Friday, March 30, 2012

Making something out of nothing

Earrings;  found glass shards, metallic ink, sterling
and fine silver;  Kathleen Faulkner

Some days are better spent outside.  

Down at the beach where I go to find shards, 
I can always count on the birds.  
They are always there 
living their lives just out of my reach
and giving me hope for a world that seems broken.

Cormorants living their lives in the Guemes Channel;  Kathleen Faulkner

Monday, March 12, 2012

In Support of the Arts

"Wired"  neckpiece, length 66"
fine and sterling silver, oxidation; Kathleen Faulkner

The annual MoNA Auction is coming up.  Each year I like to make a piece just for this event.  
It is our 'local' museum and it is worth the effort. 

I have just finished this and I'm feeling pretty good about it. 

Here's hoping someone else at the auction feels the joy I put into this necklace 

and bids on it.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Out of the frying pan and into the fire...

I decided that this year would be the beginning of my love affair with uncomfortable situations.  

Scott Schuldt, in conjunction with Anchor Art Space, was offering a mapping workshop.  I knew at once that I would do it and it scared me to death.  I am self taught in the math department and so, needless to say, I am capable in the basics and what I've had to learn for my business,  anything else is foreign territory. 

I must admit that when we began, I was totally lost then, with Scott's able instruction, I slowly began to make sense of it all.  By the time the workshop had ended, I felt empowered with a skill I never knew I needed.. and I'm still wondering what exactly to do with this new information.. it will be useful, I think, when in the woods.  I will use it somehow, sometime.  

There's a lot to be said for leaping out of the comfort zone! 

learning the basics before going outside to map

Dakota Creek Shipyard: an excellent subject for mapping

My finished product: I now know, without being able to get there,
how far it is to that tug boat.