thoughts about retail... December 14 2017 1 CommentIt has been about a month since I launched my store – and I thought that it might be nice to write some
thoughts down and to thank those who have made their choices and purchases. It is a small club so far,
but, as my necklaces – or my babies – go out into the world, I am thrilled with the positive feedback, and
like any proud parent, I want them to succeed, thrive and be loved!
This whole project has been an interesting experiment. I have been a fine artist for over thirty years. In
those years I have produced paintings, occasionally showing, and sometimes selling. The process has
never been a smooth one for me. Although I do not suffer from a lack of confidence in the making of
the work, and I enjoy the act of showing it...the necessary drive and thick skin to move things along has
escaped me. I ran a business that promoted the work of others, and I found that to be much easier,
as I feel that curating and presentation is infinitely creative in itself. But my involvement in it was
behind the scenes which I think is an important element of a good curator. It was a privilege to put
ideas together and organize work to produce a coherent and visual presentation for the participating
artists. In the months leading up to the closing of the gallery I started thinking about the idea of artists
turning their creative flow into a Product (indeed, the project was called “Product”)– perhaps expanding
from their usual creative endeavors, and coming up with something that has all of the components of
their craft, but, unapologetically making something to sell. Stepping away from the “white cube” of
exhibitions, and yes, even empowering themselves to boil down the idea of the simplicity of making and
Three years later, this project is my own attempt. I must admit, I still have my sensitivity. I am reading
articles that discuss the challenge of retail, and the months involved in moving the product. All
very dispassionate, which I suppose is where one has to go. But, I made this project into something
other than the production of stringing beads, making it a conceptual and sculptural construct, so my
big challenge is to separate emotionally and hope for the best! Initial enthusiasm, 3000 Facebook
“likes,” support from friends and strangers alike, have made this a complex experience. I just want
them out and around people’s necks even more! I have absolutely loved the action of “filling an
order”...extracting the purchased necklace from the group and packaging it up to go off to the post
office. With these necklaces I am past the self-consciousness of selling for myself. It is so satisfying to
receive enthusiastic responses from the purchasers after receiving their product and it makes me admit
that I am hooked...
I enjoy the thought that the necklaces actually have a connection to the painting that I do – that I can
see the combination of darkness, healing, and beauty that I often attempt to integrate into the concept
of my work. Now I just have to hope that people keep buying them so that I can keep sending them out,
each of them with their own sweet uniqueness...
So, again, many thanks to those of you who have purchased! Your support means the world to me.
Today! The 100 Necklace Project! December 14 2017
It's a launch!
Welcome to my store...share with your friends...buy them a necklace-and get one for yourself!
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Thanks for taking a look!
Beauty is underrated. December 14 2017
I have some time on my hands these days, so I decided to sit down and make a pile of objects that are unadulteratedly beautiful. This is not a common objective in contemporary art and to do so is a step, or a nod, to a simple and pure notion. Every once in a while I also give in to the temptation with my painting. I love tulips and as part of the illustration of the many layers of our experience in this life, I often paint them in my work simply to include something that may function as a pause.
So...I made these necklaces. I set parameters for them. Each one is unique and 98% of them are designed with a central element (the exception being the yellow turquoise teardrops that make me think of teeth…so they had to be in a row). I have thought about each and every one of these necklaces…how they shimmer, repeat, and sparkle -- the making of them was cathartic, and a creative flow occurred every time I sat down to make a few. The weight of them is incredibly satisfying, hematite is the perfect base - neutral gray and heavy - a special "canvas" for color and shine. And when worn as a bundle they are about as beautiful as any warm scarf in winter. Once the materials were decided upon, I set the number at 100. I could have kept going, but, as a conceptual project the next natural stopping point would have to be 365, one for each day in the year, so that I have a new necklace for every day...
Instead, I stopped at 100 and thought it best to sell them. When they are all out I will set out to make another 100 (redux?), and so on, because really, they are lovely and exceedingly pleasing to make and wear so I hope that you will indulge - and when you wear them I hope that you will feel the good spirit with which they were made. So thanks for taking a look, and I do hope that you will get one (or several) for yourself, and some for your friends...because beauty is also the perfect gift.