art jewelry, artist residency, business growth, designing jewelry, patsy kay kolesar design

My Biggest Struggle With Creating Is My Mind....

I have been at OBRAS artist residency in Renkum, Holland since the beginning of April.  My goal was to create 30 new one of a kind pieces while I was here.  I'm not sure if I will reach 30 pieces...it will be close. 

My biggest struggle with creating here has been my mind Big surprise.  I keep saying these things to myself "Just play, explore, experiment, take risks, try new things"....."but, what am I doing? Is this going to become a sellable line? How am I going to make money?"   It's like the 2 sides of my brain are debating inside of me.  I try to remember what Heidi Schwegler said when I heard her speak about doing 4 artist residencies in 1 year, at last years SNAG conference. She said that the real work happened when she returned from the residency and she learned that her job at the residency was to take in as much information as she could - to take photos, to explore,  and to really take the time to see things.  I've spent a lot of time creating at my studio space here in Renkum, but I have also taken the time to really see things.....

DSC00311.jpg

At a Farmers Market on my trip to Prague.  Hippy boys and hot metal.

DSC00392.jpg

Prague, earth, buildings, sky.

DSC00411.jpg

Prague, The importance of inviting beauty inside. 

kroller muller museum

kroller muller museum

Sculpture Park, Kroller Muller Museum, Holland. 

sculpture park, kroller muller museum

sculpture park, kroller muller museum