DCJ First Quarter Newsletter

Posted on May 3, 2019 in General News & Info | No Comments

Show season, Motherhood (aka Feeling old), and other stuff…

DCJ First Quarter Newsletter

It’s almost the weekend, Tribe! Ho-lee-crap, can anyone say AMEN to that? How is everyone doing?? So many things I want to share with you today, I’m not even sure I know where to begin.

They like me; they like me not. Jury season is almost over!

Most of my jury results are in, and my show schedule is shaping up. Still waiting on the results for 2 shows, and I’m waitlisted for 5 (yes, F.I.V.E.) shows! I’ll be updating my show schedule on the website in the next couple of weeks as time permits.

In the short term, I’m doing a Mother’s Day Pop-up at the Yellow Door Art Market on Saturday, May 11th., from 2-4pm. To all of you Tribe members, this means all new designs will be first come, first served on May 11th! This is the perfect time to grab a handcrafted gift for the special ladies in your life. Let’s make it a date!

Speaking of Mother’s Day…

As of April 25th, I have an adult daughter!
Shame on you for not preparing me for how weird that feels! Riley is still in high school, and is finishing up her senior year, so it is easy to still think of her as a kid…BUT she isn’t. And that is fantastic and scary all at the same time. Prom is right around the corner, then graduation. Needless to say, May and June will be busier than usual! She is however, my low-key kid which means there is no pageantry when it comes to prom or graduation. It’s not her style. So, as hectic as May and June will be, I’ll have the benefit of easing into this stage of my life versus baptism by fire. On top of that, she is going to art school in Ohio this fall, so she is spreading her wings in a big way. Many of you have been through this, so I’d love any advice you can give me about getting through the next couple of months with some emotional sanity!

Are we having fun yet? Definitely.

Back in January I explained that this year was going to be about getting out of my comfort zone, and embracing the crazy life I share with my family. I’m happy to report that I am indeed out of my comfort zone! and, yes, my life (like so many of yours) is still crazy. And, (for the most part) I LIKE IT.

I went back to class in February and have been brushing up on my metalsmithing techniques over the last several months. Thank you all for the positive feedback you give me daily! You sure know how to make a girl (slogging her way through unchartered territory) feel special. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure of what I was getting myself into, but I have to say this is definitely where I belong.

So far, I’ve released my Organic Circle Collection, as well as some mixed metal pieces with hand-stamped motifs. The Organic Circle Collection is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. It’s a combination of hammered circles and some copper accents. It’s based on natural shapes vs. geometric shapes. They are hammered, and rough around the edges, and ‘circular’, not ‘circles’. These shapes lend themselves more to the idea that we need to embrace the “perfectly imperfect” aspects of ourselves and our lives and learn to find beauty in them. Also, it’s an opportunity for me to explore texture and how it relates to the metal when I oxidize it. I’m hoping to start releasing some bezel set pendants at the beginning of my show season. I’ll keep you up to date on the release of those.

New Digs

My studio space has a different area code…as in, our basement. This was a calculated move, yet I really didn’t embrace it fully until about a week ago. The space is smaller than I am used to but it is 100% mine, and I have a lovely doorwall that provides a ton of natural light. It will also give me the opportunity to enjoy my ‘working summer’ a lot more than I am accustomed to, because I can open the door and feel like I am outside even when I am working 18 hour days. Our cat LoLa likes it too.

Well, that is all I have for now. As always, thank you for your love and support. I couldn’t do what I do without my Tribe. And I wouldn’t want to. =)

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