|"Promise of Spring"|
design and metalwork by Wanaree Tanner
stonework by Steve Tieken
The last year has brought many changes, both personally and artistically. I needed to rediscover the purpose and passion of creating that first led me on this journey. I had become isolated from other artists and mediums, realizing collaboration was something I longed for. At the same time there was a burning desire to connect with nature on a deeper level. I'd always been interested in lapidary artistry, and began researching where and how rocks are collected and worked throughout the world. I discovered that in many cases, this was done with damaging effects on the environment. I also found it difficult to acquire stones with a high enough profile for my bezel work. Together with fellow artist, Steve Tieken, this led to the formation of www.sustainablestones.com
Additionally, I've been working on exhibit pieces and exciting new techniques I'm looking forward to sharing. May this spring season inspire and renew as it has for me.