Silk and Seashells

Although my travels in the Pacific Northwest have come to an end, I still have the greenery and gardens full of blossoming flowers in the back of mind. While looking through the shelves of silk and fibers at the Silk Weaving Studio in Granville Island, I was lucky to stumble upon a basket of warp ends amongst the collection of spools for weaving and knitting. Some may think of this as a basket to toss away, but all I can see is opportunity. Thinking back to the basics of friendship bracelets, I decided I could do the same with a small handful of these beautiful silk ends. When I returned home, I noticed I still had a few seashells left to wire wrap, lone beads leftover from other jewelry projects, and metal findings ready for a home. Piecing all of these elements together, I knew exactly where to begin my latest projects: Continue Reading ›

A Galaxy Far, Far Away . . .

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . OK, well maybe not a galaxy, but a few states away in Utah, a girl fell in love with the story of a sci-fi hero and his band of loyal friends on a journey of self-discovery and success in saving the universe of tyranny. Like many others before me, I found the magic of Star Wars and my admiration didn’t stop at the movies. I read numerous books that were sequels and continuations of the story beyond the movies. I researched all of the details behind the scenes and even played Star Wars Trivial Pursuit with any willing participant. It came as no surprise to my family and friends that my date and I dressed up as Princess Leia and Han Solo for the high school Sadie Hawkins dance. So, how did I feel when I learned about the Smithsonian Institute’s Traveling Exhibit of Star Wars costumes? I’m sure it’s only an experience and feeling my dad could understand if the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series. Luckily, my cousin and fellow Star Wars enthusiast, Keony, joins me and my cousins Eric and Jasmine on a trip to a distant galaxy from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition display “Star Wars and the Power of Costume” at the EMP Museum. Continue Reading ›