Hello Autumn. Hello bluer skies and slanting, golden light, watching movies, and going to bed earlier.
I've spent recent days in my long-neglected studio. The sun cuts in sideways and on the other end of the room from where I sit there are five border collie/australian shepherd puppies growing into little growlers. Vicious beasts, they are, at only three weeks old. I can't help but smile when I look at them.
The past few months have been a season of wildfires...literally and figuratively. My husband's recent injury ignited an unanticipated spiritual and emotional back burn. I put all non-essentials on hold. I conserved my energy for prayer and laughter and taking on a bit more manual labor around the place. Fear edged it's way in plenty too. I didn't object to any of that but I did worry that the back burn would never die out.
Turns out, there were seeds on the wilderness of my soul that could not sprout without the crack of a fire to awaken the life force in them. They are awake now, sending down deep tap roots. My own tap root has drilled through a layer of bedrock and has found another vein of water.
I'm easing back into the version of my creativity that means making stuff. It feels good. Almost two years have gone by since I made much jewelry. I supposed you could say another fire ripped through back then. It hurt so good at the time. It made me question many things about my creative process. It pushed me to close up, to stop inventing, to give myself to the very energy that was trying to burn me into invisibility. I pushed hard against that and even though I honored the need to stop making things for a while, I channeled all that creative energy, instead into
inquiring into the fear of disappearing
encouraging and supporting others who are blazing creative trails
It is good medicine to go all in with "you go, girl" and mean it. To remember that there is no competition on the level of spirit. You never know when someone needs that support so never hold it back.
In this time of creative rebirth I've been working with jewelry again. I crave lighter, more feminine work. I don't want to be weighed down by adornments. I don't want the weight of anything unnecessary. The evolution of my style is in process...the next phase of work is being born. Soft, light, feminine...and almost tribal. (Tend to the fire with me? We have nourishment always cooking for our people, don't we.) I want the pieces to be more like whispers, affirmations, tender declarations. I'll have some pieces in my etsy shop soon.
Some of this new work and the techniques to create it will be offered in a classroom setting as the new year launches. Not just in my Homesteader's Metalsmithing: Revamped but also in four-walled classrooms.
February 6-9, 2014
This is a new venue to me but I've heard fantastic feedback both from previous instructors and students. I'm getting picky in my old age...I'm not inclined to schlep my teaching stuff and my body hither and yon unless the host/hostess already has an awesome track record. :) I look forward to teaching some of my traditional metalsmithing techniques with new projects I haven't presented previously!
Feb. 27 - March 3, 2014
Los Gatos, CA
I confess that I am very behind on sharing this information with you and the space is limited in both retreats. I would love to have you there!