Residency Results & Other Luv

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Residency Results & Other Luv

Happy Valentine's Day!! I hope y'all get some sweet sweet lovin' or at least a nice hug from a friend. I'm here to help send out some of that good vibration. First, things first. Who's gonna join me for the Get Lost, Do Art Residency?? Well, it was a really difficult decision. I wish I could have brought all the applicants along. I was inspired and completely taken by you all. Thank you for being such badass'!!

Congrats Cate Richards! 

Please check out more of Cate's work online and if you see her, give her a high five or that nice friendly hug!! Cate's Website

Halstead

I just spend a few days at one of my fav places! Halstead Jewelry Supply Co in Prescott, AZ. Thank you to the entire crew, especially, Mercedes, Janelle, Erica, Brad, Katie, Suzie, Tom and Hilary!!! We had a BLAST fold forming and connecting. Here's a demo I did while at Halstead. Please check out Halstead's Facebook Page for even more helpful videos, they are pretty damn rad!!! BTW, India and I are on page 192 of the current catalog. Check out the amazing photo with Hilary from last years visit. Community!!

Fold Forming Video

India and me playing with some cool ass peeps at the Halstead Headquarters.

India and me playing with some cool ass peeps at the Halstead Headquarters.

UP & Coming

I'm also excited to announce that I will be taking part in another great event! I'm luving the luv jewelry world!!

June 8-12th 2017
Jewelry Findings Symposium
Grand Marais, MN

I'll be teaching a workshop AND giving an artist talk about my travels. I hope you can join us. Check out the link for the list of rad events. 

And don't forget I will be at SNAG in May!

May 24-27th 2017
Lunchtime Talk Friday May 26th 12:15pm
Trunk Show Saturday May 27th 3:30-6:30pm
Nexus, SNAG Conference
New Orleans, LA

Thank You

A big Thank you to Bob and Linda for your generous donations this week. I am completely taken by your generosity, belief in me and your luv!!!

Also, a big luv and thank you to you all! I am grateful to be surrounded by a good, luving, supportive community of people who have become family. Here are some good vibrations and a crazy old Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch video just for you!!! Enjoy and thanks for reading.

 

 

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One Man's Salvation

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One Man's Salvation

This is a blog post from last year. Even though its a repeat post I wanted to share it with you again. I've have a lot of friends visit me in Joshua Tree this month and I've be back to Salvation Mountain a few more times. Every time I visit I'm filled with inspiration, love and the feeling that everything will be okay. With the way the world can be at times I feel it's important to spread the message of love. Nothing speaks more true to this message than Leonard Knight. So throughout the week, weekend, month, year, remember to be kind to each other, especially to yourself. Love to you my friends and thank you once again for reading and sharing my posts with others.

I'm moved. I'm touched. I'm inspired. I'm in love. I'm grateful. I'm in ahhhh. All by one man's life's work. A man that heard a message and had to create. He had nothing, yet everything. He spent over 3 decades painting and sculpting every day. He lived his vision, his dream. I had the amazing opportunity to visit Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain which has changed my view on art, life and giving.

"I see it" I cried. There it was, standing tall in the distance in all it's glory with the sun's rays shining atop the white cross. I was so excited, actually, damn giddy!! As we drove up my brother, Aaron, told me of the time he helped Leonard for a day about 10 years ago.

Aaron and his college buddy were visiting the Salton Sea and the locals told them about this man's passion for spreading the word of God through creating a mountain out of hay bales and buckets of paint. They were intrigued and had to see this for themselves.

From the moment they met Leonard he was welcoming, full of love and life. He even put Aaron to work, helping him drill a hole in the dome that criss crossed with trees, paint, hay and car windows. He would spend the day helping Leonard with other odd and ins around the mountain. Aaron became inspired by this man who had no material wealth, lived secluded in the desert in his car with no electricity, running water and few possessions yet he was giving, grateful and amazingly passionate about his work. 

As we walked around, roaming through passages and walking up the "yellow brick road" Aaron continued his story. We were reliving his moment in time with Leonard and you could feel his energy all around, he was with us. I felt that at any moment Leonard would pop his head up while climbing his paint covered ladder full of delight at giving us another task to help with his creation. Leonard's message continues to live, even after he has left this world. You can feel him in every drip of paint, in every flower and in every message of love.

Once we reached the top of the mountain we looked out. There we both stood, peacefully taking it all in. As we watched the suns final set, the warmth of the glowing sky left us feeling full of love for a man and his one salvation. 

Aaron and Leonard 

Aaron and Leonard 

Here's a great video on Leonard. Please check it out and if you are ever in Southern California you must check out Salvation Mountain. Thanks for reading.

And if you know any artist similar to Leonard please let me know, I'd love to visit them. Thank you!

DONATE

Like my travels, along many other artists and people, I/we follow my vision on passion alone, not money. So at times I/we rely on others for support. To help preserve Salvation Mountain think about donating. But as Leonard would say donate "only if it comes from the heart." Wow, what a man!

Mail Donations Here

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Deadline Is Next Week!

Photo I took while camping at Joshua Tree National Park, the location for the "Get Lost, Do Art" Case of the Nomads Residency

Photo I took while camping at Joshua Tree National Park, the location for the "Get Lost, Do Art" Case of the Nomads Residency

I'm excited to announce that the selected artist in resident will have an online exhibition with Crafthaus of their work created during the residency.

