Ping Pong

Artists don’t always work in a singular fashion. Between pendant sessions, I’m thinking of other art that I am planning out. Here’s an illustrator “sketch” of some of the design ideas:

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I’m still figuring out how I will incorporate these symbols and how they are to be written. This is just an idea of the writing.

Wearables

I just completed my first class at the Bullseye Glass Resource Center in Portland: Kiln Components, Jewelry and Wearables. It was fantastic! I have a new view on how to create beautiful glass that can go with you anywhere. Look for more at my Etsy site (link in sidebar) soon.

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I also got to spend some amazing time with my friends Kym, Roger, Karen, Susan, Richard and Jordan. WE ATE SO MUCH GOOD FOOD.

Kym started this week and half long whirlwind tour of Portland, Gig Harbor and Seattle by coming to the class from Australia. She stayed with each of us for a bit, and shopping her little Aussie feet off while she was with me. It was great fun. I feel like it cemented the friendships started in Mamaroneck, NY last October. I know I will be visiting Kym sometime in the next few years. So many plans.

Studio space in Seattle is put on hold, so I will be working out of Pratt Fine Arts, my friend’s studio, and Portland for now. The glass journey is approaching a new height!

 

Funerary Art

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I’ve had this idea of a soul “catcher” or container for at least a year, if not 2. In the past 2 years I have lost family members who are dear to me. Part of what I am learning and observing is that death is such a part of living and yet, our society generally wants to sanitize it and separate it from every day life. This is my way of making it a companion and not something to be feared. Life must be celebrated in every way. We all are born and we all will die.

I want to create something that will be its own entity artistically, but will tell the story of my loss and learning about how death and life are entwined. I want to create these items in a way that they are remnants of a society that is no longer active. An archeological find, that we are discovering and interpreting for ourselves. There will be symbols, figures, and items that we will not be able to know the true meaning of, but as a whole will speak to us about how these people lived and died.

This idea started with just a simple bowl – something that would be light (luminous) and substantive. Over time, it has evolved to become more. I realized my symbols could enrich the meaning behind these tools. I could create a full story that would share what I have learned, what I am learning, and even what I don’t know yet. I could bring peace to my sorrow and celebrate the lives that have ended.

Everything’s Copic

I’m still deciding which way I will go with glass work – studio or shared space. But in the mean time I’ll be creating in another way.

We went to Emerald City Comic Con for the first time and HOLY COW!! That was awesome! Any of my friends are welcome to come stay with us next year since it’s sooooo close. And awesome.

We did a lot of things and bought a lot of things. And there were so many artists, we got inspired and bought some markers…

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And I’ve been busy drawing since:

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And we had our photo take with John Barrowman, and visited Karen Hallion and the Devil’s Panties:

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My daughter’s a huge fan & since she couldn’t be there, we did the next best thing…

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And some other in process shots:

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My poor little naiad. These are process shots. I eventually gave up and started anew. I’m not even bothering with showing v.2WIP_Nymphea2WIP_Nymphea3

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Getting my Sea legs

I’m settling into life here in Seattle. My first challenge – the hills! Man, oh man, are there some steep hills around here! But, I’m getting stronger everyday and soon I will wonder why I was such a crybaby at first. :)

It’s also time to start looking for a creative space. I visited Pratt Fine Arts today and it’s an amazing facility. I’m also looking at Bulleye‘s class schedule and deciding on what I want to do first.

I’m beginning to feel the separation from family and friends. As much as I looked forward to being in Seattle, I’ve reached that transitional stage where I start reaching out and making new friends and missing the ones on the other side of the country.

Cross your fingers I can find an individual studio space as well. Right now, I have to work within the parameters of using other people’s equipment, which requires me to plan. Planning my creativity? What is that?!

I will have pictures to post of new work – just give me another month. :)

Until then, here are some photos of my cats after their long flight.

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