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!!
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