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“I often think had I not been a sculptor or artist, I might have like to have been a film director or architect.”
This week I was fortunate enough to view the amazing work of the artist, Dale Chihuly at the New York Botanical Gardens. The weather was perfect; the sky was blue; a perfect backdrop for the Glass Work of this fascinating exhibit featuring the work of Chihuly.
His beautifully “Hand Blown Glass Sculptures” were artistically placed throughout the whole parameter of the Botanical Gardens, as you will see through the lens of my camera. Once walking through the gates of the Botanical Gardens, we were met with the most fascinating sculptures of this renowned Sculptor.
The NY Botanical Gardens arranged each piece of Chihulys glass to blend perfectly with the surrounding plant life. Each piece complimenting its natural habitat. An example is “White Beluga’s” set among the plants within the Tropical Rain Forest.
As one ascends the steps to the Enid Haupt Conservatory, the entrance is enhanced by the beautify of Chihuly’s Scuplture, “Sol del Citron”.
Once inside the Conservatory, is one of Chihuly’s famous Glass Sculpture’s, “Persians in Pond and Blue Herons”. Chihuly’s Persian Series were inspired by Middle East Glass from the 12th- to 14th-Centuries featuring more restrained color.
Also included in his “Persian” series is his Glass Blown Sculpture, “Garden Fiori”. The Artist loves mixing his works with botanical settings making it look as if it is a natural part of nature. I tried as best as I could to capture the amazing “cobalt blue” colors with my camera.
Walking through the various Botanical Gardens within the Conservatory, we next came across his “Macchia Series”. In the Macchia Series of Chihuly’s glass we see a “darker side” of the artist as he makes his former delicate sculptures more dynamic, and enlarges this conservative scale to awesome proportions. Apart from his translucent works of his Milfori and Fiori Sculptures, Chihuly makes a bolder impact with his colored glass with a mottled effect (note bottom side of each sculpture).
Dale Chihuly started working with glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. From there he honed his craft at the world-famous Rhode Island School of Design. Chihuly not only learned various methods of glass blowing with different types of glass, but then established a glass program where he taught for many years. (My cousin Joan also studied Sculpting at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she still lives!)
While studying in Venice, Chihuly discovered the idea of blowing glass with a team of artists. He still uses this method in many of his Sculptures which he exhibits today.
Once we left the Conservatory, at the back entrance, once is struck by this amazing Sculpture called “Scarlet and Yellow Icicle Tower”. It is placed just so that it captures the sunlight reflecting through each glass blown piece of this Tower!
Another period of Chihuly’s work is seen in his “Seafoam” Series. This stunning Pink Glass Sculpture is reminiscent of something one might find deep at the bottom of the Sea.
There is still so much more to see of the amazing Glass Sculptures. On the weekends, they have night shows where his work is “illuminated” such as the sculpture pictured below– we have already made our reservations for one of these shows.
Not only could is one treated to viewing the beautiful Sculptures of Dale Chihuly’s exhibit, but there are some beautiful pieces for sale within the Botanical Gardens Gift Shop. I choose two of the many pieces available for sale!
This Article was originally written in 2012 – thought it would be interesting to see how much Judy has evolved in the past five years!!!
Using the words of Carl Sandberg, “Nothing happens unless first we dream”, Judy enhances his words with her own “Dreams are also realized when we ask ‘What if…?’ and ‘Why not…?’” These two thoughts are the basis of Judy’s OOAK creations in her shop, http: //jnoriginals.etsy.com, opened in 2007.
When I envision one of Judy’s creations, the first thing that comes to mind are her unique and colorful “Felted Needle Books.” I purchased one a few years ago, and can never go anywhere without it when working on a project! Also, one cannot miss her colorful felted bowls with their flower appliques.
*** Many years later I still use my “Needle Book” everything – although a little worn as the corners, with the help of my dog, Piper, who redecorated one of the corners!!!
Judy’s talent is also showcased in her beautifully crocheted scarfs, hats, and wide headbands, all of which come in various colors. I especially love her “Ruffled Scarflettes” with their flower appliques. Not only perfect for those cold winter days, but a fashion statement of their own. My favorite is the “Raspberry Ruffled Scarflette” (shown below) which also comes in a variety of other colors.
It is no wonder that Judy’s work looks so professional, as she has won various awards in the Fabric & Threads Division at the Iowa State Fair, which she now shares with her many followers.
Flash forward from 2012 to 2017: Judy’s main featured Shop on Etsy is now MrPenQuin.etsy.com, which she opened in 2009.
MisterPenQuin features carefully handcrafted photo books, gratitude journals, blank books, gratitude journals, date books, Graduation Gifts, and other items. All items are ready to ship; custom orders welcomed!
Looking for Vintage Patterns? Welcome to Judy’s 3rd Shop: 2nd ChanceTreasures.
