April 30-May 22
Wendy Benson, 2015 ART OF POSSIBILITIES: the Courage Kenny International Art Show & Sale, Opening Reception: April 30, 2015, 5:30-8 p.m. , Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, 3915 Golden Valley Road,Minneapolis, MN 55422.
Northstar Watermedia Society Artists’ Market, Fine Arts Building, MN State Fair Grounds
Susan Gainen, Arts Cafe at Struthers’ Parkinsons Center (demo and storytelling)
May 15, 16, 17 (Art-a-Whirl 2015) [Friday 5-10; Saturday noon-8; Sunday noon-5]
Megan Funk, aka Starry Night Beadworks, East Side Neighborhood Services Building, NE Mpls
Susan Gainen, Art-a-Whirl at the Keg House, 34 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis
Megan Moore, http://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl, Northrup King Building #423
May 8-9 Pottery at the Friends’ School Plant Sale, MN State Fairgrounds
Kathryn Rosebear Pottery, 20% benefit to the school
Starry Night: Jewelry from antique pocket watches and natural stones
In the beginning
At age 11, I decided to take my beading skills public and go into business for myself. I chose the name Starry Night based on my favorite Van Gogh painting at the time.
Changes with time
Over the years my design skills changed and evolved greatly. I tried everything from peyote-stitch pouches and loom weaving to elastic wristbands, and from hand-rolled sculpey beads to hand-lacquered fall leaves. One little problem always nagged me, though… how could I justify creating so many “new” things in a world already overstuffed with them?
After nearly a decade and a half of exploration (and a college hiatus), I found new inspiration and new determination to succeed as a jewelry designer in the area of “green” design. Finally, a way to justify creation: by renewing things that already exist! Equally serendipitous was the connection I discovered between my long-ago chosen business name and my current medium…
I create jewelry from antique pocket watch parts and natural stones using wire-wrapping techniques; many of the watches I use (most dating from the 1860s-1930s) were born in Van Gogh’s era!
Starry Night Beadworks
New ways with metal and stone
These days I spend a whole lot of time in the “office” creating watch-part jewelry and coming up with new designs. Wire-wrapping has been my focus lately, and I enjoy developing complicated new ways to join metal and stone through wrapping alone. It’s important to me not to destroy the integrity of the antique timepieces that I work with by gluing, cutting, or soldering.
When not designing, I’m researching! Behind every pretty (watch)face I want there to be depth and meaning as well. With each piece of jewelry I provide a card that details the meaning of the stone, the materials used, and the date the watch was made (if known).