por favor…….my mission……

I would love your help….truth be told, I am, for some reason experiencing a bit of ‘stuckness’ ( I know, not a real word) where my blog is concerned these days…they say, you should treat this space as if it is your living room, and you are hanging out with some friends. I read an article this week on ‘passionate blogging’ and the first recommendation was to write a mission statement for your blog. The idea was to clarify its purpose, and to keep you ‘on track’…so…it was an interesting exercise to answer the prescribed questions…..and then, they  ( yes, the big ol’ they in the sky) said you should share that mission and ask for feedback. To be honest I am always very open to feedback, but not really very good about asking for help…so…..I am going to publish what I wrote, right here, right now….please feel free to comment ( be kind! I know you will!) here, and…as an extra special treat, I have set up an account HERE….any questions you might have for me that you think might make interesting blog posts, or just questions in general, can be left, and I promise I shall answer to the best of my ability and bravery!…I know this is a loooooong post ( please bear with me!), so I shall say, thank you, from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to offer feedback, if you have it, and let you know how much I appreciate your stopping by from time to time, even if you choose not to! ( leave some feedback, I mean!)
                            MY MISSION STATEMENT
“Art, to me, is like breathing. It is my first form of expression. I think in pictures, having to ‘translate’ my thoughts into words. As a young child, this was a difficult thing…I just always found myself feeling ‘cut from a different cloth’. Jewelry making came into my life at a young age somewhat serendipitously….I wanted to take a ceramics class and it was full…so,  Mom plunked me in jewelry class instead… I have been making metal in one form or another ever since ….

 The current direction of my work is springs from my need to tread lightly  as possible upon the earth. After a move to Vermont, I learned about growing food, for the very first time. The magic of putting a seed in the earth, nurturing the seedling to maturity, and producing an entire meal from nothing but home grown vegetables was such a powerful experience….I would never look at the soil, or our earth, the same way again. You may ask what this has to do with jewelry making? It happens that this art form can bring incredible beauty into being, while wreaking havoc with our environment. Mining, refining, plating, chemical use, all play a role in traditional working methods. It created a conflict in my heart, to the point of my entertaining switching to another more earth friendly art medium. I am a spiritual person, and needed to make some conscious choices. This need drives my methods….wax as a carving material, recycled precious metals and a decision to avoid working with gemstones for the most part, with the exception of lab grown natural diamonds.( someone wrote and asked me about this..it is just a personal choice…I  have a great appreciation for fellow jewelers who showcase their beauty…its just me..a conflict I struggle with).  Mining, in all its forms leaves scars. It is an aspect of jewelry making that I have never been completely comfortable with.  Even my studio practices are as green as possible…substituting citric acid for a more toxic one, purchasing  carbon offsets to  balance the small amount of electricity used…its not perfect, but I make every effort… this  stewardship of the earth is what my work needs.
I am deeply intrigued by the talismanic properties of jewelry…that place where the alchemy of metal, thought, spirit, the natural world all intersect with human history. I answer to images that often come to me in dreams. My hope for those who choose to wear my work is that it defines their personal style above and beyond the changing whims of current fashion, becoming instead an embodiment of how they are moving through the world….like a tangible reminder of who and what they are about…I have heard again and again from people who already wear my jewels, that they feel it becomes a part of them, almost “like a tattoo”….. how I love this parallel!…. my wish is that the jewelry evokes the same energy, that it becomes an outward expression of your inner journey….marking personal moments…memories…traces  the path of who you are, and who you hope to become….My pieces are substantial and made to last. The jewelry will feel as if it has become a part of you after it has been worn a while. (Some have told me that this happens instantly!). Quality, craftsmanship, organic designs that have been hand carved to fit comfortably is my goal. A resonance with your spirit is my dream. Know that I stand behind all of my creations, and send them out into the world imagining that they will take on and reflect the true spirit of the person who wears them. My desire is huge and yet at the same time very simple and deeply personal….I want to embellish beautiful souls!”
                                                             
namaste
Kerin

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9 Comments

  1. your work…
    your art…
    your craft…
    is filled with all the passion & intention you express in your mission statement…

    it is one & the same…

    you embellish…
    you employ…
    you embody…
    you embrace…

    & emanate from

    my soul…

    you are as natural to me as the beauty mark upon my cheek…

    you belong…on me

  2. You know I agree:)

    and I have already told you wearing your art is so much different then wearing many others creations…
    Lets see if I can put it into words: it's as if it has become fused to my spirit, transcended your own grasp on it and as the crafter you get to let go and I allow your creations to work in our life as it's intended to do. Your creations have history, a purpose, and are created with a solution in mind they were not made to venerate yourself, its humble and real… you actually care for the person your jewelry goes to.

