Yesterday at the market, I recieved one of the best compliments you could ask for as an artist. (I use the term artist VERY loosely when referring to myself. ) I had a gentleman and his young son, who was about six or seven, stop to look at my tables. The boy picked up several items and studied them with great fascination. He showed the dad who commented on each item's original use or intention. The dad then told me that they had seen me twice before at events at the Seminole Heights Community Garden. He said that his son had bought a couple of my pieces and that I had inspired him to start creating things from recycled materials too. He said his son is always looking for stuff to make things with. I was speechless. Which for me, is quite a feat! I hadn't expected that. I never thought of myself as that kind of artist. I have a lot of friends that are artists. Painters, photographers, sculptors, you know- real artists. Their work is MEANT to inspire. A jewelry artist creates something that's functional not necessarily inspirational. I suppose when you specialize in upcycled jewelry there is some degree of commentary in each piece. I hadn't really ever thought about it in those terms. I was just creating pieces that I would wear myself and just hoped others would like them too. But to think that something I made could inspire a child to express their own creativity? Wow! I have to admit, it feels pretty good. It's a validation. All these years that I have been making and selling jewelry is not just about making money. Even though it's not my primary vocation, it is an important part of who I am. So I take this compliment graciously and humbly. I thank this nameless man and his young son, for helping me realize that perhaps I too, am an artist after all.
Re-Usin' by Susan is the culmination of many years of exploration and experimentation in jewelry making. People ask me how I got to be so creative. I tell them I ate paste as a child.