Monday, July 30, 2012

Little bit about myself....

   My name is Vera Metcalfe. I was raised in Ukraine by my humble and creative parents. They instilled into me, self-reliance as well as supporting my natural creative ability beginning as a young child. My mother was a seamstress and throughout my whole life nurtured my creative abilities. An example of this was how my mother taught me to design and make beautiful dresses. Typically, my mother and I would walk through dress shops to get ideas. We would use parts of different dresses that we liked, resulting in a beautiful, perfected dress design. I remember while I was still a teenager that my mother and I were becoming popular because of our dress designs. All around our city, my friends and strangers we would met on the street would comment on our beautiful designs. My creative talents were further cultivated by the Ukrainian schools because we studied many different arts and crafts courses, as this is a big pride in Ukraine to have well-rounded, creative students.

                                                   * Me & my mother

                                          * Lace embroidered tunic

                             * Coral embroidered dress                                          * Bead & rose embroidered belt

                                                              * Lace embroidered dress

My real creative juices began flowing in early 2009, when I first began designing and making jewelry.
Similar to my early days designing dresses with my mother, while shopping one day, I noticed a gorgeous necklaces on display that I realized I could make myself. 
After working diligently for a few weeks, I had designed and made almost 10 necklaces. During those first few weeks, I had so many ideas flowing through my head, and I have been working 24 hours a day 7 days a week since that time and cannot stop creating. I have been designing and making necklaces, earrings,bracelets, and pendants ever since.

 I have added another passion to my creative talents. In addition to my jewelry, I began creating mixed media art on canvas.

I am just as excited about pursuing this art as well as my jewelry. Canvas art is bringing my creativeness to a whole other dimension.

A typical day in my studio begins with a cup of coffee and I begin by selecting semi precious stones, pearls and shells (found on the beach where we live) based upon colors and textures that catch my eye that day, and then mix and match the selections into a pattern or design that I like.

Once I am happy with my design, I begin physically making the jewelry. When I can and feel an uncontrollable urge, I pursue my canvas art. It is very easy for me to be lost in my creative artwork. I can spend days on end just creating jewelry or painting.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Beach Treasury

As you can imagine, the beaches in Miami are beautiful.  Sometimes the ocean is as smooth as a turquoise mirror.  

Other time during bad weather, ocean is quite rough and dark in color.

My recent visit to the beach was not very successful.  When I decided to go to the beach, it was clear with a few clouds.  The raining season in South Florida begins in the morning where the sky is virtually clear with only a few clouds.  Almost every afternoon is filled with fast-moving thunderstorms originating from the everglades (west of Miami).  It’s the same pattern almost every day.  You can almost set your watch with this daily weather occurrence.  The beautiful part of the raining season is as fast as the thunderstorm appears, it disappears and we are left with a beautiful rainbow.

Upon my arrival at the beach, I saw interesting sea shells and began collecting them.  Ten minutes later, after laying out my beach towel and collecting sea shells, the smooth turquoise ocean turned violent as the wind picked up.  The clouds collected in the sky very quickly over the beach.  Within minutes from the first wind gust the sky opened with heavy rain.  I found myself huddling under an umbrella of the neighboring beach resort; stuck with my towel and sea shells and no where else to go. 

During the ten minutes of the down pour, I looked at the sea shells that I had collected.  That is when I first conceived my idea to create gift  boxes.  That day, I designed 4 gift boxes.  These gift boxes can be used for many different occasions; such as anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, baby showers, graduations, etc.