I'm slowly getting better at documenting the work that I'm making. I really dislike this part of the artistic process--you know, the part where you actually show people what you've been creating. Lately work has consisted a lot of small commissions here and there, and filling orders from my website. All things I'm beyond thankful for. Though, I still have this little hole in my soul and these ideas for more sculptural pieces--and many that are not necessarily jewelry. Sometimes I feel more like a machine and less like an artist--but I'm learning now that the two aren't mutually exclusive. There's a time and season for everything, right? I know that there will be time for those bigger things in the future, and I am constantly reminding myself that these things that seem like impediments: a small studio, limited tools, etc. are actually the very elements that encourage me to be innovative and hard-working. All of this, let's call it 'restlessness', has made me think a lot about an excerpt from a book I'm reading about work. In the intro of the book the author talks about how we are created for work and that it is not in vain:
So let's work hard, friends, on whatever your "leaf" may be, and may we do it with joy.
Speaking of work, here are a few pieces I was asked to make in the last month or so. I hope you enjoy! xoxo