It has been percolating in the back of my mind for quite some time that I would like to connect more with those interested in the ins and outs of what I do as a Jewellery Artist (if there are in fact any of you out there who are interested). So I decided I would make use of the blog feature here on my website and give you a bit of an insight into my adventures as a self employed, self (somewhat) motivated artisan.
This year has had a bit of a slow start for me as my husband Mike and I stared off the year with a lot on our plates. We've been renovating the main floor of our little house which has made things a little crowded and messy to say the least. For pretty much all of February my poor studio was buried under STUFF however I managed to unearth it at the end of the month for a little trip up to Georgian College with my good friend and former classmate Hjoerdis Stockinger to make use of the jewellery studio over the Reading Week holiday. We had a great time and got a lot accomplished before life required us to come back to the real world.
There's just something about that college studio space that gets your creative juices flowing. It's not only the wealth of tools I am not able to have in my own studio but the people and the atmosphere. Being able to look around at what other people are working on and coming up with, bouncing you ideas off of fellow artists. There's nothing else like it and it's been my greatest sorrow to loose as you leave school and start up your own studio.
Back in my home studio I'd like to say that I was able to get right back to business but unfortunately life still intrudes and March proved to be a rather slow month however one thing I did take back from my work holiday back at Georgian is that the ideas for new pieces have been steadily flowing and I plan to make April much more productive!
Thank you very much for listening to me ramble on about my year so far and let me know if you want to hear more! In a few days I think I'll try to tell you a little about where I get some of my inspiration. :)
Valerie Lynn Yamashita
A native of Southern Ontario, Valerie has spent most of her life in pursuit of various forms of artistry including: sewing, knitting, paper craft and photography however it is her passion for jewellery which has ruled the day. This passion has lead to the creation of Valerie Lynn Designs, a business aimed to share Valerie's love of wearable art to the world.