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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.
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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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.
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.Subscribe in a reader
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?
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
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
Cynthia Del Giudice: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CynthiaDelGiudice?section_id=5540784
Beatriz Diaz Ceballos https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaBEJoyeria?section_id=16586251
Sophia Georgiopoulou https://www.etsy.com/shop/Kosmimata?section_id=16551029
Evelyn Markasky https://www.etsy.com/shop/markasky?section_id=16554238
Debbie Ritchie https://www.etsy.com/shop/fentondesign?section_id=16560107
Anna Severina Fell https://www.etsy.com/shop/SeverinMetals?section_id=16554502
Kirsten Skiles Ross https://www.etsy.com/shop/KSkilesJewelry?section_id=16551427
Victoria Takahashi https://www.etsy.com/shop/Experimetal?section_id=16554272
Diane Tchakirides https://www.etsy.com/shop/artnestbydiane?section_id=13770904
Sara Westermark https://www.etsy.com/shop/sarawestermark?section_id=16554593
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I’m losing track of my Earring-a-Day progress, but here are a bunch more. I have even more made. Once I process the digital photos, I’ll try to get them updated here again for you.Subscribe in a reader
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.Subscribe in a reader