I am a linguist, a most interested listener, a singer, a stargazer, a writer, a dreamer of vivid dreams, a conversational Japanese speaker, a writer, a ballroom dancer...I am many things, but mostly I am an artist-at-heart. I am originally from Michigan, but I am currently living at school in Boston and loving it. I love my childhood pets, my best friends, my parents and my boyfriend. I love reading, writing, dancing, singing, drawing, building, and all sorts of creative things. I also like calculus and computers and physics. I like most everything, actually. I lead a wholesome lifestyle, drink large quantities of tea, prefer scrabble to parties and intelligent conversation wherever and whenever I can get it to anything else. I smile constantly and love spontaneity and tree-climbing, but also thinking and reading for long periods of time. I keep my friends close and don't really believe in enemies.
I haven't caught up with the latest in the Wheel of Time series yet, but I'm working on it. As for my day jobs, I work in the dining hall and I'm a research assistant, but I have decided not to use money I make in other places for jewelry-making. I am extremely busy with a linguistics major, a Japanese minor, ballroom dancing, said day jobs and, of course, running a business from my dorm room, with little to no capital, making art out of whatever I can get my hands on. In some cases, lately, thanks to a lot of work, that has turned out to be awesome gemstones and sterling silver. Much of the time, it's candy wrappers. I'm hanging in there and experimenting with new techniques, new materials, and putting everything I make from my art back into it, for now, so that I can get better at it.
I am working on a success story here. I got started with nothing, began by turning trash into treasure - and still do! - and I am rapidly gaining momentum. With every piece, I can feel myself improving, experimenting and expanding...but I have a long way to go. My capital was a birthday present - since all the rest of my funding must be made through sales, every supply purchase is a weighty decision, every new material that I have sold enough to afford to buy is a thrill, and every piece must be perfect...and on top of that, I have to wait to hammer things until my roommate isn't around. The contrast between the art aspect of making jewelry and the business aspect of selling it is so sharp it is practically painful. Everything about being a tiny-business owner is so dramatic on a small scale, I could practically have my own reality TV show. Needless to say, it's much more fascinating to me than to anyone else - but if you're interested in the chills, thrills and spills of a self-funded handmade life, please take a look at my blog for enthusiasm, kvetching, contemplating, (along with cooking tips for complete kitchen idiots like me, musings on the meaning of life, wordplay and linguistics, etc.), and generous helpings of each. For the briefer version, follow @letterboxlion or like me on Facebook.