We are expecting a baby boy in April, Wahoo! This is our third baby and pregnancy and I have started to notice a neat trend; and it all has to do with creativity.
With each of my pregnancies I have decided to stay out of the silver smithing studio; (for the most part - there have been a few exceptions!) I am choosing to avoid any chemicals, fumes or dust that could potentially harm the growing baby. I know most things I do are probably safe, but I just didn't want to take the risk with my little guys.
Staying out of the studio is extremely difficult for me, have you heard the saying "a makers gotta make," ? well, that's me. I am one of those artists that just has to create, I have so many ideas inside I feel like I am going to pop or go crazy.
While pregnant with my oldest son I picked up a sewing machine and tried quilting as well as a little painting. I really enjoyed trying something new but the best was when I came up with a new line of jewellery featuring my own artwork from the garden. I took that artwork and set it behind a clear (non-toxic of course) layer of resin in pre-made sterling silver bezels.
With my second son I designed my really great upcycled bicycle inner tube jewellery line (which turned out to be a huge success!) This line alone keeps me busy now with a few wholesale accounts and galleries that carry designs.
This third pregnancy has been a bit different than the first two. Early in the second trimester we had some complications and it was recommended by the doc that I do no lifting as well as limit my standing and walking. Yikes! It is hard enough being pregnant with a 1 year old and a 3 year old running around and now I have to take it extra easy. Well what to do with all this new sitting around time? (besides play candy crush, lol) Out comes the sketch book and the designs just flow out.
It is time to start something new, find a different approach, start fresh. I have been dreaming about a kiln for my studio now for two years and all these new design ideas involve the use of a kiln. Of course it only makes sense to design a whole new body of work around a major (and super expensive) tool that I do not own, lol. So now I am stuck, not able to work in the studio (because of my self imposed rules around pregnancy and lack of time - two little ones need constant supervision!) But I have pages and pages of new ideas just ready to be made once I do get a kiln, find the time and have the baby! Watch out, when the day comes to finally have some mommy time (aka studio time) I will be ready :)