Friday, December 18, 2009


Hello darlings,

it's been such a long time since I've ventured into the regions of my jewelry making self. My decision to stop making jewelry was perhaps a bit sudden, and certainly more than a bit dramatic, but it had to be done. I was about to enter a PhD program in a new city, and I simply had to focus.

I finished the first quarter of the coursework part of my PhD and it went very well; despite the fact that my last paper was written in a coffee and nicotine induced daze, I managed to get it done and be content with my performance. As my work is becoming more serious, I am expected to present my papers at conferences and get them published in academic journals. Considering these new and difficult responsibilities, I know you will understand why I had to give up all distracting hobbies, as fun as they may have been.

I am now enjoying the winter holidays, and feeling a bit nostalgic... Ah, last year, when I created and wrote about creating... when I met like minded artisans and made friends with my customers. I don't think I am ready to give up that part of my life yet, but it must take another form.

I was thinking of continuing my DIY activities, but making them somehow part of my work. But what to make? Sell poems on etsy? Make philosophy paper inspired collages? Knit academic sweaters with super nerd quotes? Help!

I am in need of your lovely creative ideas. So pretty please, shed some suggestions below.

Hope you darlings have been well, and hi! :)


Sharon said...

So nice to hear your voice again! Congratulations on getting through the first quarter of the PhD program.

I like the idea of poems on Etsy and the idea of philosophy-inspired collages. (Will your PhD be in philosophy?) Perhaps you could have some frameable poetry/philosophy collages. I'd say no on the academic sweaters--believe me, sweaters take far too long to knit, so why would you want sell them?

Happy holidays!

pledgedrose said...

One semester, complete. Oh my. How swiftly these things pass, non? It is a little frightening, really.
I am most proud of you, dearest.

Ideas, ideas... I am possibly the worst person to brainstorm for you, when I cannot even get my own creative adventures underway. It's terrible.

I've always adored your collages. Even glimpses of your abstract paintings cause my heart to flutter. Of course, being me, apart from poetry, I would love to see some of these wonders being created in the year ahead. Even pursuing the idea of visually interpreting and translating your poetic works into collages, paintings and whatever else, as you so did with the branch of jewellery making.

Do what feels right, dear one.

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