I have been thinking more and more about how businesses can be more socially conscious. Business was wildly successful for me last year, but I do believe that money does not cause happiness. Don’t get me wrong, I am truly grateful for all of my customers and am thoroughly enjoying jewelry making.
There was a big lull in January and I started to think, is this it? Work, make money, take a break, work more? I wasn’t feeling very inspired by this thought. I started really thinking about a common truth that we often ignore, money does not create happiness. Although, I do believe that giving to others does.
~Being socially aware and trying to better the world and your community is motivating, inspirational & energizing.~
Donations to Haiti
With that said, I have become re-inspired through some new projects that I am working on! I have recently donated over $100 to Fonkoze in Haiti through the sales of my Radial Copper Tree Pendant. Currently 50% of the proceeds are going to small business loans in Haiti.
Fonkoze is Haiti’s alternative bank for the organized poor. In fact, it is a family of three institutions working together shoulder-to-shoulder towards a single compelling mission: building the economic foundations for democracy in Haiti by providing the rural poor with the tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty. This mission is reflected in our name, Fonkoze, which is an acronym for the Haitian Creole phrase “Fondasyon Kole Zepòl” meaning “Shoulder-to-Shoulder Foundation.”
Tree Planting with your Purchase!
I am meeting tomorrow with a local organization with the hopes of having a tree planted when a customer purchases a specific tree pendant made from Eco Silver. I am really excited for this! I’ll add more information once there is a plan in place.
I would really like the tree to bear edibles, such as a Sugar Plum Tree (June Berry). This is a local native species to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Sugar Plums are super tasty for people and birds.
I am also working on a new series of lockets which will hold a seed for the customer to plant! I think that our relationship with nature is quite important. Humans are just a part of the vast interconnected system that makes up the planet. Everything is dependent upon everything else, even if it is not apparent to the naked eye.
My New Artist Statement
The ability to create miniature images in metal is fascinating. The thinness of a handmade line has always intrigued me. Natural elements and the subtle variations of a hand wrought design are the necessary antithesis to the many mass-produced objects we encounter daily.
My designs are cut in metal with a hand-held jewelers saw. Texture is made with hammers, handmade stamps and various hand tools. Patinas are carefully painted into details to create contrast. Every edge, corner and surface is also finished by hand.
The use of silhouettes and figure ground reversal is inherent in my designs. By sawing a hole in the shape of an object, the metal surrounding the sawn away part allows the viewer to see the figure. The viewer perceives something that is only visually available because of it surroundings.
Many parts of life and existence become available to our senses because of the environment they are in. Our surroundings help define who we are.
Silversmith & Jewelry Artist