Monday, December 31, 2012

For the heart

I wanted to send a heart-felt shout out to all of the families and staff at Phoenix Children's Hospital, Beads of Courage, and Cardon Children's Medical Center in Arizona that I have had the privilege of working with over the past 7 years

This little guy is a true miracle!  Heart transplant then up and running around in a few days.  Every bead around his neck represents the pokes, tests, surgeries, and nights in the hospital he has endured in his young life.  Every bead represents his courage!

Beads of Courage, Inc. is an amazing non profit organization I create programs forThey help children coping with serious illness to communicate their personal story through art and symbolism.

Please check out their website.

The programs help children and teens in over 115 hospitals around the world including the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Japan, the U.K., Ireland, and Scotland. 


Green Revoluntion and In FLUX Cycle 3

I have been chosen as one of the In FLUX Cycle 3 artists to do an installation at the Tempe Center for the Arts. My installation called "Mind Forestwill be up in the TCA Gallery space starting January 18th -September 2013.  This large scale exhibit will include many new life-sized creatures including:  a bat, brown bear, owls, monkey, turtles, and two-towed sloth.

Mind Forest is also part of the Smithsonian Institute/Museum of Science + Industry Chicago's exhibit GREEN REVOLUTION 

As an In FLUX juried artist, I will be live in the gallery space February 2 and April 6 from NOON -2pm demonstrating some of my techniques and answering questions 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

national christmas tree project

National Christmas Tree Project
I completed a project about a month ago with two Free Arts AZ  group home locations.
the teens created ornaments from clay then painted them with bright colors and sparkles.  The theme was Christmas in Arizona.  All of the ornaments hang proudly in Washington DC on a tree representing Arizona.

A few examples of the kids ornaments:
   Amazing what art can do!!!!!! To learn more about Free Arts, go to their website
Volunteer or donate to a great cause bringing the arts to abused children and teens

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Fishy Success!

Canal Convergence has come to an end...
over 425 additional fish were embellished by participants, many were added to the "wall of fish".  Amazing two days put on by Scottsdale Public Art and SRP!                

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Canal Convergence Scottsdale

November 10 and 11th Scottsdale hosts the annual Canal Convergence celebration.

The sparkly fish were embellished by kids that are receiving treatment for a serious illness at a local hospital or care facility.  They all did an AMAZING job.  I am so proud of them all!

My project is free, open from 11-6 on Saturday and 12-6 on Sunday.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fauna/Fauna Opening

One of the last times to see this excellent exhibit!  
I will also have new jewelry and books available for sale. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

smoking bunny

I am starting a new series of beaded cigarettes to be worn as necklaces, behind your ear, held or in a men's jacket pocket.
contact me for availability or to place an order.
girlxty at

Sunday, October 7, 2012

A view of the exhibit

opening night

Thank you everyone for coming to the Willow North opening!  For those that missed it, here are a few more new pieces to enjoy.   

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Website up!
my new website is up and running!  
some new images for my upcoming exhibit @ Willow North in Phoenix.  First Friday in October and November, 3rd Friday in November.  Dave Saker is my photographer, amazing!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Christy Puetz website

I just took down my website.
I will try to have something up again and improved.
thanks for staying tuned

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Family workshops @ the Shemer

Family Workshop Series
Plan A Night Out – An Afterschool Outing With Your Child……
Cultural Arts Activities/Projects & SAC Snack
Learning about other cultures is important, especially for young children. Exploring cultural traditions and development helps children think critically and become open-minded and curious. It may be difficult for them to visualize how other cultures work so reinforce lessons about foreign traditions with art projects from around the world. Not only does this help children better appreciate other cultures, it encourages their curiosity and creativity. Experience this art trek around the world with your child, grandchlld, nephew or niece and experience cultural traditions!

