Y’all. It’s been a while. A long while.
After earning my graduate degree in May 2010, I found myself in that most dreaded space. The place where you have just come off the high of successfully completing a major body of work, the degree is in hand, life is fantastic... and you are dead ass broke.
I entered graduate school with the intention to teach. I truely love teaching with all the passion in my anxiety ridden perfectionist heart. I love seeing students and peers have the “aha” moment or fall in love with craft. In a weird way it is the peak manifestation of the joy a geek finds in telling other geeks about their geekyness. Dear reader, you know exactly why I’m talking about. (Broke the 4th wall there didn’t I?)
I taught a few classes after grad school, had some marvelous students and enjoyed teaching for the first time while not also being a full time student. Of course I was also working a brutal minimum wage job to try and help pay the bills and let's just say I am reasonably sure they were not complying with all currently active labor laws. Uncertain finances, bleak employment opportunities (remember how great the Recession was???) and an astronomical student loans bill brought me to a deeply unsettled place.
It had to end. I applied and was offered an amazing opportunity in New York. I left the Philadelphia I loved and moved up I95. And its been great. It just hasn't involved this.
And thats where I've been. I've participated in a few shows here and there, but truly making new work has for some reason just been just outside the realm of tasks I could handle. Don't get me wrong, the ideas are there. I just haven't acted on them.
We're going to attempt to act on them.
Artist Lecture at NSCAD
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Friday, November 26th.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA 12:30 PM
A special thank you to all the faculty and students that attended the lecture and demonstrations!
Moving to Maine for the fourth summer!
June 13th- August 14th
Assistant Department Head of Metalsmithing @ Camp Laurel, Readfield Maine
April 28, 2010-May 8, 2010
Atrium Gallery, Tyler School of Art
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia PA 19122
Opening Reception: Friday, April 30, 2010
"Cameo II" in American Craft Magazine, pg 53 April/May 2010 issue