My name is Beverley Burkhart, born and raised in South Africa. I arrived in the USA at the age of 17 as a Rotary Exchange Student and met my prince charming Greg who pursued our relationship by going to South Africa to ask for my hand in marriage. That was 31 years ago. We have a wonderful son and daughter-in–law Jarrod and Kelsey. We moved to the country to live on 3 acres close to nature once Jarrod graduated from high school. I work full time but my passion is the arts, which I do as much as my time permits.
I have made jewelry for personal use for many years but only started the boot jewelry line in October 2013. I have now participated in 2 Avant-Garde shows and I cannot be more excited and honored to be able to show what I do amongst such talented artists. I am signed up for 3 more this year. What an organized event!
I get an enormous amount of satisfaction when I finish a piece and I am happy with the end result. Knowing that my jewelry empowers women and children to feel good about themselves encourages me to always strive to get better with each piece I make. I know that at the end of each clasp there will be another person who will wear it proudly… I want women and girls to stand tall and enjoy wearing my product.
What got me into the craft hobby is my hubby Greg. I have an obsession with Boots and jewelry so Greg encouraged me to put the two together. At first I had a hard time putting my head around that idea and did not think that it would appeal to others. It wasn’t until I made prototypes and found an enormous interest that I realized that he was 150% correct.
I come from an artistically talented family. My oldest sister Sheila, the most talented of us all, created the most beautiful ceramics and paintings. She encouraged us all to reach down deep and gave us the confidence to discovery our artistic abilities by encouraging us to always have an open mind and never allowed us to say “I cannot do that” until we tried. We lost Sheila to cancer several years ago.
The same way that when you get up in the morning and select the clothes that you are going to wear that day is the same method I use when creating jewelry. I let the pieces speak to me. If animal pieces appeal to me at that moment then I will work with those at that time. As I come from Africa, I am immediately attracted to and inspired by mixing metals, woods, glass, natural suede’s, leathers, the result is rugged yet elegant. I like to think that there is a story behind my pieces. I want each piece to be as individual as the person who wears them. I am also obsessed with a well-made product.
I want my Boot Jewelry to be sold in stores nationally. I believe that I make a quality product due to the fact that each piece is hand selected, assembled, soldered by me to create something that is durable, versatile and individual and that it can complement all kinds of boots in the winter months but can equally make an attractive necklace by adding an extension for the summer months. I want to work with children to encourage them to find their individual creativity so that I can continue my sister’s legacy of helping others.
If you love wearing boots and jewelry as much as I do, then the only thing missing is wearing them together. A single pair of boots will morph into a creation when you add different pieces of my boot jewelry to them. When I first started making boot jewelry a client, now good friend said the most profound thing to me. She said, “When I add your boot jewelry to a pair of boots, it makes me feel some kinda way”..… I want people to feel some kinda way. I want what I produce to empower women and girls to feel good about themselves, stand tall and feel extra special. I spend a lot of time, hand selecting, creating, assembling and soldering each piece by hand so that these pieces can make someone smile and feel great – then I have accomplished something.
Meet Nancy Zunic from Blue Room Ink...I love color! I love working with blending the right colors together to create sensational art. My name is Nancy Zunic and welcome to my world of art! My husband and I have four wonderful adult children. Two of our daughters live in the Cleveland area and one of our daughters just recently married and resides in Medina. Our son and daughter-in-law currently live in Boardman with our two grandchildren. We also have acquired four adorable cats (Jasper, Mooch, Millie and Lil’ Larry) that love to get into all of my stash in my crafting room!
Professionally, I have been a dental hygienist for the past 35 years. Besides crafting, I love to run, swim and bike. I just recently ran a half marathon with one of my daughters in Cleveland, Ohio. I have been working with my hands most of my life either through stitching cross-stitch, creating fleece hats and scarves, or knitting scarves and sweaters. Most recently, I have become an avid scrapbooker. This lead to the creation of my blog in April 2010. (http://www.blueroomink.blogspot.com/)
Since then I have gone beyond just making scrapbooks. I enjoy creating art with different scrapbook/art methods that I have learned over the years. Through some gentle nudging by my daughters I have opened an Etsy shop. (http://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueRoomInk) Recently my artwork was for sale in Gorant’s located in Canfield, Ohio. I also participated in the 2012 Avant-Garde NEO art and craft show and the 2014 Fall Summit Show in Fairlawn, Ohio. I am looking forward to the Rocky River show this Nov. 15th & 16th!
