2017 EVENT CALENDAR
February 24-26: AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL BALTIMORE (retail only)
March 17-19: SPRING CRAFTMORRISTOWN, NJ*
March 24-26: PARADISE CITY MARLBOROUGH, MA
May 5-7 SPRING LYNDHURST, NY
May: 27-29: PARADISE CITY NORTHAMPTON, MA
June 4-5: LINCOLN CENTER, NYC
July 14-16: GUILFORD ARTS, CT
August 11-13: BERKSHIRE CRAFT FESTIVAL, MA
September 9-10: LINCOLN CENTER ACAC, NYC
September 15-17: FALL LYNDHURST, NY
October 7-9: PARADISE CITY NORTHAMPTON, MA
October 20-22: ACADEMY ARTS MUSEUM SHOW, DE
November 3-5 SUGARLOAF OAKES, PA
November 9-12: PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM SHOW, PA
November 17-19: PARADISE CITY MARLBOROUGH, MA
Nov 30-Dec 2 (Thurs-Sat): CRAFTS AT THE CATHEDRAL, NYC
Dec 9-10: ART PROVIDENCE SALE, RISD, RI
December 15-17: CRAFTBOSTON HOLIDAY, MA
I have worn glasses since the second grade when they found out that my problems in school were due to my inability to see. Ever since then I have loved glasses not only because they saved my school career but for their stylish appeal, never choosing invisible contacts even though they were so timely and popular.
Always wanting to be a little bit different, I studied synaethetic education at Syracuse University (BFA) and conceptual art at Pratt (MFA). I soon started designing magazines: Woman’s Day Specials, NYTmes special publications, TIME , Woman’s World and more.
After visiting the ACC show in Baltimore and being given a free copy of Metalsmithing magazine, I found an ad for a 2 week ‘eyeglass’ class at Penland, school of arts and crafts in North Carolina. But no one finished that class with a wearable pair of glasses. And once the class was finished and the special tools taken away it was much more difficult to do.
So, having to make my own tools and get my own materials (industrial materials) I began my journey to hand making eyeglass frames. The materials I got were from ebay and from a woman in the midwest who also sold car parts. I tried to get tools machined from sources I found online. I am lucky I didn’t lose a finger as the bits that were made didn’t work so well on the less than perfect material that I bought on ebay. But that is why I began printing patterns on the material from ebay—to make it more interesting.
And I my vision was to make frames that were not only wearable but also just a little bit different. Everyone laughed at me and my glasses. But I continued anyway, getting better with each pair I made. And when everyone seemed to ask for readers, I designed ‘alternative’ readers—adding more to my original lineup—flower readers, veneer readers, tamisé readers, readers with pithy engraved temples, magnifying flower pendants and soon elaborate safety glasses.
And now, even my husband can ‘see my vision’ and has apologized to me.
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We have teamed up with Shuron, a quality US frame manufacturer (since 1865) who has frames that come in sizes—a bonus for those of you looking for something out of the norm. They are the iconic frames which Rayban based their famous style on—you’ll recognize them when you see them. They’re hot!
The handmade frames I create are artful, wearable and precise enough to be fitted with prescription lenses by a professional optician like my optician, Lynn McKelvey. She is a licensed optician at Ravine Eye Center (732.974.1400) in Brick, NJ. She can change the lens in almost any frame and certainly any one of my frames.
And we would like to register our frustrations with all the opticians who decline to put lenses in our frames. Our readers are just ordinary frames. Any optician can change the lenses in them if they choose to and want your business. I take each new style and new technique to my optician to see if there is any problem changing the lenses. If I tell you they can be changed, they can, I have seen it with my own eyes (and you can too if you look on our instagram page) I had a woman tell me that her optician said the lenses in her glasses couldn’t be changed while she was facing my husband who was wearing the very same frame filled with his progressive lenses and she still didn’t believe me! I am going on the record to say that if an optician turns down doing the work on a pair of our frames it is for one of the following reasons: they don’t have the skills (they might send it out to be done and have no idea) or they prefer to sell you their own frames for obvious reasons and that goes for any other frames, not just ours. In that case I would find myself a new optician who has your interests in mind too.
If there should ever be a problem with something we put on our frames such as flower or veneer or tamise, we will gladly fix it for you. If you bring it to a show and we can return it to you there then there is no charge. If we have to ship it back to you then there is a shipping charge of $5. Please let us know ahead of time if you are going to do this as we need to have the right tools and pieces to do it at a show or else I have to do it from my studio. But I am all for not making the post office any richer so send me a picture and a heads up.
I have compiled a list of opticians who have either put lenses in our glasses or have been recommended by a customer in all of the states where we do shows: CT, MA, NY, NJ, MD and PA. But know that our readers are ordinary frames in terms of changing lenses—really no big deal. There are two places on this site which bring you to the optician list—the button above the shopping cart picture or the optician page in the navigation bar on the top.
Making eyeglass frames is a big deal when it is really done by hand. That’s why you don’t see anyone else doing it. Most glasses which are marked handmade are guided by hands but made by machines, mostly computer driven lasers and industrial production machines so the glasses are made in a factory, not a studio.
AND….look for my cool magnifying lens pendants in the shapes of actual flowers, like dahlias, magnolias, primroses, camellias and primulas. They hold a 65 mm magnifying lens from my optician so you can see more and better. Wear them as jewelry on a day out or use them in addition to your glasses, when you need a little extra help.
And please never hesitate to contact us if you need some help—sometimes an address is lost in the shuffle and I am waiting for you to reach out to me…
We always have new really cool new things—worth “seeing.” And I am working on a new project which I think you will really like, something creative types like us use—stay tuned…