Just $200 for all 6 exciting workshops!   
or $35 for individual classes
Highlight Mexico
Tree of Life

Discuss how the Tree of Life is significant in the Mexican/Latin American cultures and to all of us (the universal connection and uses), shapes, symbolism of fruits/flowers/ people and other objects depicted in traditional Tree of Life sculptures of Mexico. Participants will construct a tree out of felt and glue it onto a cloth banner. Layers of shapes will be cut out of felt to represent added to create more dimension to the pieces. Pipe cleaners can also be woven into the banner or springing up from the top to create a more 3-D effect. They will be ready to hang on the wall
Class # CHP-3
Thurs., 5-7pm, 9/19
1 Session

Highlight Japan
Kokeshi & Samuri Figure

The Kokeshi is a traditional figure, originally made in northern Japan. They are painted in bright floral designs, kimonos, and other traditional patterns. The Samuri has long been a symbol of the warrior, a honorable and trustworthy figure. This workshop will explore the history and traditions surrounding the Hinamatsuri (girl’s day or doll festival) and Kodomo No Hi (children’s day)/Tangu No Sekku (boy’s day) in Japan. Each participant will design their own version of a Samurai or Kokeshi figure.
Class # CHP-4
Tues., 4-6pm, 9/25
1 Session

Highlight Africa

Memory Jars
Based in African and the southern United States, Memory Jars are a way to remember loved ones, document family histories and honor cultural traditions. The jars are traditionally covered with everyday obje cts like keys and shells, varying by the individual maker. We will create our own one-of-a-kind dimensional scrapbook, covered with colorful papers, beads, buttons, and fun objects. The inside may hold photos, a handwritten story, or note to a special loved one. You might want to bring a couple of special personal items to add to your jar.
Class # CHP-5
Tues., 4-6pm, 10/2
1 Session

Highight Africa
Masks of Mystery

Masks are used around the world to help humans transform their identity, celebrate special occasions and dress up. Wearing a mask can temporarily turn you into a super hero, royalty, monster or animal. Whether fancy or simple the mask you create will help you to transform into someone or something else, maybe an alien?
Class # CHP-6
Wed., 4-6pm, 10/10
1 Session

Highlight China
Chinese Zodiac Tapestry

Chinese Zodiac Animals hold incredible power to cultures around the world. Depending on your birth date, everyone has a particular animal that is thought to bring you anything from good luck, wealth or even love. Use a Zodiac calendar to find the animal that hides inside of you. Participants will design a small textile using their animal as the focus, embellishing it with ribbons, fabrics and colorful beads.
Class # CHP-8
Tues., 4-6pm, 10/23
1 Session

Highlight Middle East
Jingling necklaces of the Middle East/Saudi Arabia

A Bedouin woman’s jewelry is a true treasure filled with sounds and symbols of protection and status. With their nomadic lifestyle, the woman’s jewelry is thought of as a walking bank account that women could use as currency in local markets. Participants will create a musical necklace with bells, glass and metal beads
Class # CHP-7
Tues., 4-6pm, 10/17
1 Session

Art and Animals!                 Winter Family Series
Just $200 for all 6 exciting workshops!  or $35 per session

Arizona Birds
Create birds nest using a variety of materials then create small colorful clay birds to live in the nest (baby birds and eggs are welcome too!). We will also talk about desert animals and general animal symbolism. Each participant will receive a special “totem” animal bead to use on their desert necklaces.
Class # CHP-9
Thurs., 4-6pm, 11/8
1 Session

Stackable Animals
We will explore animal symbolism from cultures around the world including, Africa, Japan, the Arctic and North America. Decide what your favorite animals are then shape them out of clay. Once the finishing touches are made, they will be stacked on a dowel to look like a traditional totem pole.
Class # CHP-10
Tues., 4-6pm, 11/13
1 Session
Cost: $35

Critters of the World Sculptures
Do you like tigers, penguins or bears? Where do they live? Animals have adapted to living in different environments around the world, anything from freezing cold to a burning desert or even a tropical jungle. This workshop, will help you to construct your favorite animals out of clay then create a little “living space” for your new friends out of paper, fabric and other materials
Class # CHP-11
Tues., 4-6pm, 11/20
1 Session
Cost: $35

Tiny Mighty Spirits
Dolls or figure have been used in many cultures and tribes throughout history for role-playing, storytelling or as symbols of self. Do you ever wish you could fly or have a super-human power? What would it be? We will explore figures used in world cultures while creating your own embellished figure that will tell your personal story.
Class # CHP-12
Thurs., 4-6pm, 12/4
1 Session
Cost: $35

Storytelling Quilts
Quilts can keep you warm at night or tell stories about an entire family’s history. We will design and embellish a miniature quilt that will tell a story about you, your interests or family. Use fabric, beads, ribbons and found objects to get started, bring some personal photos or fabric to make it unique to you.
Class # CHP-13
Sat., 10am-12pm, 12/1
1 Session
Cost: $35

Creative Creatures
Use basic embroidery stitches to create doodles, flowers, colorful squiggles, and other fun designs on a little cloth puppy form. Add colorful buttons, sequins or beads to create a chunky texture. Your finished puppy may look realistic, fantasy-inspired, or maybe a mixture of both.
Class # CHP-14
Thurs., 1-3pm, 12/13
1 Session
Cost: $35

Take a workshop!

