Success and Rejection

•January 31, 2018 • 4 Comments

This morning I was notified that I have been accepted into the WEARABLE ART FAIR in Philadelphia, PA. This will be a new venue for me and after many rejections from various art festivals over the last year, I am both surprised and delighted. I applied to this show because, well, I make art that is wearable, ha, ha! (I like to think so anyway). Listen, It’s hard to be confident in this business and I just want to say to other artists that failure is part of the art gig and I will never lie about all of my rejections and failures. Rejections don’t define the artist or the art and if they don’t make you give up they can make you stronger (you know what they say about what doesn’t kill you?). Art is subjective. Stephen King said that when he received his first rejection letter from a publisher he rejoiced and stuck it on a nail and said, “Now I’m a real writer!” And of course he went on to publish eventually (big time). Being a festival/gallery/online artist is not for sissies; if you get too confident you will fall, if you lack too much self-confidence you will not excel. Your spine must be strong and skin thick. It’s that fine balance of putting yourself out there and working hard to preserve the integrity of your creative process.  Alone time working and also marketing yourself are two very contrasting skills and many artists struggle to do both well.  I’m sure there are more rejections ahead of me but I guess my attitude is to just keep on doing what I do and the little successes that happen are that much more rewarding because I will know how hard I’ve worked for them and how I  was able to navigate the negative land minds of my mind.

“An artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist.” ~Ananda Coomaraswany

Soldier on my friends.


Wild & Free Exhibition 

•October 10, 2017 • 1 Comment

Honored to have this opportunity to share my work!

My New Online Shop Is Up!

•June 3, 2017 • 1 Comment

This is not at all how I saw myself selling my work 5 years ago.  I resisted the idea of selling my art work online.  I love interacting with people and most of my sales were from festivals and galleries.  It is still unknown how successful this venture will turn out to be but I am hopeful. Because my artwork is wearable I do have an advantage, however because it is jewelry, I get lost in the google sea!  I am still working on my SEO (Search Engine Optimizer) but it’s a learning process for me.  Finding key words that will help customers locate me in a sea of competition is really difficult!  Honestly, I am learning so much that I had no idea there was to know about the internet.  I started with “unique earrings” as a key word (we can give Google up to 5 key short descriptions or words for the SEO).  Apparently “unique earrings” is not a good key word according to SEO analytics given through my website provider, neither is fun earrings or funky or hip or super cool.  In my frustration I resorted to cool fucking earrings.  Apparently that was only slightly better. So establishing an online presence is not easy  but there is more than one way to do this which I am learning. It seems where the internet is concerned there is always more than one way to accomplish something.

The truth is I have been having fun first designing my website and then adding the shop.  We will see how it goes.

Here is my online shop:

The Stand

•February 8, 2017 • 1 Comment

No, this is not a political post but certainly I am finding some relief from the political chaos by spending time outdoors and focussing on its wonders. I say a little chant to myself regularly; Please let there be wilderness for my grandchildren,  please let there be untouched spaces,  great expanses of it! And then I go write a check to the Sierra Club! 

Next Event For Me In December

•October 6, 2016 • 1 Comment

I have just been informed that this year’s Holiday Boutique at Grounds For Thought Coffee Shop is a go! Very happy to be a part of it again this year on Saturday, December 10!  Artists will be set up from 10am-4pm and it already looks like customers will have some fantastic gift options; including jewelry, pottery, hand-made soaps, felted hats and more. I will be there with a LOT of my super light weight, paper earrings with heaps of size and shape options!!! This truly is a wonderful place to buy some really great gifts for people who appreciate quality and uniqueness.  Plus, you can sip on a great cup of coffee while you browse. 🙂

Thanks for shopping local!!!

Into The Swamp Once Again!

•July 23, 2016 • 1 Comment

wp-1456753505183.jpgHere we go again! Just found out I was accepted into the Black Swamp Arts Festival 2016!

Still awaiting a booth assignment but will publish as soon as I know! Excited to showcase some new earring themes as well as a few larger, mixed media pieces!


Inner Space

•May 19, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Inner Space…tiny blood vessels, cells, connective tissue, beautiful patterns of biological matter…

This new collection was inspired by what the inside of a living body might look like to a microscopic observer.  I had fun with this one.  The colors are all over the place with an emphasis on blue/purple.  I will be debuting these and 3 other new collections during my Studio Sale on June 8.   Those themes include, SOLAR FLARE, BEAR COUNTRY and MEADOW FLOWERS.  For some reason I have been very prolific with new themes already in 2016 and have ideas which may still be realized this year. As they say, “Strike while the iron is hot!”  There will be quite a few older collections sold at a discount during my Studio Sale as I need to reduce some of my older inventory, so if folks were partial to a pair of earrings they’ve purchased in the past and want another pair in that same theme, this is the time because I never replicate a theme.


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