Julia and Dixie Sugarbaker. Mary Jo and Charlene. Anthony. Familiar names? Julia: the soft-spoken southern gal who ran an interior design firm out of her ooh-la-la mansion. Dixie: her flashy, beauty queen sister with a large bank account. MaryJo: the down-to-earth, loyal, pragmatic and meticulous lead designer. Charlene: the naive, and somewhat ditzy office manager. And Anthony did the heavy lifting. He delivered furniture. They were the characters on “Designing Women” – one of my favorite TV shows from the late ’80s and early ’90s.
The series focused on their work, their relationships, and how they responded to big issues that took American nightly news by storm – Viet Nam, AIDS, women’s lib. The gals had pluck and strong work ethics. They were kind to themselves and they laughed — a lot. And sometimes I laughed at them.
Like the characters of “Designing Women” I have group of artists friends and family who encourage and cheer me on. Gallery and shop owners do the same. Spending time with them and listening to what they have to say about my art and their clientele pushes me in new directions, and encourages new ideas.
One such idea was the need for a single pendant necklace with a bit more glitz and substance. Here’s the result, fresh from the workbench.
As a Designing Woman, who runs her own one-woman-show, I have a big upcoming event to tell you about. Once again the Oregon Glass Guild is participating in the Gathering of the Guilds Show. The date has been changed to the last weekend in April. So put April 24-26, 2015 on your calendar. It will be at the Oregon Convention Center which has loads of parking and admission to the show is free. More details will be shared as the date draws closer.