Musings on minimalism and metalwork

The northern environment, the cool air, lends itself to contemplation. I’ve been considering, and journaling about, wanderlust, minimalism, and food. (Who doesn’t think about food?)

I love to wander and see new places, live new places. I’ve been lucky to be able to visit many places so far, especially before I had children. Family and material possessions (and related bills) have slowed me down. Now I’m trying to figure out how to have a version of that freedom again, and family too. I’m reading about minimalism as a lifestyle path; defining the true needs, important wants, and working out how and when to get rid of the unnecessary items.

In researching minimlism, I can’t help but wonder how jewelry, and art objects in general, fit in. I’m not talking about minimalism as a design style. That’s never appealed to me. I’m talking about the proliferation of stuff and the drive to endow it with monetary value. Where does all of this stuff fit in? How much stuff can we make and own?

I finished these bronze ginkgo leaves yesterday. They are about 7 inches long, easy to hold and hang, easy to ship and move. If they collect dust, you can rinse or brush them off without ruining them. If you tire of them, you could take them to a metal recycler. They are likely the last pieces I will make in this size in non-ferrous metals. This size no longer appeals to me in terms of work or in terms of my future more nomadic lifestyle.

Jewelry does travel well. It’s small, rides on the body and can make personal and/or public statements. You can change your statements with your style. Trade in the metal, or have it re-worked, when the piece of jewelry no longer suits your needs.

Hammered silver link earrings.

I am in no way implying that jewelry is part of a minimalist lifestyle. What I have been learning is that minimalism is about defining what is most essential in my own life. In my case it’s related to lightening up and traveling more. Jewelry, and a small well equipped, efficient studio do fit in. Workshops and teaching do fit in.

What else fits in? How do art & craft fit into a more streamlined minimalist lifestyle? How do they fit into a world with a rapidly shrinking middle class and less disposable income?

 

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Summer Market and Festival Season

The farmers’ market season has started. I’ll be at the market in Manistee, MI on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm and at the Bear Lake market on Fridays at WeeBee Jammin.

windy Northern Michigan selfie

I’ll be at the Traverse City Art & Wine Festival on Saturday June 20th from 2-9pm at Grand Traverse Commons and The Outdoor Art Fair on the lawn of Northwestern Michigan College Campus on Saturday July 25th 2015, 10am to 5pm.

Getting ready to make new work for the summer markets.

 

 

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Spring Cleaning Clearance

I’m in a spring cleaning, de-cluttering, minimizing kind of mood.  I’ve marked down many ready-to-ship pendants, earrings and forged steel leaves to $25 apiece at https://www.etsy.com/shop/KSkilesJewelry.

Spring Cleaning Sale Notice

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2 more Earrings in the nearly daily challenge

Here are #s 62 and 63: A sterling chased and repousséd heart charm and a magical white topaz set in a simple sterling setting.   I actually think that they make a lovely pair but will eventually list them separately.  Please contact me if you’re interested in one or both.

EAD2015 Earrings #62 and 63 of 365

EAD2015 Earrings #62 and 63 of 365

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Earring a Day update and a new online sales venue

I finished up #55-61 out of the 365 single earrings that I will eventually complete for 2015.
To see more earrings, please visit the Earring section in my online Etsy shop.

Copper Pod Earrings on titanium earwires - EAD2015 #55-61 out of 365

Copper Pod Earrings on titanium earwires – EAD2015 #55-61 out of 365

I’d also like to introduce you to my new shop venue on Fine Cabin.  I’ll have a selection of my work for sale there, as well as on Etsy.  If you have a preference for where you spend your money, please let me know and I’ll list the item that you want in the place where you want to buy it.

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Empire Beach, MI April 2015

Spring Inspiration in Northern Michigan

I’ve been doing a lot of hiking on warm sunny days with the family around home and in the Southern portion of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.   The wildflower photos were all taken further inland in Manistee County, but you could see the same out at Sleeping Bear.

