New Earrings : Dark, mysterious and minimalist

New earrings are for sale at Valerie Tyler  Check out the oxidized finished and mixed metals.  They’re sleek and modern!

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Coordinating Bracelets and Earrings

I’ve just filled up part of the Miscellanea shop with a selection of coordinating bracelets and earrings. They’re pretty much one of a kind, and not something I do all that often so get them while they’re available!




My name in Nickel (just not quite in lights!)

Recently I spent a lot of time with my jewelers saw, a pair of shears, and a sheet of nickel. Several broken saw blades later I now can proudly show off a new “decoration” for my art show display.

I handcut my name (and logo)!

Valerie Tyler’s Mixed Metals Collection is now at MOCA

I have some exciting new to share. You can now find my mixed metal jewelry at MOCA, the Cleveland Contemporary Museum of Art. I recently dropped off a large collection of pieces, and they will be available for purchase in the gift shop.
Here’s just a few items available as of this posting:

Cleveland Handmade Last Minute Market 2010

MY favorite show of the year is approaching fast. I love being a participating artist and I love shopping at it. It’s a festive, fun and art filled day.

This year there is an extra special early bird admission. Come an hour early and donate $5 to the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland and you get a head start on the shopping, complimentary breakfast refreshments, and entry into the drawing for door prizes. (I know I donated several pairs of earrings, cards, and photographs…I’ve heard rumors of cutting boards, dryer sachets, knit goods and more. These baskets are going to be GREAT!)
Better yet, your donation will go ENTIRELY to the Hunger Network, and that $5 can feed approximately 20 people!
Visit the Last Minute Market site for more detail on the Early Bird Admission

If you can’t make it by 9 am, the FREE event begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m. on December 18th. There will be crafts, art,food, a craft-off challenge, and don’t forget the open artist studios in the building as well.

I can’t wait, but if you do WAIT to buy last minute gifts, this is certainly the place.

It’s almost time for the 2010 Cleveland Handmade Market at The Wooltex Gallery

The harrowing mall frenzy that is known as Black Friday is a just a few days away, but if you’d like to avoid that chaos and find more interesting gifts just hold off on your holiday shopping until Dec. 4th.

Check out art and gift items from the following artists: Anne Harrill,Patricia Hodson,Joanna Longo & Matt Orgovan,Katherine R Snow,Jessica Levine, Erika laine hansen, Jamie McCoy, Linda Miles, Daniel echeverry, Therese Taylor, Susan Kleinstub , Jen Nemrava, Valerie Tyler , Beth & Isaac Lewin , Barbara Gorman , Teresa Crompton
and scheduled Special Guest Valerie Mayen of Yellowcake and Project Runway.

The Cleveland Handmade Market at Wooltex
The Wooltex Gallery at Tower Press
1900 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44114 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

More than Water Under the Bridge

Today I went through my photos from Ingenuity underneath the Detroit Veterans Memorial Bridge, and I was quite pleased with the results. I like to think I have a unique (or perhaps odd!) way of looking at things. While most people were obsessed with the waterfall, which I will admit was truly lovely, I was all about finding strange little nooks and crannies and exploring the textures and lighting. That all being said, I’ll have more than two dozen new photos for the upcoming holiday art shows.
(Needless to say, they’re all for sale, watermarks of course will not be included on the actual photo!)

Here’s a few highlights:

New Botanicals Collection by Valerie Tyler Designs

This summer I’m working on a very special new collection. I’m finding it really inspiring, as it’s bringing in multiple elements such as metal, wood, green organic materials, and well…even fire when I torch the pieces.

The ferns in my garden were my original inspiration.

Which led me to create this piece. It’s made of sterling silver, with a handsawn fern. An actual fern specimen has been lacquered into a smaller sterling dome and the entire piece is backed with ebony wood.

I’ll be collecting, pressing and drying natural specimen in the coming weeks. The lacquer was a test, and while it works I’ve ordered a much better resin for slightly different effect in the domed area. Most likely the collection will have a variety of herbs, small leaves, and tiny flowers.

The Screw Factory (Lake Erie Building) Artists Open Studios May 1

I’m delighted that I was invited to participate in the upcoming Open Studios at the Lake Erie Building, as I’m a huge fan of the space and the artists that fill it. I’m snagging the details right off off facebook to share with you so you can attend too:

The Screw Factory Artists are opening their studios once again for a spring open studio event. It will be held on Saturday, May 1st from 1-8pm. The event is free and open to the public.

The Screw Factory Artists work in the Lake Erie Building on the edge of Bird Town in Lakewood, Ohio. Mediums vary including fiber, ceramics, glass, mosaics, photography, paintings, sculpture and more.

For this event the artists are hosting an auction of Birdtown related artwork. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Friends of Madison Park. Organized in 2007, FOMP has established itself as a neighborhood based community group. Membership is open to any Lakewood resident who cares about enhancing Madison Park as a “backyard park” for children and families.

Participating resident artists include: Ann Brown, Gina DeSantis, Robert Durr, Katie Hanrahan, Chad Hansen, Michael Hudecek, Karen Jewell-Kett, Phyllis Kohring Fannin, Marc Konys, Michelle Mowery, M.C. Nagel, Mary Beth Norton, Martin O’Connor, Shannon Okey, Steven Ollay, Ann Onusko, Arabella Proffer, Ursula Ryan, Kari Sanford, Kate Tobin & Dorene Warner.

Visiting artists include: Kathryn Patton (Smashing), Ruth Sholtis-Furyes, & Valerie Tyler.

A complete list of visiting artists can be found at http://www.screwfactoryartists.com.

The Lake Erie Building is located within the Templar Industrial Park at 13000 Athens Avenue, Lakewood, 44107. A map can be found on the website as well. Ample parking is available.In honor of the Birdtown auction, I will be bringing many of my new bird inspired pieces such as this one on renewable tagua nut.

New January Jewelry

Here’s a little sneak peek into some works in progress. A few are actually appearing in my shop today.

I’m waiting on a bit more metal to come in a supply order, and then everything shall be listed soon.