News Day – Tuesday, 9/4/12

New Feature

As the name implies, News Day – Tuesday is a new  weekly feature on Linda’s Bead Blog.  Each Tuesday I will be updating you on new items in my shops, work in progress, shows I’ve done, and random chatter. 

Speaking of random…I can be very random, (not my best quality) and it always takes massive effort on my part to incorporate new routines.  But I’m really going to try to be consistent with my Tuesday posts.  There’s a lot that happened over the summer and I’ve done a pretty lousy job of keeping my blog current. 


As I’m writing this I’m sitting in  a new artists cooperative gallery and boutique in Tacoma, WA.   Named “Catwalk”; our gallery is a temporary pop-up in an empty store, right in the heart of Tacoma’s museum district. 

picture of the front of Catwalk

Catwalk as seen from Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA

Right now there are about a dozen artists showing their work here.  We have everything from paintings, to couture clothing, altered art, books by local writers and of course, jewelry.  Several of the artists take shifts running the gallery.  My work day is Sunday.  By the way, one of the artists took home that plant in the broken pot (in picture above), so the entryway is more inviting now.

The pictures that follow were taken during a recent Tacoma Arts Walk.  Things were slow at first, so I had time to take some pictures.  Later in the evening the gallery was packed and we had pizzas and a raffle!

front entry way at Catwalk Gallery

Front of Catwalk Gallery

If you look just behind the 2 shoppers, you can see a bit of my jewelry display.  I took other pictures of my jewelry, but it was too dark.  Later, I changed the settings on my camera  and remaiings pictures turned out much better.  The desk in the foreground, above, is where purchases are made–would you believe that the Bead Style magazine isn’t mine?  Really!

The Tacoma Weekly printed an article about the gallery this week. If you’d like to read more, check out Catwalk Boutique and Gallery Offers Handcrafted Jewelry, Apparel and Art.

Paintings hanging in Catwalk gallery Tacoma, WA
Back corner in Catwalk
Handcrafted clothing in the gallery

I love art-to-wear!


Beauty Berry Bracelet

My ArtFire shop is looking a bit empty at the moment.  I took quite a bit of the jewelry out of it and placed it at Catwalk.  It was time to freshen up my ArtFire offerings, anyway.  So with that, I’m embarking on adding new work.  My first addition is the “Beauty Berry Bracelet”.

Beauty Berry bracelet

Beauty Berry Bracelet

The colors in this bracelet remind me of our Beauty Berry bush that sports bright lavender berries in our garden throughout the winter.

purple berries, with green leaves

Beauty Berries

The Beauty Berry Bracelet is a collection of  handmade glass and ceramic beads, along with some commercial beads.  I wired the beads on black craft wire to bring out the black in the lampwork glass center bead.  I also fashioned a handmade clasp of the same wire and added some pretty dangles along one side.  The colors in this bracelet are just luscious and I love the texture added by the unusual 3 sided, lilac ceramic bead (by Marti’s Buttons and Beads), and the teardrop shaped beads at the back of the bracelet.

Purple Green Bracelet Handmade Ceramic Bead Lampwork Glass Handwired

Beauty Berry Bracelet

Head over to Linda Landig Jewelry to see more pictures of the Beauty Berry Bracelet.


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