Rick Moore is a pro! A beloved, retired Math teacher, Rick has found another calling, interviewing athletes and artists (among others) for his amazing internet radio venture. Go Rick! Here’s my recent interview with him. I am humbled by his generous spirit.
Every time I start a new piece, I have the chance to dump loads of sea glass on to a table and peruse each piece to see how it would like to end up – a barrette? a brooch? a hunt for its mate for a pair of earrings? Texture makes a big difference. Nice flat pieces with even edges make great barrettes – while funky, chunky pieces work well for bracelets. Sometimes, I just set aside a piece and look at it to see if it inspires an entirely new item in the collection. Sea marbles and other odd shapes inspired a new type of "enclosed" pendant. Flat chunky pieces inspired new post earrings (finally) as well as scarf clips. Lariats were born of bottlenecks. Then there is a matter of what feels good in your hair. My newest silver combs feel great – really stay in well and create an elegant addition to the collection.
Generally speaking, the french clips that I use for barrettes feel solid and functional, while adding glamor your lovely locks! It's no secret, that I love making and sharking hair accessories – since my quest for quality hair pieces started me on this artistic journey over 12 years ago. The only way to see the full collection is to come to the studio and this is one of two weekends that the studio is open for two full days. Whether you are a neighbor or visitor – please stop in to see me and my 21 fellow Cape Ann Artisans! Look for the magenta flags and pick up a map either online, at the Chamber of Commerce on Commercial Street, or at almost any tourist attraction, Artisan Studio, hotel, or restaurant in town.
And if you are looking to adopt a puppy, stop to see Judy Wright or Pam Stratton who are hosting "meet & greets" with Cape Ann Animal Aid!
Lately, I have had the good fortune of explaining to everyone why I started designing hair accessories. Quite simply, good ones are impossible to find! We spend so much money on our hair – so why not show it off. I would love to hear from you with photos of a barrette "in your hair" – for the new section on my website of wearing the art! Here's one I had taken recently at our seARTS Wearable Arts Show. Of course, the obvious challenge is you really need someone else to take the photo. For those of you who will get one as a holiday gift, I hope you enjoy them 🙂 And a final thanks to my mom who was on the quest on my behalf for years. In fact, because of her, I have quite a collection.