At the Breakwater School in portland me! Tonight 3-7 and tomorrow 10-4!!
Just finished this lovely necklace!! Loving it and I'll have more pictures soon! :)
Just finished up the Unfolding Honeycomb Bracelet!! 'real' pictures are coming soon, but I couldn't wait to share it:) This lovely linkage bracelet retails for $225.
One of the coolest aspects to my *new* unfolding honeycomb line is that you can pick and choose your own patterns and the order you want them to go together. Here are a few examples below. PLUS!! a new unfolding honeycomb bracelet is almost ready! Stay tuned! :)
Stepping through the different grits of sandpaper is a tedious task. In some scenarios it's avoidable, But in most cases the end result is always best when I really go from 220 grit to 320, to 400, and then 600 grit, THEN polish or steel wool for the matte finish. While this is incredibly time consuming and FEELS like your not making any progress, somehow along the way you do progress from one grit to the other. Understandably, I grow impatient sometimes and find I'm continuously reminding myself that every stroke of the sandpaper over the metal makes a difference. Each tiny scratch or blemish that was in the metal before is slowly but surely going away. Sometimes it feels like I'm not making any progress but then all of a sudden (BOOM!) I've finally made it through that grit of sandpaper and on to the next. And of course as I'm sitting there telling myself that "if I don't do it 'right' NOW, when will I have time to fix it", I can't help but find all to many parallels between sanding and life goals, health, marathon training, relationships... the list could go on infinitely. The fact is that those small steps we take to move forward might feel like we are going nowhere, but the fact is we are going somewhere slowly... and the best things happen along the way. It takes mindfulness and awareness to notice the details while keeping the 'big picture' in mind. And now my procrastination session is over and it's time to get back to sanding so i can finish some work to make some money... :) until next time!
One of my favorite aspects of designing is to discover how an idea can take shape and develop when you let the process guide you. My latest product line is intended to be an extension of my "Drop Pendant 2". As I set out to create this effect I discovered pretty quickly that if I didn't want to cast the form, there were going to be a LOT of solder joints. Therefore I needed to figure out a way to make a majority of the form with 1 piece of metal. I started to approach the issue using paper and cutting slits and folding like you would for a pop-up/fold out book. After much trial and error, I figured out a pattern that would yield the results I wanted. Thus coming up with the "Unfolding Honeycomb" line. This production line is only just beginning to unfold (heh heh) and I can't wait to play with it some more. I have many other jewelry configurations and can even see it larger! The real beauty of this design is that it appears to be very flat from one angle but then as you turn it you can really see the dimension. More good things coming from the studio!! Stay tuned:)
I can barely contain my excitement about the new designs I have on the way! I am so close to having the first round of ideas completed and photographed, I can taste it. Once I post the finished product I will post some process pics, I just don't want to spoil the surprise!!! (but I do, but I won't!) Stay tuned! :)
Inspiration, design, play... put that playlist on shuffle and you get my creative process. It's often a cycle of trial and error and a constant inquiry of, if i could change anything, what would it be? The designing process is both exciting and completely intimidating since you literally have infinite possibilities. It is mentally grueling, but the challenge and those little 'A HA' moments make designing one of my favorite aspects of making... but even as I type I think... but I love the 'making', and the 'tools', and the 'product', and the 'wearing'... the bottom line is I'm smitten with all of it! Don't make me choose! ;)
Here are some process shots from over the years... more on the way:)