    There is some jewelry that is so deeply etched with the crafters personality fingerprints via their posting and photographing their own adventures with it, and listing it as their own… I've found it very difficult to separate the "them" and "myself" when it's worn, and personally I don't want to wear anyone else but me and the connection I know its in my heart to that piece not the crafter necessarily… sometimes its okay, if you the intention is to buy a piece for that purpose to find safety in the numbers so to speak… yet your work is strong enough to be able to let go of you and let it be theirs, ya know?

    sometimes I have just stash that type of jewelry away in the corner because i just cannot carry another person in my personal space:)))) Funny but I so don't feel that way when it comes to your work, because I know it was created with the intended owner in mind and not as an appendage of your being. Its actually medicine:)

  3. You know what, I really enjoyed reading every single word of that. It drew me in. I wanted to know more. I loved reading about the purpose behind your choices. I already knew that your jewelry was meaningful, but your statement deepened that meaning for me. I want one of your pieces now (I did before, too, but now I feel like I *need* to have one). Thank you for sharing that with us, Kerin. I have so much respect for you.

  4. lovely kerin…i cannot agree any more with Mmes Nancy and Michaela…and they actually have said it poetically, something I cannot do!
    But I am going to reread the top part of your post and figure out what is bothering you about your blog and what I would like to see in it. Now you have me thinking … I am just home and it is late and so my brain is completely nonfunctional. So I will be back! Just wanted to drop a line to tell you that I read your post, and loved the person who wrote it….

    xox

  5. welllll….gosh…I am almost speechless here ( and for those who have met me 'in person' you know that is not easy! :)….

    I was thinking you might ask for clarification on a point, or fix my syntax!

    I feel blessed beyond words that somehow the larger aspects of who I am and what I am trying to accomplish comes across…..this is a 'medium' ( the computer) that is new to me ( I didn't even know how to type until a few years ago) and I am still hesitant….and unsure about what exactly transmits…and comes across…

    thank you friends….
    oox K

  6. …and…sometimes being "stuck" means…you are really being creative…deeper than you thought…

    …these are all great questions…& GREATER responses …so much inspiration for us all…it just takes one Q…One A…to make a post.

    ~love & light to you~

  7. I read through this post twice, just ensure I was really absorbing it. And now more than ever, I wish I had you close by to engage on long talks of art and earth and humanity.

    I agree and hold a HUGE respect for your words of conscience regarding treading on this land. I think it takes a large measure of bravery to break from classical methods and strike out into new territory because your soul has demanded this of you and you, well, you actually listened (not something all do).

    I find myself less and less enamored with jewelry as beauty (but don't get me wrong – I still LOVE my pretty things!) and have purged my jewelry box of all the mass-produced items I once wore. I now have far less gems but each one carries meaning for me. I find I choose the pieces I wear each day not due to their "match-iness" but due to the talisman I wish to wear, the spirit I wish to remember that day, and the item that feels most right on my skin.

    I'm thankful for you. Your words and your spirit encourage me to my own beliefs.

    Thank you for writing this my friend.

  8. I find this the most interesting about your work…the history, the why, the wherefor, the because…it makes your work even more meaningful. Please keep sharing posts like this or what you were thinking as you created your latest piece. From looking at your sketches…you don't look stuck. Those are gorgeous!

  9. Nancy, you are so right!….all the scribbling around on the page will often show the way forward!…and thank you for the great questions! 🙂

    Umber, I wish the same….we could simply wander the woods together, pointing at textures, and colors, and signs!

    and Jenn, thank you as always for noticing things that I might not!…one of those 'scribbles' is on its way to becoming a new bracelet as I write this! 🙂

    namaste, thank you thank you!
    ox

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