Graduating college left me with many questions. The one I needed to answer first was "where do I go from here?" I didn't have a lot of money and knew I had to figure something out quick. The easiest thing for me to do was to go back to my father's farm an use what I've learned to make something of my efforts over the last four years. This could be good, its going to be ok, its going to be ok, just keep saying this and believe.
Setting up a studio took a little bit of time. We had to empty out a space and make sure that it could be safe and clean. This space would be where I could dream, draw, and create my artwork. I didn't have many choices in the small house we were living in, but with my boyfriends help we created a room that I could do some metal awesomeness.
My father has been very encouraging, he allows me to use his shop to put some of my equipment and I have been able to sneak in some use of his cool tools. We are currently working on cleaning out and repairing a grain bin to turn into a machine shop/foundry to give us both some more space to have some fun. When its up and running I should be able to cast, adding to the possiblities to my work.
Along with my continued exploration of my jewelry, I have designed some production pieces to sell at craft fairs. I don't want to fall away from my artistic career because I can't make money from it so I used the time when I didn't have a good work area to find other ways of working with my skills. With my ability to grind, clean, and resurface metal, I was able to get a job resurfacing the flat top grill at a local restaurant. I have also powder coated engine parts for a machine shop that didn't have the ability. Joining the local arts council gave me the opportunity to put my name out there and my knowledge of metalworking. Though they were small jobs, I expect to have more from the machine shop and have ideas on other paths to add to my life. And I truly believe that this work doesn't hinder me from making art, only enhance the experiences that influence my work.
I struggle, I always will. As long as the possiblity for another day is there, I will grab hold of it, grit my teeth and put one foot in front of the other.