Stories — A Letter From the Studio


How Did You End Up Doing What You Do?

How Did You End Up Doing What You Do?

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. 

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What Kind Of Jewelry Would A Chicken Wear?

What Kind Of Jewelry Would A Chicken Wear?

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.

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What have you been watching?

What have you been watching?
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?

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Who helped you on your path

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. 

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What are you making time for?

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.

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"Many of Estyn's pieces feel like wearable sculpture and ALL are works of art. Anytime I wear something she has designed I am bound to receive compliments on my jewelry — it’s just that worthy of praise and admiration (and I feel rewarded for my fine taste!)."

- Kate Wechsler, Psychotherapist