Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Artist Relocation Program in Paducah, KY

Great opportunities and generous incentives are offered to artists and art advocates.  I enjoy finding out the effort people put in to promoting art.  In this case, building an artistic community and with hopes to boost the economy.  Art shouldn't be taken out of the school systems.  It is sad to see it being overshadowed by other subjects.  No scholar or anyone else in the real world would enjoy as much entertainment when there's no education in the arts.  I always believed that in a sinking ship art should not be the item thrown out to make balance.
Take a look at this artist relocation program in Paducah, KY and see how it is using the arts for economic development.

"About The Artist Relocation Program

The Artist Relocation Program began in March 2000 and has become a national model for using the arts for economic development.  At a time when funding for the arts is being cut, Paducah fosters an environment where artists and the arts can flourish.
To date, the program has relocated at least 50 artists to the LowerTown Arts District. Most have taken advantage of the financial incentives offered through the program. Over $30 million have been invested in the neighborhood since the program's inception. For more information on available properties and incentives please call 270.444.8649."

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p/s: Also, you would only be two hours away from the music city Nashville, TN!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Custom wedding jewelry

Brides and bridesmaids are some of my favorite people to work with.  Nothing beats meeting someone who is beaming with joy and happiness and I am honored that they consider my jewelry pieces for their special day.  I want to sincerely thank Mary and her ladies for liking my work, and letting me showcase these beautiful photos (credit: Life is Art Photography) on today's blog.  Thanks again Mary, you were a pleasure to work with and your wedding was angelically beautiful! 

I had a theme, "The Royal Family" whilst creating the bracelets paired with matching earrings
Custom made with bride's and bridesmaid's family beads and buttons

Bride's jewelry stands out as the only silver pieces among the bridal party

headpiece made from bride's family treasures


Monday, December 27, 2010

Family beads and buttons for this Christmas ...

Back and white beads accompanied by pearl and flower printed buttons 
grandma's old earrings as the focus piece, accompanied with tear drop shaped crystal
This Christmas, besides working on new jewelry design for my winter collection, I have been busy with family custom orders.  One of my kind customers came in with her mum's old buttons and beads.  She wanted her sisters, nieces, daughters/in-laws to keepsake a little family's "treasure."  

We used the buttons and beads to match up with each and everyone's personality.  The mums like gardening, so I gave flower centerpieces and a simpler design for them.  The daughters had a little more 'oomph' in colors~ Since the younger generation likes outdoor activities, their pieces were created with a nature theme in mind :) I can't wait to hear from the family how Christmas was for everyone.  It makes me smile when I make something meaningful this Christmas <3  

Pink and red buttons gives a pretty cherry blossom view
pink blossoms leading to the beauty of nature

                   ~  flowers.bees.honey~
Seashore Gems
Seashore Gems

Next blog, I will have pictures taken on my new creations themed Winter Wonderland.  Triptophonic Studios wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happier New Year!  

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Spreading the love...

In the spirit of Trip's mission to get the word out about wonderful artists and crafters that we come across in our travels through life, we thought we might start spotlighting the ones that we love and know you will too.  In today's post, we present Taraduff ( of the "Bearded Beanie" fame!

I bought Mark a Bearded Beanie for Christmas this year, and it's no wonder why they are completely sold out!  We had an early Christmas gift exchange, and when Mark opened his present, he was so surprised that he didn't stop laughing for at least 15 minutes!!  The whimsy and creative design of these hats are definitely worth the pennies; it is also worth noting that it is well-made and durable too!

Just look at how much he's loving his gift:

It's definitely going to keep his head (and face!) very warm during these cold, blistery Wisconsin winters!!  Thanks Tara, for the wonderful handmade piece!! ~*-|*`|*~*Merry Christmas everyone!*|~*|*|*-|~*~

*If you'd like one of Tara's hats, they are listed on etsy as shop/taraduff.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Bracelets with Mum's beads



Someone came in with her old unused jewelry, and wanted me to re-purpose them.  She also hoped that her daughter could keepsake something of hers... so I added some centerpieces and turn her old necklaces into two bracelets.  Makes me feel happy when I do projects like that. "'*\(^_~)/'*'

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mark Little Band Thanksgiving Party!

Wednesday at 9:00pm - Thursday at 1:00am

LocationHighway Q overlooking the beautiful Chain O' Lakes, Waupaca

Host By

Join us the night before Thanksgiving to see all your friends "up" for the Holidays!

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Thanksgiving Party @ Wheelhouse Wednesday 9pm! Come join us !!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Custom wedding jewelry

wedding picture credit, Lucy's photography.
Made with sterling silver chains and Egyptian crystals .
Available in bracelets as well, excellent addition for either the bride or as a bridesmaid's accessories.

Handmade jewelry for special occasion or not!

Theme jewelry for any occasion, from bridesmaid to concert outfits
Bracelets for any occasion
All the above are available for sale! 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fangyuan Chen Classical Piano Recital

*Open to everyone*  Come join us for a fun musical evening at Ms. Fangyuan Chen's classical piano recital. *Performing works by Ludwig Van Beethoven, Francis Poulenc, Wang Hua Chu, and Enrique Granados y Campina

Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 3.00pm
Michelsen Hall, NFAC. University of Wisconsin - Steven Point, WI

Community Batik Projects

Triptophonic Studios caters traditional batik classes for children and adults.  So what is Batik?  It is an ancient Indonesian art of painting on fabric using wax and special dye.  It takes a lifetime to master, but everybody can enjoy this unique process and create a master piece for themselves right away.  

We are now accepting reservations for spring 2011 batik classes.  Please kindly write us at for inquiries, or read more about our batik services on

Waupaca Arts on the Square 2010

Arts on the Square 2009

unique advertising method... designers must see!

Eichborn Fliegenbanner auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse.

Using flies to advertise... - things people do, this is pretty interesting 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

a charity: water initiative

Things we could do... pretty cool.

favoring our love for Frappe Design

"Sad to leave our pretty window treatment behind, but we are very excited for our new space across the street!"
We always have friends and customers loving the vinyl prints on our display windows.  These trendy and whimsy graphics are definitely special to us because Frappe Design team incorporate our little chihuahua into the design and made her a mascot for the studio.

We truly appreciate their thoughts and creativity put into branding our studio!  We will miss these special vinyl prints when we move to our new space next month... to remember them, I uploaded them to this blog.  I hope you find them lovely too.  Check out Frappe Design if you are in need of young and passionate designers whilst setting up for your products, businesses, and events!  Loads more wonderful designs on their website. 

Front Door
Welcome sign

Porch Entrance

and here's Yellow our mascot chihuahua :)