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!
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!
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.)
The 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!