Month: April 2012

Third Annual Orleans Festival

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be at the Orleans Festival again this year!  Having taken part in the previous two years, We’ve seen the Festival grow from a single-day show to a full weekend event.  This year the Festival runs for three full days, June 1st – 3rd, 2012.  We’ll be there Friday from 3pm – 8pm, Saturday from 9am – 8pm, and Sunday from 9am – 3pm.

Just like last year, the artisans (including Drakestail) will be set up on the boulevard in front of the Shenkman Arts Centre.  Last year we were lucky enough to be at the end of the row of artisans, giving us a fabulous view of the main stage, also set up outdoors.  They had some fabulous dance troupes and local musicians performing, and gave the whole area a great vibe.  Inside were artists and sculptors, more music, dance, and theatre productions, and of course, local food vendors showcasing their delicious fare.  This year, we will again be performing a demonstration workshop as well.  We will keep you posted on the date and time of the workshop, and will be showcasing how we make some of our favourite jewellery designs.

As noted on the Shenkman Arts Centre web page:

The Orléans Festival was born in 2010 out of the community’s desire to promote and celebrate local creativity in the performing, culinary, visual and spatial arts in a fun, free and family-friendly one-day festival environment.

This year, Festival is expanding again and will take place on June 1, 2 and 3 to better celebrate the richness, scope, talent and breadth of the artists, chefs and artisans who will perform, display, and create their respective works in and around, the Shenkman Arts Centre, the east-end’s hub for artistic expression and community engagement. 

Join us at this wonderful festival.  Watch our Twitter feed and Facebook event page for updates.

Orléans Festival - 2011

 

The Tree of Life

Quartz Tree of Life pendant "Ice Storm"
Quartz Tree of Life pendant “Ice Storm”

The “Tree of Life” is a motif that has appeared in numerous cultures, religions and folklore. Typically, it appears as a leafy, healthy tree with a sturdy trunk and visible roots. It has represented a variety of concepts, including wisdom, healing, purity, and the threshold between life and death. In Norse mythology Yggdrasil, the world tree, supports the nine worlds and is the focus of numerous myths.

Around a year ago Drakestail started creating our own handmade Tree of Life pendants. Inspired by the depth of meaning and the soothing, earthy appearance, I decided to create a Tree of Life pendant for myself, initially using silver-plated wire and pale green jade chips. I love how it turned out, and wear it often. I got lots of positive comments about it, as well as requests! Since then I’ve created several permutations, using aventurine, carnelian, clear quartz and rose quartz to represent the Tree in different seasons. I’ve also worked some up with copper wire, to great effect. Using gemstone chips and twisting the trunks by hand, each pendant is unique.

 

Want to see more?  We have some Tree of Life pendants in stock right now on Etsy!

Carnelian Tree of Life pendant
Carnelian Tree of Life pendant “Autumn Maple”
Jade Tree of Life pendant
Jade Tree of Life pendant “Spring Buds”
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