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On the Road Again!

I am so beyond excited as I look at my show calendar and see the dozens of art fairs and festivals I have scheduled for the year ahead! So many of them will take me to new places I can't wait to go. Once the warmer weather arrives, I’ll be hitting the road on a weekly basis with my one-of-a-kind, funky, chunky, fabulously hip bobbi kahn design jewelry! Over the past couple seasons, I’ve been spreading my wings farther from home to reach new art and jewelry lovers. I hope you’ll be among the visitors I’ll be welcoming to my booths - and to the bobbi kahn family I warmly call my "bobbi kahners!"

My booth ready to welcome my "bobbi kahners!"  

If you haven’t already experienced the exciting vibe of an art festival, I encourage you to make plans to check one out! They’re a blast, providing an experience you can't get anywhere else and art to die for. You will see things you didn't know you needed!

 

A happy shopper trying on bobbi kahn design for herself.

A HAPPY SHOPPER TRYING ON BOBBI KAHN DESIGN FOR HERSELF.

I invite you to catch up with me on the road this show season! Consult my show schedule on my website to see a calendar of my upcoming events. You can also join my email list to receive show details to your inbox.

I’m looking forward to seeing you (for the first time or once again) at my booth where you can meet bobbi kahn design jewelry - and me, its proud designer - in person! Here’s to a funky, chunky, fabulous 2018 bobbi kahn design season!

The video below will give you a taste of what you'll see at an art fair. It demonstrates another bonus of these events: the ability to talk to the artists themselves to gain perspective into the inspiration behind the art:

 

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Nostalgia

I did the Park Forest Art Show this weekend.  It's 8 minutes from my house.  And it's a lovely, small show.  I did big shows this summer that were so much harder logistically and so much more expensive and did sold less than this lovely show.  The customers are nice, enthusiastic, appreciative and plentiful enough.  An many of the long time residents still remember my dad, Oscar Peck and his store down the street, Newman Pharmacy.  I won a prize and $150.  The group from Tallgrass Art Association are helpful, present, serve a great dinner, offer water.

Memories are so odd.  I live near this place yet I NEVER ever go there anymore.  No reason to, I guess.  So my first time back to the Plaza was last year for the show.  Things have changed and not for the better. The ride to the show looks like buildings of blight.  The Plaza was once very vibrant though it hasn't been so for many years.  It was the home of Marshall Field's 5th store.  Many of us recalled free delivery in a green Field's truck, lunch from the "Chuck Wagon" and I recall buying my parent's 25th wedding anniversary gift from the Williamsburg Shop.

I wish my dad was around, not to lament how much things have changed (some for better, some for worse) but just because being there makes me think of him and when I do, I remember him being hilarious and kind.  

So I felt joy and melancholy.  I kept trying to imagine being an artist who was not hyper local.  What would I think if I did this show for the first time?  Worried, I imagine!  The Plaza is nearly empty of businesses so the show it the only real draw. I suspect it would take me a few hours to simmer down and just enjoy the ease of the setup, the friendliness and wait for buying to begin.  Year two did not disappoint.  I just hope next year my bigger shows don't perform like a small show!

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Politics-American politics, not show politics

I define myself as a fiscal conservative and a social policy liberal.  So I align most with Bernie Sanders right now.  I decided that in order to engage in the Republican race, I needed to come up with a game or contest.  So for $5, you can play too.  I get your secret vote for who you think will win the republican nomination.  You have to submit your pick by 11/3/15.  That's a full year before the actual election.  This game makes it fun for me to watch things like the CNN debate and engage in other things that are a part of this process.  I do not always vote democrat, but I wonder about the affect of having a one party rule for at least two years.  Regardless of the party, that seems like a bad idea.

So I watch the debate last night so I can start to better form my opinion on the candidates.  I felt that Fiorina won.  She was sharp and knowledgeable.  At the bottom was Paul, Kasich, Huckabee, Cruz, Carson, Walker and Trump.  Trump is just silly.  Carson is lovely but without passion.  He was way too relaxed for my taste.  The others aren't worth discussing.