According to Judy – “I don’t believe in tossing what someone else can use. Give these treasures a second chance! “
A woman of many talents, visit Judy at her many Shops:
or her Social Media sites:
New to my Terrace of Flowers are these Popcorn Roses which are a new and improved variety of Roses. Created from a blend of miniature roses and full-size ground cover roses, and beautifully fragrant!
They have a beautiful cream and accented yellow blooms with softly faded centers, as evident in my Photos!
The Items shown above are MY choices of suggestions that I think would interest those who view my Shops. Read on……
I am sure many of you by now have heard about Etsy’s newest way to screw it’s Sellers! This is something they did without notifying any of us who own Shops on Etsy. So once again those in Administration are “so-called” improving Etsy, but to the benefit of who???
This is their newest improvement for our Shop(s) –
If someone clicks on a link to one of your items – whether on Etsy, Google, Google+, Twitter, OnFire, etc. – at the top of the page where the Banner would show – Etsy has added THEIR own “suggested ideas similar to what you are looking for”. Then post about 10 items they think that the potential Buyer may be interested in rather than just viewing your item!!!!!!!
This excerpt is taken from the ETSY SELLER HANDBOOK – make sure you read all the reviews (99% negative!!)
I can’t believe they did this – We are paying to list OUR items – and charged monthly fees – perhaps these other Shops should be charged a fee for posting on our pages! Of course, they say this is a just a test.
In the meantime, while they are “testing” our Shops and items, there is a way around this by readjusting the links before you post them on various Social Media sites, so that only your item will show up. It will also block the intrusion of other Shop’s items being featured in your Shop, as a potential Buyer clicks on one of your items.
By following these instructions when posting one of your items, you will successfully promote YOUR items without having Etsy’s “suggested items”.
When you Share your listing an any of the Social Media sites, add your shop name to the link like this – I used one of my items as an example:
In between the www.etsy.com/ and the listing.. insert your shop name. That takes the “referral” listing pics out “.
***At the top of the page, I posted my OWN suggested items from the BBA Team, similar to what you are looking for. Thank you Etsy, but I know what I like, and what I would like to promote!!!
Each year a new family of Sparrows return to nest in my Cookie jar, which I had stored on my terrace. Within the month, these little babies will be ready to take flight. And the nest remains empty until next Spring when new eggs suddenly appear waiting to hatch on my Terrace!
My son’s girlfriend, Christina DeGaglia, who graduates from FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) this week after years of many long hours and hard work. One of her designs (shown above) was chosen by FIT to be featured in an FIT’s “Future of Fashion” Show.
This is an excerpt from a magazine article which did a feature on Christina and her Runway design.
“Wearing fur and animal skins is not only super-tacky but also cruel. And more and more companies have been taking notice. In fact, the largest clothing retailers have BANNED fur altogether! So it’s no wonder that up-and-coming fashion designers, including Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) student Christina DeGaglia, have chosen to design only vegan clothing.
The young designer and New York native just had a dress and jacket from her “Vegan Revolution” collection featured in FIT’s prestigious Future of Fashion runway show, where the ensemble was seen by some of the biggest editors and stylists—as well as other top names—in the fashion industry.
Christina’s runway piece includes a vegan leather jacket with faux-fur trimming that changes color with heat and that—like all her creations—is free of animal-derived materials such as leather, wool, suede, fur, angora, and exotic skins. The dress even features a super-cute oversized patch that reads, “You Can’t Love Animals and Eat Them Too.”
“No living being should be electrocuted and skinned for a frivolous furry pom-pom keychain or a bit of trim on a jacket,” says DeGaglia. “Today’s market is flooded with chic, animal-friendly fabrics, from supple vegan leather to soft, wool-free knits. I feel it’s my responsibility to use the design skills I gained at FIT to move the fashion industry in a more sustainable, compassionate direction.”
When Christina was accepted to FIT, she was committed to never using fur or leather in any of her designs. But after learning that shearers in the wool industry have been caught beating sheep and that workers often keep angora rabbits in barren cages and rip out their fur by the fistful, she also vowed not to use wool, angora, or any other animal-derived materials.
Her goal is to start a chic vegan fashion line upon graduation, and if she can encourage just one person to choose a vegan leather jacket over a cow-skin one, she’ll consider it a success.
You don’t need to be a fashion designer to save animals’ lives. All you have to do is check the labels of the clothing you’re going to purchase. Companies pay attention to consumers’ opinions and make decisions based on what people are buying. So NEVER buy anything that says “fur,” “angora,” “wool,” or “leather” on the label. It’s so easy. Chances are, most of the stuff you already wear is probably vegan!
Together, we can start a vegan fashion revolution and save animals’ lives.
Christina has also had some of her designs featured at last year’s Manhattan “Fashion Week”.
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