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. I’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 πŸ˜‹

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

After staying up pretty late my last night in Chicago, I caught a 6:30 am flight to New York. I hadn’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. I’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! It’s the Brooklyn Bridge

Oh look! It’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. I’ll definitely be posting more photos to facebook and IG, so keep an eye out.

I’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.