My first incarnation as a metalsmith was in Toronto Canada. I sold my work through galleries, museum shops and boutiques in the city and across the country. I also participated in the national shows and festivals.
The pace and demand of my studio production process took it's toll on me.
My second incarnation as a metalsmith happened in California, where I now reside.
The decision to have secondary sources of income and not rely on art-making as the sole source of my livelihood has been one that I have been very happy with.
I find that for me personally, not being pressured to secure appropriate,timely venues as well as provide a steady stream of highly marketable art objects, has allowed me to focus on making fewer objects per year.
This has greatly increased the joy in my process and the originality of the work itself.
The business model has also changed For the past few years, I've organized and participated in group and solo shows in venues that have either donated their space or have asked for a very low fee. This has allowed me and the other artists involved to donate anywhere from 10-30 percent of the sales made at these shows to organizations that we care about as well as advocate and spread the word about these organizations and what they do.
In this way, the client, artist and venue proprietor have an opportunity to support organizations that help make a difference.
SOME OF THE ORGANIZATIONS WE HAVE SUPPORTED:
An organization that creates expressive art programs for homeless and under-served kids in the Bay Area.
An organization that provides free teaching materials to educators (teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners) who work with kids from kindergarten to high school. The program emphasizes social justice and anti-bias.
An organization that nurtures the creative expression of individuals with disabilities as a vehicle for personal growth.
American Civil Liberties Union
An organization whose stated mission is to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the US by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America.
Buddhist Global Relief
An organization that promotes hunger relief projects for poor communities around the world. They also promote the education of girls and women in these communities as well as working to help women start livelihood projects.
Southern Center for Human Rights
An organization that is working for equality,justice and dignity in the criminal justice system. The center works to help marginalized groups in the Southern United States.