When I head into my workshop inside of the dynamic artist collective that is Atlanta’s Mutiny Artwrx, coffee, sawdust, and the sounds of creatives at work are with me.
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I carry a plan for what I want to cut, sand, and bring to life during the hours ahead. Inside my shop, I work to maintain an open and creative space that allows these plans and the other ideas in my head to have the space they need to become a reality.
When I head into my workshop inside of the dynamic artist collective that is Atlanta’s Mutiny Artwrx, coffee, sawdust, and the sounds of creatives at work are with me. I carry a plan for what I want to cut, sand, and bring to life during the hours ahead. Inside my shop, I work to maintain an open and creative space that allows these plans and the other ideas in my head to have the space they need to become a reality.
If you pay a visit to my shop, you’ll see evidence that I cannot walk past a beautiful piece of wood without claiming it for a future project. As a result, all around my shop there are stacks of colorful exotic woods and piles of well worn repurposed boards. All of these pieces of wood are waiting to begin their next life as part of a new creation. My trusty scroll saw has a place of honor in the middle of the action. She is surrounded by several tables that hold a variety of works in progress including: Star Lights, shadow boxes, custom orders of wood art, and geometric pieces.
A meditative space
The soundtrack of my shop is the steady rhythm of the scroll saw and the slow progress of its blade as it cuts through the wood. The focus that this precision work takes is enough to pull me into a meditative state as I work. Everything that I make is created with intention and hands on care.
The meditative time I spend on my saw allows me to better understand myself and the purpose of my work. I often say that I cut and create the pieces that I need to see. I’m grateful that they speak to others as well.
The intentions of my work are visible in the core sections of my online shop:
It is my sincerely believe that our world needs all of the love we can share with it right now. I create my art with the hope of spreading love far and wide. Someone who visited my booth at a recent art market said, “You sure like hearts, don’t you?,” I chuckled. It is so much more than that! I believe in the love that hearts represent and because of that, they do often find their way into my work.
These works are a way to confront perceived limitations and remind us to use our freedom of expression. It also allows us to acknowledge that while fear is present, it does not have permission to limit us or force us to play small. As Elizabeth Gilbert said, “your fear should always be allowed to have a voice, and a seat in the vehicle of your life. But whatever you do — don’t let your fear DRIVE.”
As an over thinker and a worrier. I frequently get pulled into my internal version of the Worst Case Scenario game or cycles of “but, what if…” The words and practices that I use to bring myself back into the present moment inspire and often show up in these creations.
I make art to help people pause, breathe, and remember the magic of this moment. We all need more art that brings light and peace into the places in our worlds where chaos and rushing too frequently prevail. I hold tightly to the words on a card that my friend Celeste once sent me, “Until further notice, celebrate everything.” These creations are meant to help us do just that.