Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Ticking along

Things are ticking along here now that Blue has finished. Thanks to everyone who came to visit, admire or buy.

I’m back working in the studio, pumping out glass beads as fast as a part-timer can. I’ll post pictures of finished pieces on this blog, on Instagram and on my new Facebook page, Avril Bowie – Artist. Mostly I’m working on my transparent beaded necklaces, earrings and a multi-coloured beaded necklace from the Blue exhibition. I named it Mapping the World, but it’s nickname, Camo, has become popular use. So, camo beaded necklaces it is!

I’m loving this new trend of transparent glass that I’m seeing in magazines now. It’s really stimulating and inspiring to see glass being used in traditional ways but with updated shapes and colours. I’ve started a Glass board on my Pinterest account to capture all this cool stuff. Check it out. My glass work is also on there, too.

Here are some photos of late. You can always contact me if you are interested in my works. See the contact page for different ways to contact me.

Avril Bowie at Paper Boat Press

Blue Exhibition – Paper Boat Press
A picture of my work on the opening night, alongside Clairy Laurence and Mel Robson’s pieces.

Multicoloured beaded necklace in blue

Handmade glass beaded necklace – Mapping the World (Camouflage) – Avril Bowie

Facet-look transparent handmade beaded necklace

Handmade glass beaded necklace – facet-look transparent colours: aqua, pink and clear – Avril Bowie

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

In the paper

I was in The Sunday Mail last Sunday (7th June), up the back in the Hand Made life page. It was a great pic posted of me, but at the time I was a bit worried about a close up! I’m so glad it worked out well – really eye-catching, ya think? Carly, the journalist, did a great job tying mine and Sharon Muir’s interviews together, too.

The opening night for Blue was a great night. It’s still open until the 13th of June, so head in there to take a peak.

My newspaper feature

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Blue Exhibition

Wow. Well, time flies when you’re having fun.

I’m in a upcoming group exhibition at Paper Boat Press which opens this week! May 29th to June 13 to be exact. The exhibition is called Blue and it will show the works of 11 artists responding to the word and the colour. There will be 7 ceramic artists, a photographer, a jeweller, a painter, and a glass artist (that’s me). I’m really looking forward to seeing it, not just for my own work, but for all the others. I’ve been checking out the other artist’s Instagram accounts to get sneak peeks – there is some really beautiful work going on.

Kylie Johnson, owner and artist of Paper Boat Press, was inspired by a verse from Joni Mitchell’s song, “Blue”, for the exhibition:

blue songs are like tattoos

you know i’ve been to sea before

crown and anchor me

or let me sail away

Come along and see it.


Monday, November 18th, 2013

GoMA Christmas Market

Big news, I’ll be at the GoMA Christmas Market later this month. I am so stoked that I managed to get in to it since it’s my first market. I have a lot to organise before then, so much stuff to do. I now appreciate the amount of effort that goes into a market, especially when it’s just one crafts person running it. Especially in the run up to Christmas. It takes one super organised person to do that seamlessly. I hope to be that organised when I grow up. In the meantime, I’ll have pastel round beaded necklace and some new styled spiked necklaces. And hopefully some new earrings too! So please come visit me and say hi at the GoMA market.

Details below:

Saturday 30th November
9.00am to 4pm
Gallery of Modern Art
Stanley Street, South Brisbane

GoMA Christmas Market 2013

GoMA Christmas Market 2013

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Important news

Avril Bowie 2013 - Glass bead necklace - White beads with yellow tips. Handmade glass beads.

Prototype beads for a new collection I’m currently making – Avril Bowie

I have been busy busy, of late, with life in general, glass classes, holidays and experimenting with new bead ideas. And we all know there’s always some winners and losers when it comes to experiments. So, hopefully I can share with you some winners, I think, I’ve made soon. The attached photo is of an early prototype, so there’s a little preview for you. I hope you like it.

I did a weeks class in September with Loren Stump from California. Loren comes out almost every year to teach us loads of cool stuff. He’s a really gifted artist and knows ALOT about soft glass. He’s really lovely (and funny) and he’s always keen to share his knowledge with us. So much sharing, in fact, that class days go for 12+ hours! BYO coffee! I put a few pictures up on Instagram of the work we were doing, so take a peek.

The real bit of news is that I’m going to have a price increase on my work soon. I haven’t had a price rise for a year or two while the price of everything has gone up. There’s not much stock left in my Etsy shop, (sorry about that), and the DTLL shop has mostly made-to-order necklaces in it, but as of 29th November it will all be affected. It’s something I’ve known I’ve got to do for a while now. I’ve just put it off as I struggle with pricing my work. But last year I did a Art Business Basics with NAVA and I had a rude awakening on how little I was making on my work. And you know, a girl’s gotta eat. Of justify all the glass she buys!

I have some more news, good news, to share with you soon.

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Post-Meet the Makers talk and a bit about bugs

It’s been over a week since my talk at Artisan, I didn’t mean it to be so long between posts, but my whole family came down with colds and laryngitis that it was too exhausting to do anything around here. We’re all on the mend and today is the first day that I actually feel like I can cook something more than just coffee.

The talk went very well though I was a bit nervous, I did try to brush it off and go with it which I think worked for a bit. The team at Artisan are a very relaxed and happy bunch so that helped me alot. And the spot that they set us up in for the talk is a great space as you’ll see in the photos below. I brought along some props to help people visualise how the beads are created. And I put up some photos of my studio too (post tidy up). Thanks to family and friends who came along.

I sold a necklace on the day, thank you to the mystery man and to staff for the great display of my work. I had two immediate thoughts when I saw the display. First, I have to stop taking photos of my work on white backgrounds. Black looks 100 times better. And second, my works are not colourful enough! I also walked away with an idea after joking around about wearing a necklace of Christmas Beetles. Watch out for something more colourful and something buggy in the future! And if you think wearing glass beetles is kind of weird, it’s not. Really. Compared to the Belgians’ Palais Royale’s ceiling and chandelier covered in millions of bug wings…

Okay, I’ll stop going on about beetles and show some photos.

AvrilBowie-handmade glass necklaces - Artisan QLD
Artisan staff have magic hands and made my necklaces look great.

AvrilBowie - handmade glass necklaces
Grinners make awkward photos. Erk. Boyfriend was taking loads of photos and I wasn’t sure if he’d finished yet. Still, my necklaces looks great 😀

AvrilBowie- ArtisanQLD Meet the Makers
Me yabbering in the great space set up by 3 designers for the Made Here Now design studio. Yes, that table has wobbly bits in it that are just screaming to be filled with colourful beads. Yes.

AvrilBowie - Meet the Makers - Artisan QLD

Yay! I’m glad it’s all over but I would do it again in a hearbeat. Thanks Artisan for inviting me.

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