Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Artists behind Entwined Designs

In order to create, we draw from our inner well. This inner well, an artistic reservoir, is ideally like a well stocked fish pond... If we don't give some attention to upkeep, our well is apt to become depleted, stagnant, or blocked...As artists, we must learn to be self nourishing. We must become alert enough to consciously replenish our creative resources as we draw on them — to restock the trout pond, so to speak. ~Julia Cameron~

Bo and Abby are the artists of Entwined Designs.

Married for 15 years now and parents to two teenage boys. Nick who is 15 and Jared who is 13. Busy with their academics, events, and sports this family is always on the go.

They love to travel and have lived in many different places courtesy of the United States Army.

Bo is a Registered Nurse at Bassett Army Hospital and Abby is dedicating her time to raising the boys and taking time for her arts. She taught math and science before taking a break.

If you do not find them at the boys sports events like football, wrestling or track, you will find them hiking, fishing, traveling or creating glass works for jewelry.

Even in the early years Abby dabbled in art. It was part of her inner soul that yearned to be set free.

Life went on and a marriage and two children happened that made her world a little hectic to have time to even sit and read a book. So her creativity came out through her journal writings whenever she had a spare moment.

When time allowed she finished college at University of Alaska Fairbanks with her Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology and Minor in Biological Sciences. She taught for 2 years in Kentucky and spent most of her time volunteering in the school, coaching the Academic Team, supporting her boys in their sports and her husband in his military career.

The years in between was spent traveling and moving with the nomadic lifestyle of a military family.

Now as years has passed, the boys are older and with the support of her husband it gave her time, freedom and opened up the door to finally dive into her arts.

Making jewelry with glass beads and fused glass became a passion. Her husband joined in with learning how to make glass beads and is now the artist of her lampwork beads in her works. She learned how to fuse glass from a local glass store (Expressions In Glass in Fairbanks, Alaska) and with that new skill a hobby turned into a passion to create.

She also divides her time to work with mixed media art and collages that she decorates her house with. She also dabbles in photography and uses the beauty of nature as her inspiration to all of her works.

Her works have reached the glass cases of a gallery to the show floors of a bazaar and also won awards at fair exhibitions.

Artist's Statement:

Even when I was a small child art took many forms for me. Creativity was always in me even if I did not have the time to explore it.
When I recieved my first camera at the age of 11 I used up so many rolls of film just taking pictures of anything. I saw beauty in even the most mundane subjects.
When I learned how to create jewelry which came about by a whim, I did not realize how hooked I would be. Not in just creating wearable art but going further into the realm of playing with glass.
Glass has the freedom to move from a solid to an almost fluid state back to solid. That transformation and the process can be mesmerizing and relaxing. The end product is such a rewarding piece that I can't see any other way of displaying it other than to wear it.
I hope to add more skills under my belt and to continue my journey into this art medium. For now, I hope others enjoy what I see in the pieces I create. I am very honored for others to wear my creations.

Abby has since learned metalsmithing techniques and is now experimenting with Precious Metal Clay techniques.

Dedicated to his family and his career did not give much time for Bo to even realize he had a creative side to him.

Enlisting in the Army at a young age, the family life came fast for Bo. Married at 19 to Abby and fathering two baby boys 15 months apart within the first years of marriage made his priorities obvious. Family and career came before anything else.

As the years rolled along he was given the opportunity to change his career path and he did. With the acceptance into the Army nursing program he was able to finish college with his Bachelor's of Science in Nursing graduating Suma Cum Laude and going back to serve in the Army as an Officer and Registered Nurse.

His start into the creative world started when he came home one day from classes and played with the thought of tinkering with the propane torch called a hot head that he bought his wife to create glass beads with. From the moment the blue flame shot through and the glass took it's molten shape to attach to a mandrel and he succeeded in making a glass bead he would be back to the torch numerous times to experiment and play with the glass.

With only less than a year of torch time under his belt, Bo has been able to create pieces that are the focus of Abby's jewelry. It has gained attention and are proudly worn by friends and family.

Life can be hectic at times carrying 12 hour shifts at the hospital, still fulfilling his duties as a soldier, and making time to be supportive of his wife and his boys sports and school. Time at the torch is his getaway from the busy world. As he pops his earphones of his IPOD into his ears and flames up his torch he disappears into molten glass, color and shapes.

As time permits he will be experimenting and exploring different techniques and new glass. He enjoys the peace he has at his torch and is rewarded with beautiful pieces of art.

First Creations

Bo's lampwork beads turned into Jewelry in Kentucky 2006

Abby's fused glass -Alaska 2007

To see a gallery of some of the recent works and other pieces you can visit Abby's Flickr site. There you will also see her passion for photography.

If you are local and want to see their work in person their jewelry resides at The Stash downtown on 3rd Avenue and Somethin' Special at River Mall on College Rd.

