I have always been intrigued by the unexposed layers within a piece of art. Only the artist understands the piece's depth, its true content, and the work involved from start to finish.
A painter begins with the base - the background - and adds coats of weight, dimension, shadows, expression.
A friend of mine makes organic paper using flowers, feathers, leaves, and pulp. Her patience amazes me as she harvests plants and collects materials, and then soaks, squeezes and presses the matter through screens into tine, textured sheets.
My mother weaves curtains, tablecloths, bedspreads, napkins - every corner of my parents' home is rich with finely woven work. She chooses color to usher together her indoors with the surrounding picturesque scenery - yellows and greens from the cove and marshes, brown from the freshly tilled soil, light blue from the water and sky. She counts methodically as her feet push pedals, her hands tossing the yarn back and forth through the loom. When a piece is complete, only she knows the labor and love involved.
As an artist, I continuously strive to reveal the many layers that exist within my work, from strolling river banks in search of rocks or inspiration, to the creation of each piece of jewelry. I excessively share pictures of my work on Facebook and Pinterest because I believe that, by sharing my story, I am connecting you to my work. I am giving you insight to the amount of work - and intimacy - involved throughout my process.
So, share away.
Phases: from rocks to jewels.