Saturday, September 25, 2010

Accessories for Autumn & for Gift Giving

If you are looking for some new accessories to add pizzazz to your fall and winter wardrobe, make an appointment to see my newest designs in bags and jewelry, You won't be disappointed!!!

I have items in price points that are excellent for those on your holiday gift list (men, women and children). Come by at your convenience for a private shopping opportunity.

For a special price reduction or even free jewelry, invite some friends to your place and I will bring the bags & jewelry and wine & cheese. Check your calendar and give me a date & time.

As always I am grateful to you for your support and patronage.

Free Jewelry Cleaning

Pictured is a vibrating tumbler half filled with sterling silver jewelry waiting for your jewelry that needs to be cleaned and polished. Then I can start the tumbler and the jewelry will come out looking refreshed and energized, ready to add sparkle to your fall and winter wardrobe.

The tumbling process, which can take a few minutes to several hours, cleans and polishes sterling silver to a like new finish. Some tumblers are barrel shaped and use rotation to clean and polish. I happen to like the tumbler that vibrates. However, both models are very noisy.

As a special thank you to collectors of my jewelry "A Touch of Gracye", I am offering FREE cleaning of my "babies" which you adopted. This event is for one week only, Monday October 18 through Sunday October 24.

Give me a call 410 241-7283 or send me an e-mail to schedule your appointment. Minor cleaning can be done while you wait. So bring some friends and check out the handbags and new jewelry designs while I bring back the sparkle to your jewelry.
Don't miss out on this opportunity!!!
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Friday, September 10, 2010

A Touch of Gracye Rips the Runway

Click on the link, YouTube - 8 19 10BFW ATG to see A Touch of Gracye bags and jewelry making it debut in the world of high fashion at Baltimore's Fashion Week.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Art Business Institute

August was a very busy month. Immediately following the fashion show, I participated in the Visiting Artist Program sponsored by Wendy Rosen of the Buyers Market of American Craft. This three day event was held at the Baltimore Convention Center, Aug. 23-25. The wholesale show is designed to link artists with museum, boutique and gallery owners who will place orders for their wares.

Wendy had the foresight to offer an opportunity for visiting/emerging artists to participate in a daylong business course, Art Business Institute, that addressed: marketing, gallery relationships, reasons to wholesale, pricing & production, building a brand, and telling your story, etc. The workshops were facilitated by gallery owners and artists. I found the information invaluable. Participants were asked to bring their portfolio and publicity material for critique which was also very helpful. We were given an opportunity to walk the show-room floor and speak to the some of the artists, observe displays and booths, collect promotional material, as appropriate.

Here is a link to get more information about the Buyers Market, go to the "Press" page and check-out the video:

I don't know if you're like me, but I like doing the creative side of art: buying product, designing, creating and manufacturing. I know that in order to maximize success you must also do the business side of art: record/bookkeeping, marketing, selling, follow-up, etc. We were given tips for getting it done without necessarily doing it ourselves. Ask me how???

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Baltimore's Fashion Week

Never in my wildest imagination did I expect to be in a major fashion show.. It was serendipitous as to how I was selected as the accessories designer for Baltimore's Fashion Week. . A Touch of Gracye jewelry and bags went down the runway on opening night, August 19th of this four day event. I had to prepare for 20 models, two of whom were male. It was an awesome experience, full of a range of emotions from anxiety to zest. My two wonderful daughters were immensely helpful. Above are a few pictures that were featured in the local newspaper. Photographer Brian Krista, b / August 19, 2010)
A model displays jewelry and accessories by Maryland designer A Touch of Gracye