Silver Ruffles earrings in AWD “Small Works” show

My Silver Ruffles earrings are one of many works of art featured in the current Art Works Downtown exhibition, running  November 18, 2010 – January 7, 2011. There, you’ll find lots of art for giving during this holiday season …

… and more in my Art Works Downtown studio or at my online shop.

Preview of World Peace Collection

World Peace Collection: Creating a vision … beads from the world’s cultures and religions coming together in harmony.

Below is a preview of some of the jewelry in this series. It will be available in my studio, and on Sunday, November 14th at the Ethnic Textile Bazaar in San Francisco, sponsored by the deYoung Museum’s Textile Arts Council.

See more of this jewelry here.

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New Ornament Magazine ad, this time with our own domains

During the past summer three of us, who had met online selling our jewelry on the same site, decided to join together and advertise in Ornament Magazine using our shop URLs. No sooner had the edition been published with our ad in it, than was acquired, and with it’s demise, those urls were rendered useless.

What followed was scampering by the 1500 or so 1000Markets shop owners to find new online homes. Not only had we lost our shops, but had developed a large online community of artisans and it was sad to go our separate ways as we searched for new venues that would best suited our own work.

One thing became quickly apparent to some of us — if we had our own domains, they could not get sold out from under us and we would have more control over our destinies.

The three of us with our, then current, Ornament ad rendered useless by the sale of 1000Markets, immediately agreed that we would do another Ornament ad, this time, with our own domains.

I happily share the latest issue of Ornament Magazine here … and our new ad.

For me, it is personal pleasure to be in the current issue, the one that annually features the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, one of the top shows in the country. I had participated in that show in 1999 and consider it to be one of the greatest honors of my career.

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I want to give special recognition to the extraordinary generosity of the staff at Ornament Magazine. They felt so badly that the urls in our first advertising venture with them had suddenly gone bad, rendering the ad all but useless, that out of the goodness of their hearts they not only went out of their way to get this ad in under deadline, but have promised a free repeat of our ad in the edition that follows this one. For years I have known Ornament as an outstanding and beautiful magazine, tops in its field, but now I know it is created by truly good souls.

Introducing my new World Peace Series at Ethnic Textile Bazaar

Creating a vision … beads from the world’s cultures and religions coming together in harmony. ~ Ann Brooks

I’m pleased to have my jewelry included in this year’s Ethnic Textile Bazaar on November 14th 2010. The event is a benefit for the Textile Arts Council of the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

It is the perfect occasion to introduce my new World Peace Series – “creating a vision … beads from the world’s cultures and religions coming together in harmony”

For example, a necklace with vinyl made in Europe, used in Christian and Muslim Africa is combined with beads from a Buddhist mala from Nepal.

To my surprise, I’m doing jewelry photography … some history

Jewelry copyright 1997 Ann Brooks

To see some of my history as a jeweler and why I was surprised … see this January 2010 post on my photography blog.

~ jewelry Ann Brooks, photo Hap Sakwa.

Three online jewelers’ baby steps into Ornament Magazine …

. . . It’s only an ad, but we’re thrilled to be there!

Between us, Sharon MacLeod, Barbara Cromer (c studio) and I have all been subscribers to Ornament Magazine for decades, always loved it. And now is out in the latest issue of Ornament Magazine.

When I called Sharon and asked her if she’d like to make the ad a threesome with Barbara and me, she exclaimed, “I’ve been a subscriber to Ornament from the beginning (around 30 years) and I always wanted to be in Ornament!”

What was so much fun was that the three of us had never collaborated before, never spoken on the phone before. We had been on the same website for handcrafts a while and each of us confessed we had admired the other’s work from afar.

So, it was a perfect match, a great team. We hadn’t even though of doing an ad until a Thursday morning late in August, When I checked prices and deadlines it turned out we had only two business days to get our plan together and reserve a spot with Ornament. Then we had all of two days over the weekend to get the artwork together for the ad which was due the following Monday noon!

But we did it! Yeah team! So our three studios are out there in Ornament Magazine.

[The the aquisition of by came at the end of September 2010, our URLs in this ad do not get forwarded to us. If you google our names, you’ll find us on other sites. You can find my current site here.]