I express different thoughts and feeling within most of my work. I love color, texture and working with blending the right colors together to evoke an emotion or mood. Many times I start in one path but then a twist in my creativity occurs and I become pleasantly surprised at the outcome. There really is no concrete process to my creative madness. I go with my gut and my eye for the not so obvious. I feel that my pieces will speak to certain individuals. It is fun to find the person that is attracted to it. It's always just a matter of time.
That is why I like to create. To be able to evoke an emotion in someone else makes it all worth while. Then there are times that some of the art is just "fun" in someone’s eyes. Now, who wouldn't want to sell some "fun!?" I know I sure do!
Some of my work is currently for sale in my Etsy shop
at www.etsy.com/shop/BlueRoomInk. I would love for this to become my full time job! With a lot of hard work and dedication hopefully in 5 years that dream will come true! Come by and shop at any time as I will be adding new items frequently. Therefore, from within my BlueRoom I have created my dream, which is that you are “going to want a BlueRoomInk by Nance” hanging or sitting in your home or office soon!
I create my paper and canvas arts in a vibrant turquoise room, therefore, "BlueRoomInk." was the inevitable name for my shop! I express myself through my handmade creations using various inks, paints, die cuts and embossing techniques. Designing original paper and canvas arts that can be used for home or office decor has become my passion. Choosing to buy my art to express your creativity in decorating your home or office is a privilege. Because you are unique and you don't want to buy what you can buy at any department or chain gift stores, you are my focus. You are important to me because you want what you want in your style, in your decor, in your personality. My art can speak to you and your self expression. Follow me on Instagram #blueroomink and on twitter @blueroomink. I also do custom orders! Let’s see what we can create together!
Meet Marilyn from eMuzings...
Astrologically speaking, I’m a Gemini. True to my sign, I can never sit still. A strong creative streak nags constantly to find expression. I once owned a very cool little boutique where my creative side ran wild. I loved it so much. As with many of us, 911 had its way, and I became a casualty in a tough economic climate. Thankfully, my creativite spark wasn’t extinguished. I felt myself being nudged in a new, fantastic world or artistic expression.
I got a sewing machine that next Christmas, took a lesson, and let the needle do the talking! Of course, there were duds, oh-so-close ones, ugly ones, scrap pile ones, but persevering came the ones, twos, threes where I would step back and look at my hands to make sure they belonged to me. What came out of my machine and imagination was poetry to me. Didn’t matter if the world didn’t value it. This creative process was necessary for my healing and confirmation that I was creative and talented and had a place in the universe. I feel blessed when this opinion is confirmed.
I have been doing this ever since my grandmother stuck a pair of knitting needles in my hand at her Pennsylvania farm and showed me how to knit one, purl two. However, this is my first Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show!
For me, inspiration comes from a need of self expression and control in an ever-increasing out-of-control world. I can’t control what comes over the airwaves or happens on the streets, but I can control my scissors, glue gun, needle and thread, etc. Through these, I create and craft what comes out of my imagination. I find peace and order there. Things make sense because they are whimsical and come from a place of peace and love.
An uncontrollable desire for self-expression is what got me into the craft hobby. I discovered my talent through the internet because it is a great source of ideas. I’d scroll through pins on Pinterest often and see things I knew I could make myself. I wondered why I hadn’t tried to, then had that persistent nudging to jump the stick. I would describe my creative process as organized chaos.
In five years, I see my business farther down the road with the development of my skills and talents; Making increasingly creative art pieces which sell for a profit so I can stay home all day or, better yet, have a wonderful studio on a quiet lake where I can create to my heart’s content; Surprised when I look at the clock, again, and find I’ve been at it over 8 hours or more. I’m a big believer in manifesting.
The message behind my work is being different is cool. No explanations.
2014 Rocky River Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show