Stories — A Letter From the Studio


Who is lurking in my family tree?

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.

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Who made me?

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.

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What is belonging? What is home?

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.

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What do you make with your hands?

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.

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What kind of mouse are you?

What kind of mouse are you?
I knew that I'd become a country mouse the day I stood on a New York subway platform and covered my ears while the train whooshed into the station. All I could think was "It's so loud!

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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