-) so modern! And I love its name too, it is really modern urban jewelry. thanks for sharing!
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

  5. I can envision the big city when I look at your necklace, the squareness of the buildings echoed by the ceramic component, as well as the softness of those girly boutiques represented by beautiful silk ribbons. Really hip and pretty, Jen!

  6. Eclectic... daring... different... that's the urban landscape for me... and you captured it nicely!

  7. I'm hooked on the silks too Jen! Thanks for the shout out!

    Your color choices just SCREAM fall to me! I love it!

  8. I love this ribbon and the way you knotted it. Fabulous graphic elements!
    Erin S

  9. Hoarders, unite!
    The colors are so rich and luscious. Can I lick this bead?
    I met Julie Nordine at Bead & Button. She is a doll. I bought two of her acorns. But I don't know if I am ever going to part with them they are so pretty! I like to fondle them. Is that so wrong?
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration...and for taking the time to write down all the names of all our pieces! Wow! Enjoy the day!

  10. Love your stylish necklace! I love how you knotted the ribbon and then attached it to copper chain..just lovely!

  11. Wooooooow - those ribbons and the colors of the piece are to die for!

  12. Love your necklace, Jen! You photographed it soo beautifully too! Congratulations on being featured in Stringing - well deserved!

  13. Congrats on being in Stringing! Your design is very striking. I will be at Beadfest (ha - I had a typo and typed Beadfeast - more appropriate!!!) and I'll look for Kristie! Thanks for the tip!

  14. I love that your friend helped you name your necklace. Why is it so much easier to name other people's pieces than our own? The ribbon is gorgeous--I think I may need some of that for my own stash!

    Thanks for joining the Stringing blog carnival!

  15. Jen this is such a wonderful Upbeat pc youve created! I love it...just beautiful!

  16. Congrats on the publication! Your necklace is gorgeous...especially the focal and that amazing ribbon.
    I've never been to the bead shop in Occoquon, although I understand it's fairly new. I've talked to the owner on the phone and hope to visit the shop one day soon in person!

  17. Those silk ribbons look gorgeous. And I really like the mix of copper and silk ribbon, both for the matching colours and the contrast between soft and hard (but warm). Lovely colours!

  18. Beautiful, love the colors, the materials, and the technique. Congratulations on being published.

  19. Beautiful project! Your colors are divine!

  20. I love the name you chose for your piece. 'Urban Escape' fits perfectly with the modern, sleek style--with just a hint of softness from the ribbons, maybe like a little park you would find hidden in an city.

    I have yet to pick up a copy of the Stringing Magazine, but hope to get one soon so I can drool over these pretty pieces!

  21. This is amazing! I have never seen such a beautiful mix of copper and purple, I can totally see it as an Urban Escape.

  22. The use of the ribbon is my favorite. I like how it picks up the colors in the pendant. Such inspiration. Thanks for sharing. ewaggm@gmail.com

  23. What a great combination of elements! Congratulations!

  24. The knotting on the silk cord is so very cool!! The colors are just perfect for Autumn!!

  25. Congratulations on being published. I love the sil ribbons.

  26. Gorgeous - I'm just getting started playing with knots. My DH says I'm "knot right" in the head! Isn't Denise's shop great? We visited there last summer.

  27. Love the necklace. I am a really tactile person and all the different textures in your necklace are really appealing.

  28. Great piece, Jen! Loved your use of the ribbon!

  29. Love your necklace! I love the way you knotted the silk ribbon, beautiful. Raida

  30. FANTASTIC piece, Jennifer!! Congratulations on getting into Stringing! I'm IN LOVE w/ what you did w/ the ribbon!! Way cool. So glad I helped turn you on to Heidi's ribbons, they're so beautiful & really well made, I don't buy anybody elses.


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