I can be inspired by just about anything. Focusing on one inspiration is the hard part for me. I have a history of too many media due to exactly this combination.

It's interesting to note that my recent work has become a bit more focussed since a bad accident left me confined to a wheelchair for three months followed by many months of rehab. The restrictions that kept me from accessing studios due to stairs led my DH to move things to a makeshift mini-studio on my dining table. Combined with a lot of free time laid up looking longingly out the window, it's no wonder that my recent work is filled with windows, trees and free birds. 

Of course, I'm no longer restricted, so I have to consciously try to keep my attention from wandering.

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Yeah, I start too many projects. And then there is life and other distractions...

Vickie,

I would agree with you. Finding inspiration is easy, but bringing the idea to fruition is hard.

The artist must be resilient in facing obstacles, and committed to their own path, .

Develop a thick skin ignoring negativity, naysayers and external measures of success.

Passionate about bring the idea to bring the work to completion.

I wrote a post on ASK Harriete about this whole idea.

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

Rachel and Brigitte will be appearing on the wonderful Jay Whaley Metalsmith Benchtalk Radio Show, talking about the Co:Operation Garnish project, how they came up with the idea, what the project is about and the plans moving forward.

The radio show will be LIVE on air September 25, 2014 @ 6PM EST / 3 PM Pacific.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/whaleystudios

Listeners can call in during the show via phone, skype, or directly connect via the blog talk website.

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