Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Big News

Hi there! Look at this fabulous handbag that Anne Choi sent to me! She knew that Ellowyne would love it. Yes I'm obsessed. While I'm carving, I'm thinking of handbeading a dress, or sewing a miniature corset. I'm considering designing a line of tiny charms, so she can wear GGS! That would be a real trick, carving a tiny version of something already small.
Ok, here is the news.......I'm writing a book on mixed media jewelry and I just signed the contracts! Yay! The good folks at Interweave Press will be publishing it and I couldn't be happier, because I love their books and magazines. They produce some of the best stuff: Stringing, Beadwork and Fiber Art (just to name a few).
The book will be presented like an artists journal, with watercolors and drawings, loads of useful tips and overflowing with magical looking examples. I will go over techniques using polymer, pmc (like creating your own ojime, making a bezel to fill, creating your own stamps, bead caps, chain and more!) I'm adamant that it will be worth the money (which is important to me, something you'd know if you took one of my classes- no one leaves until they are satisfied). This is partly because I hate to feel gypped and don't want anyone else to feel that way and I'm a perfectionist and can't abide the thought of doing something half-assed. So, it will be a lot of work, but I'm determined to make something useful and inspiring. I've been dying to put up pictures of the projects and of the sketchbook I submitted, but I wanted to sign first then show the goods. I'm so excited! I feel really fortunate to have this opportunity to share my knowledge of these materials. I've spent the past 12 years learning, making mistakes, experimenting and discovering ways to make beautiful things. It makes me happy to share.


laurelmoon said...

That's wonderful news about the book! Congratulations!!

Christina J. said...

That is so exciting! I can't wait for it to come out! :)

Unknown said...

I will be ordering more than one book for sure! Take your time tho to pack in as much you can! What a delight it will be to have a book by you. Canna wait! Such a lovely purse for the doll! What are the shells like in Hawaii I know they were like jewels in Puerto Rico when I lived there many moons ago.
Yall have a safe wonderful trip!

Chris Keels said...

Congratulations Cynthia!
It's so cool to see how your sensibility and talent
has blossomed, well more like exploded.
It's wonderful to see where you landed.

Carter said...

Yay Cynthia-
This is going to be so great, such a wonderful opportunity!
Can't wait to see it!

Unknown said...

I'm so happy for you! Is this the one you were showing me on our visit? Let me know if you need any help at all from us.

Jane Ann Wynn said...

One more copy already sold!

Can't wait to get it in my hot little hands!

Enjoy the WHOLE Process!

There is nothing as good as squeezing a book you created- in your arms.

J a n e

Melissa J. Lee said...

I can't wait to get my hands on your book!! Really looking forward to reading it.


Pia K said...

That's great, congrats!

Vicki said...

That is Outstanding News! You are right to take your time with it and make it something truely lovely, like everything you do.

*creeps back to Lurkdom*
It seems a bit dark in here now...

Gaea said...

Whoo hoo! That is awesome news! Congratulations! Can not wait!

The Trend Spot said...

I am a new fan......I met your husband at the Fresno bead show. He was very kind and let my young son choose a free bead. Thanks.

Andi Stern said...

I am also very excited to own the book and very happy for you. I always loved the sketches Teesha would print in Art & Life and what you post on your blog.

Unknown said...

Congrats - that is great. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy! :)


Cynthia Thornton said...

Thanks everybody!!
I am so excited. Its great to know there are folks who will buy it! I feel pretty lucky right now.

I loved submitting to Art & Life. I wish it was still around.

As for the shells, I really havev't found many. I think FL has lots of good shells!

Beth Hikes said...

Awesome! Congratulations!! This is the coolest news. You're creativity and industriousness is inspiring. I can't wait to buy a book (Interweave always does a quality publication)!

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

congratulations-- I would love some litle pieces from you to work with fr my jewelry for dolls! We have some in each issue of Australian Beading, starting in Dec! It is a regular feature! I am very excited but am currentl being hard on mysef about how un-great I think my doll jewlery is. I am improving, however. Just as m photos are improving. This experience at Au Beading has been so wonderful for me in so many ways!
Anne Choi's bag is as stunning as your girl! oooo I need a Prudence!!!Yeow! and ...
I neeed an Elloynne!!!ahhh! Just like YOURS!

BFF! :)