Monthly Archives: February 2015

TBS Bag of Beads

So we held our annual reveal at our February meeting. For background, each year members can purchase one of 100 bags of beads that contain beads in a variety of shapes and sizes in a chosen colour palette along with a non-bead stumper object. Participants bring their completed work to show and explain. There is an amazing breadth of stunning work and creative ideas. Go to and click on the gallery of past BoB projects and prepared to be inspired!

Last year I created a cigar box purse that recreated Van Gogh’s Starry Night in bead embroidery. This year’s colour palette had a very St Patrick’s Day look. But I didn’t want to go there overtly, and I wanted to make another cigar box purse.

I woke up in the middle of the night one day in mid-January and realized that I wanted to attempt to recreate shibori silk in copper sheet. I woke up and got right to the experiment and it turned out really well. Once I bent the finished sheet to fit the box, the ends looked like mermaid tails and I remembered a medallion I had resined a while back that featured two mermaid-like creatures. I immediately thought of Celtic mermaids called Silkies and the concept fell together. I beaded the copper “shibori”, then glued it to stiff felt and completed the piece with the remaining beads, throwing in three different four leaf clover shapes for luck.

I beaded around the Silkie medallion and added it to the opposite side. The bag was painted with black gesso and shined up with a coat of Mod Podge, then I created a handle with leather cord in kumihimo through which I wired some of the beads as well. I affixed it using screw and nut rivets.

I loved how the project turned out and I always enjoy the creative process of trial and error, experimentation and discovery. This process is essential for an artist every day and I strive to do this in everything from cooking to writing to making my jewellery and everything in between. It keeps me happy, fulfilled and excited to be alive. Oh and I learn from this approach every day, even when I, especially when I, screw up. Which happens more often than not. As they say, it’s the journey that counts. 

Classes – some old and some new

I’ve taught several classes this year and so far I’ve been pleased with the turn out and enthusiasm of my students. If you’re interested in taking a class with me there are several kinds from metal work to wire to paint and paper clay and various venues as well. I hope to see you at one class this year. Or one of my fun Open Metal Studios at Beadfx.

Here’s my teaching schedule. Check with the store or organizer for costs and registration details.

Sunday 8 — Soldered Ring Riot 9:30 – 11:30am, Beads of Colour, Dundas
Sunday 8 — Etching 1 – 3pm, Beads of Colour, Dundas
Friday 20 — Open Metal Night 5 – 8pm, Beadfx, Toronto
Saturday 21 — Infinity Bracelet (starring Now That’s a Jig!) 10 – 1, Beadfx, Toronto
Saturday 21 — Etching 2 – 5pm, Beadfx, Toronto

Wednesday 8 — Painting with Pencils on Metal, 7 – 9pm, TBS Techniques Night, Ryerson University, 280 Victoria St, Toronto
Friday 10 — Romantic Resin Pendant 11 – 3, Coast 2 Coast Show, Mississauga
Saturday 11 — Paper Clay Necklace 6 – 10pm, Coast 2 Coast Show, Mississauga
Sunday 19 — Infinity Bracelet (Jig time!) 9:30 – 11:30am, Beads of Colour, Dundas
Sunday 19 — Enamelling 1 – 3pm, Beads of Colour, Dundas
I will be at Marilyn Gardiner’s booth at the Creativfest in Mississauga April 24 – 25

Saturday 9 — Paper Clay basics and mould making, time and details tbd, Central Y on Grosvenor, Toronto
Friday 15 — Open Metal Studio 5 – 8pm, Beadfx, Toronto
Saturday 16 — Basics of Viking Knit 10 – 1, Beadfx, Toronto
Saturday 16 — Forged, twisted bracelets 2 – 5 pm, Beadfx, Toronto

Sunday 14 — Advanced Foldforming 9:30, Beads of Colour, Dundas
Friday 26 — Open Metal Studio 5 – 8pm, Beadfx, Toronto
Saturday 27 — Beadfx classes tbd.

I will blog my remaining classes in 2015 sometime in May. Hopefully I will have some new techniques, tools and designs to share. Watch this blog for my design experiments. Your feedback is always encouraged and considered.

A new adventure

I will admit it. I had a busy year in 2014. But not with this blog or my creative life. I wrapped up my position at the Queen West Art Crawl, I fixed up my house in Toronto, I went through the nerve-wracking process of selling it, I had to find a new house then finally I had to pack, unpack and feather my new nest.

I’m now happily exploring my new home city of St Catharines and am so excited by the creative scene and energy I’m discovering here. More on that in future posts. Right now I’ve laid the groundwork for my new business, Cindy Goldrick design. Getting business processes set up, putting plans for marketing in place and building inventory continues to eat up most of my time right now. But part of my plan is to blog at least once a week here and I will have an announcement shortly about other blogging channels where you will find me!

Tomorrow I will post a blog outlining my teaching schedule and classes for the next few months. Venues include Beadfx, TBS events and the Coast 2 Coast Show in Mississauga.

I’m happy to be back at what I love – and full time too!