[sterling silver, copper & seed beads]
You know, travel is a two edged sword for me. That thing they say:
“Every day away from creative work will take you three days to recover from.”
Well, it’s true! I will testify! Tragically/blessedly, I was away in Idaho for ten days…that makes for a thirty day recovery period (ahhhhhhhhhhhhh I will never make it!!!!!!!!!!). Today I finally felt like I had a bounce in my step out in the studio. Every morning, for the past week, it’s been like yanking teeth to get me out here, working, sweating silver, dreaming up good stuff. Seriously. I ran 14 miles on Monday because I was feeling mildly avoidant. What do I do when I am religiously avoiding the studio or any kind of creative effort? You don’t want to know. It’s all freaky. To boot, we are leaving the Methow Valley and moving home to Idaho in the next few weeks and I tend to sort of withdraw from my creative efforts when I feel a transition is looming — a bit like a military wife when her husband’s deployment is a few days away. Wait. Can I compare my work to a husband? I suppose I can.
Anyway, today me and the hammers and the flame and all my other tools and bits and pieces were really jiving for the first time in days. I only had four hours to work after running errands down in the valley and look at what happened! Some darling little cutie pie earrings surfaced! Thank God for those little cutie pies. I can feel myself coming on, coming on like a freight train.
But let me be frank, they’re pretty awesome earrings. I really like this design. I feel like my white-girl-whimsy was working double overtime today. Good news: I actually started four pairs of these babies (or variations on this design) and will turn out a few more in the next few days. What do I love about them? I love that they are oversized post earrings, that they are three dimensional, that the post component is a beautiful leafy shape, that there is color involved as well as some organic forms and textures as well as nice movement. Delicious.
I have more to say but I have to run! A friend is hosting a dinner party tonight and I’m already late.