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Artists Around The World – Blog Hop

Amy McClain invited me to join this blog-hop, and I was absolutely delighted. It is my dream to someday be able to paint and express myself as freely and brilliantly as Amy, Consu & Sam. And to visit them in PDX would also be pretty awesome.

Q: Why do you do what you do?

The short answer is that I love it, and I especially love the feeling I get when I give someone a beautiful, truly personal gift or make it possible for a client to give one and feel those feelings.

I have always been a creative person and adore making handmade gifts. I feel very lucky to be able to do it as my job.

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Q: How does your work differ from others in your genre?

My work differs from other artists in this blog hop because most of them are painters and express their creativity through original visual art. I am split right brain/left brain so I tend to express myself a little differently, mostly through writing. I envy and adore the ability to freely express creativity though painting and drawing. My art leans more toward practical. At this point I consider myself more artisan than artist. But I am constantly learning and expanding my bead art.

My jewelry differs from other designers in that it is truly personal and very well crafted. My talent is a desire for perfection and an eye for color. I love beads!

Treasured Heirloom
Treasured Heirloom

Q:  How does your creative process work?

I am constantly daydreaming about stuff I want to make. I read a lot of books about crafts and making, and I am always up to try new things. My brain is always buzzing!

When making jewelry, the process is a little bit simplified for me, since I am working from clients’ photos and therefore, I know what I am going to end up with. Creating the perfect color palette of beads to complement the photo is always a wonderful challenge.

Share Special Memories
Share Special Memories

Q:  What are you working on now?

Right now I am working on two custom necklaces for gifts. I am also working on developing some fresh bead designs. And I have an unfinished painting that I need to pay attention to.

Making Progress
Making Progress

 

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Support Your Local Art Scene

I really love Instagram. I love posting random pictures, and I really love seeing the random pictures other people share. There are a lot of talented artists putting their work out on IG for the world to see and I love it! (Evidently, this is also happening on Pinterest. I thought Pinterest was just for sharing party decor tips and recipes, but my friend Jane told me otherwise. I haven’t checked it out yet because the one thing I don’t need is another social media distraction.)

Last night, two San Francisco artists I follow posted on Instagram, inviting people to a fun event going on at their local dive bar, the El Rio. It was called “social sketch”. Doesn’t that sound super cool? They went to the bar and broke all their gear out onto a big table and a group of them made art. How awesome is that? I do not like to use the word “jealous” because its meaning is negative, but I so wished that I lived somewhere where that was a thing. That sounds like a fabulous way to spend an evening.

When my sister and I had our art & craft studio, my favorite part was the workshops. I am very keen on getting together with fellow makers and artists to play. I doubt I will ever have a studio like that again, but one of my goals is to start a salon of sorts where my cohorts and I can get creative.

Do you have a favorite place where you can get together with fellow makers and artists? Please share in the comments!