They’re turning all of downtown Twain Harte into an art and wine festival this weekend! There’ll be fantastic foods, wines, over 100 art and craft vendors, gourmet foods booths, and nonstop live music. Folks come from all over Central and Northern California to enjoy this rockin’ little mountain festival.
Captain Sexypants and I stopped by the festival for a few hours last year, when we were up here for the first time. We loved the funky and fun mixture of pro and homegrown art, the friendly local vibe and the great festival atmosphere. We loved the booths full of local honey, fancy oils and vinegars, the pottery and the illustrative art. Plus, the local kitten rescue even had a booth! And you know my philosophy… MORE KITTENS! Kittens always make everything exponentially better. I loved it so much as a visitor so I’m really thrilled to be doing this festival as a local artist!
I mentioned we have some new stuff, didn’t I? To start, I’ve been working on a whole new line of Eastern inspired fine silver pieces. The collection as a whole is still very much a work in progress, but a few of the prototypes will be out at the show this weekend so I can see how people respond to them.
I really love these. I’d moved away from using the fine silver metal clay for a while – I don’t really consider myself to be a “metal clay artist” – I haven’t got the patience for it – but I do really love the medium for making simple jewelry elements. Well these new pieces have fired my enthusiasm back up, that’s for sure!
This one will NOT be at the show. Well, it will be, but not for sale… on my wrist! I’ve been experimenting with crimps and beading wire and I’m not sure how I feel about them yet. But I AM sure that when I put this beauty together, my little heart skipped a beat and I knew it wasn’t going to be put out for sale. MINE.
This one was inspired by a custom collection I made for a special lady. The toggle design is a little different on hers, but it’s the same general idea. I liked it so well, I decided to make it a staple.
I’l have a few prototype pieces available from the new Tuolumne line as well – this one is inspired by the flora around our mountain cabin. I spent the spring taking some molds of seed pods and flowers and so far I really like how they work up as rustic charms for earrings and pendants.
I’ve also got some old favorites making a comeback from the Padmavati Devi line – these heavy sterling silver Lotus Blossom hoops have always been a crowd pleaser and I’ve updated them slightly. They’re a little bit chunkier now, not as thin or wide, with a heavy, hammered, tribal feel. I haven’t had this style in stock for well over a year though I’ve done a ton of custom orders for them – it’s nice to have a few pairs on hand again!
I have to confess that this show has been a really tough one in terms of prep. I’ve had SO much going on with the newly full house. Distractions galore. Neither of the kids drive and even if they’re technically adults, I keep sliding back into the Mom groove. It’s been hard to find studio time, seeing as how my studio is currently doubling as a guest room for the young lady and her cat. Somehow I managed and I’m looking forward to a fantastic weekend!
When we moved up here, there were four big local festivals that I really wanted to do – specifically, the Sonora Celtic, Twain Harte Art and Wine, the All Hallows Festival, and the Sonora Christmas Festival. In the last few months, we’ve done the first three, and we’ve been accepted into the fourth. I guess I can’t really shout “Achievement Unlocked!” just yet, but we’re so close. And that’s super exciting! So if you come out to THA&W this weekend, stop by the booth and wish me a happy anniversary! You’ll get 12% off your purchase, in honor of our first year on the mountain!