Blog - The Purple Raven Boutique
  • Getting recognized for my work

    It gave me chills to hear my artist's statement read aloud like that. I filled up and yes, I did cry a little. I found myself reflecting back on my decision to leave my government job to pursue my passion full-time and the very steep learning curve I'd traveled to that very moment. Since making my decision, I've had my share of self-doubt and wondered more than once if I'd made a very self-indulgent mistake. And there I was on the morning of November 9, 2017, listening as Ms. MacDonald described my artist's statement as "powerful" and how she was drawn to my work. For the first time since my journey began, I felt a sense of legitimacy and validation, that I truly belonged in the world I now inhabited.
  • Teaching a Class: Making Textured Metal Earrings

    One of the most gratifying parts of the class is watching and listening to how their appreication for the energy that goes into a simple item (like earrings) grows over the course of the class. They were particular too, each working to make their projects as perfect as possible. I was so very proud of what they achieved in such a short time.
  • How to use a stick pin style brooch

    Take the Dahlia Bud Brooch in the picture above; it uses a stick pin pushed through from one side to the other. This style of brooch stays secure through friction and gravity, so it is important to use them correctly.
  • What does "gold-filled" mean?

    "The Purple Raven Boutique uses only 14/20 gold-filled wire (both yellow and pink/rose) in its designs as it is more substantial and more durable than gold plating."
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  • What is a "juried" craft show?

    If using original or traditional techniques or historical patterns, being technically adept is not enough. A maker must also demonstrate sufficient originality in approach so the hand of the maker is evident.
  • The Origin of the Story Pendant Collection

    I think that knowing how we connect with history and place, gives us a better sense of ourselves. By incorporating personal items into our lives that are rich in symbolism, history or myth we enable ourselves to connect with the past and bring it into the present, making those stories part of our own.
  • Save the Tax Sale Starts November 4th!

    To help you get into the Christmas spirit, the Save the Tax Sale will apply to any Purple Raven Boutique purchase made on November 4th or 5th, whether you visit us at Posie Row and Co., at the Little Christmas Fair for Hope, drop by our studio at the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation or make a purchase through our online store...
  • Handmade Christmas Traditions

    "Long before I was a full-time artisan, I had a preference for handmade gifts - both giving and receiving. In years past I spent my autumn's knitting woolen sweaters, slippers and socks to give to family members. I'd think about each recipient as I chose materials and made each garment. I imagined they carried a little of my love and affection with them each time they wore an item. ..."
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