origami leads to an entire house brimming to life with spring flowers,
beading leads to loomed 'man cuffs' sporting action ninja characters,
photography leads to our beautiful image above,
buttons lead to everlasting flower bouquets to cheer up people in times of trouble or grief,
crocheting leads to donating hats to a local non-profit helping keep kids warm,
jewelrymaking leads to chainmaille and fashion forward pieces,
our young artists consortium is born.
Are these lost arts from an age long past? Hardly!
We joyfully explore them as vibrant, creative, artistic expressions of ourselves today. Plus, they're so much fun!
Telling our own stories through our art ~ We're encouraged through conversations with artists and crafters in our communities ~ from the Navajo jewelry maker Stella who creates flower bracelets during her long cold winters to remind her that spring is on it's way, to the bead shop owner whose 'importing beads from around the world' adventure began while visiting Egyptian marketplaces. Each person's story is woven into their work.
Experiment with new mediums and techniques while keeping true to what we love most ~ Some days it's like kids in a candy store, other days we
spend hours with an 'old friend'. Some new ones work, some don't - we're always experimenting!
...keeping the traditions alive, while starting a few of our own.