Browsing Archive: May, 2011

An Awesome Asparagus Surprise!

Posted by Julie Brown on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, In : Living by the Brook 
I managed to sneak away from my studio for a bit to do some gardening.  I had planned to dig up the asparagus bed, because the last time I checked nothing was coming up.  

Imagine my surprise when I approached the bed, trowel in hand, and saw this:



I've not had much luck growing asparagus, so I was very happy to see these new shoots. So happy, that I was dancing around the garden!  A little happy dance of gratitude.  I think I might cut a very few of these precious shoots and cook them up for s...
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Art Jewellery Challenge Finished and Another Lovely Surprise!

Posted by Julie Brown on Friday, May 13, 2011, In : Creating by the Brook 
As promised in my last post here is my Aspiring Metalsmiths Art Jewellery Challenge piece.

 
  

 

A mixed media pendant created from sterling silver, copper from my scrap box and a broken agate I found in a box of odds and ends while spring cleaning my studio.  This design stretched my skills quite a bit, but I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process.  Interpreting a painting in metal was the perfect marrying of the artist me and the metalsmith me.  I can definitely see myself developing this challe...
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A New Studio Assistant and an Art Jewellery Challenge

Posted by Julie Brown on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, In : Creating by the Brook 
I had a very productive day in the studio yesterday, working on a piece for the Aspiring Metalsmiths' April Design Challenge .
For this challenge, we are to design a piece of wearable art with a favourite artist or style in mind.

I have many favourite artists and styles, but I chose to focus on Lawren Harris, a Canadian artist who was one of the founding members of the Group of Seven.  I love the lines in his abstract landscapes.

Painting of Mt. Lefroy by Lawren Harris, 1930 

 
Unfortunately, the photos I took of my work in progress didn't t...

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Finally! A Crocus to Brighten my Day.

Posted by Julie Brown on Thursday, May 5, 2011, In : Living by the Brook 
It's hard for me to believe that almost a month has gone by since my last post!  Things have gotten a bit crazy here at the Brook, and I'm finding it hard to keep up.  Spring has finally arrived.  I noticed this lone crocus in my garden while I was hanging out the laundry.  Crocuses are one of my favourite spring flowers.  Such hardy little things.
 


I have a lot of news to tell you, but it will have to wait for another day.  I'm going out to play in sun! 
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A Bit About Julie


Julie A. Brown, Wabi Brook Studio I'm a full-time artist and metalsmith following my own path. I live a creative life inspired by nature, and fueled by tea and dark chocolate. When I'm not in my studio slapping paint around or pounding metal, or collaborating with my Spirit of the Arts partners, you will find me in my garden under my favourite tree, lost in a good book.

                                                                     

2014  Winter Workshop Schedule:


Wednesday, January 26: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. -  Ring Making
Friday, January 31: PD Day Art Adventure Camp: 9:00 a.m to noon - Exploring Texture and Colour
Tuesday, February 4: 10:00 to Noon -  Earring Making
Thursday, February 13: 10:00 to Noon -  Chain Making
Tuesday, February 18: 10:00 to Noon - Introduction to Metal Stamped Jewellery
Tuesday, February 25: 10:00 to Noon - Metal Stamped Jewellery Part 2
Tuesday, March 4: 10:00 to Noon - Metal Stamped Jewellery Part 3

I am also available for art and jewellery lessons by appointment. Contact me for more information about the workshops or classes.

All workshops and classes are held in the studio at Spirit of the Arts on Lakeshore Road in New Liskeard, ON
                                                                                                                   

 
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