Are you a crafty or artsy person? Do you look at other people's artwork and immediately think "that's cool, but I can do that myself"?
This past year I had the chance to visit the high-end Scottsdale Art Festival in Arizona. I left with art envy.
Scottsdale was a good lesson. I have
always been a handcrafting art loving kind of person and have tried making things myself for as long as I can remember. I was embroidering my own bell-bottomed jeans in the 70's (it was
groovy!), tolle painting, oil painting and re-upholstering in the 80's, ornament making and sewing in the 90's, then there was beading, candle making, soap making, floral arrangements making, photography and website designing in the 20+ years after that. More recently I took up metalsmithing. I love making some of my own silver & brass jewelry. But here's my problem...I don't feel very creative with it, at least
not as much other super talented artists.
Letting go of having to make things myself isn't easy and requires a few baby steps. I have learned that appreciating the creative talent and time that others put in to their beautiful artwork can also be gratifying.
To prove my progress with "art envy" rehabilitation, I am happy to introduce a new jewelry line from a very talented metalsmithing artist, Tracey Graves. Her style is my style, simple yet expressive and meaningful. Take a look at some of her beautiful work here on Nuthatch, I think you'll like it!