Friday, May 18, 2012

A Collaborative Affair

Combining fused glass by Suzanne Balestri with wire crochet by Miriam Chor Freitas
What happens when two artists collide? Chaos and controversey sometimes, beauty other times, but always a new way to look at their respective art.

A couple of years ago I met a very talented Brazilian artist named Miriam Chor Freitas. She and I both had our jewelry designs at Art 'N Soul in Encinitas and were the featured artists at one of the store's seasonal parties. I had always admired Miriam's beautiful Peruvian stitched, wire crochet jewelry when I saw it at Art 'N Soul, and was excited to meet her and introduce myself. We hit it off and began a friendship.

Peruvian Wire Crochet by Miriam Chor Freitas
Fused Glass Halo by Suzanne Balestri

Just recently Miriam and I decided to create some designs with my fused glass and her wire crochet. The contrast between the smooth glass and the highly textured and intricate wire crochet is a stunning combination. We have just started to make it available for sale at local shows and events (and will soon be adding it to the Cocoon website).


We've had amazing response! And this weekend I will be bringing our beautiful collaborative pieces to the La Jolla Farmer's Market on Sunday from 9am-1pm Come on down and take a look and let me know what you think. 

                 


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