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As Seen On TV

Oh Me Oh My! The EXCITEMENT!!!

Monday of this week, around lunch time, I received a call from Ana Almeida from CTV.  She had seen my glass pens and other wares at The Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market and was wondering if I would like to do an interview!

To make a long story short, I said yes, and at 11am on Wednesday, Ana and Carl (camera-man extraordinaire) showed up on my doorstep. I gave them the grand tour, and Ana was so sweet and easy-going while the lights were set up and mics clipped into place that answering her questions on camera felt so natural.  Carl is a truly gifted man, and one look at his “cinematography” will have you in no doubt.

Click here to see the Interview:

http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=405162&binId=1.1145729&playlistPageNum=1

Did you see the clip?  Want to see more?

You can come and say “Hi!” at the Seaport Farmer’s Market every Saturday,  OR you could visit my new Etsy Store!!!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/GypsyRoadCanada

Leave a comment if you want to know more!

Peace, Love and Light,

~Artisan Janelle

Happy Morning!

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Morning Coffee, Morning Thoughts.

I think my most favourite thing about being self-employed is the way I feel on Monday mornings.

I love the feeling of open-endedness, of endless possibilities.  Granted, I do not always look forward to Saturdays

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Glass Pens!!!!

I’m going to be brief here, because the few pictures I’m going to put up here are pretty self-explanatory!

Not only are they beautiful, but they are also incredibly functional!

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There are no pictures YET of the coloured handles, which include adding my skills in precise stringer application, surface manipulation and encasing.  From the date of this entry, it has been exactly 30 days that I have been making these, and the response has been overwhelming!  Thanks to everyone who has visited GypsyRoad at the Halifax Farmer’s Market on the Seaport here in my beautiful, beautiful hometown.

Shout-out to Beautiful Haligonians!

I haven’t blogged in forever because I didn’t want to count my chickens before they hatched.

THEN I didn’t blog because it seems like each of the eggs produced yet another one of my dreams-come-true, so I put off blogging until I felt that I could do the entire nest of wonderful happenings true justice in the telling.

Here we go:

-Developed the ability to Blow Glass!

-Fireworks Gallery on Barrington Street started carrying my work.

-I applied for and received a Summer Artist in Residency at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft.

-I applied for and received Juried Status with the Nova Scotia Designer Craft’s Council.

-Was asked to submit work (and subsequently did) to the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft’s Gallery Gift Shop.

-Was asked to submit work (collection pending) to the Artisan Market in Moncton NB.

-I successfully completed my very first 16-page Grant Application.

-I applied for and was granted a table at the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market.

-Received a day of private instruction in Watercolour with the incredible Nora Gross.

-I received many many custom orders throughout the region!

WOOT WOOT!

I really feel like I reached a milestone in my career this year.  I believe that life is a journey, and that we never truly reach a destination, so I would not say that “I’ve arrived”, but I am conscious of having succeeded in many of the goals that I laid out nearly 10 years ago.  By choosing to do what I love, I’ve been able to follow my passion and to stubbornly keep working towards my goals, however unattainable they sometimes seemed to become.

I feel the most incredible elation and gratitude for being able to live my life in such a beautiful way, and for being able to share that beauty with everyone, including my customers who help me to earn my living.  I say Thank-You and silently express my thanks to the world at least 10 times a day!

So to EVERYONE who has ever paid me a complement on my work, who has encouraged me to stick with it, or who has provided me with an opportunity to do what I love:  THANK YOU!!!!

If you were to poke around the internet, looking at bits and pieces of the work that I’ve created over the years, (and heck, the ambiance of this blog!) you may have noticed that I enjoy interpreting and re-interpreting my favorite nature-companions: Trees!

I can remember being 16, sitting on the side of the Northwest Arm of Halifax Harbour, picking at stones the way some people pick at grass while lazing in a field.  During one afternoon of roasted hot-dogs and apples by the seashore, absentmindedly using the corner of a jagged piece of slate to draw a tree on a blue stone worn smooth by the the ocean.   I drew a tree bare of leaves, and of intricate branches and roots.  This memory sticks out in my mind mostly because the friend who sat beside me that day said “I didn’t know you could draw!” and my response was that I could only draw trees.

Well, my drawing skills have grown since then, my love and respect of trees has deepened, and it seems that my fascination with creating trees in any art medium I can get my hands on is ceaseless!   The exciting new foray has, you guessed it, resulted in Glass Trees!

I hope everyone likes these initial photos!

Love,

Janelle

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