Make space for good things; mind, studio and soul.
A friend of mine recently inspired me to start cleaning out my creative space. I thought that surrounding myself with beautiful materials would inspire me. The exact opposite happened, it distracted me. I would be working on an idea and find an old project, then start working on that. I would be working on a deadline, then see something I always wanted to try then I started putting time into something that isn't relevant. I call this Attention DISTRACTION DEVICES.
Spring is here; we are all tidying house. I highly recommend you make a little time to take a deep look at what you love making (or doing) the most. Refine the mediums you work in, and pour your attention into that. I am a Renassaince Woman, I can do just about everything. However, I shouldn't and it has taken me hours of work on "projects" with little to show for it, to realize this. Picking one or two things is the best way to really get to know your passion, and show your best work.
I realized I should focus on my cards, my fine jewelry, and my art. Everything else should go. Not just GO, but be LET GO. Last week I let go of a lot of supplies I wasn't using and cleared out my space. I donated the items to "Dumpster Dive" at Milkweeds in Sugar Loaf, which was probably the most fun I have had in a long time. As each piece of paper, jewelry supply, and craft item walked away with someone else, I sighed with relief. My attitude lighted as my burden of "STUFF" walked out the door.
These supplies don't fit into what I want to accomplish. I am not going to make scrapbook greeting cards anymore. I don't use base metal in my jewelry. I certainly didn't need so many paper trimmers. However, someone else did. It was joy to see items go home, to their true potential. The people who took items home will do more with that stuff than I ever could.
Consider focusing your craft and removing anything that doesn't support you and where you want to go. If you're not using it, its just baggage on a long journey.
So ECO, the next best thing would be writing on a leaf.
Eco-icons! I was so excited about the sustainability of our new paper, that I had to celebrate each feature with its own illustration. :)
Introducing our new ECO-Paper.
- 100% Recycled Fiber: ALL Paper and Envelopes
- Paper and Envelopes Made in NY
- Paper Made Carbon Neutral
- Paper Made Using Wind Energy
- Paper is FSC Certified
- Processed Without Harmful Chlorine
I am always on the lookout for more responsible paper options while staying committed to aesthetics. Our original signature eco-paper is a lovely white, with a fantastic texture but I thought it was time to add just a little bit more color with FIBER!
The new paper is subtle in a light, neutral, oatmeal tone. Some of the natural fibers come from plant industry waste, and you can see little flecks in the paper. It was hard to find the perfect color, not too yellow, and not to grey; and the new color is supportive of ALL our amazing artists work.
Email me: email@example.com if you want to TOUCH it for yourself. Or, watch our blog for updates on our new show room coming in MARCH!
We have been working hard on big changes for FoxFern! From new eco-paper, new artists, and new spaces; our hearts are aflutter with excitement (anxiety?).
We have kept our Mission Statement in the forefront of all decisions, and while it was difficult not to cut corners, we held true to our convictions. FoxFern is built on beautiful things; art is made to share, hand crafted is made to last, nature is not ours to exploit and respect all living things, especially each other. We could not compromise on any one of those core values.
Knowing this, we have come to a new chapter in our growth; a FoxFern & Co. show room and working studio. This new location will be open daily to the public, Monday thru Saturday and Sundays by appointment. Feel free to say hello, see what canvas I am working on, ogle my latest jewelry (its OK if you stare) or pick up a card (or 10).
There will also be a Gallery space showcasing my paintings and area artists and makers. While this will be limited at first, I hope to support other creatives by featuring their work and introducing you to them.
Please watch for updates in the near future with photos, and details about the journey.
Crazy Artsy Love,
Pictured: Molly O'Donnell, Dawn Oliver Ansbro, Julie Rivera Saltzberg, Barry Plaxen, and Gloria Bonelli
Image Credit: Goshen Art League
Goshen Art League Event Spans Hudson Valley Arts Culture
The entire Goshen Art League team built another amazing event, with music, artists, writers and makers. The August event marked a new addition of local food vendors, which was a much appreciated contribution of unique and delicious treats.
Events like this don't just happen, it takes a lot of heart, time and work. Every time I set up my FoxFern Studios booth at the Goshen Art Walk, I love this event even more. The community is wonderful, and the way people show up to support art as much as each other is inspiring; this is the kind of place you want to call home.
Friends from all over Warwick, NY stopped by and members of Milkweeds in Sugar Loaf, NY also showed their support and contributed to the celebration. Goshen Art Walk has become an event spanning several communities and embracing the Hudson Valley regional arts culture.
Goshen Art League President Julie Rivera Saltzberg and Advisory Board member Gloria Bonelli
Image Credit: Goshen Art League
FoxFern Studios can't thank Julie and Gloria enough for being to focused on supporting artists in our area. In addition to their own jobs, busy lives and personal pursuits, they MAKE time to help others grow and shine at the Goshen Art Walk.
Thank you all for your time and dedication. (Much love.)
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FoxFern Studios' Jennifer "Fern" Hippely with her son at Goshen Art League Art Walk - Goshen, NY on August 4th, 2017.
Anyone can tell, I am an animal person, in every sense of the word. Growing up, my cats were my best friends as well as family. One day, I met a baby ferret and my heart immediately grew, I took him home and named him Tobi, then rescued two more; Natasha and Trixi. Tobi only lived for 6 years but he has made me smile for a lifetime.
This custom necklace started out as a few heartfelt thoughts; her likes, their family and the adventures they enjoy. Together we worked up three different designs, which I illustrated and sent to him to review. This is the design he chose:
Sea turtles are her favorite animal, and she has a February birthday, so he requested an amethyst stone. I used the stone as the moon, rising over the ocean with palm trees swaying in the breeze. The family, with all thier love and dreams, are carried on the back of her favorite animal; sea turtle. The couple sit fireside, in beach chairs, and watch thier curious little boy explore his world. Their son is now 16, but in a parents eyes, our children will always be our babies. I also included the birth flower for February; violet.
Wishing your family safe journeys and eternal love. Happy Anniversary.
Turtle Folk Lore:
Sea Turtles represent good luck, endurance, perseverance and a long life. Turtles are excellent navigators and will have no trouble find their way home Legends say a green sea turtle lead the first Polynesian peoples to the islands. According to https://www.olukai.com; "In modern times, sea turtles are protected by the Endangered Species act and there are severe penalties just for giving them stink eye."
Native American stories say that a great Sea Turtle dedicated it's shell to the land dwelling animals and North America rests on his back.
Well, I can promise that I won't be giving you the stink eye, Great Honu, because the spiritual penalties far outweigh my concern for the laws of man.
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