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I Say No to Fear

Camino self portrait

I Say No to Fear

I created this self portrait in 2015 while agonizing over when to walk the 500 mile Camino de Santiago in Spain. While I was sure I'd go the following year, I surprised myself and everyone else by leaving 6 weeks after reading a random post on Pinterest. I walked five hundred miles, from the base of the French Pyrenees, to the west coast of Spain.  Just like I found myself six years ago, I'm wrestling with an undefinable urge to do something - anything to shake myself out of my lethargy. To find meaning in the daily slog, to look into the eyes...

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Changing. Everything.

self portrait Transformation

Changing. Everything.

In July 2020, we moved my 15+ year old "non-essential" pottery business out of a gorgeous light-filled, brick & beamed historic mill - and into my home's finished basement. Grateful to have survived the shutdown's arbitrary rules, we spent the last year trying to figure out how to survive in this pending reset world. Business as usual was gone, along with half of our business in the form of shuttered gift shops and cancelled weddings.  In lean times, small businesses survive by getting really lean, really quick. I stopped taking a paycheck and we went into survival mode. A combination of government...

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Surface Design Immersion Class 2021

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Surface Design Immersion Class 2021

Today I begin my third class in surface pattern design. It is said that the third time is the charmer. I've proven this adage incorrect a countless number of times and what I lack in follow-through, I make up for in tenacity. I love a new challenge, especially one that tests my ability to overcome being a quitter when faced with my own design limitations.  I'm thrilled to be taking this class. My last experience with designer Bonnie Christine was back in 2015. I found her surface pattern design class on Skillshare and not only signed up but actually completed it. I wrote a...

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