Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Moving Forward Looking Back


I began thinking about how I got started in the field of smithing jewelry. I have always loved and worn handmade jewelry and I started way back in high school learning the craft but it requires so many tools and I wasn't ready, I still had a lot of life to live, a lot of growing up to do. I think everything began to congeal when I watched, Craft in America and saw Jan Yager work. I loved the way she made jewelry that spoke of her surroundings and her daily life. It gave me a burning desire, not to make her work but to try and say a little something about me. I, like so many have always been inspired by nature and learning how things grow in order to surround my home with beauty and inspiration inside and out. I started a long time ago teaching myself to fabricate flowers in order to embellish my stones, I used to consciously tell myself, "make something pretty today", since then I've made rugged, rough, rad, religious, and refined but it all started with little silver blooms so I thought I'd take a trip down memory lane. This is the first, a pretty garden of mallows with a lavender chalcedony, I'm walking the garden path this week and it's lovely, though I think my ladybugs have flown to the Berkley Hills too and a bird has eaten my first monarch catarpillar. It's a jungle out there!!

xo Ro

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  1. The perfect showcase for a gorgeous stone, Ro. Your silvering stories are always my favorite.

    Making butterflies today...lots and lots of them, so have the tunes cranked as I twirl and twirl.

    xxx

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  2. Thank you Ash, I'm glad you're having fun crafting, me too, music cranked, I worked with Johnny Cash today, we walked the line :)

    xo

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  3. these are trademark gallerydarrow, for sure.
    your flowers have always been my favourites, along with the spanish mission influence, and a mix of the two.

    sometimes we just have to put one foot in front of the other, keep on keeping on, so to speak.

    so glad to come back time and time again to visit you, ro….

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    1. Yes, you have me pegged, those are some of my favorite influences, too bad I couldn't trademark them :) I've been listening to Rodrigo y Gabriela, you should take a listen, perfect background music for Spanish flower arranging.

      Yeah well, I refuse to let the bastardos win !

      Good to see you too M. Fox

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  4. Oh that's lovely! Love your trip down memory lane. Your flowers are gorgeous and that stone is dreamy.
    Hope you have some caterpillars left! :)

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    1. I watched he series about six months ago and I remembered how much I was inspired by Jan, her work speaks of urban Detroit and her floral series are weeds she finds in field lots between buildings. I wanted to do that quiet work and use my experiences for my creations so I finally got here :)

      Oh it's always a battle in the garden, I'm seeing monarchs flying around, an abundance of butterflies but I have made an environment the birds enjoy so they come and eat the good and bad bugs and right now we're fighting over ripe blueberries :)

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  5. This is the best story, Ro...I was just reading Twyla Tharp's thoughts about our creative DNA and origins of our interests and passions...and I love that you shared this. Yes, your blossoms make me smile...I have a few I carry with me. :-) Silver blossoms, that never need watering., guaranteed to bring a smile. :-)

    Thank you for this glimpse behind the studio door. Now, I hope your ladybugs return and cooperate!! :-)

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    1. I read Twylas book too and I realized there were a lot of similarities in my creative process, I thought it was interesting though I'm sure everyone has their own way. Goodness, the DNA our family has been cursed :)

      I love that pinkish tiffany stone garden of yours, it's one of my favorites and you're right, it takes no subsequent watering or fertilizer :)

      Nature seldom cooperates, I think that's what keeps things so interesting, you never know what to expect!

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  6. Oh no, hope I didn't jinx those ladybugs :) You do fabricate the most lovely flowers! xoxo

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  7. Ha! have you seen them? They like it best along the stream under the blackberry mulch! Thank you on the blooms :) xo

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