I hope you enjoyed learning about us. With new techniques and more designs in mind we hope to continue on with our work and hope to put more pieces in different stores and galleries.

Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.
~Norman Podhoretz~

Saturday, April 25, 2009

New pieces...

It has been a hectic week and being busy will not end until school is done for the boys. Both boys run track for their schools and are also in other clubs and events. Today is one of those crazy days. My younger son is up at the university to compete with his team for Project Citizen. Yesterday he had a track meet in the midst of snow flurries. My eldest will be competing today in track for his HS.
Nick last weekend.

Jared @LHS

Yes I do try to find time to do my jewelry but it would be nice to have a whole day where I do not leave the house at all and am able to dedicate time to my work.

I have been working to integrate metal with glass. Whenever Bo has a chance to make me more beads then I can keep on going with my ideas. So far here are a few new pieces I created.
Lampwork glass beads and sterling silver hoops hammered for texture.

Sterling silver and copper earrings.

I am still experimenting with my Precious Metal Clay and hope to show what I have progressed with soon.

I see the sun out. Praying it is not windy at the track.

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Time for a change...

If there comes a little thaw, Still the air is chill and raw, Here and there a patch of snow, Dirtier than the ground below, Dribbles down a marshy flood; Ankle-deep you stick in mud In the meadows while you sing, "This is Spring."

~Christopher Pearce Cranch~

Aahh I think spring finally came to Fairbanks, AK. When I see mud puddles every where and finally the dead grass in my front lawn(since the snow is melting), and hear the Canadian Geese on its way to Creamer's field.

I just can't wait until the greenhouses are full of colorful flowers so I can finally plant my potted garden again for the summer. After a winters worth of nothing but grey skies and white snow I am so ready for green grass and colorful wildflowers and gardens.

As the season has changed so has some things with my jewelry. First of all the packaging. When I first started I figured matching my work with decorative papers would attract more attention at the bazaars or in store. And it did do its purpose but now as I am working more with incorporating glass with metal and also having precious metal clay that idea is not really working anymore. Plus, it was such a pain to do. So I turned to a more simpler way of carding my work. Here is how my jewelry was carded for 2 years.

Bo found a font he liked and we bought creme linen business card paper and went off with that idea. It looks more polished and professional. And as we progress and find a logo we can create off our name then we may change it again. Here is an idea of what it would look like. Picture was taken before bringing my work back into The Stash.

Against neutral paper the colors in my fused pendants and even in Bo's lampwork earrings and pendants pop out. Which is the effect we wanted.

We brought new things into the Stash and went ahead and took some pictures to show you all how neat this store really is. We have some very talented artists and if you are in town you should go check them out.

My little corner of the store...

A few pictures around the store.

I hope you enjoyed my little virtual tour around The Stash. SMILE!

I am getting so antsy to get my hands dirty and plant some flowers. I usually go to the greenhouses and take pictures of the flowers and just take in the burst of colors before actually picking out what I want. A couple local greenhouses here that I love are Plant Kingdom off Farmer's Loop Road and Risse's Greenhouse up on Risse Road off Chena Hot Springs Road. I really can't wait!

Some pictures taken last year...

Some wildflowers I can't wait to see around the roadsides...

Maybe if we are quiet and stealthy we can see Mr. Fox multiple times again this summer. SMILE!

Have a great Spring season full of growth and renewal.

To-day the glint of green is there;
Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;
I know no thing so wondrous fair,
No miracle so strangely rare.
I wonder what will next be there!
~L.H. Bailey~

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Lately I have had some fun making custom work for some of my loyal friends/customers. Most wanted charms attached to their bracelets. So here are a few to share with you all.



Past Custom Ocean Bracelets

Past work of mine also had some charms that signified the bracelet to a certain theme. Here are some of those creations that are now proudly worn by the people that bought them.

Sterling silver charms bring life to the beads for a more themed look. Not everyone likes it but it does add another layer to the piece. Hopefully in the future the charms I attach to my work will be of my own work with metals or PMC clay.

I have been busy with re-carding my jewelry. I did start with a fun colorful way of doing it but now I am going for a more refined and polished look. Once all my work is done re-carding and re-inventory of my work I will be sure to share the before and after pictures.

This last week has been hectic on my schedule with all the boys events..sorry I have not been on much. I did get some time to at least enjoy a show. My husband and I enjoyed a Spring performance by the Lathrop Ballroom Dance Team. They were so entertaining and their skill and dedication amazes us. They were so awesome to watch and I wish the graduating seniors of the team a successful college career and I hope they keep on dancing.

I hope everyone has a blessed Easter and Spring. Enjoy the moments spent with your loved ones.

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March.

Robert Frost (1874–1963)
Two Tramps in Mud Time (1936)