Sunday, November 7, 2010

Redux

Redux is the fundrasing auction event which happened at Meydenbaur center at Bellevue last October 2010. All the proceeds from REDUX benefit art education programs and services for non-profit organization. This was my first time to participate in auction. Thankfully, all of my jewelry were sold out. My appreciation goes to all the customers who bought my jewelry. I hope they feel so special when they wear my jewelry.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Etsy Front Page

Amethyst Earrings featured on Etsy Front Page!

Friday, August 27, 2010

New Collections

One of the most difficult things when you run an Internet business might be how to present your products through pictures, especially, if you do that all by myself. It took me a lot of time and effort to get better quality of photos. Normally, I took more than 50 shots easily per my creation. After taking pictures of different combinations of backgrounds, lighting and positions, I look through all photos. Editing starts. And I choose 5 best pictures and upload them. (www.arionjewelry.com) After 3 to 5 products listed on Internet, I get exhausted. I don't even feel like to list any products for a while. Since I live in Seattle, the weather doesn't seem to be helpful. It still takes lots of trials and errors, but I think my photograph skill is getting better. Steadily. Hopefully this is not my daydream. :) Thank you for sharing my story!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

2010 Exhibition at Kirkland Art Gallery

I am thrilled to exhibit my necklace at Kirkland Art Gallery throughout August. One of my jewelry has been juried and selected for Kirkland Art Center's 2010 Exhibition. I feel so privileged to know that my necklace is the only one jewelry chosen in this exhibition. "This year, we are privileged to have Gunnar Nordstrom as our juror. Since opening in 1991, Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery has served the Eastside and the Seattle metropolitan area by bringing artists and art-lovers together, contributing much to our vibrant arts community. As both curator and art dealer, Nordstrom's discerning eye for artistic excellence and his appreciation of a wide range of mediums and ideas makes him well suited to jury this year's exhibition. The exhibit features a selection 40 works by 34 KAC Members, including, paintings, prints, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and mixed media." (KAC official website) There are alot of great art at this exhibition. If you are around, please come and enjoy beautiful arts.

Monday, May 10, 2010

After Artist Studio Tour.

Finally, it is over. The moment I have prepared for days and nights is past. Great review! Great sale! Great exposure! My first show was a great success. I had wonderful memorable experience from the preparation to the end. I never had a chance to meet my customers in person before the show since my jewelry had been sold at stores and Internet. I was always wondering who purchased my jewelry. At the show, I was able to meet and greet my customers in person. I was able to put my jewelries on them. It was such a pleasure to watch them how happy they were with my jewelries. As a jewelry designer, the wedding jewelry might be the most honorable work since the wedding day is the most important day of person's life. At least to me. First day, I sold one necklace to the lady for her daughter's wedding. She was so excited to find one to match her wedding dress perfectly. I was so excited as well. Maybe even more. And the next day, a soon-to-be bride ordered a custom-made necklace for her upcoming wedding. What an honor! It was great rewards and assurance by getting customer's great comments. I was thrilled to see that my little creation made women or men(who purchased for his wife or mom or girl friend) excited. Last couple of weeks before the show, I was really busy for my first time art tour. As a by-product, now my 8 years old son can make his own sandwich all by himself. And he was so proud of himself. During the show, my two 5 and 8 years old sons overheard many crowds' great comments on my works. They seemed to be very proud of their mom and get excited about my show. That was unexpected great gift from the show. Even though I was not able to be with them whole two days from 9 to 6, they understood why I had been busy for and what I was doing. Before and after the show, they even helped me to bring things back and forth Most of all, it was not possible to make this show without my supportive husband. At this moment, I am so exhausted and tired, but I am ready for more shows!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

KAST tour Poster

Just two more days left for my art tour event. I made a poster. It may look nothing, but it took me almost whole day to take photos and pick pictures, design and photo shop and so on. Professional can do better job, but I am pretty happy with the final look and proud of that as a amateur.

Friday, April 30, 2010

First Time Trunk Show

I am going to have a trunk show with another water paint artist on Mother's day (May 8th & 9th) at her studio. This is a part of kirkland art center's traditional artist studio tour. I am pretty excited to participate this tour as a jewelry designer. Since this will be my first show, I am so busy with so many details. Hopefully, a lot of people come and like my creations. If you are around seattle area, please come. The water paint artis is Elizabeth Kincaid. And her studio is located in 9515 NE 137th Street, Kirkland, WA Thank you.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Mother's day art tour

If you are in Seattle area, please come and visit this great event. http://www.kirklandstudiotour.com/artists.html

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tucson bead fair in Feb.

I went to Tucson bead fair in Arizona last February for the first time. When I arrived at Tucson, it was beautiful sunny day. (I think everyday is sunny not like Seattle.) If you step out side of the airport, all kinds of cactus will greet you.
One of the places I visited was the most popular Gem Mall. There were three giant temporary tents. You can find all different kinds of international foods and snacks at the food court outside. Inside and outside was filled with a lot of people from all over the places. Most of them looked excited and happy.
If you go to the other location, there is a free shuttle mini bus. But if you are hurry and can not wait, you can take a environmental-friendly cab(see above).
And they only ask you for tip. It was great experience to go to Tucson.
Now I have tons of beautiful beads and findings to creat my new jewelry collections and am looking forward to going 2011 gem show in Tucson.