Reflecting on Values in Work & Dismantling White Supremacy

I have sat with questions of if, how, and when our personal values and politics fit into the work we do/make/put out into the world, and I am feeling more and more resolved that they should and must be interwoven. This seems abundantly clear in reflecting on recent events in Chartlottesville, VA and the ongoing (and lethal for so many) conditions of systemic racism and white supremacy in our society and culture.  In considering my implications as a white person in these times, I am committed to constantly examining my role(s) and learning how to have my work reflects my values.  I will not separate my work/biz from my values. This means, in part, using what public forums I have access to, to speak up against racism and white supremacy instead of remaining silent. This is a small, one-person operation with a relatively small reach (and only sporadically active across social media platforms) but white supremacy is real and silence will not dismantle it.

Our society was established and continues to operate around structures of inequity and deeply entrenched systemic racism.  It is certainly a privilege to run my own creative business and I am aware of how white privilege plays a considerable role in this.  Confronting white supremacy will require us to move beyond encouraging respect and 'diversity'.  It will require white folks recognizing how the world is structured primarily for our benefit and success, and mobilizing to challenge and change this ourselves via what means we can.  This will mean releasing power and access.

I stand behind the idea of supporting businesses owned and run by women, femmes & queer/trans folks and I strongly encourage seeking out BIPOC (Black, Indeigenous & People of Color) owned businesses before all. 

Moving forward, 10% of all Fervour's Own online sales will go towards supporting BLM and Indigenous water/land protectors.

To be clear, this is not about seeking praise, so let's not go there. I am merely offering this up as a statement of commitment and as an example of one small way I am attempting to move more towards aligning this stream of my work with my values. It is an evolving process. We need to be in constant conversation and reflection with ourselves and other white folks about how we can do better and show up for the work needs to be done EVERYDAY to contribute to dismantling white supremacy.

With love and rage and dreams of a better future for all.

 

Image from @jwanz on Instagram

Image from @jwanz on Instagram

 

 

 

 

HOLD FAST FESTIVAL OF COMTEMPORARY ARTS, ST. JOHN'S NFLD AUG 10-13

I had the opportunity to travel to St. John's, NFLD in mid-August to participate in the HOLD FAST Contemprary Arts Festival organized by the Eastern Edge Gallery with collaborators Michael D. McCormack & Zak Millerada (At the Reception).  We were presenting our intermedia project ENSEMBLE (not jewellery related) with a collection of other artists from Canada/US and their work. Natalie Field and Emily Pittman from the The Gathered Gallery were there to cover the action and have a great overview of the festival and some interviews with some of the artists and organizers up on their blog.  We had a fantastic trip and we were blown away by the hardworking and committed community of artists and organizers and volunteers on the ground there. Looking forward to making it back to St. John's again someday.

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SUMMER JUGGLING

Summer in the studio has been hot and chaotic.  Intermittent, really, with juggling kids out of school for the summer, sporadic childcare, some travels to NFLD to present a collaborative intermedia art project that's been in the works since the new year, family visits, a side hustle, and some community/collective organizing. Balls in the air. Then there's always the sweet and constant pull of the ocean beaches and fresh water lakes with many a sun-warmed rock and the fresh wilderness air...nice to hear their call and take them up on an invite on occasion.

Studio production in the summer time generally revolves around filling orders for shops while working through the custom/wedding ring orders that come along with the season.  I've had the pleasure of working on a lovely crop of rings for some sweet lovers this year. I must say, it's pretty special to be able to contribute a little something just for the lovers-in-action, while in the midst of their ceremony prep---which seems to be a mixed bag most of the time. Receiving their own special bits and pieces seems to be a pretty exciting part of the unfolding.

Below is a list of some lovely seasonal shops to which I send jewellery during the summer months. They are all so fantastic and absolutely worth checking out if you have the chance over the summer/early fall:

SALTY ROSE'S & THE PERRIWINKLE, Ingonish, Cape Breton, NS

THE POINT GENERAL, Blue Rocks, NS

POOR MICHAEL'S EMPORIUM, Onanole, MB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIE THE KNOT Pop up Shop! APRIL! DARTMOUTH, NS!

Make Merry Events is pulling together a month of weekly wedding pop-upsin April, and FOj is happy to be in the mix of gear and garb.  If you happen to be planning a wedding or are imagining it someday, come drop in to get some ideas and peruse the thoughtfully curated collection of local products. The first 4 Sunday in April 10am-6pm at 46 Wentworth Street in Dartmouth. 

Mid-Winter Inspiration

We are deep in it. Winter.  However, with Imbolc having just passed, we are on the upswing with Spring looming in the distance.  I am thankful for this, and all of the little morsels of inspiration that crop up in these slower, darker months.  I recently came across the work of Polish photographer Marcin Nagraba and have been so taken with his work.  Especially the series of photographs he has taken of his mother, in the luscious costumery of Agnieszka Osipa.  Feast your senses:

 

 

2016 IN-PERSON SHOW/SALE WRAP

This is the only picture I snapped of the action at Halifax Crafter's Winter Market over the weekend. It was fun and fantastic as ever. Sending out a big THANK YOU to all the organizers and volunteers who help make this magic happen. And some mega gratitude to all of you who come out and share your golden smiles & help support this work. Y'all are magic too!💐

Halifax Crafter's 2016 Winter Market, Halifax, NS.

