I have to write an artist statement. I didn’t realize how short they were supposed to be! Here’s my first take:
I never wanted to become an artist. I wanted to be a lawyer. While working at a law firm, and deciding how and where to apply to law school, I found myself in need of a belt that was both work-appropriate and durable. After a fruitless search of department stores and boutiques, I reached back to my childhood experience tooling leather at family reunions, and bought a blank belt, and taught myself the fading art of leather working. For the last seven years I have been proudly producing durable leather goods in my home studio in Seattle, Washington. My work embraces my love of nature, geometry, and sometimes a little tongue-in-cheek humor. I delight in creating pieces that are functional, beautiful, and can bring an artistic flair to an item that would otherwise be overlooked, such as a belt, the band of a watch, or the strap on a purse.