Announcement Urban Artifaks: the Unusual and Different...Refashioned, renewed, reclaimed into Clothing and Accessories for women where good enough just ain't Good Enough..Women who like to stand out in a crowd. Who march to the beat of their own drummer~hell, who ARE the drummer! Who are tired of mass produced and like a bit of quirky on the side. We got ya covered!
Urban Artifaks: the Unusual and Different...Refashioned, renewed, reclaimed into Clothing and Accessories for women where good enough just ain't Good Enough..Women who like to stand out in a crowd. Who march to the beat of their own drummer~hell, who ARE the drummer! Who are tired of mass produced and like a bit of quirky on the side. We got ya covered!
caroline lohmann-hancock on Aug 21, 2015
Love the necklace A very creative use of glass Impressed with the concepts Good luck for the future of this artistic business
Once upon a time, in another world farrr away.....
I'd been a quilter and fiber artist for over 20 years when my life changed and I found myself unexpectedly on my own for the first time ever. I moved back to the old house we lived in when I was first married but the old neighborhood had changed drastically. Abandoned homes, gaping windows, aluminum siding stripped and hanging...
They started hitting my home not too long after. The invasions were nearly daily...my stomach would knot up each time I rounded that last bend before reaching the house.
One note on this matter-steel doors are only as strong as the screws used to secure the hinges to the house framing...be sure NOT to use 3/4" screws, but use something substantial, like 2-3". Even though the door was 'professionally' installed, it didn't even slow them down. The hinges were easily ripped from the wall as they literally broke the door down and walked across it.
Artists seek shelter in their art...I desperately needed to be creative, but my quilting and fabric were still packed safely away. On the other hand, I had plenty of glass from my broken windows...I'd always admired the soldered jewelry people were making...now having learned how to solder while replacing my stolen copper plumbing, I decided to try making jewelry from the window shards.
Then, while waitressing at a local restaurant, there was this beautiful cobalt blue Skyy Vodka bottle that broke...and that turned me in an entirely new direction. I learned to break the bottles, to cut and grind them into simple shapes. Later, I bought a ring saw and that helped me to cut more intricate shapes.
Living alone, I could work on my art anywhere I wanted, so I worked on it everywhere! I didn't cook for myself so I turned my useless kitchen into my glass-cutting studio and any time you walked into my home, you had to dodge the cut up glass pieces. I also rationalized it as my 'in-home security center'...they might break in, but they had better be careful or they would get hurt! The amusing thing was when I would call the police after another break-in, the look on the officer's faces as they walked in the kitchen and saw the broken glass everywhere! I always had to explain what I was doing and that no, that was not from the intruders, but was my mess.
I gradually started sewing again and my granddaughter and I designed a skirt for her to make that eventually evolved into the ruffled skirts I make now. I LOVE searching for t-shirts with designs and sayings that would be fun when sewn up!
November 2012 was another bad month and they ripped the copper out again, this time in a way I couldn't fix...then they came back the next day and ripped out my ceilings to get to the upstairs plumbing. There was no way I could fix this mess, and I finally gave up. I have never been a quitter, but this was enough. I moved to a small town in Pa, Conneaut Lake, where life is peaceful (except during duck hunting season) and neighbors are friendly. The biggest problem I had was sorting my hundreds of bottles-there is very little logic in packing and transporting hundreds of empty [and easily replaced] liquor bottles, after all...
I work in the garage now, so my glass studio is open only in warm weather. I am still looking for tools, but things are slowly falling into place. The boyfriend and I have one big conflict: 'there's no room for all that stuff here!' While I am truly thankful for being able to live here, I am still desperately searching for studio space.....
Ahhh-fast forward to Memorial Day, 2014-i FOUND my space; a huge 30X60foot space just off the main drag of Rt 6...and it was even in my colors-chiffon yellow with lime green trim!!! you just don't find that in northwestern PA!! I now have my studio/retail space and have been here for a while and am still finding my focus. Check out my facebook page, The Sewing Lady, to keep current for what I'm up to in there!
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