My First Blog

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So here goes- In January it is usually difficult for me to “get going”. The holidays and all of the things that go along with it are over. January is my time to breathe and replenish my energy. Sometimes that takes a little longer than usual.

I have purchased all of my supplies and am ready to begin. All of my shows (that I hope to get in to) are penciled in on my calendar. My hope is that I will do a few less shows and enjoy the creative process more than I have in the past.

I am trying to find my self. Changing it up a bit. I want my customers and friends to see my work and say- I know who that is- I recognize her work. That is my goal for this year.

I have collected many components that are handmade from artists that I admire. Artisans from all over the world. I delight in using their handmade lamp work, metal work, enamel and ceramic in my designs. I think the best part is getting to know them and collaborating with them to create a piece that I have in my minds eye. I enjoy sharing their story as well.  The pieces that I make with their components are telling a story of friendship and admiration .

I would like to go back a little and share some history. I have always dabbled in crafty things. My mom and grandmother were always busy, creating beautiful things with their hands. So when I started playing with jewelry- friends began to notice and asked me to make them pieces. One thing led to another and here I am. I did have some life events that took place around the same time. Making jewelry was my therapy- it took me away from my thoughts and sadness. I will admit that it did become a bit of an obsession.

I do remember coming home from a bead show one day-  laying all of my purchases on the table-  it was void of color, but at the same time- that was comfortable.  I have in the past stayed away from color.   Years later-  I find myself in a new place of playing with color and enjoying it more than ever. I believe that my evolution mirrors my design choices.  Color makes me happy, the days of grays are behind me.  Not to say that I will not still use gray- just to say that gray will have a friend –  maybe yellow, red or orange.

Well- this was a good beginning.  We shall see where this takes me.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought.  I guess I have something to say after all…