I got an early birthday present - this lovely bracelet made by Anne Hanson from Dunstable, Massachusetts. I've been looking for a silver bracelet for some time now and believe I've found just the right one! Not only is Ms Hanson's jewelry beautiful, but it is even more amazing once you hear her story. She was a successful artist, making wonderful jewelry when she had a major stroke at age 50, leaving her right hand - her jewelry-making hand, essentially paralyzed. She then taught herself how to be left-handed - not just for day-to-day life stuff, but to start all over as a left-handed jewelry artist. What a courageous and talented woman! If ever there was a lesson in " when life hands you lemons, make limoncello" , this is it.
I'm always intrigued by the labels we give ourselves ( as those of you who've read some of my older posts know!) - do we call ourselves "artists" or "craftsmen" ( or the PC "craftspeople"). In one of the booths - very intricate woodblock printing by Matt Brown, I came across these definitions that finally made sense to me. He says that "craft" is the technique part of what we do and the part that can be reproduced over and over. Like making water-stamped backgrounds - a technique we can all learn, and repeat whenever we want to use it. The "art" part is unique to us - once the technique part is done, art is what we do with it to make it uniquely ours - the colors, composition, materials and vision that go into each piece.
Now, to get going on that canvas that needs to be finished!!