Weaving in My New Studio. #100ittybittyblogposts

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I broke ground yesterday on working in my new studio in our new home. It felt so good to sit down at the loom and embrace my new beautiful space and all its natural light.

I’m working on this gorgeous colorful custom cotton warp from Japan. I’m giving myself some free time weaving on this vibrant warp before I jump back to the collection I started this spring. With our move and a family wedding in Wisconsin next month my collection release will be pushed back to this summer.

In the meantime this technicolor fabric is giving me life and joy in my new space.

xo Jen

I'm Buying a Kiln #100ittybittyblogposts

Hey everyone, I wanted to share some fun and exciting news. I’m buying a kiln!!

Why you ask? Well over the last few years of working on my jewelry I found that the most frustrating process of my creation was outsourcing parts of the process that I couldn’t do in house. I was working with a caster in downtown Los Angeles to mold and cast some of my jewelry. No matter how much prep work and clear instruction was done on my end there were inevitably issues. I was never happy with the quality, quantity, or communication that came out of our partnership.

So fast forward to happy news - I’m buying a kiln so that I can bring all my production in house! I will be continuing to create using my traditional metal-smithing skills and I will be introducing new work created thru the precious metal clay process.

I worked with precious metal clay (PMC) back in 2012 for a bit, but gave it up for more rapid production thru casting. I’m getting back to my roots of more one of a kind pieces so working in PMC just made so much sense.

This transition also means that I can create some larger elements in bronze and copper for use in my textile works. There is going to be so much newness coming out of my studio this year, I’m overflowing with excitement.

Thanks for being here as part of my journey.

xo Jen

Our Move North. #100ittybittyblogposts

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You might have already seen my post on Instagram about our move from southern California to the Oregon coast, but here is a little more of the story…

Three years ago, we moved out of our home in Los Angeles and rented it out for a couple years. We then spent our time traveling some of the western states in our 5th wheel (a type of RV / trailer) and truck. When we weren’t on the road we stayed in Santa Barbara or Los Angeles with family.

We were searching. We were searching for the place where the next chapter of our lives could unfold. We looked into several areas in northern California, but nothing was quite right for everything we want out of our lives.

It’s been six years since we made the commitment to leave LA. We are looking to slow down the pace of life a bit, to have some space, spend more time in nature and live in a place that will help facilitate both my husband and I pursuing our art careers without working another job just to pay the bills.

At the end of January we started up into the southwest corner of Oregon for a trip up the coast and into Washington. Spoiler… we never made in to Washington. We loved the Oregon coast more and more as we moved north and it became clear that this place was somewhere we were interested in learning more about. We visited galleries, hiked trails, explored towns and stared at the ocean for hours.

Then we decided to pull the trigger. We picked an area near Cannon Beach, Seaside, and Astoria to look for a rental, and we found something magical. We moved up this week and my Mom will be moving up in May after she retires. Sometimes when things just feel right and even a little easy, it’s a sign.

We can’t wait to learn more about our new area, and hopefully find the perfect place to open up our dream gallery and continue growing our art practices.

Oh, and that view up above… that’s our new backyard, and just over the horizon is a long sandy beach - perfect for long walks. Oregon, we’re digging you.

xo Jen

Sarah Winkler. #100ittybittyblogposts

Time for another artist spotlight . Today I’d like to introduce you to Denver painter Sarah Winkler.

Sarah studied Art and Earth Science at William Paterson University. Her interest in geology and ecological processes show up strongly in her work. Her layered pieces of the desert and American mountain landscapes really speak to me.

I think her take on landscapes is refreshing and unique. I feel that Sarah captures the textures and rawness of these landscapes and transforms them into clever modern works of art. I hope you love her work too.

Check out Sarah’s current solo exhibition if you’re in the Denver area.

Check out Sarah’s current solo exhibition if you’re in the Denver area.