Skip to main content

Transformation

What once was old is new again.

So I get this text from a friend it goes something like this...

Friend:  I really like those earrings but I don't do dangles.
So...
Could you make it into a necklace?

Me:  Sure!  I can do that.  No problem.
(because I'm a metalsmith and can do ANYTHING)

Friend:  Can you put the down first then up?

Me:  Wait, what?
You want both?

So that's how the conversation went which led me down this journey of WTF?

So I begin the process.
I had drawn up an idea.
Trying to keep things simple.
But I wasn't feeling this.  That bar was not going to make this hang right and I was walking down the road of soldering this then that.  Things could get messy.

Frustration now sets in.
Why oh WHY?!!!
Why did I agree to do this?
Why didn't I just leave it alone?

Then I make a ring to dangle them on but it changes the feel of the piece 
ENTIRELY!

More frustration.
WHY?!!!

 Self doubts start to set in.
This is shit!
I am shit!
And
maybe you should just give this all up!

NEXT...
I talk to my partner in crime and he didn't like the whole ring idea.  Now self doubt really sets in and tools start to get thrown.
Like me he liked the bar idea so I hit the bench again as soon as he walks out the door.

BREATHE
I then come up with this.
Now this might work.
I LIKE IT!

This whole journey reminded me of a post I saw recently on FB.
I wish I knew who wrote this but we don't.
Andy Cooperman FB from a student.
So this pretty much describes my creative process.  
Of course I have to add a line between 4 & 5

4b.  I really should give this up.


And my mind starts thinking about how I would be a good bartender or barista.
Or maybe I should become a writer!

But then I get rewarded with 5 & 6 and the whole process starts over.
HAHAHAHA!!!

The great thing about this undertaking is that I was able to explore and flex my brain muscles a little.  This allowed me to learn more about myself and grow a bit.

So...
that is how this cookie crumbles.

Have a great Thursday everyone and remember.

You just have to keep on swimming!!!

_/\_


Namaste
Kalaya

Comments

Post a Comment

I would love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

The Arrowmont Experience Pt. 1

I know from previous experience that I had to ask the driver to stop at a grocery store before dropping us off at Arrowmont.  I was feeling so good about having all my ducks in order and then this happened! I'm sure I screamed WTH because everyone was looking at me but I wasn't the only one in shock.
I was thinking...great!  Now I will have to walk to get my wine.  LOL!!!

Arrowmont for 2 entire weeks!  Yeah....Bring it on.  I can do this...roommate annd all.
I was in Anne Havel's All Fired Up: Who Knew a Torch Could Do All This?
My notebook for ALLLllllll the notes I'm going to take.
OMG!  I don't know where to begin.  I have so much to share.  Let's see...
I fell in love with a cup.
Annnd...then I bought a cup made by Jason B. Burnett.  He had me at the hexagons. Just an aside here.  I couldn't buy the cup I fell in love with.  Arrowmont has an assortment of ceramic cups in the mess hall to use.  I could post a cup a day on Insta but my friend did that.  …

South of the border in Oaxaca, Mexico

I've been idle for too long but I have lots to share with you!
Oh where to begin?


  Let me first say that Oaxaca is a place full of beautiful people.  The city was VERY safe and the place we stayed in was absolutely wonderful.  And the very best thing about it all...the plane ride was only 3.5 hours from New Orleans!  Gotta love that.

I don't want to bore you with all the details so I think I will stick to the art side of things.  Oaxaca is known for their textiles but I didn't take any pictures of any textiles.  :(  Lo siento.


There was this place that we stumbled upon called La Mano Magica #26 Macedonio Alcala 203, Centro.  This place had a variety of high end pieces for the taking and a price.  Off to the side we noticed a show going on and I immediately knew the work.  It was the work of ceramicist Alfonso Castillo.  One of the the great folk artist of Mexico.  


Eeeee!!! How exciting!


EVERY single piece is hand made including those replicas of Frida's paintings.  It'…

Everything Is Beautiful From Far Away...Or Is It?

I'm getting all up there with my new Olloclip.
It just clips on to my iPhone 5S.  I think that is an adapter for the skinnier version of the phone.  I wanted something easier to carry around other then the massive camera to take real close ups.
Here's what I've done so far.

I'm still learning about the clip but for the most part pretty satisfied.  It's good for those close ups in the studio.  Here's me drawing down wire.  This is when I feel like a true metalsmith.  HAHAHAHA!!!
The clip is also good for your morning walks to get those beautiful close ups of nature.
You see...not everything is beautiful from far away.  Sometimes you have to lean in to see the beauty in the macro world.
Have a great Friday!

Namaste
Kalaya