Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair May 6 – 8

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Join me at the Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair May 6 – 8, 2016! I am honored to be Co-Director of this community event with my friend and fellow artist, Jean Wyatt. We launch with the First Friday Art Walk Sequim Patron Preview of creative vendors and ‘Propagation’ a music performance by Alan B. Brock-Richmond.

2016 Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair at the Sequim

2016 will be the 26th year for the Arts and Crafts Fair and is a 2 day event that provides an opportunity for vendors to sell their handcrafted wares. Recycle, Reuse and Repurpose are an underlying theme of the Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair which will have demonstrations throughout Saturday and Sunday, as well as an Innovative Reuse Showcase and Contest. Over 30 vendors make this event a mainstay of the Irrigation Festival. In addition to the crafts vendors, enjoy a selection from our food vendors and enjoy our main stage entertainment.

‘Tis the Season, Virtual Holiday Decorating!

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It is so exciting! I always know the Holiday Season is upon us when I start having sales of my virtual cascade of lights in many shades at “hue are you?” in Second Life! I am so thankful that people enjoy my festive, colorful decorations and plan to add more soon so people can decorate in their favorite colors! You can find twinkle and sparkle at my Second Life Marketplace store http://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/32028 or inworld at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Brauni/180/0/22/

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Sequim Seigaiha – Calm Waves with Lavender

Red to purple Japanese Waves with lavender.

Red to purple Japanese Waves with lavender.

I created my own “Seigaiha” Japanese Wave Pattern for silk fabric. This is the red to purple design covered with fresh stems of Sequim lavender that will become silk scarves. I’ll be selling these during the Sequim Lavender Farm Faire at Purple Haze Lavender Farm July 19 – 21, 2013.

Celebrating Presents

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This past week my high school friend, Reed, had a birthday and we chatted on Facebook after giving him birthday wishes. There he gave me permission to pester him to get off his butt and do art again. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity and gave him an assignment right then and there! If you know me, I love to give homework! I suggested that he do a photo essay about presents. I didn’t just mean gifts, but a sense of time, production, and your portrayal.

I am sure Reed is busy working on this assignment. I gave him a week, my students will vouch I am very forgiving for tardiness if there is good reason. So, that made me think about what I got for Christmas gifts and how it would relate to my presents challenge.

I received a box of chocolate toffee from my Uncle Paul along with many other treats and sweets from relatives. Food has always brought my family together, as well as, made us late for many other things. We are known for lollygagging standing around while eating cookies or candy. Those are quality moments with family while someone is waiting in the car to get a move on.

My parents got me red gloves I can use with my phone, a white sweater, and pearls. All quite special and bring out the best in me. I adore learning and teaching technology to help people express themselves, promote their superpowers, and stay connected with family, friends, and the future.

Because I value customization so much, most of my supplies to create apparel are white so I can dye them. I am terribly fussy about the hues I wear, so the gift of a white sweater assures I can dye it just the right shade of orange or yellow or red I need. My colorful appearance is my art and a way to encourage others to be their best selves.

Lastly the pearls, not only are the lovely to look at and wear, but they are a symbol I use often in my artwork. Pearls are an icon of wisdom, education, life lessons, and making something wonderful out of a mistake or disappointment.

Lessons learned, I think back to that Commercial Art class Reed and I had together with several dear friends our senior year. I know I didn’t make it easy on myself when I challenged the instructor publicly as an editorial in school newspaper on her disrespect of my classmates’ intellectual property rights and mine. Her conduct just helped push me to be a better educator and arts advocate. That was a present too.

We all have gifts, receive gifts, and give gifts. Having each other in our lives is also a special present we are fortunate to acquire and that I am grateful for.

What presents do you celebrate?

FAQ to Renne: Why do you wear red eye shadow?

Question: Why do you wear red eye shadow?

Answer: Why not? I have been wearing red eye shadow for over 25 years. And, it isn’t easy to stay in stock. Back in 1988, I was so excited when I had a custom set of eye shadows made for me that were yellow, orange, and red with mica sparkles. Of course, I have newer shadows and sometimes blushes to don on my lids.  They are the same set of colors that I wear today, sometimes magenta, pink, or coral instead of red to match my outfit.

But, why red? It could be the Japanese geisha look. It could be my war paint. It could because am a fiery Aries. It could be I love bright colors that inspire bees to seek out imperative pollen from radiant blooms. It could be that looking somewhat like a clown confuses people when I am so serious. It could be how the red makes my hazel eyes pop. It could be I delight in the double takes and smiles I get from people who find the world is full of wonder, variety, and unique forms of expression.