And Here it Comes...

It's in the air! I can smell it when I walk my puppy love down to the seaside park - AND she's already had a number of ocean swims. Oh summer, I can feel it in my bones...

It's been a whirlwind. I think it is often a whirlwind though - Toronto One of a Kind was exciting and excruciating like all good retail shows and I am now speaking with new retailers and planning exciting new events with exciting new friends (I'm thinking of you Kiriki Press)! Following Toronto, the train took Jana Bookholt from Swaine Street Woodworking, our (my new) friend Cat and me to New York City where we spent several action packed days roaming my new favourite place to get lost. Although, it is kind of hard to get lost there. Too many landmarks to guide you on your way.

Megalodon jaws at the Museum of Natural History, New York City

Megalodon jaws at the Museum of Natural History, New York City

Before heading to Toronto, I finished up my Remarkable Rings course at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design and my sister managed to snap a few photos of student work. I'm running my class again this Spring and I'm looking forward to seeing the fresh ideas in store.

Remarkable Ring by Fritz: Smithed and constructed -the shank is made from a cast piece of lemongrass.

Remarkable Ring by Fritz: Smithed and constructed -the shank is made from a cast piece of lemongrass.

The talented and prolific Kate Ward: Woven copper and copper shank

The talented and prolific Kate Ward: Woven copper and copper shank

Another by Kate Ward, basket woven copper  and silver wires with a sterling silver shank

Another by Kate Ward, basket woven copper  and silver wires with a sterling silver shank

Kate Ward 3: Lost Wax Cast in Sterling Silver with a gypsy set black spinel.

Kate Ward 3: Lost Wax Cast in Sterling Silver with a gypsy set black spinel.

Finally, I'm still wrapping up my travel plans for the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference in Minneapolis next week! Looking forward to plunging my mind into the pool of collective creativity waiting at the head of the Mississippi. 

PS - New photographs forthcoming. Christina and I have been hard at work!

It was sort of fun applying the false nails for this shoot, but removing them was an entirely different story.

It was sort of fun applying the false nails for this shoot, but removing them was an entirely different story.

Classical Still Life Shoot in progress with Christina Arsenault. 

Classical Still Life Shoot in progress with Christina Arsenault. 

PPS - Congratulations to my brother, Stephen Arsenault, and my soon to be sister-in-law, Anna Kocherovsky, on their engagement. Already looking forward to the family fun forthcoming in San Francisco! XO