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They labeled me a Xennial...

I am...
a micro generation
an American mutt
a woman
an artist
a mother
a believer

in 2020 the United States Census plans to further categorize my racial identity
is this in order to clarify the genealogy?

my ancestors hail from all over Continental Europe.
on some sides of the family tree, I can't even count what generation
American I am.
beginning in the 1600's, they emigrated to these fair shores
America, the Beautiful.
this grand adventure continued on and on
beginning in many different countries, but all ending up here in the "New World"
but the last time that we did have a 1st generation was
my great grandmother.
born in 1892 after her Danish parents came over.
when I was born, she was 90.
so I know that I am one eighth Danish...
the rest of the pie chart gets complicated

is it so they can decide who makes the cut?

how far back
must our ancestors had to have immigrated
to be considered legitimate?
&
which proud heritage do I claim?
&
am I proud?
proud…

PRIMORDIAL & WARRIOR earrings available

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Each Earring
component is

hand sawn, hammer textured 
& painstakingly tinted.

ARTistic medium: fine silver and copper
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this Daily

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Gold dust breathe in
breathe out
Hardworking hand strike strike
Honing my craft
making her work
having the space to create
listening to NPR's modulated tones
other's stories being told
Flame strike shhckt shhckt
solder flows
a perfect glowing line
Into the pickle tszzz
the torch pops off
SILENCE

My craft is typically a solitary one. Just the maker and their bench. Often I don't even turn on music. Work time is my time to soak in silence, problem solve for a new design or "just make something". For almost every instructor I trained under, I remember a good one liner. That one was Jon Havener's. It is solid advice, don't stop making. It might have taken a while to sink in, but I get it now.
Other artists insist that it's okay to make something bad. Sometimes the fear of failure or imperfection holds us back. That's also another typical trait of a metalsmith. We can be perfectionists. Not necessarily in our personal lives, because the Lord …

"You are still doing that? It has been ten years."

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Yes,I am. I am still doing "this" because seeking a sense of Home and Belonging is something humanity relates to. I will continue to explore this concept underlying all other areas of life until, who knows, maybe until The End. Today, my brother met me at the local library's new Makerspace. The maker movement has my full attention now. I am fascinated. The aspects of community and a love of learning have enamored me. Not to mention, the tools (new toys & skills). It was my second time on the machine; I had already been there an hour cranking out the rest of my MOPS nametags. He found me working on wooden, state cut outs that were laser engraved. That is when the question was asked. So,the answer is: yes. This is only the brainstorm stage of several new projects. Pieces that represent your origins, your homelands and your roots. Where are you rooted? This was just a precursor to my personal stack of states to come. We are all from somewhere. I could ta…

in service for: MOPS

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In another vein, this is a theme reveal project I worked up before summer break for my MOPS group. I am currently brainstorming table decor and name tag designs for the upcoming year. The colors for our theme of Starry Eyed are right in my wheelhouse. Loving it.

Well, who's surprised?

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Not me, after thirty three years of life lived, being me. Dedication to consistently journaling has come and go in fits and bursts, always. So, here I am after almost two years of blog silence, back again and finally, not surprised at what just is. I did manage to create something pretty wonderful in the meantime. My daughter. She is a true treasure. In comparison, I got back into the studio much more quickly than I did after my son was born. She was probably two months old. I have been consistently working in increments during late night sessions for the past four months to prep for a group show, a holiday boutique and a solo show. I am finding that making several separate bodies of work at the same time, works for me. I am quickly headed towards my fourth year of Motherhood. This has been a great time of study and service. I have my finger in so many pots right now. I am learning when to say,"no" and when it is so vital that I say, "yes". There has …

Saw Drawings & Patina as Paint: Metal is my Medium

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As my saw slid through a thin sheet of copper and then a thick, I thought about the differences between my method of line work and a 2-Dimensional artists'. The elemental aspect of metal sings to my soul. I like to imagine what my work might look like 100 years from now or 1000. The metal will endure, but will the surface treatments (i.e. color or texture)? Perhaps they will erode or fade over time. I have never put a 'makers mark' on my work, but every line and curve are made by my tools in my hands. Tonight, I cut out a flock of birds, two Little Princes, a fox and some craggy mountains butted against a smooth hill. Layering is key. Watching the raw metal morph into something with depth and texture, amazes me time and time again. Here is some of my new raw:
These are parts and pieces for a literary inspired triptych. The Little Prince done in three panels. Something new and exciting.