Saturday, October 25, 2008

Learning the Piling System

My mom, Millie Goldschmitt, was just in town and she did her first art/craft show with me. How cool! It was Rag, Ribbon, Rainbow and it was last weekend. She sold her adorable children's clothing line and her aprons. A quick plug for my mom, her website for her aprons is I'm writing this about how fun it was to be in a show with her, how I appreciate all I've learned from her, and where I've learned to truly appreciate where I come from.
I grew up in a very loud, fun, and messy house. Not messy/dirty, but messy with a sophisticated piling system. My husband makes fun of me, because I use a noun "pile" and changed it to a verb. Yes we had piles around the house. They were filed piles: piles of books (my dad), piles of toys (me and my sis), piles of bills, piles of homework, piles of pictures, piles of notes, piles of computer cables, etc. So you get where I'm going... Now when I go home to visit, the piles are still there. Now that my mom is retired from teaching and is pursuing sewing aprons and children's clothing, her new piles include: fabric, magazines, notes, sewing needles, thread, and buttons. I'm not being critical because, here's the kicker, my studio is SO similar! I have piles of beads, magazines, scrap metal, unfinished jewelry, mostly finished jewelry, finished jewelry, wire, and tools. Sometimes I feel so deflated because my house is pretty much the same as what I grew up with, the piling system in full effect.
It's crazy how the apple really doesn't fall far from the tree. For a good part of my teens and twenties I tried so hard to find my identity and not be like my parents. I know, it sounds so critical, but I wanted to be so different and wound up so similar. Or should I say that I've always been so similar, I just didn't want to see it that way. We both create and we both have our creative spaces with our piling system.
I can't tell you how hard and stressful is is for me to get organized. Then once I do, I can't find anything and I make it a pile all over again. Almost instantly it's back into the piles I'm comfortable with.
So mom, if you ever read this, I want to thank you for the piling system you inadvertently taught me. I feel the most at ease and most creative with my piles.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Jewelry Stolen October 7, 2008

Not such great news about my jewelry... I left my car open Monday night and about 10 necklaces were stolen and a couple pairs of earrings. Plus my IPod and the IPod adaptor were stolen too. I know, you're probably thinking, "what in the world was Amy doing with her jewelry in her car, and to leave it unlocked to boot!" I have no excuse and I'm going to take it as a great learning experience. At least he/she (I believe it's a she) didn't take everything.

I think she sat in my car and picked through what she wanted. I guess the upside is I think she has great taste.

Can I just complain for a few lines to get out all my frustration? It just puts me out about a weeks worth of time and money! Time is actually such a huge obstacle. I have a toddler so I work while she's at school and while she's sleeping. Many nights I stay up until 1 or 2am to work. I'm working on repleneshing what she stole and I'm trying to get it done by the end of the week, in time for some upcoming shows.

And to talk about some of those upcoming shows and stores I've repleneshed recently. Frolic in Buckhead has some new designs and a couple special orders I'm completing. Mitzi's Shoebox in Virginia Highlands will be getting new designs tomorrow! Yeah!

Next week I'll be a part of two shows. The first show is Girls Night Out by Loop Atlanta.

Location: Parker Smith Photography
1167 Zonolite Place Suite B
Atlanta, GA 30306
Date: Thursday, October 16th, 2008
Time: 6-9pm
RSVP: 404-309-1892

Also, I'll be a part of another show called Rag Ribbon Rainbow with the theme of "Facing Forward". It takes place Thursday, Oct. 16 through Saturday, Oct. 18th. The ladies who organized this show don't post it on the internet, however, how they display all the artwork is amazing. Lou and Sally transform a home and make it into a gallery. They remove all their personal artwork and chatchkees and fill their home with artwork that is for sale. Fine art, jewelry, clothing, hats, sculpture, gifts, etc. It's worth the trip if you can make it!

This year the show is at 4396 Club Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319.

Show Times:
Thursday: 10am-5pm
Friday: 10am-5pm
Friday Night: Meet the Artists from 7-9:30pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm