2020 EVENTS (so far)
FEB 22-25—AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL, BALTIMORE
MARCH—Our tiny house STUDIO/STORE should be here!
Check back for the opening date and the final location.
MAR 20-22—PARADISE CITY ARTS, MARLBOROUGH, MA
APR 16-19—AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL, ST PAUL, MN
MAY 16-17—BRUCE MUSEUM, GREENWICH, CT
MAY 23-25—PARADISE CITY ARTS, NORTHAMPTON, MA
DEC 5-8—ONE OF A KIND CHICAGO, IL
UPDATES to our schedule are ongoing so please check back as we will keep up to date until it is filled.
AND DON’T FORGET Check back for the location and opening date of our tiny house STUDIO/STORE!
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 like Woman’s Day Specials, NYTmes special publications, TIME , Woman’s World and more.
After visiting an 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. 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 almost impossible.
So, having to make my own tools and get my own materials (industrial materials) I began my journey to hand making my own eyeglass frames. The materials I got were from ebay, from a woman in the midwest who also sold car parts from her barn. I tried to get tools machined from sources I found online. I am lucky I didn’t lose a finger when using them 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 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 and magnifying flower pendants.
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 frames which Rayban based their iconic style on—you’ll recognize them when you see them. They’re hot!
CHOOSING AN OPTICIAN
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 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 prescription 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 you might bring in to them, 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 fix it for you for the life of your frames. 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 know to have the right tools and supplies at a show or else I have to take it home with me and do it from my studio. I am all for not making the post office any richer so send me a picture and a heads up before the show you are bringing it to.
…NOT A BIG BOX STORE
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.
We think you need to try glasses before you buy and for that reason we are offering you the opportunity not only at craft shows up and down the east coast but also at our tiny house studio store which should be done early spring 2020 and will be somewhere near Red Bank, NJ. So come visit us and try on a pair of our artful frames!
If you’ve decided you would like to buy a pair that you already tried on at a show or want the same pair as your friend, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can help you purchase them. Please check this site if you want to know where we are as we try to keep this schedule updated as we get accepted to shows..
All of our glasses are suitable for your prescription. For your convenience, we’ve added our list of opticians located near or in the towns in which we do shows. Please do not go to big box stores as they usually do not put lenses in frames which they do not sell and will give you all kinds of reason why except the real one which is they want to make money on the whole thing. If you would like to recommend an optician that you have used, or if you are an optician and would like to be added to our list please contact us.
BEFORE BRINGING THEM TO YOUR OPTICIAN
Also, the hardest part of putting new lenses into frames is getting the old lenses out. If you bring in an empty pair of glasses to your optician your chances are much better. SO, take a hammer and a PHILLIPS screwdriver and break the lens in the very center so it will come right out. Put it on a hard surface and it will break more easily. Then bring the empty frame to your optician. Problem solved. If you would like me to do it before you leave the show just ask otherwise you need to pay the postage.
Never hesitate to contact us if you need some help—sometimes an address for an order is lost in the shuffle and I am waiting for you to reach out to me…
We always have new, cool frames–come visit us and you’ll see.
And we usually get some kind of discounted or free tickts that are just waiting for you to use them.
Thank you for your business.
See ya soon!