We live in a 1928 storybook tudor cottage, with a third acre of garden. The spring flowers are blooming (the columbine is particularly beautiful right now) and we're so happy to see our 2 years of work in this garden finally paying off. We wanted a combination of a woodland garden and a cottage garden, and it's really starting to take shape. Music is by Peter Sandberg. Etude No. 1. From Epidemic Sound.
I decided to share all the things I've been telling myself everyday to motivate me to continue to make my work during this crazy time. Pass this video along to anyone who's struggling to work and needs to hear these things.
These are strange and difficult times for artists, in so many ways. But social isolation is something that a lot of us are more than used to experiencing in our studios all the time. For me, adding even more social distancing to my already socially distant life has been feeling pretty challenging. Appreciating the small moments, in the studio and in my life, are saving me and keeping me hopeful.
Music : piano improvisation by me.
A few moments from our morning, grounding ourselves (literally & emotionally) in the woods looking for cherry blossoms. The spring is coming so early this year.
I've been out in all weathers taking photos of the details that are so particular to winter, in our garden and in the woods near our house. I can feel spring coming everywhere, which means soon the architectural structure of nature will start disappearing under all the green. Now's the time to get muddy and cold and wet and watch the new season start to take hold.
Lichen on a log at Forest Park.
Seedpods and droplets, at the Lowell Riverfront Trail.
Rosehips in our garden, in the rain.
Chihuly Garden & Glass came to my studio a few years back and made this documentary video about my paper jewelry making process, and it's still the best boiled down explanation of how I spend my days. They filmed moments in most of the aspects of the papermaking process, and asked me all kinds of questions about my work. My jewelry is still for sale in the Bookstore (which is their name for their gift shop) so if you're in Seattle, drop by Seattle Center and take a look.
A little tour through a day in my studio... I make a little progress on a lot of jewelry every day.
Soundtrack: improvisation on the piano, by me.
A few of the final steps in shaping and finishing my sterling silver and gold filled Crossed Branch Cuff. After these steps at the bench pin, it goes to the tumbler overnight to get hardened and polished.
Soundtrack : a piano improvisation by me, recorded right here in our cottage.