When I was in Holland at my jewelry artists residency last spring there was a small pond in our backyard. It was muddy, murky, filled with gross bugs and green slime. I didn't pay too much attention to it, it hadn't been cared for for some time. Until perfect pink lotus flowers started to blossom in it. It captivated me. I had new respect for the murky pond, new wonder and fascination. I would sit in front of it and notice how the lotus flowers opened and closed. I would notice how the bugs interacted with the flowers, I would notice how the plant life was so alive in the mud.......
No Mud, No Lotus Necklace. Patsy Kay Kolesar Design 2013
I've been welcoming in the year of the Snake and I wanted to share some of the things that I'm finding helpful, inspiring, and intriguing while staring off this new year.
1. Black Coffee
I decided to go 1 week without added sugar and without any alcohol. I really enjoy a nice glass of wine and I love sweet creamy coffee in the morning, but i was feeling a little sluggish and I wanted to give myself a little healthy kickstart for a week. It was my intention to only do this for 1 week, but after a week of drinking my coffee black, I realized that I was liking it so I've continued. I find it very interesting that by making 1 small adjustment to my lifestyle for a short period of time it's turned into a more permanent change. We get so used to the way we do things, but sometimes we just have to try to do what we do in a different way and then change happens.
2. The Make Shift Happen Podcast by Dean Dwyer
I'm a bit of a sucker for all of the life coach advice that is plentiful on the web. However, I get really tired of thinking that I don't have the tools to do what I need to do, that I have to take another course, or read another book, or buy buy buy something else. Dean's podcast is about making small shifts in your life in order to be happier. He comes from the perspective that you already know what you need to know, but by listening to his story and the stories he shares you may see a new way of doing things in your life. Golden.
I'm building a new website. I'm using a platform called Squarespace and so far it's been really painless and simple. I'm surprisingly proud of how technical I am becoming. There is something really empowering about learning something new and taking control of something that you didn't think you could. My new website will be launched soon! Stay tuned!
This is what is on my bench right now. A sea of enameled copper pieces in bright spring colours.
I spent 3 days in Brussels, Belgium in the spring walking around feeling delighted, star struck, and inspired by all of the beautiful art nouveau architecture. The whole city was an art gallery and I fell in love with every piece in it.
I recently faced the same dilemma that many of us will face over the next few weeks. I was in Winners and I saw some big plastic trucks for 19.99 that my two little nephews would probably love. I stood there for quite a while in front of them, thinking that for 19.99 times 2, I could be finished my Christmas shopping for them, but I would be doing exactly what I said I didn't want to do - buy plastic and buy from big mega stores. So I walked away. I walked away and this past weekend I went to Kids Books on Broadway where one of the very helpful women working in the store knew exactly which books they had on space for 4 year olds. I bought a beautiful book about a mouse who goes to space and a rocket ship board game. I walked away happy that I was supporting local independent shops. I want to live in a city where local independent shops can thrive.
Below is a list of the amazing local independent shops and galleries who carry my handmade one of a kind jewelry. I hope that you support some of these shops and other local independent retailers over the holidays. British Columbia
I am honored to work with such a talented group of artists at The Onion Studio. Last year for the Culture Crawl 5 of us participated in The Ring A Week Project. This year 7 of us have participated in The Paper Bag Project - Recycling our Brown Paper Bags into Wearable Art.
There have been little bits of paper bags overtaking a corner of my apartment for the past couple of months now. This has been a true challenge for me....figuring out how I can manipulate paper to fit with my twists and turns that I crave for my designs.
In the past couple of weeks things have all come together. This is the time when we finally see each others work, exchanging photos for posters and press releases. This is the time when I find myself catching my breath because I realize that I am a part of this amazing creative group that continually inspires me and keeps me pushing my creative boundaries.
This is the time when we sweep the polishing dust off of our studio floor and prepare to let you in.
This is the time that we hope some of the creative spirit that happens behind our studio doors will also inspire you.