Thursday, October 8, 2015

Prison Break

For the last nearly nine years of running SunnyRising I ruled my space with a statement that has turned out to be wildly untrue:
"If the outside is messy, the inside is messy, too"

If the space is a mess, so is the brain of the maker.

Here I am, knee deep in what appears to be clutter and chaos and I am thriving.
The total tidiness myth was a prison.

Though clean single-purpose surfaces are something I don't feel like I can ever give up (hygienic packaging table, frequently swept floors)
I have let everything else be what it is right now.
Metal forms abound.
Cabbed rocks spill out of drawers.
Abundance is alive.
If it eventually smothers something important
then there'll be time to 
make it better.

I don't put everything away when I'm done using it.
This means I don't have to get it out again when I use it tomorrow.


For almost nine years
I have thought an artist needed a beautiful space
to make beautiful things.

In order to appeal to that part of myself that still believes, I have built a spaceship (thanks, Robin)
of beauty and relative order
and from the cockpit I can look upon the vastness of the shop
and feel both the safety of my vessel and the spaciousness of 
what's possible.

It's working.

I'm working.
He's working. 

I am learning that it doesn't have to be precious.
I am getting the hang of letting things hang.

I am blowing raspberries at my Perfectionist and hoping
that she'll see the humor in my heart
and the lightness in my step

That everything is saying, "Come along!"
with a sweep of the arm
and a dirt-smudged cheek.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Ring and Necklace Preview

I am not messing around: this is a serious influx of serious gems and metalwork.
I have never been more in love with a collection of hours and sweat spent making.
The new space did it: I blame a friendly ghost and seeing into the rafters.

The gifts of the coming autumn have been many. I slowed down some.
I cleaned up some bad habits I'd indulged in for too long.
I got really clear about what mattered.

I have so much to show you, I think you can feel this good place in the work,
it resonates.


Blue Opal Orb Weaver Valentine Necklace with Untreated Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and Carved Coral Roses. Brass chain connectors, hand fabricated. Hammer Engraved web.


Ammonite Postcard Necklace with Minnesota Garden weed and Jacaranda Frond.
Little Collages from the places I love.

Baltic Amber and Chrysoprase Orb Weaver Valentine Necklace. Hammer Engraved. Oxidized sterling chain fringe. 

Royston Hammer Engraved Orb Weaver Ring

Botanical Ring. Hammer Engraved.

Holy Bones Ring. Soft Faceted Howlite, cabbed by me. Feather impression and Chicken Wishbone Band. Size 6.

Dainty Kingman Turquoise Ring. Hammer Engraved, deeply carved. Size 6.25

Full Moon Ring. Watercolor and enamel on copper. Fine Silver Bezel. Dragonfly band. Lavender impressions. Size 7.5

Holy Bones Ring in Labradorite. Striated Golden Flash. Chicken Wishbone Cast Band. Size 8.25

Surrounded by all of the beauty a smaller California country town affords,
egged on by a large and unpretentious workspace
I hammered and sweated and soldered and set happily.

I really look forward to offering this work up to the world 

tomorrow at 5 PM Pacific time.