I want to post some pics from out trip to New Mexico in July before too much more time passes by. We combined attendance at the ISGB Gathering in Albuquerque with some R&R in Santa Fe. I love Santa Fe a lot, and Bill has never been. If you have never been, and are a creative soul of any sort, please go! So much inspiration, from art of every stripe to the magnificent scenery. We don't go to the Gathering every year, as some die-hards do. Costs add up and sometimes the city isn't our cup of tea, especially if its a hot, muggy place. This year we splurged and took a class with the magnificent Claudia Trimbur-Pagel from France. What a gifted and original beadmaker and a generous teacher. We loved her. I hope one day soon, if I ever make time to practice, to master the fine stringer works she specializes in. Any reasonably competent beadmaker can make flowers and birds, but detailed stringer designs, made with hair fine pieces of glass, indicates a master beadmaker (in my opinion).
In the photo above, Bill is pulling a cane that will be cut up for eye murini, for the face beads that Claudia makes. Claudia is coaching him to get the most out of that pull. We learned a lot. Below is a side view of the eye encased in that long piece of hot glass.
Below are some of the face beads that Claudia is known for.
Next is another example of her amazing stringer designs. Not easy.
And here is a glimpse of Santa Fe
And if Santa Fe is too fancy for you, I have just the place.... Madrid, New Mexico
It was a great trip. And the memories of the "Land of Enchantment" will stay with me a while...