Hi friends,

My residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft ended at the end of August, about two months ago. I have not allowed myself a lot of time for reflection, but I think that’s more out of busy-ness than a conscious desire to avoid the process. During the summer a hundred thousand little incomplete pieces of my life all stuck together at once like a magnet. It was both very satisfying and disconcerting. I’m now living in San Antonio, one of those moves I tend to make when I know where I DON’T want to live so I weigh my options and poke a finger at the map. I don’t want to go back to North Carolina (for pretty obvious reasons,) and I couldn’t see myself living the kind of life I wanted in Houston. It was hard leaving the wonderful, fun, loyal friends I’d made through the Craft Center, but San Antonio is already proving to be a good choice. Mr. Romeo, the long suffering boyfriend, is finally in the same state and he is happy with the work he’s found here. And I love this town already. Equinox, a jewelry gallery in La Villita that has represented me for years, has been very supportive. I moved here to be closer to Alejandro and his inclusive approach to business, curating, and life in general. I’m looking forward to getting more involved as soon as my personal workload allows me some breathing room. Fall is always frantic.

I’m going to try to bring this thing up to date with what’s going on in my life right now. Let’s start with the studio!

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I am a very messy worker. This is my studio at HCCC right before I packed it up. More horizontal surfaces! I want all the horizontal surfaces!

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I am well documented in my hatred for working at home. Getting out of the house and into a shared studio in Asheville was the best thing I ever did for my business. Now I’m back to working out of the second bedroom and I’m feeling pretty “meh” about it. The house I’m renting is perfect, though. The room has tons of windows and light, and Mr. Romeo is similarly tool-obsessed, so the mess doesn’t seem to bother him too much (yet.)
IMG_0922IMG_0914The first challenge was setting up some ventilation. When I work with steel I use some very toxic flux and I don’t need those fumes in the place I work, eat, share with my loved ones, and sleep. Mr. Romeo set this up for me out of a bathroom exhaust vent! Best birthday present ever!IMG_0861

Now if I could just get these damn cats out of EVERYTHING. GET. OUT. I LOVE YOU AND YOU ARE SOFT AND ADORABLE BUT GET OUT.
IMG_1205Also. My new kitchen is delightful.

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Hi friends! Back in the spring I had two different people come to me on the same day with found objects they wanted me to set into jewelry. I almost never use found objects or settings in my regular line so these were a bit hard to wrap my head around. Both of these folks were familiar with my work and came to me because they like my style. The challenge was to make something with these unusual objects that still looks like me.IMG_6057The first client brought me some driftwood and a delicate ocean-worn shell. He and his wife had picked them up on a vacation to the beach and he wanted to present her with a special piece of jewelry on their anniversary. The second couple were some sweet folks I met through the residency. They own one of my favorite sculptures. They inherited these beautiful silver antique spoons from Germany and one accidentally went through the garbage disposal! Strangely, they thought of me when they pulled it out of a drawer one day.

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IMG_0238 IMG_0242This was the final product. I was worried about the delicate wood and shell becoming damaged during normal wear, so trapping it in this frame ended up working to provide some protection.

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commission1commission3 Commission2The spoon needed a lot of clean up but it already had an interesting organic shape. I ended up making a convertible pendant that could be worn multiple ways.

This was a nice exercise, but I’m happy to be back working on my regular line!

 

 

 

OH, Hi!

Overwhelming things are happening for me and my little art biz, and it’s time to share! First of all, I hope you all will enjoy this complete line of work I just sent to Mora Jewelry in my old haunt: Asheville, NC. It’s a good sampling of the imagery I’ve picked up since moving to Houston, the mother of all sprawl. I’m crushing hard on the overpasses at the moment. Think what you want about the car culture here, but I admire a city that respects its residents enough to beautify the infrastructure they see day in and day out. Texas has some fancy interstates. I’m especially a fan of the giant bronze stars adorning all the structural pylons in the I-10/Outer Loop exchange in Katy.

 

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Anyway. Here’s the jewelry, now available at Mora:

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Marthe was kind enough to share some images of the display:

photo 1-1 photo 2-1I’m such an admirer of Marthe’s work for the art jewelry community, and I’m such a fangirl of the other artists in this gallery- especially Joanna Gollberg, one of the original partners at the space. Any time I’m asked to be in the company of such talented artists I have to pinch myself.

Check it out:

Mora Designer Jewelry Website

Mora’s Facebook Page

 

Hi friends,

I’m entering into the final 3 months of my residency here at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Prioritizing my time, staying focused, and doing the work-life balance thing has been a lot harder than I expected, even after all the years of practice I’ve already had. Having an open studio has been interesting. The conversations I have range from expert advice from electrical engineers, to my favorite so far: “did you get the patterns for these on the internet?”

I’d like to share the latest batch of drawings. I’m always thinking about the infrastructure here and the dizzying overpasses. More to come.

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Hi friends!

The last month has gone by in a blur of wire cuttings and chain samples. During a busy day at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft I figured I wasn’t going to get much designing done, so I tried to find something to keep my hands busy while talking to visitors in my open studio. I recently came across some samples from a class I took at VCU about ancient textile techniques from pre-columbian Peru. I recreated an 8-strand braid from my samples with 28g steel wire.IMG_5350What I got was a few hours of meditative motion and a great textured cable that I can’t find enough uses for. For years I’ve been brainstorming new ideas for my production work and failing to come up with anything that was both cost effective to make and within my aesthetic. I’ve never thought that the different kinds of work I make live well together, and the rift has gotten wider as my inspirations become more tied to urban landscape and fall away from ornamental motifs. I had different plans for the first few months of my residency, but I’m definitely pleased with the progress I’ve made. Houston, you are my muse!

Here are just a few of the prototypes I’ve been working on. I hope to photograph more and share as I go along. A few pieces are already listed in my shop!

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I hope y’all like them! There’s more a-coming, so check out the shop every once in a while.

 

Equinox, a jewelry gallery in San Antonio, asked me to participate in a Valentine’s Day themed show titled “Corazon de Melon.” The title of the show translates to “Watermelon Heart,” and they encouraged me to take a humorous view on the holiday. As a former florist, a sense of humor is really the only thing that has gotten me through the last 5 V-Days. Floral design is much harder than most people think it is, and our hard work is burdened further by the emotional baggage of our clients. I decided to make a series of flowers (oh, how I miss their presence in my life!) while incorporating a few of the horrifying things I’ve been told in regards to giving or receiving flower arrangements. After 4.5 years of writing those grand statements of love on tiny cards that wedge into plastic picks, I had plenty of material. I mined a few friends at my old shops (unnamed to protect the innocent!) to get a few of these gems. Enjoy!8WaysGroupDetail FuckUp5FuckUp3FuckUp1 FuckUp2FuckUp4FuckUp8FuckUp7FuckUp6The flowers are made out of hand-painted paper and steel wire and mount on the wall with a pushpin. Check out Equinox’s Facebook page for more images of the other talented jewelers’ work!
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