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Incan Inspirations
There's a nifty little shop in Santa Fe where I like to poke around to see what they've found in their travels. Over a period of 3-4 years visiting there, I ended up with these pieces from Peru that were begging to be in a frame.
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Dynasties
This Chinese inspired frame is decorated with traditional jade carvings, set off by ovals of olive jade and antique brass coins. The beveled mirror is surrounded by an inset frame of rosewood. 18"x 21"
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Oh, My Heavens!
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Finding Feng Shui
Gem shows are a treasure chest of inspirations, and everyone was looking for feng shui! I found these jade pieces to incorporate into this frame. I loved traveling to China in 2006 and shopping for artifacts to make another work I'm going to call Dynasties.
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Salsa!
I'm obviously a chile (New Mexican spelling) pepper fan! The top two tiles are representational of the designs in the glass windows at La Plazuela in the La Fonda in Santa Fe. The other 2 tiles are from Santa Fe as well. There are pegs to hang your own ristra on! The chiles are hand made of paper clay.
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Art Deco
Olive and pink jade pieces create geometric patterns.
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Bellagio
Believe it or not, the inspiration for this design came from a print on a lady's mumu that I spotted at a Weight Watchers meeting! The owner, Audrey LePell of Hayward exclaims, "My lovely mirror is like a tribal rug and I love it!"
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African Masks
Craft Collection: The masks and elephant are carved wood from Ghana. The inside edge is adorned with bone beads.
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Rock Hound
I've had a passion for rocks my whole life. The lovely owner of the Jewel Train in Fremont let me sift through her basket of rocks for a couple of hours at the Castro Valley Gem and Mineral Show. They ended up in this frame!
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Catch a Kitty Kiss
The two kitty tiles inspired the rest of this design. I painted two tin kitties to match the tiles, and then surrounded all with irridescent glass tiles.
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In the Garden
The colorful Mexican suns inspired a garden of flowers, butterflies, and bugs!
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Les Fleurs de Provence
This was part of the French Connection series. I had soooo many glass beads that I decided to make flowers out of them.
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Tiptoe Through the Tulips
This frame was a commission. The challenge was to make a frame incorporating the design of a granddaughter's bedroom linens.