Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Hand-fabricated sterling silver necklace with azurite and chyrsocolla.
Yesterday I sold two of my favorite necklaces.  One was bought by a husband and wife on a trip to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.  The other (above) was bought by a woman for herself, celebrating her 50th birthday!  While we certainly live in a culture of excess, I think there is much to be said for supporting artists, buying locally, and at times granting ourselves or someone we love a gift that brings us beauty and joy.  My favorite purchases are those made directly from the artist/ creator.  This act gives us a tangible connection to the process of making; we know what and who we are supporting with our spending.  We not only support our local economy, but also experience something greater, perhaps less tangible: the connection to those around us and our local community.  I know for me working with my hands is one of the best ways to spend time.  There is an element of introspection and exploration through creativity, but also the making of something to pass along to another person, hopefully adding joy to their lives in some way or another. I am forever grateful to those who take an interest in my work and support my livelihood.  Thank you!