Rock and Gem Beauty Items

Colorful beads, Tucson R & G show

Specimen flat 1/12!

Howdy all!

I made two trips to the Tucson Rock and Gem show, the only bad thing is that I went without my sister Chris, and her man Carlos.  Chris and Carlos moved up to the rim country a few months ago, so it was much more difficult to cover all the money and miles to make our pilgrimage to Tucson, together.  We reconnoitered on the phone and decided that the Art UnRaveled ritual would take precedence.  We are all signed up for a Michael DeMeng class in August which Super Secret Back Up Support Agent will accompany us to.  The Tucson rock and gem show was much quieter this year, less vendors and a whole lot less customers than I’ve ever seen.  I was able to do two scalpel like visits during the week (none of that weekend horde business, for me!).  The earrings from my favorite vendor had gone up by a good 30%, this year.  He, Quaisar,  was out at Electric Park, a different venue than I normally find him at.   I dealt with his west coast associate, Candi, who was very nice and helpful.  I went through about $ 1800 with them, then I found my way to the mineral man from India—Holy Krapppppp!  I have never bought a flat of rocks before.  I bought ONE on my first vistit.  The second visit, I walked away with 12!  They are beautiful specimens and I got them for a fabulous price, which I will of course, pass on.   Keep your eye out, I will try to get the new rocks photographed and priced in the next month, or so.

Art at Your Finger Tips!

I just finished up three days of classes with Michael DeMeng, one of my favorite artists.  I don’t know anything about his history, but I imagine it as tortured and tangled.  You could not create work like his having grown up in the Ozzy and Harriet family.  His work is dark, interesting, multi-layered and frequently creepy.  The Mighty Deb, Sister Curse and I took his one day workshop called “The Island of DeMented Toys” on Friday, what a blast!  How could you not have fun while sawing apart toys and reassembling them in new, and sometimes disturbing configurations?  Art Unraveled puts on a week and a half of all different types of workshops every August, here in the Phoenix area.  There is every kind of art media that I could think of, probably some you would love, too.  I took two more days of DeMeng’s class called “Mad Alchemist’s Cabinet” by myself, my pals had to get back to their lives.  I was so inspired after our Friday class that I went out and bought a Dremel.  They seem like such a practical tool–there are attachments that allow you to cut through wood, ceramics, plastic, and even metal.  You can sand, polish, or use a wire brush, amongst many other purposes that I don’t even know of yet.  I have posted photos on flickr of Michael DeMeng and all of our various projects, come see for yourself!  http://www.flickr.com/photos/katsdeelite/  Another highlight of my Art Unraveled trip was rondivouing with my web designer Tracey Kazmir-Cree who lives in Colorado,  and her friend Artsy Fran who resides in Phoenix.  It was fun to hear about the classes that they had taken and to catch up on each other’s lives.  I love Art Unraveled!  A big thank you to Linda Young and her family, who make it all come together.  Go if you have ever wanted to dip your toe into the art world, or even if you teach classes, yourself.  There is always more to learn and friendships to make!