Stories — A Letter From the Studio

What are you making time for?

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What are you making time for?

When I started writing about my family a few months ago, I thought I'd start with my great-grandparents, who were both artists and who inspired the project. But I quickly made some disturbing discoveries that led me several generations further back. This month I've finally written about my great-grandparents, but the information I have feels slight, compared to whole lifetimes. A handful of photos, a few anecdotes, some paragraphs in a biography. All I can do is catalog the crumbs. Read more... I'm taking this year to research and write about my family, sharing what I find here and on...

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Who is lurking in my family tree?

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Who is lurking in my family tree?

Last month I figured out that I'm a 4th generation artist. I came across a photograph of my great-grandmother at her painting easel, and the legacy hit me. I decided to start a 12 month research and writing project about my family.I thought I would begin with my great-grandmother, but as soon as I started digging I found a much more complicated story. Read more... ________________________________________________________________________________ End of Year Sale - Get 20% Off! I'll be at Narrowsburg's Indie Market today through Sunday with a great group of area artists and makers. Local products include gorgeous ceramics, delicious honey, exquisite...

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Who made me?

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Who made me?

Growing up, when we would visit my Scottish grandmother’s house, I would climb up the three flights of stairs to the tiny guest room at the top of the house, and from there, clamber through the small door halfway up the wall into the attic.There, I could spend hours looking through old family photographs. Stiff 19th century portraits, tiny contact prints taken on college camping trips, photographs of great grandparents, distant cousins, and immediate family members taken years before I was born.When my grandmother died, she left these photographs to me. They still fascinate me as much as when she...

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What is belonging? What is home?

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What is belonging? What is home?

After living in the US for over 20 years, this month I finally became a citizen!I'm the 4th generation of women in my family who followed love across an ocean and built a life in a new country.My own wiggly path brought me here, to an old farmhouse in a small village in New York's Hudson Valley, where I can walk to the library and post office, have room to make jewelry and art, plant a garden, and this time of year listen to the geese flying overhead, just as gardeners do back in Scotland.As much as I miss the...

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What do you make with your hands?

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What do you make with your hands?

It's funny to think that every object in our lives was made by someone, using their hands. I make all my ear wires out of 14k gold wire.Even the techiest of technologies has been assembled or cleaned or packed by human beings. And some of our things were made from start to finish by one person.What do you make with your hands? Even if you don't sew or paint or build bookshelves, I bet you bake the best banana muffins, or you write lovely thank you notes longhand, or you keep the tidiest sock drawer in town. I love knowing...

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