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Jessica's pliers

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Jessica's pliers

I just wrote a post about my aunt and mentor Jessica Rose so it seemed right that this week I share a picture of her pliers. This is the tool she used to design and make jewelry, as well as to build her sculptures. The way that I work involves using a range of pliers and cutters so I'm always putting them down and picking them up, but she did everything with the one pair.  These nondescript pliers helped to create a whole lot of beauty. I have strong feelings about many of the tools I use. As a maker, these tools...

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My aunt, artist and jewelry designer Jessica Rose

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My aunt, artist and jewelry designer Jessica Rose

My aunt Jessica was my mother's half-sister. Jessica's mother was my grandfather Garth Williams' second wife, Dorothea Dessauer, known as Dolly.  Dolly came from an affluent Austrian Jewish family.  She and her brother were sent to England when they were teenagers to escape the rise of fascism. She didn't see her parents again — they were both killed in Auschwitz.  Dolly and Garth had met in London,  and were married in New York after the war. They had two daughters... ...my aunts Estyn (my namesake, also an artist) and Jessica, who was born in October 1950.  The family moved to Aspen. The...

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My grandfather, illustrator Garth Williams - part 3

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My grandfather, illustrator Garth Williams - part 3

When I talk about my aunts and uncles on my mother's side it gets confusing in about a second. My grandfather was married four times and had six children. And my grandmother also remarried and had a second family. So my mother, who is the eldest child, has four sisters, three brothers and a step-brother, and her youngest sister is nearly forty years younger. Like I said, confusing. Family reunion with Grandpapa Garth and all his daughters. From left: my aunt Jessica, my mother Fiona, my brother Garth, Grandpapa Garth, his wife Leticia, me, my aunt Bettina and her son Darren....

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Plumbing snake

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Plumbing snake

I had plumbing troubles last week. Big ones that involved bringing in excavators and replacing big pipes. And smaller ones that stopped the shower from draining.  I had to hire help for the first kind but for the shower, I went to the hardware store and bought a new tool — a plumbing snake — and fixed the problem myself. I love tools. I have strong feelings about many of the tools I use. As a maker, these tools are almost as meaningful to me as the things I make. I created #toolsontuesday to keep up the practice of sharing stories about the...

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Yard sale screwdriver

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Yard sale screwdriver

I hope for opportunities to use this screwdriver. I bought it years ago from an old man selling off his tool collection in his yard.  It's small and light and feels perfect. I have strong feelings about many of the tools I use. As a maker, these tools are almost as meaningful to me as the things I make. I created #toolsontuesday to keep up the practice of sharing stories about the tools we use and live with.Every Tuesday, I share one of my favorite tools. I hope you'll share yours in the comments — it feels good to honor...

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