Wednesday, July 20, 2016

the story of things

My favorite part about a small business website I visit is the “about” page. I love to know who’s behind the item/object I’m considering buying. I call it the story behind the story. Who is the person? What are they about? It’s also the reason I like to read their blog. It allows me to know them on a personal level not just a commercial one.

I don’t know about you but I’ve become more particular about the things I buy. There’s a real movement right now about tiny houses, minimalism and over consumerism. I personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with owning stuff, I’ve just become more mindful of my purchases and like to think there’s meaning in what I own. I would rather own a couple of really nice handbags than dozens of cheaply made ones, same with shoes (although this is a personal weakness…I love shoes). I also prefer to buy handmade. There is something wonderful about owning things that enrich our lives and make us feel connected to our environment and to each other.  A beautiful painting that you purchase from a local craft show that greets you every night when you get home from work can lift your spirits. A hand made quilt at the foot of your bed in your favorite colors does more than keep you warm. I’ve tried to surround myself with these kinds of things, things that express my aesthetic and keep me grounded, and I believe that is what drives me to be a designer and artist. If I can make someone feel special when they wear one of my necklaces, well then what more can a person ask for?

Friday, July 15, 2016

rock on

I love rocks. Along with steel they were the primary medium in my wall sculptures.

I also combined them with wood. After all what’s more architectural than steel, stone and wood.

Sometimes I even used shells.

And while I’ve substituted silver for steel, these materials still play a major role in my work. The ones I'm most attracted to are never polished or shiny and tend to be a little rough around the edges. I like the rawness in contrast to the silver which I consider more refined.

Living is Arizona is a rock and nature lover’s dream. There are mountains in every direction and hikes into these areas allow for many scenic encounters. I remember having to take a science elective in college and I chose geology. I enjoyed it so much I considered changing my major but of course I didn’t.

 I also love stacking all these elements. They’re like miniature buildings.

People often ask what inspires me and when I tell them about my career in architecture and design and the influence of living in the desert southwest it totally makes sense that I would use natural materials and create the types of compositions that reflect my love of the built environment. I feel it’s important that these things are represented in my work. It gives meaning to what I make.

Wearable nature with an architectural influence.

Friday, June 17, 2016

embracing the incomplete

I've been away. Not in location but in spirit. Rethinking. Reinventing, Regrouping, Changing directions. It was time. But it took time. And I'm not even sure if I've arrived. But that's okay. They say it's the journey not the destination that's important. And in that regard the destination is like "tomorrow" in the song, it's always a day away. 

And about the new name for my blog...embracing the me those words give me the opportunity to adjust my path as I evolve and hopefully my growth never ends and so it remains incomplete as long as I'm alive.

Creativity is in my blood. For as long as I can remember I've been designing and making functional and decorative art. The process (design, sketch, ponder, repeat) can be fun and rewarding but also difficult and at times frustrating - things don't always turn out the way I think they will. The incomplete means there are no dead ends. I'm not hung up on perfection which only exists in my mind and not in real life. It allows me to move on, to keep learning, keep practicing, each piece building on what I learned from the one past. It's embracing the incomplete in my life and in my art that keeps me moving forward.

Hopefully I'll write more often but who knows. I'm more comfortable expressing myself through a visual language than the written word so we'll just have to see. If you're interested in seeing the new direction please visit my website.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

time waits for no man (or woman)

I was shocked to see that my last post was back in January. I'm not sure where the time has gone. I know this sounds weird but I've been trying to slow things down by doing less and being more mindful of the things I'm doing. And I've tried not to have a schedule. Yes I still have my part time day job but for the other days, the days that are mine, I've done fewer things but accomplished more. Instead of having a to-do list of 10 things I now pick 1 or 2 and spent more time with each of them.

It really hit me when I read this recent blog post entitled "Choices, distractions and trade-offs" by Skylark Writing Studio about not being able to have three things in your life. I think that's what I've finally discovered. Please go there and read what she has to say about how we choose to spend our time.

When I was a teenager I would hang posters in my bedroom that had what I thought were profound sayings. One was a picture of a roller coaster with these words "I bought you one ticket", my mother said, "choose your ride with care." I'm not sure I *got* it then. I get it now.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

the final cut

I almost forgot that I had Roman Aguirre film my gallery show. I got the final cut today and I'm very pleased with how it turned out, especially the "out take" at the end. My husband Gary had set up a camera documenting us hanging the art. It's amazing what creative editing can do....thanks Roman!