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June’s topic for the Blog-o-Sphere Think tank is: “If you could learn anything, what would it be?”
It just so happens that I finished my second workshop with Il Maestro Fabrizio Acquafresca this past week. I wanted to refine my skills in Chasing & Repoussé.
The week has been filled with ups and downs, joys and sorrows as I struggled to grasp the concepts to create movement in metal. Even though I have diligently been practicing, I just was not seeing any improvement. I desperately want to become one of the best and master Chasing & Repoussé.
I know this will be a life long journey and I am willing to commit to it. Even though I began to learn the technique two years ago this month, deep down I knew I was stuck in my development. With this piece, I now know my work will begin to grow again. It just takes time and LOTS of practice, coupled with the guidance and instruction of a master of the craft. It has been said that Fabrizio is the best instructor of this technique in the world. I would agree that he is. It is my honor to call him friend and I am indebted to him for sharing his gift with the world.
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Until next time, I continue to aspire to be more as an artist and a person.
I keep returning to this cuff; the metal is a Japanese alloy called Shakudo. The design, sweet little flowers meant to encircle one’s wrist.
This piece was finished a little over a month ago; it calls to me. Currently it is on display and available at the Botanical Expressions exhibit at Commonwheel Artists Co-op in Manitou Springs CO. Has it called to anyone else and found its home yet? I don’t know.
One thing I do know, in answer to the question “Why I do what I do?” is being creative is a necessity. It is essential to who I am. This cuff was one of those works that resonated with me and still does. Who knows, maybe it belongs with me. We shall see once the exhibit closes next week.
What Is “Why Do you Do What You Do?” All About?
It started with a kid doing a school assignment: To interview someone from a community service agency. He looked in the Yellow Pages, dialed a number, and asked the person on the other end ” Why do you do what you do?”… and the receiver felt compelled to answer…. and it grew into this beautiful, interesting, amazing movement. Read the full story here.
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