As you can see near the end, I gathered some ramps, or wild leeks, for our evening dinner (with permission of course.)  They were delicious.  I hope to use more in our spring meals while they are available for the next few weeks.  Yes, I’ll be harvesting them carefully, leaving plenty to grow for following years.

What wild spring edibles are you looking forward to?

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Single forged sterling silver leaf earring EAD #52 https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1022779415

Earring a Day, updated through #54

It’s day 110 of 2015 and I’m up to #54 of those pesky daily earrings. I may be diligent, but I’m obviously not working on them daily.

To see what other Earring-A-Day participants are doing, check out the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2015.one.earring.a.day/
and the following links:

Diana Alexander https://www.etsy.com/shop/femmedebijoux?section_id=16560621

Maria Apostolou https://www.etsy.com/shop/CREATEMariaApostolou?section_id=16728463

Natalia Araya https://www.etsy.com/shop/Nataliaraya?section_id=16556385

Erin Austin https://www.etsy.com/shop/ErinAustin?section_id=16556204

Lily Bhattacharya https://www.etsy.com/shop/Lilyb444?section_id=11125273

Rebecca Bogan  https://www.etsy.com/shop/AdobeSol?section_id=16597080

Kris Braunecker https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHippieBohemian?section_id=16736436

Beth Cyr https://www.etsy.com/shop/BethCyr?section_id=16581319

Caitlyn Davey https://www.etsy.com/shop/discomedusa?section_id=10420182

Cynthia Del Giudice: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CynthiaDelGiudice?section_id=5540784

Kirsten Denbow https://www.etsy.com/shop/KirstenDenbowDesigns?section_id=16560098

Beatriz Diaz Ceballos https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaBEJoyeria?section_id=16586251

Sophia Georgiopoulou https://www.etsy.com/shop/Kosmimata?section_id=16551029

Nina Gibson  https://www.etsy.com/shop/NinaGibsonDesigns?section_id=16672499

Michele Grady https://www.etsy.com/shop/MicheleGradyDesigns?section_id=16587263

Louise Hunter https://www.etsy.com/shop/PeculiarForest?section_id=16551691

Carin Jones https://www.etsy.com/shop/jonesingforjewelry?section_id=16573805

Leidi Jorge  https://www.etsy.com/shop/MusaLuneraShop?section_id=16617461

Evelyn Markasky https://www.etsy.com/shop/markasky?section_id=16554238

Virginie Martin https://www.etsy.com/shop/VirginieMartinStudio?section_id=16575264

Nancy Nearing https://www.etsy.com/shop/NearingPolymerClay?section_id=16565446

Nikki Rees https://www.etsy.com/shop/NRjewellerydesign?section_id=10085261

Debbie Ritchie https://www.etsy.com/shop/fentondesign?section_id=16560107

Ligia Rocha https://www.etsy.com/shop/LigiaRocha?section_id=16565116

Anna Severina Fell https://www.etsy.com/shop/SeverinMetals?section_id=16554502

Kirsten Skiles Ross https://www.etsy.com/shop/KSkilesJewelry?section_id=16551427

Tammi Sloan https://www.etsy.com/shop/MyBrownWren?section_id=16576587

Victoria Takahashi https://www.etsy.com/shop/Experimetal?section_id=16554272

Diane Tchakirides https://www.etsy.com/shop/artnestbydiane?section_id=13770904

Maria Veltsou https://www.etsy.com/shop/MOVinspiredjewellery?section_id=16733342

Sara Westermark https://www.etsy.com/shop/sarawestermark?section_id=16554593

Sara Wilbanks https://www.etsy.com/shop/sarahwilbanks?section_id=16554685

>off etsy links :

Ponsawan Silas https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1580607858822404&type=1

Mary Lu Wason http://www.maryluwason.com/store/c21/Asymmetrical_Earrings.html

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Manistee County sunrise March 29, 7:18am

Spring sunshine

I am fascinated with the sun as it shines over this Northern land in spring.  I don’t know how it will show up in my artwork in the future, but I’m sure it will.

I want to do some exploring while we live up here and am looking at this book for ideas.

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