That makes the winners Fiorina and Rubio in my book.  Christie did well, I thought and I'd like to see more of him.  Folks like Jeb, I guess.  I don't.  

So we'll see.  Let me know if you want in on the game.  At this point, I have no intention of voting for any of these people.  I'm just trying to stay engaged.  I think on the democrat side there is still a player to be named.  I hope so.

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Should I blog?

I'm not really sure what to say that would interest you and yet, I think this whole business is so interesting that Herb and I talked about pitching it as a reality show.  Let's start with the premise.  The show would be 30 minutes and would involve the drama of the moment.  For example, a few weeks ago the art show I participated in was Lakefront Festival benefiting Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, IN.  I arrived on Saturday morning and saw tents strewn all over the place.  There had clearly been a terrible storm the night before.  That could have made for some serious drama on my reality show.  Imagine showing up to your booth the next morning and finding it completely destroyed.  What do you do?  Try and get another tent and set it up?  What if you left your work inside and it is demolished. How do you recover and get ready for the two days of selling now?

For me there were two elements of note.  One was the horrific heat.  This summer has been pretty temperate, but the thermometer read well over 90 during these two days.  It's hard to sell fashion when you literally have sweat dripping off the end of your nose (please use your Roseanne Rosannadana voice). 

The other event was winning second place!   I got a lovely ribbon and $150!  My tent was full of people.  And I never win so I don't even pay attention to announcements.  But this time I heard my name.  It was thrilling.  

Blogging is fun.  I'll try and do more of it.  I'll get more interesting as time goes on, I suspect.

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Shows are so EXCITING!

The final show of the outdoor season comes this weekend at the Park Forest Plaza called Tallgrass.  Each show bring me so much excitement I usually can't sleep.  What should i bring?  What do people want to see?  What colors will they be looking for?  What if I don't bring that one piece they wanted?

Park Forest is a thrill for me because it's in my neighborhood.  My dad's business was down the street for his entire career.  The Park Forest Plaza was historic in that it was one of the first suburbs created in the 40's and 50's.  A model community for the middle class leaving the city and coming out to raise young families.  Many locals still remember Newman Pharmacy and my dad, the Pharmacist and owner, Oscar Peck.

For a small show, i did really well last year so I look forward to returning this year.  I do remember the epic wind that blew all my busts to the ground.  So strong, my tent shimmied toward my neighbor.  I freaked out because I couldn't figure out how to stop the destruction.  My neighbor mocked me.  It was awful. Finally I put the busts away and put every piece flat.  It looked hideous but and least things stopped falling and breaking on the pavement.

Finally, after 6 years of shows and several broken busts and pieces, I found my solution at RAW in May. Mesh panels save the day.  The tent sides hit your mesh panels and block the wind from knocking everything over.  The stay bars at the base of your tent stabilize the structure.

So bring on the weather.  But not so much that my customers stay away.  I looked forward to the show with bitter sweetness.  Sad for the season to end.  Thrilled to have another chance to sell my jewelry.

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bobbi kahn design Collaborates with TradeWinds on totally bobbi Collection

I hope that you've had the opportunity to discover totally bobbi - my collection of your favorite bobbi kahn design jewelry that will now be available on an ongoing basis. 

There's more to the totally bobbi story, however. While these pieces are designed by me, they will be assembled, in part, in collaboration with TradeWinds - an organization in Merrillville, Indiana, which provides services for adults and children with special needs. It is my singular honor to be associated with TradeWinds by offering an opportunity for their adults to exercise their abilities and job skills by helping assemble my totally bobbi pieces. These extraordinary individuals' enthusiastic input make every piece of totally bobbi even more special. On their website, Tradewinds sums up their vocational training philosophy perfectly:

 Today TradeWinds is home to training and production operations that are a living testament to what the human spirit can accomplish.

It's a pleasure for me to work with such a dedicated organization and the adults whose lives they enrich. I'm happy to help fund their continuing efforts to empower people by donating $5.00 to Tradewinds for each totally bobbi piece produced there.

