Battling the Reno Winds!

The spring and summer weather in Reno is generally pleasant, anyone who lives here knows that the winds often kick up in the afternoon.  The gusts can be quite impressive, so I decided to make some weights to keep my canopy earthbound at the shows I am scheduled for this year.

I found a good tutorial on how to make weights to secure a canopy, since some venues do not allow stakes and some shows are on concrete.  This is the link:  http://etsymetal.blogspot.com/2009/06/tent-weights-tutorial.html

The instructions are clear and a web search indicated that many vendors find this style of weights to be satisfactory and reasonably easy to transport.  The problem I ran into is that I couldn’t find all the materials.  Lowe’s had some of the required materials, but they were not able to cut the 10’ pipe into the lengths I need.  Home Depot had only a couple of the items I need.  I was hoping to get everything at Lowe’s since I have a gift card with them.  Frustrating! 

I am not giving up!  Tomorrow I plan to call local plumbing suppliers and Ace Hardware.

I will be at the Reno Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 21st, along with several other Indie Reno artisans.  For more information about the celebration, go to http://renoearthday.webs.com/.   I hope the weather this year is as nice as it was last year.

AlixeArts at Reno Earth Day Celebration

Today I washed a bunch of denim clothing and some fabric to use for my spring and summer projects.  Some of the fabrics are acrylic prints that I found during various thrifting expeditions.

Handling the fabric reminded me of a business I started as a teenager, while living on Maui.  I sewed halter dresses with appliques of mandalas on the front and sold them in local boutiques.

Other than in thrift stores, I haven’t seen any acrylic fabric lately.  The colors are incredibly vivid and the fabric is easy care and long wearing.  Among the items I plan to use my assortment of new and vintage fabrics for are denim vests and jackets with applique designs and gardening aprons.  Some of my things will go into the Indie Reno Boutique and I will take some to the Earth Day Celebration.

This year I will be one of the artisans from Indie Reno in the Artists Grove section at the Reno Earth Day celebration.  For more information about the celebration, go to http://renoearthday.webs.com/.  I will have many new items for sale.  In addition to the jackets and aprons, I am designing some sparkly tiaras for little girls (thanks for the suggestion, Jess Miles http://www.etsy.com/people/FreeToRoam).  I know that the other Indie Reno artisans with whom AlixeArts is sharing a booth will also have many fantastic things for sale.

Happy spring to everyone!

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Earth Day 2012

Indie Reno Artist – Kimberly Allcock of Henna Blessings

Bleach Mehndi Shirt
Peony – Original Design

Peony – original design

As promised in my last post, today I am introducing one of my fellow artisans at Indie Reno.

Under the name “Henna Blessings” Kimberly Allcock practices the ancient art of henna painting, which is known as “Mehndi” or “Mehandi” in India.  Kimberly does fantastic body art, including belly blessings for expectant mothers.  She has also expanded her artistry to clothing and ornaments.

Among the articles available at the Indie Reno Boutique are silk scarves, clothing, and baby clothes adorned with Kimberly’s original designs.  She also has henna painting kits available, in case you would like to try henna painting.

Here is the link to the Henna Blessings website: http://www.hennablessingsreno.com.  Be sure to check out the slide show to see examples of Kimberly’s unique work.

Grand Opening of Indie Reno Boutique at Wildflower Village!

Recently, I joined Indie Reno, an artisan’s co-op.  My original intention on joining was to meet some creative people and perhaps make some new friends.  Not only have I met some very nice and artistic people, I am excited to have a “brick and mortar” location to sell my work!

As of February 1, 2013, Indie Reno took over management of the gallery at Wildflower Village.  We worked to repaint and redecorate the space and bring in lots of new jewelry, accessories, pottery, furniture and home décor.  On March 15 and 16 Indie Reno Boutique hosted a very successful grand opening.  The address of the Indie Reno Boutique is 4335 West Fourth Street, Reno, NV and we are currently open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The attached photo shows the “rock lady” who sits in front of the Indie Reno Boutique.

In upcoming blogs, I will feature not only my own work but also the beautiful and original creations of my fellow Indie Reno artists.

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Photos from Reno Buy Local Marketplace on 11/3/12

Had a great day yesterday at the Reno Buy Local Marketplace hosted by the National Auto Museum.  The City of Reno did a great job of organizing the event.  There was a steady stream of people checking out the vendors’ tables set up among all the great vintage cars.  The volunteers were very helpful in guiding visitors through the galleries.

The event was a great opportunity to talk with a lot of people and make some new connections.

Here are some photos of my creations.

Shoes – From Basic to Beautiful

Bored with your plain old shoes?  Find some new shoes you love, except for the color?

With a few simple supplies and some spare time, you can transform basic shoes into beautiful works of art.  Lumiere paint by Jacquard works well on many materials, including leather, synthetic leather and fabric.

Here is a short explanation of how I decorated the pictured shoes:

First, I painted the heel and strap of a pair of plain fabric shoes, using two shades of green as a base.  Next, I painted free-hand stripes on the strap in a darker shade of green.  For the final embellishment, I painted small red flowers on the heel and a larger flower on the strap.  I suggest application of a protective spray such as Scotchguard to keep smudges to a minimum.

If you are nervous about painting a well-loved pair of shoes, there are many thrift stores around Reno.  For less than $10.00, you could find a pair of shoes for practice.

On June 23, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. I will be teaching shoe decoration techniques at ArtisTree Studio, located at 18 Stewart Street, Reno, NV. I will provide all supplies (other than shoes).

Plain Black Shoes, Magically Transformed with Hand Cut Lace

Black Canvas Shoes_Lace Decoration

Fabric and lace may be attached to canvas shoes with various types of glue.  When I am happy with the design I apply at least three coats of gel medium to protect the shoes.

You don’t have to limit your shoe colors to commercially available selections if you can use scissors and apply glue.

Caroline for AlixeArts