The other day, I was attending the Thesis Show for OCAC’s Class of 2019—the very last thesis show for the Oregon College of Art and Craft—when a former professor told me she had just been visiting my website expressly to read my blog. I have had many people tell me over the past year that they have enjoyed my writing—especially the series, “From a Retail Perspective.” Writing has long been a passion of mine—an extension of my love of reading, a way to express myself, an outlet for thoughts and emotions, and a way to reach out to loved ones. Each and every compliment I have received about my writing is truly a gift to me, so to my readers…I want to say a hearty THANK YOU! Even if you have never commented on a post, even if I never meet you, or we don’t connect in some way, I still want to say THANK YOU. Your presence means a lot to me.
Now, on to the good stuff…
Yesterday, I finally cleaned my studio space up a bit. We have had an extra person living with us for a bit, which has meant some compressing of my studio, and I’ve not felt inspired to clean up until yesterday. It has also meant less quiet time to create. Admittedly, working full time and trying to maintain a studio practice has proven difficult. Disheartening, even. There is little time for creative juices to flow, and even less space for me to physically explore ideas. I have turned to cooking, gardening, and some photography as creative outlets. I have prioritized visiting with friends over brunch (perhaps with some Rosé carried home from France), taking small workshops, hiking with the dog, and snuggling my husband.
Earlier, I mentioned attending the Oregon College of Art and Craft’s last thesis show. My little art college is closing, and I have jumped on to the committee in charge of building the official Alumni organization. One of the only positive things I see coming out of this closure is that it has ignited a lot of the alumni. Many have been reconnecting and coming together to build this organization to help celebrate our faculty, staff, and students. There is a great deal of love and heart break going on. The thesis show was incredible—not only was the artwork wonderful, but getting to see so many alumni and professors was heartening. One thing that struck me was how so much of the work was installation-based. Also notable were the displays created by the students specifically for their work (often involving some sort of lighting aparatus.) The work was fantastic, as always—one thing that OCAC has always done well is teach students in a way that even at the Bachelor’s level, students have produced Master’s level work (not all, but many.) The show is on at Disjecta through May 12—go see it!
On the bench at the moment are elk ivory and turquoise waiting to become various necklaces. There are a few pods and other shapes that would love to be transformed, too. On my mind is the collapse of Antarctic ice shelves, climate change, and polar bears (there are some ideas floating around and materials in drawers begging to be explored. It will come. What is on your bench, and on your mind?