My Work Is My Passion And What I've Always Wanted To Do
Plain and simple, I always wanted to be an artist. And I was lucky enough to be able to take Saturday morning art lessons as a child at the Rhode Island School of Design which only fueled this desire.
A family friend who was an artist herself encouraged me as well but also told me never to just give my art away but to sell it . My art had value. What a powerful lesson.
Honore was also the impetus behind me marching into a jewelry shop in Provincetown, MA at the young age of 14 years old , bag of beaded earrings under my arm, and exiting soon after - proud as a peacock - with a check made out to me!
I had made my first sale and I was smitten.
I majored in Fine Arts in college and discovered the art of silk screen printing which tapped into my love of color and texture and confirmed what I had always known - my total inability to ever draw anything to save my life but my confidence and talent to combine nuances of color.
Upon graduation, I landed a job as an Exhibits Specialist at the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries museum and later became the Matter/Framer for the Print Dept. of the National Gallery of Art. Both very cool jobs but I wasn't my own boss and I wasn't able to be very creative.
My career as a jewelry designer evolved much later in my life when I married my husband Joel, a gemologist and mineralogist who taught me that to really feel fulfilled, you need to follow your dreams.
If you're a creative person you must be creative.
My dream of being an artist became a reality when I began designing hand knotted beaded necklaces, earrings and bracelets for friends.
Encouragement is a priceless gift and because of Joel's support and my tenacity to never give up, I became a jewelry designer for the Smithsonian's mail order catalogs and museum shops.
This led to numerous buying trips to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Europe, Africa and even Pakistan - always searching for unusual beads which I could use in my design work.
Many of these vintage beads are found in the jewelry that I sell in this shop.
I always used to wonder how people who worked for themselves could stay focused and know what to do every day. I had only ever worked for someone else. But I soon found out that if you truly LOVE what you're doing, there's no question as to what to do each day - if anything, there aren't enough hours in any day to do it all !
And now with the internet, I find this lack of enough time in each day is even more the case. I work every day but don't consider it work.
How can your passion be considered a job?