It is my opinion that, if you have spent at least a day in a given profession and actually have something to show for it, you can well and truly say that you were a Professional Whatever for at least that day. By this reckoning, I’ve probably had more life experience than folks twice my age, and proudly announce that in my life I have been a dancer, an actor, a linguist, a historian, a painter, a builder, a florist, a calligrapher, a glassblower, a blacksmith, a tutor, a teacher, a jeweler, a gardener, a traveler, a vegetarian (for three whole weeks – excruciating!), a seamstress, a quilter, a knitter, a spinner (of poi and yarn), a writer, a photographer, and most recently, a potter. I am also the ultimate Stone-Kicking Champion for my age group, as supported by this haiku I wrote in honor of the well-loved sport of stone-kicking:
Ode to a Stone (or: A Child’s Inner Monologue Whilst Walking Down the Street)
Oh, little pebble
So round and smooth and hardened:
I long to kick you
In all seriousness, I have tried many professions in my life, but the one thing that ties all of my experiences together is working with fabric and textiles. I’ve quilted, made corsets, designed and built costumes, and experimented on hats. These days I’m desperately in love with patchwork and colors, and am expressing what beauty I can through the construction of quality clothes, kitchenware, and other goodies, which will all be available in my Etsy shop for sale (see links in the sidebar).
In addition to sewing, I’ve had my hands in many other crafts, and right now I’m involved with a lovely pottery studio in Chelsea called La Mano Pottery, where I’ve been learning how to throw pots in addition to already knowing how to hand-build with clay. I’m also interested in photography and plan on pursing it in a semi-professional fashion right now, in the hopes that eventually I can actually make this a career in the future.
In order to reflect these pursuits, I’ve been blogging here about all things fabric and textile related, and the Photo-a-Day Project page details where to find photos I’ve taken and posted on the internet. All things related to potting can now be found at Sacred Spiral Pottery, where I will be hosting photos, discussing the magic of clay, and the general delights of playing with mud. Look around, read, and by all means, comment – I am looking to start a dialogue here, so please let me know if you’ve got something to share or a question you’d like me to answer.
Many things will influence the wild experimentation that goes on here. I practice yoga and am constantly on the lookout for a deeper connection to my fellow human beings as well as the Earth. I believe that everything and everyone is intrinsically connected and no matter our differences we are all a part of the same living, breathing organism that is the Universe – and I hope to express these sentiments in the things that I create.
Feel free to connect with me here, via email, Twitter, or on Facebook. I always welcome an exchange of ideas and meeting new folks!
Words to Live By
Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Play with abandon.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.