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Getting Back to (Art) Work

I’m excerpting from my recent newsletter, and updating my blog as to my whereabouts these past several weeks. But, unlike overprotective fathers, my blog doesn’t really care. It’s rather an inanimate object, yes? All kinds of bad keyword search Google-ish damanable metric-adverse things may have happened to my blog during my hiatus. I’ll never know for sure. However, just in case someone stumbles across these words, I’m compelled to apologize for not posting for awhile.
My plate has been overflowing with more activities than I can name. I took an this unusual break from my monthly newsletter for the past two months due to a temp job working the primary election – which turned into a job with major overtime! I’m glad I did it…but I won’t be doing it again. It gave me an appreciation for artists who work full time and try to fit in their art on the side. It validated that I’m not meant to split my time! So my focus will be on my custom clients, the creation of jewelry, and jewelry instruction. Feels good to know – again.
I’m back in the studio in fits and starts, and have completed a few projects for my lovely, patient clients, and more are underway. I’m currently making a wedding band for the engagement ring pictured below, and a wedding band for the groom based upon the bride’s ring. Soon, I’l be sharing photos of more “dreams made by hand.” Until then, thanks for sticking around.

In the Middle of…Indiana and Other Things

Photo copyright Paul D’Andrea

It’s been twenty years and two months since my family unit moved to Indianapolis from Illinois. Since then, I’ve moved seven times more. The first place was on the very edge of Indy, almost in the country. It was safe and comfortable, and everyone looked like me. Gazing towards the city, I would wonder what went on down there. Driving downtown required a map and nerves of steel. My sweaty-palmed self would grip the steering wheel, craning my neck in advance of every intersection, willing myself to see around corners. I didn’t want to end up on the wrong street! The downtown of 1992 was a far cry from what you see today.
In subsequent moves over two decades, I circled the city, drawing ever closer to it’s center. Like a moth to the flame.  Got familiar with the museums, and even helped build one. Visited many downtown restaurants and a couple of hot spots. Took Yoga classes and attended (and hosted) dozens of art gallery openings. Became active in the arts community.  Soon, I was a mile from the downtown Mile. That’s not a typo. Our downtown is wrapped by four streets, North, South East and West Streets. This Mile Square defines the downtown area.

Dominick Sansone sculpture, photo copyright Paul D’Andrea

I can’t say exactly when I started dreaming of living right smack in the middle of the Circle City. Unthinkable during the day, dreams bring unprecedented possibilities. I envisioned an apartment on Mass Ave., on the top floor of a building, with a parking space of my own. Light and bright. I started putting out feelers. Let me tell you, it’s not easy finding an affordable apartment in this city.  But recently, someone returned a call from the week before. Things happened quickly after that.
So, here I am. Twenty two years and two months later, settling into the apartment of my dreams.  From my balcony, I see fall colors blazing on the trees beyond, and feel the energy of people going places in cars and on foot. This is my new home.  Here is where I have met, and will continue to meet, people who most certainly (and refreshingly) do not look just like me.  Here is where I’ll finish the second half of my book, on a folding table in a nook in my living area. Here is where I’ll lay my head tonight, on a four-poster bed, given to me by my loving family back in Illinois.
As a middle child, I always wanted to be right in the middle of everything. Now, it’s official. I think I’ll stick around for awhile.

Indianapolis sunset collage, copyright Nancy Lee

Something More Important – You

As I work with my brain, my hands, and my heart every day to make beautiful things for people to enjoy, I realize I am not changing the world. I am not a rocket scientist. I am not a brain surgeon. I am not a protester fighting for the rights of others at my own peril. I chose a path doing what I do best. On a good day, it means making things that are seemingly small yet significant in that they help people feel beautiful, beloved. Important. And I am OK with that.

However, sometimes someone comes along who touches you deeply, and whose goal it is to effect change. You can’t help but think other thoughts, consider other dreams, and wonder about the important difference that one human soul can make. This human soul came to town along with two of his co-change-managers last year – he is author DW Gibson, and he interviewed a few people in Indianapolis who lost their jobs. But what good would come of it? Funny you should ask. Because a lot of good has come of it. He has told not only my story, but the story of someone you probably know.  His book is Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today’s Changing Economy (Penguin).
He’s told our story with names and faces. People like us, people like you. Really important people. See the video, below, and read more about his recent NUVO interview here, where he explains why my story closed the book. DW is changing the world in a healing way. If you are anyone you know has lost their job, this book is for you. Watch for the documentary coming soon.