Allison Stark is one of the 3 Bag Ladies -- three generations of bag-loving, thrift-shop-haunting fiber artists in one family. It must be in their genes. At least that's what they like to think! The Bag ladies are Jane Talbot, her daughter Andrea Stark, and granddaughter Jessi. Not only do they love all kinds of bags and containers, they really like coming up with their own unique takes on the question "what can I put in that?" How would you answer the question, or the similar "who would you put in that"? Although as you can see, this picture is not one, there are also bags at the Joyful Jewel by the 3 Bag Ladies!
Big News! The Joyful Jewel is proud to announce that it is one of
the few places in North Carolina chosen to preview Tift Merritt’s new CD and
sell advance copies. Traveling Alone features such songs
as ‘To Myself’ and ‘Sweet Spot’. According to the Wall Street Journal, Tift
Merritt works in the tradition of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. Our copies
won’t last long so come on in!
By the way, can you guess whose legs were being painted at our Anniversary Party?
So, just when it seemed we might catch our breath after all the excitement of our anniversary celebration, here comes Gerald Dukes with a cd of FABULOUS photographs! Of course, he is masterful, so no surprise he has really captured the joy and poignancy in the air that weekend. Thank, dear Gerald. I am posting a few here and more on the website.
A beautiful little book, each page a gem of truth and isnpriation. Poems by Sandy Roberts, paintings by Judith Smith. - a poetic approach to deepening your yoga postures. For instance on a page illustrating the Cobra posture: Bless the earth with belly and breast."
A Gaia Stick, a spirit stick, is a nature totem combining all the energies of what decorate it. Mother Earth's gifts: animals & birds, colors, crystals, shells, trees and metals contribute their energy and magic. Each stick is unique with its own meaning and symbolism.
What does it do?
- connects one to nature.
- is a tool for prayer, meditation & ritual.
- contributes beauty & meaning to altars
- is a symbol of life: challenge, growth, hope, passage, personality or transformation. Ex. A crone's staff as a 50th birthday gift.
- is a good luck piece.
- is a group peace maker; only the stick holder talks.
A beautiful little altar created in miniature in a recycled Altoid box. Inside are Blessings, a sweet angel, and a "match box" of inspiring sayings. Each saying and the altar box itself are magnetic to attach to your refrigerator or file cabinet. You can pick a saying to display each day or keep one that reminds you of an affirmation or potential.
We started making these bracelets in response the Jewelry Challenge which was to make something wild and original, and different that what we usually make. After we chose the design concept, we combined our talents to create the bracelets. It took a bit of playing with copper wire to get the lengths and layout figured out. Then we were ready to try it with the silver wire and the glass pieces. DG made jigs so we could make the spiral curves smoothly and consistently. He did all of the silver soldering and polishing. Mariah cut the wires, formed the spirals and made the dichroic glass pieces as well as the final assembly. After this we designed rings in a similar design. Both the bracelets and the rings are adjustable to the wearer's size. ~ Mariah Wheeler & DG Chandler
Our Second Anniversary Celebration was
Even though the spelling of that was probably quite atrocious...........
Thanks to all our wonderful patrons and exceptional artists who partied all weekend, our event was successful way beyond our imagining.........and our imagining is very good!!!
Julia says that so many people wanted to buy the t-shirt she had been painting in for seven years that even though it was her favorite, when the time came that it had too many tears that she cut it up and framed the pieces. I think she is keeping some of this shirt for herself even though there are three framed pieces at the Joyful Jewel.