I am working with the Shemer Art Center and Museum September-December offering fiber art and jewelry workshops for adults and youth.
Check out the options:

 Shemer’s Fall Workshops with Christy Puetz
Adult class schedule
Self Portrait Shrine
Participants will use cloth, images, and a variety of mixed-media materials to collage a three-dimensional personal story or mini shrine. Your theme may include honoring yourself, family, travel, personal interests, or pets. Bring your own photos to make your project more personal and fun. All other supplies & materials provided.
Class # CHP-15
Wed., 1-4pm | 9/19
1 Session | $65

Fantastic Figures
Create a mixed-media self portrait figure using a variety of materials and techniques including painting, bead embellishment, and embroider. This project will inspire and show your unique personality or alternate self. All supplies & materials provided.
Class # CHP-16
Wed., 1-4pm | 9/26
1 Session | $65

Stitched Images
Participants will experiment with embroidery stitching on photography to enhance or alter the original image. Add a little color to a vintage school photo by adding mustaches or rainbow hair; add a colorful bird to a tree; give a muscle builder a tutu, the possibilities are endless. Traditional or outrageous styles are welcome. Bring your own photos or choose from a variety provided. All supplies & materials provided.
Class # CHP-17
Wed., 1-4pm | 10/10
1 Session | $65

Creative Creatures
Use basic embroidery stitches to create doodles, flowers, colorful squiggles, and other fun designs on a little cloth puppy form. Add colorful buttons, sequins or beads to create a chunky texture. Your finished puppy may look realistic, fantasy-inspired, or maybe a mix of both. All supplies & materials provided.
Class # CHP-18
Tues., 1-4pm | 10/17
1 Session | $65

Sea Life Banner
Inspired by the sparkling sequin covered Celebration Flags of Haiti, participants will work with imagery from mermaid myths and underwater sea life in this workshop and will use sequins, images, buttons, and other materials to create a colorful cloth banner. Your dazzling tactile banner will become a great way to remember a beach vacation, fishing trip, or express a mythical story. All supplies & materials provided.
Class # CHP-19
Wed., 1-4pm | 10/24
1 Session | $65

Spirit Box/ Ofrenda
In early November ancestors and loved ones are honored during the Dia de los Muertos Celebracion in Mexico, in which an Ofrenda or shrine is constructed. Participants will embellish and design their own mini wooden version of an Ofrenda or Spirit box as a way to recognize important people and events in their life. All supplies & materials provided.
Class # CHP-16
Wed., 6:30-8pm | 10/31
1 Session | $65

Meditation Strand & Bracelet
Learn basic-jewelry design elements, color and bead symbolism before creating a beautiful beaded bracelet. Participants will also create a symbolic bead strand to help create focus in your life, create calm, or inspire you to be brave. The strand is designed to carry with you or hang on the wall.
Supplies & materials provided.
Class# CHP-2
Tues., 6:30-8pm | 10/23
1 session | $65

Treasure Necklaces
Learn basic jewely-making design elements, techniques, and color symbolism before creating your own stylish necklaces. Participants will choose from a huge selection of bead colors, sizes, and materials from around the world. Supplies & materials provided. 

Class# CHP-1
Tues., 6:30-8:30pm | 9/25
1 session | $65 


Mark your calendars!  new great exhibit October and November 1st Fridays.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Beaded Cigarette

The stylish fashion accessory for the season
Beaded cigarette! 

 comes as a necklace, barrette, or free form cigarette.

contact to order
girlxty at

Friday, August 24, 2012

Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry

One of my necklaces was recently included in a new publishing by Lark Jewelry and Beading.  Pretty amazing images.
I have "how to disappear completely" in a full page photo!

Below photo is by photographer Chris Johnson.  He used the necklace at a shoot in California.  Dress by Galina Couture in Scottsdale
This necklace is now available for sale.
girlxty at

Wrapping up the residency

Last day working in the Scottsdale Civic Library as the resident artist!  It was a great experience.  The Scottsdale Public Art staff really rock.
Photos are from my research on monsters, plus a few pieces from my new series