Residency Details:
7 Day Art Residency with nomadic artist Casey Sheppard
at Joshua Tree National Park, CA, followed by a Crafthaus Online Exhibition of the work that was created during the residency.
DEADLINE: 01/25/2017

Apply HERE

UPCOMING EVENTS

Workshops

Halstead Bead Co Prescott, AZ  Feb 2017

Touchstone Center for Crafts Farmington, PA August 25-28th 2017

Bike Events

SSAZ & 24 HOP AZ Feb 2017

Lectures

SNAG Conference New Orleans, LA May 2017

Calls for Entry

Adorned Spaces
Deadline: Feb 14th

The 2017 SNAG conference is seeking curators, organizations, schools, and individuals to offer a fresh look at the field of contemporary metalsmithing through a multiple-exhibition event called Adorned Spaces. This juried event will highlight both established and emerging artists to celebrate the innovation of metalsmithing that “Connects Ideas.”

 

Thanks for reading and sharing with others!

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Grizzly Bears & Propane

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Grizzly Bears & Propane

As I walked through the sliding glass doors I was afraid the weather worn trim would break causing the entire frame of the door to collapse.  With the strong stench of propane in the air, I peeked and snooped a bit while I waited.

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Band of Sisters

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Band of Sisters

When you think of badass adventurers pushing their limits and inspiring others you probably won't think of ladies in their 70's or 80's. I know what you're picturing.....a big beast of a man wearing flannel (not hipster flannel, real man flannel), a full bearded weathered face and carrying a hatchet over his shoulder. Right? Well, get with the times my friends!!! Since I've been traveling I've met some of the most beastly of adventurers, who happen to be women and recently, of the mature. 

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Case of the Nomads Residency

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Case of the Nomads Residency

I am above and beyond excited to announce that I will be hosting a residency!! I've spent over a year exploring, pushing limits and really indulging in the badass elements of life. Now I get to share it with you! If you wanna dive into the minimalist lifestyle to see how your art/life will evolve, grow and expand through limitations, then apply! I look forward to spending 7 days with you off the grid in Joshua Tree National Park, getting lost and doing art. Click the link for details...oh and don't forget to pass this info along to others.

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To The End of Love

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To The End of Love

Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment. 
 

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Getting Lost

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Getting Lost

I spent this last weekend camping in the mountains of southern California, using this time to reflect on the craziness of last week, to create new works and to just….get lost.

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Ease On

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Ease On

I know I'm late on sending out an update! I am super busy putting the finishing touches on my first book!!! I am really excited to be sharing my cold connection design techniques with the WORLD!!!! It's how I learned to make jewelry, through a cold connection book I found at the library a weeee 11 (or so) years ago. I'm forever grateful to Joanna Gollberg for her amazing books.

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Blue Steel

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Blue Steel

I spent 10 years perfecting my skills in metal smithing. I felt that it was extremely important for me to master or at least try as many techniques as possible.

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Stay Gold, Ponyboy

I’ve had the privileged to camp all over the US. There have been good, bad and ugly sites but not in Montana, which has become one of my tops places for some of the best free camping round. 

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The Integratron

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The Integratron

A perfect sound box in the middle of the high desert based off a mathematical equation from aliens to bring the human race back together. We’re the jerks in the universe and the Integratronwas a gift from above that would help us love one another again, rejuvenate our race and then work as a transport. The catch? 

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Step Right Up

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Step Right Up

I'm super excited to announce the release of my new limited edition series which is based on my life on the road.

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Just an Earth Bound Misfit

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Just an Earth Bound Misfit

A year. It's been....a year. I've spent the year traveling the US, living in Jones (my van) with India, the adventure dog. I've met my goal. I've also met strangers and I've met friends. I've laughed and cried. I've had flat tires (both bike and car), drank with buddies, road and drove to anywhere and nowhere. I've created, have been inspired, moved, loved and given love. 

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Tall & Awkward

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Tall & Awkward

Have you ever wondered what if?? Okay….I knew we all have, right?! But what if those “what ifs” were experiences or dreams that we were too afraid to do. What if it was too late? What if it wasn’t? And what would happen if we started to live those desires, wants, dreams right now? What if we pushed outta the comfort zone and started doing things that would finally make us into the person we’ve wondered we could be. The person we think we want to be? I know I did. That’s part of the reason for this road trip. I always longed to be a strong amazing woman instead of this tall awkward girl.

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24 Hours in Old Pueblo

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24 Hours in Old Pueblo

Bikes. What could make a girl happier. Then through 24 hours into the mix along with a full cast of gnarly characters, camping in the middle of nowhere Arizona and a LOT of pickle juice with Tequila. Sounds like my kind of place. This is 24 Hours in Old Pueblo.

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Sharing Our Vision

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Sharing Our Vision

It was love at first sight. But how could it not be. A family owned jewelry supplier that really cares for their employees, doing good business, the community and others. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well it's not, it's Halstead

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What You See

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What You See

I'm a privilege girl, raised with a blind eye. Is this good? Bad? No matter, It just is. This trip has shown me so much of the world and the people in it. I am no longer blind. I see so clearly that, at times, I almost wish I could stay in the darkness.

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She Means Business : Part 4 The Future

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She Means Business : Part 4 The Future

This is the final post of She Means Business series. I know, it's sad BUT you can keep up with these amazing ladies through their websites and social media, just click on the links next to their names!

And THANK YOU Emily, Roz, Kat and Angela. Wow, I am so honored to have had you all take part in this series. Thank you for baring your souls and inner most thoughts with us! What a gift.

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