Monday, August 30, 2010

Creation and Evolution

I am on Voila today in the Current Topic Series: Evolution!

I am amazed and thankful for the opportunities that come my way, weaving themselves into my creative process. Finishing this bracelet, thinking through my process and retracing my steps was a great experience.

Tomorrow we start back to school and as part of the writing process I teach my kids to read compositions out loud, to slow themselves down and self critique their work before I read it. They want to rush and skip this step (just like I do) but slowing down and actually hearing what one writes weeds out mistakes and hones the strengths. Being part of Voila's Evolution Series was similar for me. I was forced to think about what I was doing because I had to write the "story" of how this bracelet came to be.

Thank you, thank you Christine Dumont!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Upcoming Show

In addition to a flurry of custom work I am busy preparing for New Freedom Fest in New Freedom, PA (60 mins. north of Baltimore). This outdoor show is September 18 from 10am-4pm right in my hometown. You can get more info. about the day at the New Freedom Heritage website.


I would have thought I'd come home from vacation permanently hunched over from all the time we spent looking closely at the stones, shells, sea glass, sand dollars and seaweed strewn across the beaches of Matinicus last month. I looked at pebbles closely, as I had been taught to do in Tracy Holmes class "A Day at the Beach, developing a criticial eye in regard to my own polymer clay versions. (This echoed my Dad's drawing instruction when I was little "always look at the thing you are drawing MORE than at your piece of paper".)

Here's my fiddling around. The more realistic looking ones have been sanded; the others are rough.

This might be what happens next.

And I am definitely headed in this direction but with custom sterling rings.