About this project
My greatest passion in this life is creating jewelry, and my favorite kind of jewelry, the jewelry I dream about, is art. Large sculptural wearable art jewelry. Jewelry that can find a place in the world of art, the world of fashion, or in the world of the fantastical.
In September I moved to Mendocino California to do an 8 month residency at the Mendocino Art Center. The Mendocino Art center is a nationally and internationally renowned educational, exhibition, and resource center that holds workshops year round. An art residency is when an art institution gives an artist a place to live, a studio space, and a retreat away from their normal environment and responsibilities to develop new work.
I accepted this residency because it provided a way for me to start creating jewelry again that is original and sell-able to give my jewelry career a well needed jump start.
While I'm here I also would like to take advantage of the studio equipment and create a few of my wearable sculpture jewelry pieces. The ideas forming in my head for my newest sculptural jewelry pieces combine my three favorite mediums fine metals, woven gems, and recycled or re-purposed materials. The designs I'm coming up with sparkle, and sparkles cost money. As the price of gems and silver keeps going up, my savings keep dwindling. I strongly believe, and have been told over and over, that if I create jewelry with higher end gems and metals my jewelry will sell. That is where I need your support. I know I can create incredible new artwork and a line of jewelry that I can sell in galleries all over the country, I just need a little kickstart to buy gems and silver!
Its important to me to create work that brings light to environmental issues, and recycles materials that would otherwise be thrown in the garbage. I would like to be able to continue to find ways to incorporate recycled material and source my materials in environmentally friendly ways as much as possible. Sometimes this means more expensive materials or time-consuming processes, but in the world we live in today I believe this is one of the most important ways I can contribute to the environmental cause and still create my art.
Here are three pieces I made from coffee shop waste
The money you are gifting me goes not only into materials, but also into marketing and photography, entrance fees to juried art shows (where I can win awards, money, grants, and recognition), and also into creating a line of smaller scale jewelry to tide me over between sales of my larger pieces.
Being supported by my friends and community means the world to me. I will be honored to create art with the funds I raise from all the amazing people in my life. And if you've never met me, then an extra big thank you goes out to you for supporting art, the environment, and me!! Thank you!!
My latest artistic ideas:
With your support I want to create two or three new large sculptural jewelry pieces. I plan on expanding and combining the ideas of the work I have done in the past with recycled material and my metal and bead weaving techniques.
The first piece I want to make is a piece I started years ago and never finished because of a lack of monetary resources. The photo below shows the progress of the piece so far. The idea is of planished (hammered) metal spikes radiating out from the center that hold up a web of intricate woven beadwork. The beadwork will be done with tiny pearls and tourmaline in a traditional Ecuadorian weave called Araña or spider weave.
The second piece I am designing will be a waterfall of paper and gems. I will team up with local artists in Fort Brag who make paper from cotton clothing the local thrift stores throw out. They will make me strips of paper (waterproofed and durable) which will be layered and held together in sections with sterling tubing. Between each section of paper will be gems woven together using traditional Ukrainian and Native American stitching. The paper will fall down the back and fan out in the front, with drops of sapphires dangling down the front.
The third one... well... I've got lots of competing ideas... email me if you want to hear more.
Well, if you read through all of this I am thoroughly impressed. Thank you for your interest in my work!! I hope to wow you even more over the coming years. Your support of my work means the world to me! thank, you thank you, thank you!
Risks and challenges
For those of you wondering... there is a market for this kind of art/jewelry. I have complete confidence that once I have a few more pieces made, and a larger portfolio of my work, I will be able to sell these pieces, show them in art galleries, enter them into juried art shows (where I can receive cash awards and national recognition), and much more.
Selling expensive art pieces like this is always a challenge, but at this point in my life I believe I am ready and up for the challenge. While I'm here at the Mendocino Art Center I will be able to learn much more about selling art and Jewelry, I will make connections with local galleries, and learn exponentially more about the world of art today.
Bringing ideas to reality in large pieces of jewelry like this is always a challenge. So much of the success of making a jewelry piece rides on careful planing, doing each step in the right order. When embarking into new territory this means a lot of trial and error. What this means is, some expensive material, silver, gems, may be ruined in the process. Every artist has to allow for that, and I have factored that into the amount I am hoping to raise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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