Inspiration behind the Freckle Ceramic Series

I have always found freckles (a k a sunspots) to be beautiful. I stumbled across an awe-inspiring photograph of model Nikia Phoenix (1st image) and knew immediately that I wanted to create a ceramic collection in honor of this phenomena. As the collection is in its early stages, I have attracted to myself an abundant of inspirational images that will serve as the mood behind this developing experiment.

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Abstraction Inspiration: Alexander Calder at the National Gallery of Art

Over the holiday season, I traveled home to Virginia to visit my Grandmother and Maryland to visit my Father. Whenever I am city-hopping I take the time to explore the local museums. The last time I went to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. the West Wing of their museum, which is home to more contemporary modern artists, wasn't fully functional with exhibitions. While I can appreciate what some call 'classical art', I am more interested in contemporary modern aesthetically. A few favorites on display at the National Gallery were: Constantin Brancusi, Max Ernst, Jean Arp and Alexander Calder.

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Developing and Exploring for the Abstract Series

I have always faired well on paper and within the world of 2D design, especially my abstracted sketches and line work. After spending most of my life shying away from my possible strengths to focus on mastering my weaknesses, and as I approach life in my 30s I have begun to put my life-work in perspective. As I take a quiet break from fashion (knitwear and textiles), a trade that has been an arduous and frustrating pursuit, I am finding myself pulled back into the ways of my childhood. What appears to some aimless sketches, abstracted shapes, orbs, and winding line work, is an aesthetic and habit that is very natural for me.

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