Saturday, October 25, 2014

Parlez-vous fran├žais? Do you speak French?

I have a fascination with all things French.  Specifically the L'art Nouveau style.
  1.  Definition: a style of decorative art, architecture, and design prominent in western Europe and the US from about 1890 until World War I and characterized by intricate linear designs and flowing curves based on natural forms.

Tassel House Stairway
Architect Victor Horta

I have been learning to speak French and can finally say "Je parle fran├žais, un peu!" (I speak French, a little!) Why am I learning French? I hope to someday travel to France, specifically Paris, and immerse myself in their culture, art, and history. When I studied architecture design in college, L'art Nouveau screamed my name. In fact, all my Interior Design projects were done in this style.

Now that I have transitioned to jewelry design, it makes sense for me to incorporate Art Nouveau into my designs. 
I am working on a new collection called Primal Woods. Here is the first pair of earrings.  

 They embrace the fluid lines of Art Nouveau, but are also a bit edgy, almost primal. I think this influence is from growing up in the Sierra Mountains, so close to nature. I can honestly say these earrings are the most truest to my artistic nature that I have ever made. I look forward to creating more in this collection!

Merci beaucoup pour lisez! (Thank you very much for reading!)

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

I just did a post on Love My Art jewelry where I talk about finding your creative muse. I love being a contributor there where I can share my thoughts and what I have been up to. Check it out here!

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Strength of the human spirit

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. -Helen Keller

I just finished a 12 week medical treatment for a condition I probably have had my whole life. The fatigue from the medicine was debilitating and had me bedridden most days. The thought of simple daily chores seemed so overwhelming. treatment is over. Once again, I have been given a second chance at life. In a month or so, I should be fully healed and will be able to start working out again.

There are those though, that won't be able to fully heal. They face debilitating diseases or injuries that will not get better and they have to learn to live with their afflictions. I am amazed at their strength and that of the human spirit. How one can conquer the worst of circumstances and help others find the strength to carry on as well. I am humbled by my experience and will always respect those that face challenging health conditions.

I am grateful to be on the mend. My plan is to become as healthy as possible and maybe in the process I will influence others to do the same.

I was a vendor last weekend at the Barbera Festival. The preparing took a lot out of me but it was well worth it. The day was beautiful and we had a blast meeting new friends and enjoying the event. Afterwards, we drove around checking out all the beautiful vineyards dotting the hillsides.

Amador Wine Country, Young's Vineyard

Thank you for visiting!

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