A year ago, when I was writing my proposal to present at the Yuma Symposium, I had too many ideas, because I am far too passionate about metalsmithing and making in general.
I ended up narrowing it down to two possibilities: a very metalsmithy demonstration on pin back mechanisms or a presentation on the collaborative projects that I have been working on.
When I was informed that I was chosen to be a presenter, and would have an opportunity to share my collaborative research projects with the Yuma Symposium crowd, I was over the moon!
What better venue to talk about the magic of collaboration than The Yuma Arts Symposium!! The event that we will all be attending and enjoying this February is a superb example of how collaboration can inspire people and be something that is enjoyed for years. The Yuma Symposium, and the friends that started it, have motivated younger generations, and we have hit the ground running in search of building our own collaborative relationships.
Me, hard at work on my presentation.
I am happily working on my presentation, where I will share stories and artworks made during two recent collaborative partnerships: one with Leslie LePere, an illustrator who lives in Washington state, and one with Taekyeom Lee, a graphic designer and tech wizard who lives in North Carolina.
Collaborative piece from Leslie LePere and I in the kiln.
Collaborator Taekyeom Lee working with a altered 3D printer.
Some 3D printed PMC before firing.
I will also speak about the artist residency Smitten Forum, which my good friend Sara Brown and I have collaborated on for the past 4 years.
Recently I have been hitting the studio making some fresh collaborative work, and Sara and I have been finalizing Smitten Forum 2017, so I will have a lot of new things to talk about when February rolls around!
The benefits of working together can be highly energizing and inspiring on so many levels, bringing us closer and making distance dissapear! It really is a "CollaboNation."
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