Meet a couple of my TradeWinds friends, busy at work assembling totally bobbi pieces: Toney Page and Elaine Kegebein are doing fabulous work!

 

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Art Festival Season is Coming!

If you check my website show schedule, you’ll see that my 2014 calendar is filling up! Ever wonder what it’s like to attend one of these very special and entertaining events?

Here’s a video that illustrates the art festival experience, taken at Fountain Square Arts Festival in Evanston, Illinois on July 7, 2013. In it, I have the opportunity to talk about how much I enjoy displaying my fabulous and unique jewelry creations to the enthusiastic crowds who come out to appreciate and shop for them.

Sunshine, fresh air, live music, great food, friendly folks and beautiful works of art - what’s not to love? I’m looking forward to seeing you this season and showing you what’s new from bobbi kahn design jewelry!

 

 

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Announcing My New Boutique Collection!

I recently took my annual bead-finding trip to Tucson, Arizona and, WOW, did I get my hands on some beautiful and inspirational treasures! One of the highlights of my excursion was discovering some breathtaking, hand-blown glass beads created by several incredibly talented artists. In fact, they’re some of the most beautiful beads I’ve ever encountered. Their beauty has inspired me to create a very special jewelry line I call my Boutique Collection.

These gorgeous beads deserve the best complementary materials, so I’ve matched them with very special, distinctive clasps crafted of vintage Czech glass buttons encased in Sterling silver. Combined with stunning semi-precious stones, the pieces in my Boutique Collection are upscale and fabulously unique.

 

VINTAGE CZECH GLASS BUTTON ENCASED IN STERLING SILVER, IOLITE, AMETHYST AND GOLD BEADS. $320

 

VINTAGE CZECH GLASS BUTTON ENCASED IN STERLING SILVER, PERIDOT, GREEN AND OLIVE DYED DREDGED WATER PEARLS. $295

 

VINTAGE CZECH GLASS BUTTON ENCASED IN STERLING SILVER, SUNSHINE AGATE AND CITRINE. $270

 

These jewelry creations are brand-new and will be on display at my Home Preview Show and Sale, March 7 and 8, 2014. This special event will take place at my home and you are cordially invited to attend! Please do come meet other bobbi kahn design fans, peruse all my jewelry creations and enjoy 25% off your purchase.

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2014 Spring Color Trends Interpreted by bobbi kahn design VII

STELLA & DOT BRACELET  

 

A COORDINATING CREATION FROM BOBBI KAHN DESIGN JEWELRY

  

I adore the fact that rose gold is showing up this season! I will  wear other jewelry on my wrist, ears and fingers but RARELY on my neck, so in order to wear this color trend, I created this fabulous piece with a stunning fresh water pearl focal ball and trend-right rose gold. 

To coordinate with this bobbi kahn design original, I found this fabulous bracelet at a stella & dot party hosted by Lauren Gomez. Lauren's a new resident to Flossmoor and a customer of my husband, Herb Mason's, Farmer's Insurance Agency. She's adorable and so is stella & dot.

Aren't these two pieces great together? 

 

Contact Lauren about stella & dot at: Lauren.gomez@live.com

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2014 Spring Color Trends Interpreted by bobbi kahn design VI

 

BALLET NECK BOX-TOP IN LINEN MINI TAPE FROM EILEEN FISHER FOR A BOLD SPLASH OF COLOR              

 

                

                  

BOBBI KAHN DESIGN INTERPRETATION OF THIS TREND

THE COLOR AND PRINT OF THE SASON: CAMDEN-FIT DOT-PRINT ANKLE PANT FROM BANANA REPUBLIC

 

There is so much black and white trending this season. I saw the CUTEST pants in a print from Banana Republic! I would wear this comfortably long top from Eileen Fisher with them and pull the outfit together with my necklace in black faceted onyx and white Chinese crystals with sterling plate over copper chain ($125). The necklace can be worn long as shown or doubled up for a shorter option.

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