How to Take Art with You Everywhere

Do You Need Art Like I Do?

I’m sure you’ve heard artists say that they need to create. It’s a compulsion. I’m one of those artists. But I also need art around me, whether I’m creating or not.

I know this is going to sound weird, but having art all around me makes me feel like I’m in a warm, safe, cocoon.

These little guys sit atop the cabinets in my studio, and watch over me.

I’ve been known to carry artist-made glass beads, in my pocket. If I’m in a place where I can’t take them out to enjoy looking at them, just a quick fondle in my hoodie pocket soothes me.

The dilemma came in when I would wear things without pockets. Then what? Easy solution: only wear things with pockets, right?

 

I Found a Better Solution: Jewelry

I was never a jewelry-wearing person. I mean, I like a sparkly thing as much as the next gal, but traditional gems and metal don’t do it for me. 

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long but I finally realized that I could make any kind of jewelry I wanted. Well, duh. Isn’t that what an artist does?

I didn’t have to make what I thought people wanted to wear. I could make art. Art to wear. I feel silly admitting that because it’s so obvious, isn’t it?

Upcoming Mirror Mirror Collection - Sterling silver, moonstone, and glass.

So that’s what I’m doing. I’m creating art that you can wear, so that you always have inspiration right there with you.

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall

How Inspiration Strikes

To be honest, the inspiration for this upcoming collection came from the stones themselves.

I’ve mentioned before that my rocks talk to me. So, that’s where I usually go first. I had purchased some moonstones a while back and was enthralled with their sparkle and depth.

I loved them so much that I hung them on my desk light above my work bench so we could hang out. As I sat with them I got the distinct feeling that they wanted to be included in a collection that had something to do with the divine feminine. They’re very on trend, these mighty little stones.

You can see where we started. Neither of us were feeling it until about the 8th sketch. Then, bam! There it was.

Mirror Mirror.

As I continue to work on the collection it has me thinking about women’s issues. How we give so much power to what we see in the mirror because of what we’ve lived our entires lives hearing about our appearance.

I started to feel sad and disappointed because I knew that these gems wanted to be uplifting, and I felt that I was failing them with my thoughts

Disney Villains are More Interesting

Then I remembered, part of the problem that we, as women, have taken on is exactly what I was doing. Trying to ignore that there ARE issues, and putting on that smile that is expected of us.

Oh, no, no, no. I couldn’t have that. That’s when I heard the evil queen chime with a “Mwuahahahaha. I have just what you need.”

I decided to dive into the duality that we all have inside us, and harness the power of the evil queen with some poisoned apples and berries.

I know. Taking a little darker turn, yes? But if you think about it, the villains are usually more interesting, aren’t they?

As I worked I wondered why that was. The only thing I could come up with was that I think we secretly long to be able to do some of the shit that they do. I mean, set our sights on something and go for it without having to hold back. Show the world the power that we have inside us because whether good, or bad, we’re pretty damn powerful.

I can’t wait to show you how the next phase is shaping up!

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Why I Choose to Give the Best

I Give the Best Because You Deserve the Best. Period.

Don’t you agree? Honestly, I think that the start of this whole ‘give the best’ thing goes back to my childhood. I remember school food drives where we’d be asked to bring canned goods in around Thanksgiving time. I’ll never forget my mom pulling a can of waxed beans off the shelf and handing it to me.

My first thought was, “What the hell are waxed beans?” Maybe I didn’t think ‘hell,’ but you know, what the hell ARE they? Who eats wax? We obviously didn’t because we were giving them away. Then I thought, “That’s going to be one shitty Thanksgiving meal if this is one of the ingredients they have to work with.” Again, maybe I didn’t think ‘shitty,’ but you get my point.

It was at that moment where I decided that if I give things away, I would give things that I would want to get. You may be thinking that people with nothing would be happy to get anything. I might agree with that, but why not give something more than just anything.

Anyway…

clay micromosaic sterling silver ring

Right now, this is one of my best, and I’m giving it away over on Instagram

It’s a sterling silver setting that was made for a stone that cracked, so I filled it with a polymer clay micromosaic.

I love this damn ring.

Check out my Current Giveaway

sterling silver ring giveaway

All you have to do is head over to Instagram and tag a friend who you think would like my jewelry. The instructions are all right there in the first comment of the post.

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