Monday, September 20, 2010

Expect What????

I love making things... jewelry, bags, crocheting, knitting, painting, drawing, ceramics... anything. You name it, I probably did it at one time or another. Yes, woodworking too. I did that for awhile :) It's all like playing to me. It was fun because I had no expectation of the outcome of my art. Then, a few months after I decided to sell my jewelry this 'expectation' rose. I wanted people to love them and buy them!! The focus became making everybody happy and I stopped creating from joy, the thing that makes creating fun in the first place. Then I went through a phase that I called 'Sucky Phase' and did not make anything because I expected so much out of my art and it scared me. As an artist, I have decided that it was not a way to live or create...and I let the expectation go. Now, I let my art flow and come out as it comes out from my heart. I let it into the world without any expectation...or maybe not as much :)

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

All The Things I Love

I love working with fiber. I learned to crochet when I was 9 years old and started sewing when I was in middle-school. I used to make bags and hair accessories out of my mother's scrap material. Her scrap bin was my treasure trove :)

I first incorporated my love for fiber in the velvet beads earrings. After experimenting with other materials, I have come back to include more fiber in my collection with this Ameli, a bracelet made out of leather, crocheted cotton cord and recycled glass... completed with an antiqued brass clasp.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Letting go

In art school, they did not teach you anything about letting go. Sometimes as artists, we love our work so much because they are after all our labor of love. Now and then, I find myself hanging on to some of my pieces. I suppose it is life...people, possessions, animals and everything else in your life: you let go when you're ready. Everything moving in and out of your life in its own good time. There is no supposed to. There is no must. Sometimes you realize you're ready, sometimes you don't. Whatever it is is okay.

I kept this bracelet, Indri, in its box for 6 months after it was finished. I have not listed it until now because I love it so and was not ready to let go. But I think I am ready now to share all the love I put in it with the world...and eventually with the owner.