Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Slingshot


The other morning, after waking up from having a nightmare inside of a nightmare, I realized a something. I have been spending too much time pushing in the wrong directions. Some of it is business related, some of it is personal, but what it comes down to is the need to pull back.

The internet is a strange place--it is so easy to believe that in order to be known in "the world" you have to spend all this time putting yourself out there on the internet. I am trying to find a balance. And in order to do so, I need to focus.

I need to be making, exploring, living. Not in this virtual world, but outside. I have to pull back in order to push forward (like a slingshot). I have to let things go, focus on others, and move forward. Mostly, I need to simply live in the real world for a while.

I hope you are living, making, and exploring as well, because there is a whole wide world out there just waiting for you. Go get it.

Friday, December 12, 2014

All the little things...



...they add up. The to-do lists, the obligations, the chores--they can quickly overwhelm you, if you let them. Sometimes, you just have to step back, and take a moment.

Take time to breathe.
Most things can wait.

Take time for friends--whether in a phone call, a text, a short visit, or one that lasts all day.

Many of the lessons I carry from my father are ones I learned after his passing. Or ones I didn't even know that I had learned until he was gone. Yesterday, I spent the day with one of my oldest friends, Kari. As she and I made our way around town eating lunch and visiting Powell's, followed by walking through a very windy Forest Park, I reflected.

One of my father's friends said at his memorial service (almost 10 years ago) that one of the best qualities my dad had was making time for people. He made time, and he made you feel like that time was the most important thing for him. He was present.

Yesterday felt a lot like a similar Thursday a couple months ago, where another friend and I wandered Portland, running errands, eating, laughing, and processing our emotional ups and downs. Both days spent with friends visiting from out of town. Both days completely set aside for those ladies. I do that. I clear my time for the people I love.

I invest in those who invest in me.
I take time.

And more and more, I realize how important it is, because you never know when that will be the last time you see that person.

Let's all be a little more present.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Collaboration



This is happening.

The Halite is here.
The new pink notebooks are on their way.
There will be trips to equestrian stores for salt licks this week (and somewhere to pick up carving tools).
And copious amounts of salt will be purchased.
Possibly a trip to the coast for saltwater.

This is happening.

When Sonya passed away, I wavered. Then I stood firm. The notebook we shared, which she had at the time, has gone missing. I wrote down everything I could remember that we talked about, and I have a few pictures of the notes as well. I started developing ideas. Then I wavered again.
Finally, I listened to the podcast on Bench Talk Radio--an interview with Rachel Timmins and Brigitte Martin, the founders of Co:operation: Garnish.

I thought, "Is this hopeless? Should I just...give up?" But then, the interviewer asked about the ration of collaboration between two artists. Is one person putting in 10% and the other 90% okay? It is. It is still a collaboration. In Sonya's absence, I can still move forward and bring our designs to light.

Her fascination with ancient roman jewelry, my (well, our) love of clean lines. We talked about necklaces, neckpieces, something for the shoulders. She had drawings of cameos in her notebook. She talked about tears, salt of the body.

This is happening.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Next Week!!



Next week, I will be participating in OCAC's Annual Holiday Sale!!

All proceeds go towards student scholarships. Come on out, get your shopping done, and support our students! I was one of those scholarship students, and I can attest that I would not have finished my degree if not for the assistance I was given.

There's always amazing art for sale made by OCAC's Students and Alumni. Hope to see you there!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Catch & Release

Artists are notoriously attached to their work. I think it is really only with practice that we learn to detach. I realized the other day, as I was finishing up some orders from my clearance sale, that I had finally reached a place of truly saying goodbye to old designs.

In the past, I've always wanted to leave some of them behind, but I loved them so much that it was hard to.

I still love them. They are part of me! These designs, much like friends, have made me into the person/artist I am today.


For instance, my Flower Earrings are actually the very first earrings I ever designed. I worked diligently on them in my first year of Jewellery & Metalsmithing in Australia, taking on feedback, and improving them.


Similarly, my Seed Pod Earrings have always been a staple. These were made with the first matrix die I ever made during my production class at UniSA. I have always loved the design of the hook and the movement it lends to the earrings. Honestly, I wear my own pair of these most days of the week.

These, and other designs, have a huge place in my heart.

But as I was standing there in my studio, packing things up, I finally felt this sense of relief at letting them go. I am ready to move forward. It is a difficult step to take--I see artists and musicians go through this often. They get stuck in a certain format and can't truly move forward. I never want to be stagnant. I think it takes serious guts to move out of what you and others know of your work--to break boundaries. And I cannot truly express how infinitely rewarding it is to give yourself permission to do so.


New things are in the works. This is a shot with a mix of old and new work on my desk last week. I am striving for cleaner lines, focusing on shapes, form, and a few one-of-a-kind pieces along the way. New things are on the horizon and I couldn't be more excited!

I am looking at colors, fibers, metal, forms. I am seeing things in a new light. The last three years of being in school and finishing my (2nd) BFA have definitely changed my view of things--my love of fashion and couture was reignited during my thesis year, as was my passion for indigenous adornment from across the globe. I can't wait to show you what's next.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Two days left.....

https://www.etsy.com/shop/catherinechandler

.....to get gorgeous goodies and gifts for 50% OFF!

Head on over to my Etsy Shop to see what's on sale through Friday!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Out With The Old!!


You may have noticed a few new things happening lately.

New shapes.

New inspirations.

New goals.

Over the past three years, my little Etsy Shop has puttered along, kind of in stasis. Now that I have graduated, I find that the more time I spend with old work, the more I realize I have changed. A lot. It's a good thing! I'm excited for all these changes.

And changes generally mean....out with the old, and in with the new.

So, I am having a clearance sale! Starting midnight tonight (Friday a.m.), everything in my Etsy Shop is 50% OFF for one week. It's time to shake off the dust and begin anew!