bag (now on sale!) - Madewell | jeans (similar) - Torrid | kicks - Converse from DSW
Slowly but surely approaching the end of this round of 30x30, but also slowly but surely getting closer to graduating. With the new semester having gotten into full swing, I thought y'all might like to know a little more about exactly what it is I'm studying and all that fun stuff!
If you've been following the blog for a while or have seen my Instagrams/tweets/whatnot, you've probably figured out that I'm studying art. Specifically, I'm pursuing my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Metalsmithing and Jewelry*. (Whenever I tell someone what I'm studying, their eyes usually light up with either excitement and wonder or terror and worry, and it always kind of surprises me who reacts how!)
I have dabbled with art since I was a wee little Dani, but it hasn't always been a dream of mine to be a metalsmith/jewelry artist. I really feel so so lucky that I fell into it when I did. It was totally one of those right-place-right-time kinds of things, and now a few semesters later, I'm so thankful that I found my passion at a time when I felt particularly lost. Now I'm in my third to last semester, and if everything goes as planned, will be graduating at the end of next spring. Yay! I still haven't decided if I want to get my master's degree so I can teach at a university or just skip it to start my own jewelry line, but either way, once I graduate I'm hoping to land an assistant position with an established artist or work as a bench artist while I figure out what I want to do. (See, I told you I'm not a good life-planner!)
This semester is extra special because I'm finally an official M&J major, having passed the entry review last semester! The fall semester was super stressful and I was taking 4 studio classes (about the same time/work commitment as a 60-hour workweek) so that's why you didn't see me much here on the blog. I'm really hoping this semester will be a bit less insane, as I'm only in 3 studio classes and apprenticing. For studios, I'm Color and Surface (exploring ways to use color on/with metal), Multiples and Mechanisms (production work with metal and hinges/die-cutting/die-forming/etc), and an intermediate Ceramics class (messy but fun wheel-throwing). For my apprenticeship, I'm helping my (favorite, btw) professor with his own studio practice. How excited am I, you ask? TOTES! So far we've done some resin casting, digital design work, mold-making for casting, small jewelry findings, and professional/officey things. He also co-runs a program to support and supplement the efforts of a women's co-op in Turkey, so I'm hoping to get to help in some way with that as well. And as if that wasn't enough fun, I'm the co-PR officer for our Metals Club and am also going to an artist symposium next month in Arizona! Busy busy busy! :D
Anyway, I've been looking forward to this semester for a while, and I'm really excited for all the cool things I'm going to do and learn. I'll try to talk more about my art and post images of my finished work here on the blog, but you can always check out my Instagram for pictures of in-process work and other artsy things I'm up to. Also outfits. And shoes. Lots of outfits and shoes on there as well. ;)
*Wait, is it "jewelry" or "jewellery"? The answer.. :)