Halifax Crafter's 2016 Winter Market, Halifax, NS.

This show was the last show that I will be at in-person over the 2016 Holiday season.  If you missed the last two weekends' activities, or saw something at my table that you can't get our of your mind, feel free to check over the webshop, the FOj Etsy shop, our lovely stockists, or contact me directly with any inquiries. 

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HOLIDAY SEASON SHOWS!

It has been a full and whirlwindish summer and fall.  Two full shifts of season have cycled through and I've been consumed in the studio with a wonderful slew of custom orders---Thanks folks!  It is such a pleasure to put my hands, heart and energy to your special pieces.  Especially those of you I've worked with to pull into being small but solid and visual representations your beautiful and resilient queer love.  Hmmmm, it is such an honour.

I will be dropping photos of some of this work onto the website sometime soon.

 

COMING UP, I'll be doing two Holiday craft show this season:

1. The Dartmouth Makers, Nov 25 & 26 2016

2. The Halifax Crafters Winter Market, Dec 2,3 & 4, 2016

Both of these shows are always friendly, free, and full of lovely things. Please do come to say Hi.

 

 

 

2016 SPRING SHOWS! COME VISIT!

I'll be out and about at these two fantastic shows over the next couple of weeks:

HALIFAX CRAFTERS SPRING HAS SPRUNG MARKET

APRIL 30TH & MAY 1ST ::  10AM-5PM :: OLYMPIC CENTER 2304 HUNTER STREET HALIFAX, NS

 

DARTMOUTH MAKERS SPRING POP-UP MARKET

SAT. MAY 7 2016 :: 10AM-6PM ::  THE PARISH HALL, CHRIST CHURCH 61 DUNDAS ST. DARTMOUTH, NS

Winter's Slow Burn

I love witnessing the seasonal shifts. I get pretty quiet in the Winter.  Besides the general and constant moving and shaking that a coupla kids & a coupla jobs requires, I tend to stick close to the woodstove, try to catch up on some reading, and percolate.  It can be a dry time of year, but I try to keep the creative juices flowing.  Scheming, drawing, dreaming, reflecting, reconnecting.   It's slow going, but it goes.

In the studio I've been working on some custom projects, some fun custom horsehair pieces (with hair trimmed from the family's horses), a few very special rings for very special lovers, and then some sketching and experimenting with some ideas for new designs.  I've fallen in to a pit of sand casting glory.  By that I mean I've been stuck on it.  Playing, experimenting, guessing, going, experimenting more.  I've been using the process/materials to invite an element of the unknown, of suprise, of the potentially unexpected to my work.  Metalsmithing can be a prettycalculated and exacting craft---so I revel in finding ways to subvert that a bit.  We'll see where it all leads...

 

 

(winter reading included She of the Mountains (Vivek Shraya), Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements (Compilation), A Queer and Pleasant Danger (Kate Bornstein), Briarpatch Magazine, Chani Nicholas horoscopes and the usual smattering of self-help books re: chronic pain/mental health, etc.)

Black Tourmaline/Schorl

Last winter I spent a bit of time in and around Austin, Texas and I brought back some lovely black tourmaline that I've been waiting to work with.  Here you can see a bit of the transformation:

Black tourmaline (schorl) is a powerful stone for protection against negative energies and for spiritual grounding. If this sorta thing floats your boat, you can read a bit more about some of Black tourmaline's properties here and here, or pick up a book about crystals & stones at the library, cause books and libraries are where it's at.

Upcoming 2015 Holiday Shows/Sales

You'll be able to track down some Fervour's Own Jewellery at the following holiday season events!  Come on out to see some stunning handmade goods, support local makers, and give me a high five or flash me a smile.  It's always appreciated.

 

DARTMOUTH MAKERS HOLIDAY MARKET

November 28 & 29, 2015    10am-5pm  

50 Kings Wharf Place, Dartmouth NS        

https://www.facebook.com/events/895293617187227/ 

 

HALIFAX CRAFTERS WINTER MARKET  

December 4, 5 & 6, 2015 (Fri 5pm-9pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm)

Olympic Community Center, 2304 Hunter St. Halifax, NS

 http://halifaxcrafters.ca/

 

WISHBOOK at FRED.    LOCAL HOLIDAY POP-UP EVENT

November 27-December 12th, 2015    

 2606 Agricola St. Halifax, NS      

Hours of Operation:  Tuesday- Friday: 11 am- 6pm.
                                      Saturday: 10 am – 6pm .
                                      Sunday & Monday: Closed

https://www.facebook.com/events/1855016184724791/