Stories — A Letter From the Studio

How Did You End Up Doing What You Do?

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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. _______________________________________________________________________________ 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...

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What Kind Of Jewelry Would A Chicken Wear?

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What Kind Of Jewelry Would A Chicken Wear?

I've been adding brand new designs to my website and I'll be adding more in the coming weeks. Click here to see the new work and check back often. _______________________________________________________________________________ So many drawings... A lifetime of making art adds up to a huge body of work. In the case of my grandfather, even just the published artwork is extensive. In writing these blogs I've come across books I've never read and been reminded of favorite illustrations that I had forgotten. 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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What have you been watching?

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What have you been watching?

First things first — I've been spring cleaning the studio and I'm having a sample sale later this week. It'll be short and sweet, just 48 hours starting on Friday, and I'll be giving my mailing list a head start. That's you! If you have any friends you think would be interested, please forward them this email. They can subscribe here. _______________________________________________________________________________ My artist grandfather I've written some more about my grandfather, Garth Williams. Did you know he was a sculptor before he started illustrating children's books? Or that he was a Red Cross volunteer in London during the war? Read...

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Who helped you on your path

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Who helped you on your path

Many of my friends are artists or writers or performers and had to forge their artistic path within families whose members all had conventional jobs and who couldn't understand and didn't support their creativity.  I was lucky. My parents made things with their hands. I had aunts and uncles who were designers, musicians, actors and painter. My grandmother was an artist and writer. And my grandfather was children's book illustrator, Garth Williams. Read more... 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,...

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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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