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Beaded Skull Makes My Heart Sing

When a friend offered me an authentic monkey skull from Africa, I had no idea what I would do with it. Color me fascinated. From different vantage points in the studio, I observed the skull, admired it, wondered about it. … Continue reading

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Knotted Pearl Bead Jewelry Beautifies and Satisfies

Adornment. Just as each person is different so too is the embellishment they choose. Throughout history (or herstory), women decorated with enhancements of necklaces, earrings, pins, bracelets and ornamentation galore. My preference changes from one of substance to one of … Continue reading

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Artful Mixed Media Project of the Month

Five makers – the Collaborheartists –outlined creative explorations, a curriculum for experimenting in mixed media creative projects. In a few minutes we listed more than 18 techniques. A project book, nicknamed The Fat Book, would serve as a record of … Continue reading

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Beaded Ornaments and Roadtrip Beading

In my world, road trips equal bead opportunities. In preparation for a seven-hour drive, I gathered my beads and prepared to work on a variety of beaded ornaments for the Bead Society of New Mexico’s Christmas project. The Bead Society is … Continue reading

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Process is What we Need to Feel Alive

Do you hand-stitch? “Smack!” “Because it is so easy to purchase, hire, replace, and stay in place, we have stopped making things, repairing things, and using our hands. We are losing “process,” but process is gratifying. Process, not product, is … Continue reading

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Leather Jewelry and Ice Resin Jewelry Displayed in PopUpShop

July. There’s still summer time  left to enjoy fashion’s leather jewelry trend. It’s an easy-to-wear look, perfect for open necklines and t-shirt dressing. Add the whimsy of ice resin and you have perfect summer jewelry. My studio is home to all-things-leather … Continue reading

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Thank You For Your Support!

The fun of a show includes its preparations. In conjunction with ceramic wall artist KD Fullerton, I made talismans for our guests at the opening of this month’s featured artist show (part of City-wide First Friday Artscrawl) at Amapola Gallery. The picture … Continue reading

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Mother Nature Inspires Creativity in Copper

Designing jewelry is an art form, and as such, the talented creators who take on this endeavor seek inspiration from many different sources. Among the most popular place to find this inspiration is from Mother Nature herself. With the many … Continue reading

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Nautilus Beadweaving Stirs Seaside Story

Rhythmic pounding. Wave after wave smashing against the pier. Continuous noise, louder, then fading. The powerful sound of water is unfamiliar for me, land-locked as I am in the Southwest desert. I recall a recent trip to Pacifica, CA, on … Continue reading

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Amapola Gallery Spotlight for June

Mary Ellen Merrigan ” Featured Artist” at Amapola Gallery During the month of June my random acts of beading will be featured at Amapola Gallery. I’m paired with ceramic wall sculptor K.D. Fullerton as featured artist for the month. Our  show, … Continue reading

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