Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy New Year! New Beginnings and Celebrations

It has been a year of changes - creative growth, artistic collaboration, achieved goals, and new goal setting. There is no doubt that the studio has been a catalyst for me with my work ethic and and what can happen through daily collaboration and monthly meetings. The studio has become a place of calm and possibilities. I celebrate that!

Presently, I am working on getting a body of work together submit to Seasons on St. Croix Gallery in Hudson, Wisconsin. I am making 'themed' pendants. So far, I have a series of three Egyptian, three Aboriginal, and two botanical. They are substantial in weight, and include sterling silver, 14k gold, hand engraving, and flush set gemstones. Above are the beginnings of pieces that are inspired by Albrecht Durer's "Large Piece of Turf", 1503. It is a 'slice of nature' with all that is imperfect and wild. Durer's artwork goes straight to my heart. The pendants above are in process and I will post an image when they are complete.

My goals for 2010 are to update my website with current designs, blog more often, get to the studio almost every day, and perhaps find one more gallery - one in the Twin Cities. I would like to continue with themed work, inspired by my favorite art worlds and designs. I will still be making chains and working with acid etching... a new-found appropriate technique for my pieces.

So, here's to 2010! It will be a GREAT year!