Early Creative Life & Inspiration
My first memories of being an artist started when I was about 2. With my fists full of crayons I would create large “wall frescos.” When I got in trouble for that, I took it “underground” and started drawing on the walls of my closet. I come from a long line of crafters and artists. My grandmother’s and my great grandmothers all crocheted, cross-stitched and quilted. My Mother is an accomplished impressionist painter, a gifted crafter and all around cool lady. She has been a huge influence in my creative life.
Education and My “Wandering Phase”
After high school I attended The Institute of American Indian Art (I’m Muscogee Creek and Ponca). It was there that I started to experiment with different mediums…painting, sculpture, fiber arts and photography. It was at this time that I realized that I was multi-passionate. I love to draw, sew, and “fiddle” with just about any medium that catches my eye. After I graduated from IAIA, I moved back to Oklahoma to attend The University Of Oklahoma for Art History. To my parents horror, during my last year of school, I decided that I was done with school and left. From there I moved to Santa Fe, NM. I didn’t have a job, money, or any real plan for what I was going to do with myself. Unfortunately, I got really sick soon after my moving there. A couple months later I had to find some way to make money. I looked in the paper and found a job ad for Susan’s Christmas Shop. It is a tiny, enchanted Christmas shop near the plaza in Santa Fe, NM. Upon walking in, I was mesmerized by the cacophony of color and sparkle. It reminded me of King Tutankhamon’s tomb. It was “love at first site.” I started working before I was even hired! I was employed there for 8 years.
The Christmas Shop Era
The time that I spent working at Susan’s Christmas shop taught me so much about the history of ornaments, and the industry itself. During my early years of my employment I fell in love with Victorian Holiday decorations…spun cotton ornaments in particular. When I started making my own, I developed a unique way of making them because there were no instructions available…all I had was old photos. Since this time, my cotton batting ornaments are what I’m best known for.
I love to decorate, especially for the holidays. When I first started collecting I thought I would stop at one small Christmas tree…lol. Well, now I have enough “stuff” to cover many trees (all holidays) and pretty much any surface that the cats aren’t using. Every year I choose a theme. If you are interested in seeing what’s in my collection, hop on over to my YouTube Channel-Hummingbird Traveler Studio
Etsy, Hummingbird Traveler Studio Blog
I was one of the first artists to join Etsy. What I soon realized was that it was hard to make enough money for the amount of time that I had invested in making my creations. About 4 years ago I got the idea that I should sell my tutorials to other crafters. I released a few of my tutorials on etsy and received a good response from thier release. It was then that I started thinking about creating my own blog or website. This is how Hummingbird Traveler Studio was born. Thank you so much for your interest in my blog!
New Interests & Projects
My newest interest is Contemporary Native American Jewelry. A few years ago I started collecting Dentalium Shell Jewelry. I’m just fascinated by how it looks and moves. At the moment I’m working with Brass, Dentalium & Crystal Beads. Traditionally this style of jewelry is done with leather. I wanted to move away from that and work with a different material. This is completely new to me! I’m having to learn how to bead, Solder, & build bezels.
I’m doing Skillshare Too! This is a great opportunity for Artists who want to teach.
Skillshare is a platform for on-demand video classes. These classes can only be accessed through a paid membership. This is great because you only have serious people watching your videos. The class is up, go check it out!
Thank you so much for your interest in me and my blog. I hope you have an awesome day and remember…Magic is all around you. BE SAFE & WELL!!!