Chicago/New York

Hey friends, I just got back from a business trip/vacation! I spent a week in Chicago and a week in New York. Both cities were incredible to visit. I had such a great time, saw so much jewelry and art, met new friends, caught up with old friends, ate a ton of delicious vegan food, and relaxed. I feel recharged and excited to be home and get back to work. I feel so inspired by all the art I saw, and have a ton of new ideas. Iโ€™d say the vacation was a success in so many ways.

I went to Chicago for the SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) conference. I went to a bunch of lectures, mostly artists lectures, but also some about running a business, education, students, the future of SNAG, and art in general. I learned so much, and felt re-energized about my role as the SMG (Seattle Metals Guild) Lecture and Workshop Committee chair. I really want to bring new ideas and more diversity to the lecture series we put on every year. In Chicago I went to a lot of jewelry galleries and shows, walk around and did touristy things, and went to the Field Museum. The dance party on the last night was a blast too.

Sorry I had to take a tourist pic at the bean ๐Ÿ˜‹

Sorry I had to take a tourist pic at the bean ๐Ÿ˜‹

After staying up pretty late my last night in Chicago, I caught a 6:30 am flight to New York. I hadnโ€™t been to New York in about 10 years, and one of my good friends lives there, so I figured, if I was already that close, I was just going to take another week off and go to NYC! It was fantastic. I went to 4 museums, at least 10 jewelry galleries/stores, a few night clubs, and hung out in central park. I think I walked an average of 10 miles a day. Iโ€™m not even kidding. My favorite museum was MAD (Museum of Art and Design). They had a great show of futuristic jewelry that really inspired me. Plus, a few people I knew had work in it, so that was really special.

Oh look! Itโ€™s the Brooklyn Bridge

Oh look! Itโ€™s the Brooklyn Bridge

If you follow me on Instagram, hopefully you got to see some of my stories about everything I was up to on my trip. Iโ€™ll definitely be posting more photos to facebook and IG, so keep an eye out.

Iโ€™m just really happy that I had such an amazing trip, and so glad to come home to a city I love and get back to making jewelry.