And perhaps surprisingly, creating art is even more important than the art itself.
When I'm creating art, I have no need to think in sentences, I need not focus on my anxietes, worries or hurts. I stop the running soundtrack of my thoughts. I have no need to replay memories or to hesitate about my future. To swerve away from the constant chatters of our restless minds is so therapeutic, so healing.
Designing jewelry is a parallel process to collage. I see both as essentially the arrangment of colors and forms with the transformation of many apparently disparate elements. The finished piece itself is fulfilling. But the process of creation itself is what most engages me. The allure of a peaceful mind is irresistible. The process is good for the soul. The act of creation soothes and clarifies my own center.
My mind becomes like a summer sky, I am either empty of clouds, or they are passing and fleeting.