fun with hot glass

We had an amazing time with Kim Fraczek last Saturday. She brought her whole glassblowing setup and made custom pieces for folks who stopped by.

glassblower Kim Fraczek

glassblower Kim Fraczek

The first was a pair of glass bulb pendants with tiny stone fossils trapped inside.

fossils - before

fossils - before

finished fossil necklaces

finished fossil necklaces

Another was a piece for this little girl, a small Swiss coin trapped in a glass bubble. Perhaps the coin was a gift from the Tooth Fairy! Here’s a video of Kim working on it.

A little girl shows off her new trapped coin necklace

A little girl shows off her new trapped coin necklace

She also made a ring for Phil in purple and green to match his bowling ball.

Phil and his new ring

Phil and his new ring

glass ring by Kim Fraczek

glass ring by Kim Fraczek

The weather was not great at first but it cleared up, becoming a lovely day for a craft show.

Kelly Werkheiser and her jewelry

Kelly Werkheiser and her jewelry

Salihah Moore and her Lion of the Sea booth

Salihah Moore and her Lion of the Sea booth

And Jonathan’s jazz guitar set was low-key and lovely.

Jonathan York

Jonathan York

Our next Second Saturday event will be November 14. It will be hard to top this one, but it will be our Second AnniVIXary party that day. The craft show will be on too, moving indoors to Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore. (Email satellite2ndsaturday@gmail.com if you are interested in vending.) Hope to see you there!

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the very first second

It’s the first of our Second Saturday events, get it?

a show of work by digital collage artist Jen McCleary

a show of work by digital collage artist Jen McCleary,plus special guest Shakey Lyman!

As part of the Satellite Second Saturday: Arts Galore on Baltimore series, we will be hosting a show by local artist Jen McCleary, whose work includes paintings, photography, digital collage and mixed media jewelry. We have represented her artwork for some time, like her amazing vintage optician’s lens pendants, but she will be bringing many new pieces that will be available only at the show, so be sure to check it out. We’ll also have refreshments, and as a special treat: live blues by the legendary Shakey Lyman!

The craft show on the triangle outside starts at 11 and will include over 20 local artisans. Jen’s show starts at 12, and Shakey will probably get going at about 1. We hear there’s even going to be a flea market at the church, so it sounds like a perfect day to head over to 50th & Baltimore! Hope the weather’s nice! Saturday, August 8.

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images of “images”

We had a great time last weekend! Lots of folks stopped by to check out Mike’s stained glass work. Unfortunately, I neglected to get a photo of the artist himself! But here’s some of his best work: baby Ellie, a collaborative project with wife Wilder.

Wilder and Ellie

Wilder and Ellie

This piece sold quickly, a dramatic stained glass wall hanging.

"Ariel"

"Ariel"

The jewelry was a big hit too, earrings and pendants with and without vintage images.

earrings by Mike Scott-Straight

earrings by Mike Scott-Straight

The fiddle player canceled at the last minute, but our friend Bill Hangley came by and played some of his songs instead. He was tremendous! Thanks, Bill!

smiling partygoers

smiling partygoers

Our next event will feature painter Julie Abrams — stay tuned!

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images under glass

Please join us for our next in-store event, featuring new work by a longtime West Philly resident, Mike Scott-Straight. His jewelry, bits of stained glass and broken pottery set in metal, has been a perennial favorite here at VIX. He is now incorporating found vintage images into some of his work, jewelry as well as some larger pieces, like this Art Deco inspired mirror. Trey will set the mood with his nineteenth century fiddlin’, and refreshments will be served. Join us, won’t you?

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“handwrought”

\"handwrought\"

Please join us for our next in-store event, when two very talented artists will be featured.

Keith King’s bold jewelry designs have made quite an impact at VIX — we’ve really never seen anything like them. He sculpts wire and sheet metal into dramatic and unusual jewelry, primarily earrings, but lately he’s been branching out into bracelets and other wearable art. Meet the artist and see some of his newest one-of-a-kind creations in silver, copper and brass.

Also joining us will be songstress Birdie Busch with a solo performance of some of her original compositions. Her music is whimsical and upbeat, with clever and inventive lyrics. She is truly a refreshing voice in the local singer-songwriter scene. A West Philly resident, she has two albums under her belt, “The Ways We Try” and “Penny Arcade”, both of which are available at VIX.

We’re honored to have both of these artists join us and we hope you will, too. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, July 19, 6-9 pm.

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fabtacular trunk show

Salesmen used to travel far and wide, peddling exotic goods out of their immense trunks, hence the name. Our next event will feature three artists of divergent styles, traversing the city to show us some wares, play music and have a little wine and cheese.

Nicole Rae Styer has an unmistakable way of embellishing the living daylights out of something. She layers tons of different fabrics together with decorative stitching techniques to create her playful designs. VIX has a collection of her handbags, neckties and panties (above, in suitcase on right) as well as some clothing and accessories.

Lauren Marsella (first in our sporadic series of VIX Picks on this blog) is a Philly artist currently specializing in hand-colored shrink plastic renditions of cultural icons. She makes jewelry out of them. 

Music of the electronic variety will be provided by Artless Living. They will bring their laptops and possibly various other gadgets with knobs and things. They probably won’t need a trunk for all of them, though. It’s all digital these days.

Join us, won’t you? You’ll have a fabtacular time. 😉

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another fun party

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Gocco event! My Mom came to help out and take pictures (wearing her VIX shirt, of course)!

my mom, Amy

Visiting artists Amy Walsh and Kate Duncan each did a Gocco demonstration. They brought gift tag designs especially for the occasion. We got to see the whole printing process start to finish. First they burned the image into the screen with the special flash bulbs, then inked it and printed out dozens of copies. We hung them around the room to dry, adding a festive touch to the space.

Kate shows off her lightning fast gocco stylings (and fabulous feather earrings from VIX)

Amy did a dreamy cityscape design, and Kate offered some gift baskets collaged with scientific illustrations. We had pre-printed old-fashioned “to/from” images on the back. They turned out great!

Oubliette members Melissa and Jim

Melissa and Jim favored us with enchanting medieval/celtic music on harp and flute. Although Melissa admitted she wasn’t feeling her best, they sounded wonderful and we were happy to have them.

Later, we and many of our guests walked a few blocks down the Avenue to attend yet another party, the grand opening of Studio 34, the new yoga/wellness center. It seemed like the whole neighborhood was there! It’s a tremendous second-floor space that seems to go on forever. They host frequent art openings as well as yoga, Pilates, reiki, therapeutic massage and more. We missed the raffle (dang!) but caught the Citywide Specials, our favorite good-time bluegrass band. What a fun evening!

gocco-a-go-go

Back in January, we posted about some stationery we made using the Print Gocco, a small-scale screenprinting system made in Japan.

“eye heart U”, our most recent Gocco design

Our next event, “Gocco-A-Go-Go”, will feature this nifty little gadget and two local visual artists who use it in their work, Amy Walsh and Kate Duncan. We’ll also have live music by Melissa Santangelo of the baroque/medieval/renaissance inspired band Oubliette Ensemble. Refreshments and perhaps a few surprises await…

Eye hope to see U there!

Saturday, March 29, 6-9 pm.

(This short demonstration video comes from My My, a local craft-tacular lady and online boutique. Check out her buttons at VIX!)