We’re at the half mark of the year, and if the next six months are anything like the first, we’ll need to buckle our seatbelts. The biggest change for me has been a new home for myself and my design studio. In early March, I moved into the Warehouse Artist Lofts (WAL), a mixed use community for artists located in Sacramento’s Historic R Street District.
In this gorgeous home studio, we built a multifunctional platform to create a workshop for jewelry design and fabrication. Soft light from large south-facing windows illuminate the space, and high ceilings keep a one room apartment incredibly spacious. I’m nearly done getting settled in and making the space my own, and so far it’s been a wonderful experience. This move has already impacted my work in numerous positive ways, including the ability to open the studio to clients for consultations, purchases and private workshops, and for local events, such as First Fridays at WAL. I hosted my first First Friday Open Studio event in June and it was a unique experience, welcoming the public to view not only the work, but how I work as well. In September, I’ll participate in a larger open studio event, encompassing the entire Sacramento region.
Sac Open Studios is an annual event produced by Verge Center for the Arts and sponsored by generous local businesses. It’s a self-guided art studio tour involving over 100 artists in the Sacramento region, who simultaneously open their studios to the public over the first two weekends in September. My studio will be open, along with those of various WAL artists, the first weekend in September, 9/9-9/10/17. Besides the great artwork you’ll see and be able to purchase, you’ll also have the opportunity to view and participate in demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the weekend. There may also be some raffle drawings as well — make sure you’re a Tula in Bloom subscriber for insider info!
This year has been a whirlwind, and I’m reminded to stay in the moment, breathe, and practice gratitude. Feel free to share in the comments what helps you handle the pace of this year — or perhaps share whether you feel this year is racing or crawling by for you, and why? Thank you for doing what you do to help make the world go ‘round, and that includes showing love for Tula in Bloom; it’s greatly appreciated. May you continue to find what makes you bloom and feel supported in those efforts.