Sunday, January 31, 2010
Handcrafted of maple and purpleheart wood, this mirror was made in our Bloomington Indiana studio. It's covered in positive affirmations. For this reason, we call it our Positive Affirmations Mirror. Overall outer dimensions of the wood are 20 1/4" (52.705 cm) wide at the top, 16" (40.64 cm) wide at the bottom and the height is 28" (71.12 cm). The purpleheart shelf is 20" (50.8 cm)wide and 3 1/2" ( 8.89 cm) deep. Actual glass mirror dimensions are 12" x 18" (30.48 cm x 45.72 cm). The mirror has been sandblasted to reveal a wonderfully playful geometric design.
Carefully finished with a Danish oil that lets the beauty of the wood resonate.
This mirror is ideal for an entryway, hallway or bedroom. The shelf detaches from the mirror by screws provided and makes for ease in shipping, which is FREE in the US. It hangs by a stainless steel cable affixed to the back.
The positive affirmations make for a stellar way to begin and end a day--thoughts to resonate alongside the reflection of your face. Think about it!
It's positive, creative, uplifting and just what you need to have in your most sacred of environments - the space where you become you.
Available from my etsy shop
FREE Domestic shipping!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
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Bloomington, IN - As part of its strategic vision to offer entrepreneurial and educational opportunities to the creative community, the City of Bloomington's Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) is hosting workshops on social media networking on Friday, Feb. 12th, from 9:00 am – 1:15 pm in the Bloomington City Council Chambers, 401 N. Morton Street.
These workshops are sponsored by the Indiana Arts Commission.
The workshops will cover two areas of web-based marketing platforms of interest to artists and arts and cultural organizations: social media marketing and Etsy. Sarah "Intellagirl" Robbins will be providing the keynote on social media marketing for artists and arts and cultural organizations from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Two break-out sessions will follow at 11:15: Robbins will be offering a hands-on session on social media marketing and Jon and Patricia Hecker will be offering a beakout session on Etsy for those who want to find out how to sell art on the web, set up their own shop, or enhance their current Etsy presence.
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About the Presenters
Sarah “Intellagirl” Robbins has helped dozens of schools and businesses learn to wrangle with the question “what do social media and virtual worlds have to offer?” Her work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She is the co-author of Second Life for Dummies and dozens of articles.
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Jon and Patricia Hecker, independent artists for 23 years, have participated in almost every aspect of the arts spectrum. Formally trained as graphic artists with a heavy emphasis on brand identity and marketing, they incorporate these key points in their unique lines of fine art. A new body of work called "Tattoo Dreams" is heavily marketed online through the arts-commerce website, Etsy.com.
The event begins at 9:00 am with registration and networking. Advanced registration for the workshop is required and participants may register for the keynote plus either one of the two breakout sessions. Space is limited. To register contact Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director of the Arts, City of Bloomington at email@example.com or at 812.349-3534 no later than Wednesday, February 10.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Currently Hecker Design Studio is abuzz. The past few days have found us multi-tasking to the sounds of Dave Matthews. The 2010 show schedule is upon us and work is taking shape! We're busy with commissions of beaded curtains, individual strings of beads, pet urns, dimesional wall pieces and box commissions from my etsy.com site.
Above is a close up of some of my TattooDream beads you'll see if you visit my booth this year. Fondling is free and so is lusting. Purchasing a 7 foot long string however, will cost you $200.00. Remember, however, it's NOT made in China, supports American artists, and is one of kind!
Reason enough to spend $200.00.
You still need art!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Some things look yummy up close. This Shaman Spirits Box was one of them. It was on my etsy site for less than 24 hours and sold to a past collector. My husband captured this boxes' aesthetic in a wonderful way!
Here's to making art and selling art!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
The magnitude of loss in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti seems unimaginable.
To be without the basics-
..seems beyond comprehensible.
It moves me to tears to see the plight that has been thrust upon the people of this impoverished nation.
To have so little-
to loose so much.
To have nothing.
To be stripped of all but your soul.
And in this strife to see arms raised in prayer.
Prayers of thanksgiving.
Prayers of hope.
Prayers from people who are being tested beyond what
most of us could comprehend....
How does one look for tomorrow?
How does one look for hope?
How does one pray that prayers do not dissolve into tears?
Pain that emanates from deep within.
What lessons are there for me to learn about myself,
"There but for the grace of God go I."
I heard my Mother say that more than once as a child.
As an adult, I understand those words and the complexity they entail.
This understanding born of my own grief.
Of dreams lost
of time not alloted to me
from a parent lost too soon
from growing up too fast
amidst confusion and quiet
not sharing pain
and delving deep inside for answers not found.
Tears are salt and salt heals.
They heal open wounds.
They heal hearts torn and ripped apart.
They heal wounds that seem un-repairable.
The people of Haiti need prayers
They need hope.
They need to heal.
They need the ability to believe that tomorrow will be better.
Better than today or yesterday -
when so many tomorrows were taken
and shaken from their grip.
Taken by the violent shaking of Mother Earth.
When towns and villages and tomorrows were crumbled into ruin.
