Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Green Days of Spring

What a beautiful Spring morning, Jewelry Fans. Admittedly, it is warming up here in the Southwest. We have had our first 100 degree day.  I’m looking forward to this weeks cool down with highs in the low 90’s. Monsoons cannot come too soon. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The right now, right here in the studio has been fantastic. Sure, there are large quantities of coffee, green tea and the occasional (laughing) adult beverage involved, but the work I’ve been doing has felt amazing and stunning and absolutely a mix of new and old and leveled UP, if you know what I mean. If you don’t know what I mean, you’ll have to find me out on the road and buy something. Just buy it, you won’t regret it and you will cherish the memory forever! Ok. Sales pitch is over. Back to the Green Days of Spring.

You may be thinking that the Green Days of Spring allude to the renewal of growth, the beautiful flowering of our chlorophyll neighbors as the warmth of the golden sun’s rays spread across the frosty, snow encrusted (some of you!) earth. Well. You’d be wrong. Sorry! The Green Days of Spring come from my calendar  where there are actually days colored in with a green Sharpie (all hail the great Sharpies!!). You see, my schedule can be a bit crazy, with teaching, retail, and appointments for myself, my business and my family. In an attempt to Clarify my Commitments and get real about what I’m doing and where, I have color coded the activities. Blue Sharpie– Family. Pink Sharpie– Show. Green Sharpie– Studio Time. Oh— the Green Days!!! Since April’s Bead Fest Philadelphia, what a glorious string of barely interrupted Green Days I have had!

Thus, the Green Days of Spring were birthed into my universe. Accidental amazingness. I will cherish them forever. I have been hoarding them a bit, going into Studio Troll mode– coming up for a quick breath of reality (yuck) and diving back into my own world of possibility. I have tube set diamonds, I have carved settings out of casting grains, I have placed keys next to pottery shards, broken into my stash of sparkling things and sprinkled them liberally all across my designs. I have turquoise nodes, un-lapidary malachite crystals,  azurite geodes, fluorite tetrahedrons and the most stunning pieces of Anasazi pottery. All connected through gossamer threads of silver and gold wire, my life’s work, bridging the impossible reality of my past (20th USNA reunion THIS YEAR) to the unimaginable potential of my future. Our future, jewelry fans. We are all creatures of this Green Earth.

Hmmmmmm… maybe the Green Days of Spring do speak to planet-wide rebirth? Have I been drawn subconsciously towards a time of regrowth where my studio work mirrors the larger vibe of renewal? Is each moment a living testimony to the potential for beauty and committed action? What action would you take today that would make tomorrow a better place? Recycle a water bottle rather than throw it in the trash? Maybe carry a reusable water bottle to fill up instead? Sort the paper out of trash for recycling? Send your sneakers out to be remade into playground footing? What small, focused and committed step would bring you out of the electronic, pulsing shadows and into beautiful warm rays of renewed life? (Says the artist from a dimly lit room in front of glowing laptop. Hubris, anyone? But I’m only here for a second– I’ve got LIFE TO LIVE. A couple more weeks of Green Days until the Pink Days of this summer’s EPIC adventure begin).

Consider your own Green Days, Jewelry Fans. I’m cheering for you, and me, and all of us. I believe in you. Sometimes I even believe in me. Gosh– that must be the chlorophyll talking.

More to come on the Pink Days of the summer. More to come on commitment and connection. Aren’t you excited?? I am.

Keep in mind you can find me at two more EPIC teaching events this year– August once again in Philadelphia at Bead Fest.  Then for the final time this year (2014 isn’t over yet!!) in early October at Art & Soul Retreat, Virginia Beach, VA. The projects are fantastic, I’m better than great and what’s not to love about the long boardwalk of VA Beach in the golden rays of the rising autumn sun?

I’ve submitted my first article for publication in a top magazine– not telling yet– but stay tuned for the down low. I’m working on some collaborations with other amazing artists and I still have to tell you all about the most amazing art retreat (first in 10 years for me) I went on with Susan Lenart Kazmer in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Oh, Hacienda Mosaico, I miss you sooooooooooo.

Back to work, Jewelry Fans, we have a world to take over, one wire, one connection at a time.