Monday morning, the morning after the show, I woke with a feeling that I haven’t had since the morning after our wedding more than 4 years ago. It was the feeling of total fulfillment that comes only after completing a huge project.
Leading up to my first show I had vision of what I wanted, but with no experience, I had no idea if I’d be able to pull off. And not everything went smoothly. In fact, the week before the show it seemed like nothing was going right. But with the help of friends and family, I managed to get it together Saturday morning just in time to take a couple deep breaths before the doors opened. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The love and support from everyone who stopped by over the weekend is still overwhelming. There were many moments I was moved to tears. Putting my work on display is truly an exercise in vulnerability. But, oh, your positive words I received in exchange left me humbled, validated and energized for the next show!
Of course I have to mention my fellow makers. This showcase was special in that it took place in the studio I took my first silversmithing class. Surrounded by fellow students, instructors and store staff, I could not have asked for a more welcoming or supportive environment. It was fascinating to see our work lined up side by side. Though many of us had taken the same class, each artist had a unique signature and style that makes their work their own. I made some great connections and new friends (looking at you Loops and Ebony+Sparrow).
And a special thank you to Kathy, the creator behind WorkingSilver Studio. I walked into your studio never having picked up a torch in my life, and now I can consider myself a silversmith and jewellery designed. Your words of encouragement and guidance absolutely helped get me here. Thank you.