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Is it possible to be both eclectic and traditional at the same time? For years I studied every art imaginable trying to find my niche. Everything I learned, I enjoyed doing, but was not happy with my results...ever. I have studied everything (and I mean everything) including traditional arts and practical crafts like drawing, painting, sculpture, throwing clay, knitting, crochet, needlepoint, sewing, quilting, rug hook, embroidery (all kinds; that list could go on forever,) tatting (shuttle and needle,) weaving, macrame, kumihimo, and many more that I can't remember at this time. I have studied some disappearing arts such as bobbin lace, needle lace, repose, quilling, metal etching, stained glass, chain mail and viking knit. I have turned wood, carved wood, built wood structures some practical and functional, and some simply decorative. I have studied many jewelry techniques such as lampworking, glassblowing, slumping, fusing,…

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  • Joined December 30, 2011

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Glass, wood, wire, lace, beads, fiber, clay, eggs, thread, silver, brass, copper, crystal

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About

Is it possible to be both eclectic and traditional at the same time? For years I studied every art imaginable trying to find my niche. Everything I learned, I enjoyed doing, but was not happy with my results...ever. I have studied everything (and I mean everything) including traditional arts and practical crafts like drawing, painting, sculpture, throwing clay, knitting, crochet, needlepoint, sewing, quilting, rug hook, embroidery (all kinds; that list could go on forever,) tatting (shuttle and needle,) weaving, macrame, kumihimo, and many more that I can't remember at this time. I have studied some disappearing arts such as bobbin lace, needle lace, repose, quilling, metal etching, stained glass, chain mail and viking knit. I have turned wood, carved wood, built wood structures some practical and functional, and some simply decorative. I have studied many jewelry techniques such as lampworking, glassblowing, slumping, fusing, enamels, metalworking in many techniques. I have even explored other cultural arts and techniques such as pysanka, batique, and temari. I have used technology such as computer illustration and 3D animation software, and even taught 3D animation at the college level. Throughout the years I was unhappy with my endeavors.

Turns out, I wasn't unhappy with the pieces, I was unhappy with myself, and perceiving the world around me through obscured lenses, so to speak. After realizing that I had been suffering from a specific chemical deficiency in the brain (Did I mention that I teach Biology and Chemistry at the High School?) I sought treatment.

Depression had skewed my perceptions, and upon finding the proper medication, I am finding that the art I had been so disappointed with, was actually quite pleasing. Each of my new pieces is a testament to God, Science, and the strength I did not know I had. Each piece contains a little bit of my heart, soul, and education.

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