When doors and windows
became blocked with the rubble of memories
and rooms that held love and living and moments
are filled with debris.
When skies turned dark with the dust of
They need light
and knowing they are not enduring this pain alone.
They need you.
They need me.
They need to begin again.
They need hope.
Don't' we all?
Sending love and light-
for this is all I have.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
This handmade cherry box measures 6" wide and 6" deep and 8 3/4" tall ( 15.24 cm x 15.24 cm x 22.22 cm). Trimmed in black and acid green feet with a magenta pink knob, red fringe and purple trim. Reminds me of a tattered circus! This would be a great box for a birthday gift or any magical person in your life! Top to this box lifts off allowing full access to whatever is stored inside!
A fun box to entrust photos of trips and artifacts be they real or of our own making. Inside the box bottom is lined with sexy black velvet.
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Friday, January 8, 2010
Born January 8th 1935 in Tupelo Mississippi at 4:35 am.
Elvis was kind enough to grace our ArtfulSmiles.com booth in Las Vegas in 2006 when we were there for the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists). He made a brief appearance to preside over our 22nd wedding anniversary!
Happy Birthday Elvis!
Thank you - thank you very much!
To one of my most dedicated blog readers and friends, this one's for you Michael!!
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Happy Hunka Hunka Friday!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
IT IS THE VESSEL OF FRIENDSHIP
THAT FILLS TO THE RIM.
AND FILLS AGAIN.
A BOTTOMLESS PIT OF COMFORT
THAT ALLOWS HONESTY,
LOVE AND COMPASSION,
ME LOOKING AT YOU...
AS YOU REFLECT
ALL THAT IS IN ME - IN YOU.
THIS IS FRIENDSHIP.
THIS IS LOVE.
Pictured here is the Adinkra Symbols Beaded Gourd
available from my etsy shop
Monday, January 4, 2010
I've been reminded by a few of my blog readers that I haven't posted in some time. I go through periods when I post a lot and then go silent. As I told a friend, I've been known to curl into my Cancerian shell and observe for a while. Lately, the shell feels safe and the view is about all I need. I've been wondering too what my first post of the new year would entail. Usually an idea will pop into my head and once it does, I realize that is the message to share. At 3 am I realized what I would write today.
For me, New Years has come to resonate with a certain degree of retrospection and quiet. I'm not the kind to need to over-indulge to mark the turning of a new year. I feel more like there are lessons I need to take from the stillness that require a level head to hear them.
A new year marks an end and a beginning. An exit and an entry. Last night that thought became underscored by learning of the death of one of our dear art fair friends, Denny Davis.
Denny was battling stage 4 Leukemia for the past two and half years. We last saw him at a show in Pensacola in November. His spirits were good and he told us he was about to undergo a stem cell treatment. He'd be hospitalized for several weeks. Later in November we learned that the treatment was such that it could kill him. I think we all felt he'd beat it. He seemed invincible. Complications arose and an infection ensued. He died yesterday afternoon.
Denny possessed a dark sense of humor that brought groans from some and laughs from others. It was his way of coping. I understood it since my Mom reacted the same way as she was dying. It was a twisted way to keep from going to the dark side, which he knew was at arms distance. Yesterday that arm reached out and took him from this world.
I've been crying on and off and realize this is my loss. The loss of someone I always looked forward to talking to is gone. I will miss him greatly, but this should not be about me. The art world has lost a great artist that painted with abandon and was prolific. He was the most well read individual I'd ever met. He was intelligent and articulate. He could recite and bring into focus concepts and history and politics that I can't begin to wrap my brain around. The last time I saw him he said he was ready to sell everything and move into someone's garage and paint and read. That was his life. That and his friends - and there was no shortage of them.
Denny could assemble and lay out a 100 square foot booth like no one I know! He would, in essence, create a maze of panels and fill them top to bottom with paintings. If you liked abstract work and left his booth without anything, it was amazing. He loved to work a deal and make a sale possible. "I'll tell ya what I'll do...." he'd begin. His paintings had a fire and life to them that always kept me looking into them. They were alive with his energy. He used red with great passion. I only wish I owned one of his canvases.
That I regret.
Denny loved to poke fun of people he felt were fake. TV evangelists and politicians in particular were his fodder! He had a way of justifying his disdain that always left me smiling. I used to call him a 'devout atheist' but reminded him I was praying for his good health. To which he'd reply 'hey, that's okay if you want to'.
His exit marks the entry to a new year.
Again, I sit quietly trying to take from his passing a lesson.
I mourn his loss, but I valiantly cheer his presence in my life. He will be missed greatly.
His doing what he loved, right to the end, is what I take from his passing. All he wanted to do was paint and spend
time with his friends.
I will not let his exit be an ending, but a beginning.
A passage to an entry.
He wouldn't want it any other way, and to honor him, that's how I will remember his life.
RIP dear friend, wherever you are!
An informal gathering of Dennys friends will be held at:
The Miller Bakery Cafe
555 S. Lake St.
This Saturday, Jan. 9 at 1 PM.
The phone number for Miller's is 219-938-2229