A Holiday Dinner with Artistic Friends

A Holiday Dinner with Artistic Friends
11/22/2016 Rachel
Siamese Dream Design Vegan Shoes
Mákos Guba layered, ready for baking.

Mákos Guba layered, ready for baking.

She walked briskly in her Siamese Dream Design vegan shoes as the day was chilly, but she didn’t mind…  She loved this time of the year! The leaves were gone, but the air felt clean, her body warming up as she walked. There was so much going on! She thought about all of the things she wanted to do, ticking off tasks in her mind… Everybody was going to love what she had brought for the potluck! A recipe she had found on this cool handmade site, Hungarian Mákos Guba- Poppy Seed Bread Pudding Recipe.  She wondered what the others would bring to this holiday dinner…  Her stomach growled in anticipation!

 

When she arrived, others were already there. Wow! What a house! All very natural with interesting decorations…  The couple who owned the house had traveled all over the world and always brought back many finds that they picked up along the way: carpets and kilims could be seen in every room. They had textiles on the walls, gorgeous pillows inviting a rest, carvings, glass…  There was no special design or intent to their taste and yet, it all worked beautifully together!

 

Color Creek Fiber Art River Rocks Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Color Creek Fiber Art River Rocks Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Ah! There was one of her friends admiring their Southwest collection. She moved on over to her side and they started talking about the pieces on display. The couple had been out West many times and each time they tried to support Native American artists they met.

This friend also traveled often to Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado…  She was an artist and had gallery representation out there. The t-shirt she was sporting came from one of those trips. She had met Mary Hertert from Colorado and was fascinated by Mary’s line of clothing, Color Creek Art to Wear, all inspired by nature: rocks, gemstones, the sky, mountains…  Mary hand dyes the fabric which then gets made into garments and accessories.

They looked at a beautiful pot that was sitting prominently on the shelf. This was one of the prized possessions her friends had purchased, an Acoma vase, old, hand coiled and of museum quality. The funny thing was that although the pot originally came from New Mexico, they bought it from someone they had met in India! Dennis Brining of CulturalPatina was staying in the same hotel as they were. They got to talking and saw each other several times over the next few days and when they got back to the U.S., they stayed in touch. When Dennis opened his shop on Etsy, they could not believe the quality of his collection! This pot, especially, sang out to them, so they had to have it.

 

Cultural Patina Native American, Acoma poly-chrome pottery olla

Cultural Patina Native American, Acoma poly-chrome pottery olla

 

Other interesting, old wooden objects caught her eye on the shelf:

 

 

Both of the wooden pieces were from Indonesia, one from the Hot Moon Collection and the other from Sir Raffles. Very cool.

 

The two of them walked around some more, admiring this and that. Another piece that jumped out at her was this wonderful “The Red Queen”, made out of toys and found objects. It was huge and so fun! This artist, redhardwick, was from Seattle, and the couple had not met her. They had seen it on this really cool handmade site….  so, they bought it!

 

Recycled Art - The Red Queen - 3D Assemblage - Bee Art - Mixed Media - Found Object Art by Jen Hardwick

The Red Queen – 3D Assemblage – Bee Art – Found Object Art by Jen Hardwick

 

She noticed how her friends, all of them, it seemed, had really good taste in what they wore. So many of them loved to support artists and indie businesses and it all added to the color, texture and joyous feel of the evening! She ticked off what caught her eye, planning on investigating some goodies for herself later:

 

Wow, such luxury…  She would definitely explore their online shops when she got home….   Dianne Koppisch, Lilygirl Original Wearable Art, Something Else Studio and Tija Crochet….  It was fun thinking of how each of those women was working in a studio or at home, deciding the colors, designs, materials…  amazing talent…

And, now….  she was really, really hungry!

Of course…  like everything else, the table was a feast of color and good food!  She just loved how they mixed and matched from different artists! There were plates, bowls and cups from Kiln House Pottery, Pamdesign and Happy Clay. All three were nuts about color, so having them all together, in quantity was out of this world!

 

Shrimp Ceviche!!!

One of her favorites…..

 

Kiln House Pottery Shrimp Ceviche

Kiln House Pottery Shrimp Ceviche

 

Woodissimo Hungarian music box

Woodissimo Hungarian music box

 

And, to top it all off….  her friends, the hosts, had given each guest a beautiful little handmade music box. Each one was different, sitting next to their plates….  The dinner was filled with conversation, laughter and music from every corner. Such a great idea! It was something she could carry with her and would be a great ice breaker in any situation.

 

Contentment, for sure….

 

They moved into the living room where the hosts had set up some mikes. They settled down, sitting on couches, chairs, and on the floor.  One of their friends brought out his guitar…  and on into the night they enjoyed the company, the talent, and the good will.

 

 

 

She thought about how she could never find her way back home…  She had walked here so easily, but now, someone would definitely have to carry her back home!  Too full, too happy, too much in paradise….  A holiday dinner like no other!

 

You, too, can surround yourself with meaningful adornment! A few treasures from our Artizan Market:

 

Comments (7)

  1. Dennis Brining 1 year ago

    What a really great story, again you do really great work. The best thing I have done recently is joining Artizan. Thanks again for all of your support and promotion.
    Warmest
    Dennis

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      Rachel 1 year ago

      Thank you, Dennis! I had fun coming up with a way to pull all of these together. 🙂

  2. Dennis Brining 1 year ago

    You certainly did what you set out to do and then some. As I read this, I was listening to my favorite singer, Jackie Evancho. What a combination to have your work and Jackie’s happening at the same time.

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      Rachel 1 year ago

      I’ll have to look up Jackie Evancho. I thought finding the Steve Winwood video was perfect, too. I ended up watching a documentary about him way late into the night. It’s the next video that shows up when the one on the post ends.

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        Rachel 1 year ago

        Wow. Just looked her up. What a voice! Bizarre coming out of such a young singer.

        • Dennis Brining 1 year ago

          I have been following here since she was 9 years old and have all of her CD’s. I have her on most days in the gallery to give me the inspiration I need to push forward. Here Christmas music is on as I type this. Take care. Have to list a couple new water color painting that just came in. Absolutely beautiful pieces.

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            Rachel 1 year ago

            Cool!

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