On Acknowledging Your Accomplishments
There were many things I had intended to create and improve upon before participation in my first widely known show – South University Ann Arbor Art Fair. We all have hopes and dreams right? They push us to do better and to be better at what we value as important to us. Let me pause for a moment and say this is not intended to be a complaining session. Please read on…
I was not able to finish my most important pieces before the show. I had a torch malfunction on the Saturday during the 4th of July holiday. This was my last bit of scheduled studio time before the work was to be completed and submitted.
With the help from family I was able to get it resolved; though it was not the easy repair it was suppose to be. Four days later I had a superbly functioning torch but under the pressure of only being able to squeeze two more days in the studio I folded. I was devastated.
It took me a few days to pick myself up again and to realize all was not lost. When I did take a step back I saw that I actually accomplished quite a bit. For starters I redesigned my business card, hang tag and product cards all in time to get them printed. I was also able to send an additional ring to be molded and cast. Under normal circumstances it too would have been included in my offerings at the show. My biggest accomplishment was that I designed my makers mark in time enough to have the tool produced and be able to stamp my newest pieces. This is huge!
Kate Wilcox-Leigh hand fabricated model, mold, wax and casting
Kate Wilcox-Leigh’s makers mark next to ring that is stamped
Kate’s new hang tag, business card & tent card
Kate’s makers mark
While I did have my moment of feeling like a complete failure I still accomplished an enormous amount of things in a short amount of time. Though I was not able to show my latest rings this time, they are closer to being ready for the next opportunity. It’s important to give yourself credit for the things you do accomplish. As long as you keep working toward your goal; each step, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction. Don’t ever forget it!
Suburban Antiquarian is moving!
I have enjoyed meeting customers at Suburban Antiquarian. It has been a privilege to share my work first hand with the public in a retail environment. I am definitely going to miss that! Even though Suburban Antiquarian is moving there is a positive side.
The benefit to both my loyal admirers and myself is that the studio time I have will be devoted solely to my practice. You can expect to see great things in the future! If you are in the mid Michigan area we can still meet up at a local café and discuss projects.
Visit the Lansing Art Gallery in downtown Lansing to see my work in person. Also, Michigan Market in Williamston has a selection of my jewelry along with other creations all made in Michigan.
After September my work will no longer be displayed in Suburban Antiquarian. We are changing the format of our business and will be moving the store into booth M9 at The Mega Mall, antiques mall in Lansing. A selection of our vintage items can be found online in our Etsy shop Suburban Antiquarian. Our music selection has moved to Discogs. Follow along with us on our continuing adventures!
Adornment by Kate Wilcox-Leigh
Jewelry by Kate Wilcox-Leigh at Michigan Market
Knit Fine Silver with Gems by Kate Wilcox-Leigh
Cotton Double Mobius Bracelets by Kate Wilcox-Leigh
Jewelry by Kate Wilcox-Leigh is now available through Michigan Market in Williamston
They are a specialty foods and gift shop located in the heart of historic downtown Williamston on the first floor of Keller’s Plaza. Michigan Market carries only products made in Michigan.
I am thrilled to have my jewelry placed in such a warm and inviting shop. I have enjoyed gift shopping there myself. Their product range is well rounded from fine soaps, candles and jewelry to attractive and delicious items to outfit your dining room table.
Stop by and see their great selection of Michigan made items. Mothers Day being just a few days away is the perfect opportunity to shop local!
110 E. Grand River Ave., Suite 2
Williamston, MI 48895