Every couple of months I get together with a friend and over a cup of coffee we catch up on what’s going on in our lives. We talk about work, travel, husbands and life in general. But because we both make jewelry we talk about business, marketing and different fabrication techniques. It’s an enjoyable couple of hours and the time flies by. A couple of things I recently shared that I thought I’d mention here are two of my favorite books on living a creative life.
I’ve reread both books several times and any time I’m stuck or avoiding my studio I turn to them and they help me break the funk I seem to be in. I think this happens to all creative people at one time or another and both these books are a simple and fast read to get me back on track.
The other thing we have in common is our love for tools, particularly hammers. My friend keeps her hammers in a drawer but I like to keep as many tools visible in my studio so I don’t forget what I actually have at my disposal. So I built this cart that sits next to my work bench with an assortment of my most frequently used tools. Not only is it handy but helps keep me organized and helps keep my work surface clean which can really become a mess rather quickly. Plus it just looks cool. At least I think so.