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On Becoming an Artist:

I grew up on Oakwood Lane in a small town in the heart of the Appalachian mountains. In the summer the trees are so thick that a green canopy shades the winding roads leading up to our little gray house. Across the way, through the forest was my jewelry mentor, Nina Bagley. As many high school seniors do, I had to create a "senior project" which meant learning a skill, creating a product of the skill, and writing about it. I chose the topic "Beauty Around The World" and wanted to make a necklace with this outstanding artist.

To perhaps both of our surprise, I found a life-long friend and mentor during this process. Nina taught me how to 'rev the motorcycle' (haha!), make 'Nina knots', and find wonder in all things no matter how o

Please visit Nina Bagley's Etsy shop: http://www.etsy…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 16
  • Joined July 21, 2007

Favorite materials

anything, found, while, wandering

About

On Becoming an Artist:

I grew up on Oakwood Lane in a small town in the heart of the Appalachian mountains. In the summer the trees are so thick that a green canopy shades the winding roads leading up to our little gray house. Across the way, through the forest was my jewelry mentor, Nina Bagley. As many high school seniors do, I had to create a "senior project" which meant learning a skill, creating a product of the skill, and writing about it. I chose the topic "Beauty Around The World" and wanted to make a necklace with this outstanding artist.

To perhaps both of our surprise, I found a life-long friend and mentor during this process. Nina taught me how to 'rev the motorcycle' (haha!), make 'Nina knots', and find wonder in all things no matter how o

Please visit Nina Bagley's Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=29835
And check out her beautiful blog: http://ornamental.typepad.com

River Rock Worry Stone Pendants:

When I was a little girl, my Mom and I were walking and picking up stones - bless my parents for saving each and every rock this little girl picked up! I remember coveting the smooth ones and my Mom told me they were called 'Worry Stones' and if I rubbed my thumb on them long enough, they would polish up and with them, my worries would clear.

I am always working on a new affirmation. I use them for all parts of my life: worries, anxieties, dreams, aspirations, positive thoughts. When times get really tough, I actually take my necklace off, put it in my pocket to rub the stone in my hand and repeat my affirmation of the day or the particular pendant's affirmation.

In high school, I stumbled upon Riverwood Pottery in Dillsboro, NC. I started out making macrame necklaces with their beautiful handmade, stonewear beads. I was eventually given the privilege of helping Brant and Karen Barnes in their pottery studio making those very beads and other hand-built stonewear products.

Riverwood Artists:
- Brant & Karen Barnes, Riverwood Pottery: http://www.riverwoodpottery.com
- maggiejs - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5016364

The Riverwood shops are settled on top of a hill that overlooks the whole town of Dillsboro. Just below the hill, on the road into town, is a small dirt drive that winds underneath a bridge to a bend in the river where Scotts Creek meets the Tuckaseegee. On many afternoons, I would go there to look at the river and admire the smooth, colorful stones that sit just below the clear running water. During this time is when I began collecting and wrapping stones for the River Rock series.

Since that time, I have plucked smooth, beautiful, calming stones from all of my travels. Chances are, ANY stone that is hand wrapped by me was found while wandering on a lazy afternoon when I stepped out my door and tried my hardest to get lost!

The Skeleton Keys:

My great Uncle Henry is an extremely talented and accomplished carpenter and craftsman. He spent his life restoring Colonial style homes in Virginia. He now resides in Rocky Mount, Virginia with my Great Aunt Mary in their 1920's Sears Roebuck home that they restored themselves a few years ago.

As you might imagine, Uncle Henry has switched out his share of 'Skeleton Key' locks in his time and saved dozens of keys. Several years ago, when I was in the height of my jewelry making, he unceremoniously handed me a large keychain with probably 20+ keys and told me to "make something" with them. As a young twenty-something that was aspiring to be a famous, world-traveling jewelry artist, I was thrilled!!! Uncle Henry, having only 3 fingers on the hand he carried the keys with, has somewhat less romantic notions of the keys... but nonetheless, I WAS THRILLED. Since then, I have used many of his keys as well as other authentic keys I have found in my own travels for my 'Skeleton Key' pieces.

Thank you Uncle Henry for inspiring me!

Final notes:

My art is inspired by the materials I come across and the natural world around me. The art I create was given to me and inspired by Mother Nature herself and honed with careful patience and guidance by my mentors.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about me! I hope you see something in my shop that inspires you to wander...

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