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Hi friends! I’ve been working hard over the last few weeks on a big website update. The gallery views have changed, the navigation is cleaner, and…..

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 8.45.49 AM I’ve got an online store, y’all!

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Take a look around and let me know what you think! The store is still a work in progress, and I’ll be updating steadily with new products. Thanks for all the support lately, you guys!

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I’ve been in Houston for a whole 12 days! I’m working hard to feel settled and get into a routine with my work and my process. I made a tiny bit of progress the other night. Here are my first drawings. Current obsession: overpasses and powerlines… the biggest pylons I have ever seen!

Houston1 Houston2 Houston3I’m still working through exactly how I’m going to tackle this project and what parameters I’m going to set for myself- if any. So far December feels like get-settled-get-a-job-get-old-projects-finished month. Let’s talk again in January, shall we? Till then, I’m going to soak it in.

 

Hi friends,

I seem to have shouted the news everywhere but here… on the one place that is SPECIFICALLY FOR SHARING NEWS.

I am moving to Houston to be an artist-in-residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

Here is an overview of the program from the HCCC’s website:

“The Artist Residency Program is designed to offer time and space for craft artists to focus on their creative work and interact with the public. The program supports emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in all craft media, including but not limited to clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media. Museum visitors have the unique opportunity to visit the artists’ studios and watch the artists at work. Interacting with the resident artists is a great way to learn about a range of craft processes and techniques. In turn, the artists receive a unique opportunity to gain exposure, make connections with the Houston community, and help educate the public about craft.”

I found out about my acceptance back in the spring, and have put myself through a long, slow, and somewhat torturous process of acclimating myself to the move. Now I feel as though I am more than ready to go… just sitting on my hands. Part of that process was making this Asheville Necklace. It’s an homage to the place I’ve lived for the last four years-longer than anywhere I’ve settled since childhood. Being the gorgeous, clean, tourist town that it is, Asheville seems to have shed itself of its powerlines, and it’s far too mountainous to have a good central train track. What’s a girl obsessed with urban infrastructure to do? Start making lamp posts, of course!

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This necklace depicts the architecture on Wall Street, a cobblestone avenue in the middle of town, facing East. Those Ashevillans among you may recognize the opposite side of the building best known for hosting the Wig Shop in the middle, the flat iron building on the left, and our beloved Early Girl Eatery on the right. IMG_8733

 

And here is a slideshow of my process, as documented on instagram:

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I now find myself in a raising of funds situation for the big move. I have a project that I’m very proud of in the works for that, to be revealed in the next week or two… but I’m a sucker so here’s a preview:

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Hello friends! Guess who’s happy it’s autumn?! Last summer was not friendly to me, but this fall is handling me gently. I’m going to ease back into the swing of this with images from a show I installed last week at Quirk Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.

The show is titled “Iron & Ink” and will be on display until October 26th. I travelled up to Richmond and spend the entire day before the opening making free-hand line drawings on the gallery walls. On the left is an image of El Volcan de Agua over Antigua, Guatemala and on the right is an image of a church off of Central Park in Xela, Guatemala. All of the jewelry in this show is based on drawings I’ve penned while traveling between Guatemala, Roanoke, Richmond, and Montana. The materials for these pieces are sterling silver and steel, and some have been framed and matted for hanging. The jewelry is displayed on custom made panels built by the friendly Mr. Romeo. (Folks- that’s his name, not his title.) If you might be interested in owning any of these one-off pieces, they do come with the display (bonus!)

I feel a deep sense of achievement with this installation, as though I’ve finally figured out how my work is meant to live in the world. I’ve been thinking about it forever, I’m so glad the whole thing went so smoothly.

If you’re in the Richmond/central east coast area  (I’m so worth it.) I hope you’ll check it out at QUIRK GALLERY · 311 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA 23220 open MON – FRI 10AM – 5PM / SAT 11AM – 4PM. (804) 644 – 5450.

For more pictures and professional slides of the work in the show, check out the facebook album.

Also, do you instagram? Live shots of my studio + bonus floristry at my day job @whatnotandsuch.

And sometimes I like to cut loose on the tumblr (whatn0tandsuch) because I have an iPhone now and it’s taken over my life. It’s ridiculous that I have so many social networks, but I love them all equally like children. And by children I mean cats. And by loving them equally I mean occasionally ignoring one for a while. Just like cats.

 

My life exploded after my last post. There’s no easy or tactful way to say it, so I’ll just say that I’m moving (to a different part of Asheville), and I’ve been picking up shifts like crazy. I love my work- both the studio and the flower shop, and I love my friends. Thanks for all the support guys. And I mean to say, expect these sketches to be a little less regular than they used to be. My life is a little less regular, too.

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