Hello Orchidians! I have been doubly blessed, first by Tucson and now
the Big Apple, to once again meet up with old friends and make new
ones. We had 35 people at our dinner, which was a nice size for
talking and show and tell. Kenneth did an amazing job with the
restaurant which served excellent buffet style Indian food. We had
some excellent “Orchid Mead” that was bottled especially for the
Orchid Dinner. Hanuman, I am sending a bottle to you through the
mail. It had its own speciality Orchid labeling.
The Orchid Pins, just freshly launched onto the Ganoksin site, were
worn proudly by many Orchidians. Sumner Silverman did an amazing
job of designing these incredible pins. Thank you Sumner! Donna’s
Shimazu’s was in the case at our booth at MJSA and admired as well
for their delicacy and beautiful rendition. Please, if you have
wanted to donate to Orchid, to keep our costs manageable, this is a
great way to show your support. http://www.ganoksin.com/shop
One of the truly nice things about an Orchid Celebration, is beside
the wonderful Orchid members who show up, is the opportunity to
speak to the spouses and friends. One person pulled me aside, and
was truly struck by the friendship and comaraderie of this group.
As makers and artists, there was none of the often felt snobbery and
large ego that is experienced in other art gatherings. Everyone in
that room was easy and pleasant to talk to. Topics of conversation
ranged from new wax formulas, cooking and recipes for various
eggplant dishes, articles in magazines and past thread topics on
Orchid. We are certainly a diverse bunch!
This year, Ganoksin had its first booth space, generously donated by
MJSA. Situated in the hallway with the AJM seminars, Ganoksin had
many inquiring minds about what exactly what it did. I have to
confess, I get so used to my daily fix of Orchid, that I forget what
an incredible library and archived material is out there. When is
the last time you went to the home page? Hanuman has really worked
very hard to make it easy to find and I felt extremely
happy when the library and archives found some odd and esoteric
subject. If you haven’t been to the archives recently, do so. The
amount of exchange from 1997, and the advancements in
jewelry technology have really progressed.
I am really looking forward to next year’s event. Michael Coan,
faculty of the Fashion Institute of Technology, is working with
Ganoksin to have the Orchid Celebration on the 8th floor of their
school. They can have the event completely catered and the
discussion of a silent auction is in the works. So stay tuned.
On a personal note, I would like to thank the following people.
Kenneth Singh who is simply one of the nicest people I have ever had
the pleasure of meeting, Joel Schwab, whom I had not met before but
found utterly delightful. Mary Whalek, Tina, Heather and Rich
Youmans of AJM. Thank you for your donation of the booth. The
support of AJM of the efforts of Ganoksin is truly appreciated. We
will be back next year. Thank you Rio Grande for the lovely Ganoksin
M E T A L W E R X
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