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i have am an indie artist mom with 2 rascals underfoot.

**my blog: http://hazelnutcottage.typepad.com**

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“In retrospect, I can see in my own life what I could not see at the time—how the job I lost [left behind] helped me find work I needed to do, how the 'road closed' sign turned me toward terrain I needed to travel, how losses that felt irredeemable forced me to discern meanings I needed to know. On the surface, it seemed that life was lessening, but silently and lavishly the seeds of new life were always being sown.”
~“Let Your Life Speak", Parker Palmer

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I have both a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in graphic…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 14
  • Joined February 28, 2007

Favorite materials

paints, ephemera, encaustic, clay, jewels, messystuff

About

i have am an indie artist mom with 2 rascals underfoot.

**my blog: http://hazelnutcottage.typepad.com**

************************************************

“In retrospect, I can see in my own life what I could not see at the time—how the job I lost [left behind] helped me find work I needed to do, how the 'road closed' sign turned me toward terrain I needed to travel, how losses that felt irredeemable forced me to discern meanings I needed to know. On the surface, it seemed that life was lessening, but silently and lavishly the seeds of new life were always being sown.”
~“Let Your Life Speak", Parker Palmer

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I have both a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in graphic design and a Master's of Education in Teaching (?!). I spent my first five years or so out of college as a graphic designer and freelancer. Then, seeking a "job" that would heal the ache I was feeling inside, I turned to teaching--a noble, people-helping profession if ever there was one. Of course, misery ensued until I began to listen to my angst.

That said, I have spent most of my adult life figuring out that I really do want to be an artist. My vocational journey has been a difficult one at times, mainly because for so many years I wrestled with feeling like a failure in the corporate world of graphic design. For so long I believed that leaving that world behind meant I was not really an artist and in fact, a lesser person. It has taken me years to understand and accept that my soul was not created to flourish in "corporate" anything!

Motherhood and lots of "inner work" seeking God's voice have helped the healing process along, though there is still so far for me to go.

That's me, mostly. I am petrified and exhilarated to have opened my Hazelnut Cottage store on Etsy. It is a yearning fulfilled that I cannot fully express. Making art my life's work, and being a part of a community of fellow indie artists has been my dream before I even knew I had a dream, so thank you, thank you for even being the least little bit interested!

My current artmaking obsessions include learning about jewelry making and metal work, felt and etching. Past loves are wheel throwing, photography, soapmaking and papermaking. I am also slowly driving myself crazy going back and forth, trying to figure out if I should try my hand at soldering.

In my free time (yeah, uh-huh) you can surely find me at the beach, having deep conversations with those I love about things that matter. In a perfect world, I shall one day live in an ocean front cottage with my husband of 14 years, two sons and a one slightly used, pee obsessed cat.

Hoping That What Moves Me Stirs Something in You Too,
Jan (Janice) Avellana,
Hazelnut Cottage

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