How Did You End Up Doing What You Do?

I've added some more new pieces to my website, including a collection of Jessica Rose chain earring designs that I've started making again. Click here to see the new work.

Chain fringe 2 Shield earrings


I ended up designing jewelry thanks to my aunt Jessica

In February 2000 I was planning a trip to New York City to see if I wanted to move there. I thought that if I liked the city I'd return to Michigan, where I'd been living, and save up for the move. 

Days before getting on the plane, my New Yorker artist aunt Jessica called to tell me that her assistant had quit. If I could move right away, she could give me a job. Read more...

Estyn Hulbert and aunt Jessica Rose

I'm taking this year to research and write about my family, sharing what I find here and on my blog. If you'd like to catch up, here are all the installments in the series so far.


These 3 things:

It's summer and all I want to do is play and be inspired by things like these:

Bamboo installation at the NY Metropolitan Museum

This time-lapse of a large sculpture being made;
a bicycle that knits;
and pop up art installations in big box stores.


On the radio

I was recently interviewed by Chris Wells for the Secret City Radio Hour. We had a wonderful conversation about life as an artist, music, family, Scotland, joy, and how I started making crazy headdresses for his Secret City performances (like the one Chris is wearing in this picture).

You can listen to the show here.

Chris Wells of The Secret City wearing Estyn Hulbert headdress


Summer reading

When it's hot I want escapist books. I've been rereading and enjoying the Sue Grafton alphabet series with her irreverent private eye, Kinsey Millhone.

In contrast I'm preparing for my upcoming trip home to Scotland by slowly savoring The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd — a deep, subtle and powerfully beautiful little book.

Scotland's Cairngorms

What have you been reading? Please let me know by replying to this email. I'm always looking for suggestions.


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