Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Parts and Pieces from the Botanical Collection Cut A Rug

I've been experimenting with stop motion animation again!

Bringing ideas and sketches to life through metalsmithing has always been one of my favorite things about the job with the individual parts and pieces being a close second. Now they are both contending with bringing them to life through animation for number one!

I'd love to hear what the very best thing about your job is so let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Botanical Inspiration

When I'm not at my bench I'm often in my garden so it's no surprise that my work often features botanical themes. This year I've added a few new things to the garden including chamomile


and Shasta daisies.

I pruned back the butterfly bush and was rewarded with full blooms

and an increase in our usual visitors including this stunning swallowtail butterfly.

I let the crocosmia spread wherever it liked. 

 And worked on continuing to layer colors and textures in the borders. 

With so much inspiration it's hard to know where to start. Right now I'm working on a series of leaf inspired pieces just in time for fall. Here's a sneak peak from a new stop animation:

Thanks for reading! 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

New work: Shawl Sticks

Everyone knows it's all about the layers in Humboldt county, especially near the coast. The weather can change from hour to hour and it's best to be prepared. I must own at least 15 sweaters and nearly as many scarves and I'm pretty sure it's the same for about 90% of the population here, so it's a wonder I've never created shawl sticks before.

When the North Coast Knittery, an incredibly charming yarn shop in Old Town, asked me to create a selection for their store I was happy to get to work. I let my imagination run wild and pulled from the themes of my existing work, botanicals, geometric forms, and a variety of textures to create a unique group of accessories in sterling silver, copper, and brass.

You can get your hands on one of these at 407 2nd Street in Old Town Eureka or from the North Coast Knittery website.

Thanks for reading and stay warm!