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Production of mycelium jewelry forms has ramped up in the studio lab in the past few months.  I have created over 50 plastic molds of clay models that the inoculated substrate material can be cast in, which has allowed for greater variety and quantity of experimental mycelium jewelry forms. Mycelium is the parent organism of mushrooms and is everywhere around us, mostly underground quietly eating dead organic material.  .  Most recently I added an incubator to create a more consistent grain spawn colonization environment.  I also discovered that you can buy tight-fitting plastic covers for the aluminum sheet pans that...

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For the past 11 months, my studio life and creative time have become consumed by mycelium. Mycelium is the vegetative stage of what we know as mushrooms, it’s the white fibrous stuff you see under a rotting log in the woods or under wood chips around your home.    A year ago I read a book that mentioned ‘the largest living organism on earth’ which is a patch of honey mushroom mycelium (Armillaria) growing in a forest in Oregon.  This fascinated me, so I followed my curiosity. I began to read articles and watch videos and learn about all aspects...

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After completing the grueling 100-Day project, ‘100 Unwearable Rings of 2020’ on January 1, I temporarily ‘checked out’ of social media content production.  I must say it has been a delightful winter break!  I took the time to chill out a bit, to step away from the mandatory creative demands of making a ring a day (after teaching all day) and to enjoy winter living in rural Maine a bit. We finally have some snow to work with, so snowshoeing and snowmobiling have become part of the routine.  My studio is divided into 2 rooms. The 12’ x 24’ Art...

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What is a 100 Day project?  It is a self announced and moderated creative challenge where an artist creates a new work, based on a theme, each day, every day for 100 days.  I chose to begin my project on Sept 23 so it would end on December 31st, the last day of 2020. What is the challenge?  Make 1 new 'Unwearable Ring' each day for the next 100 days! Why Unwearable?  Making visually interesting rings, that are completely unusable as rings seems like an exceptional fit for the final 3 months of an exceptionally upside down 2020. Wax or...

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“Forgive me Hivers, for it has been 6 months since my last blog post!”  Oh my, is this a crazy, surreal time or what?  The planet is on lockdown, the virus is in charge, we are sequestered in our homes, things are just so strange.   On March 1, I made my first Virus ring. It began out of frustration and anger when our president called the rising pandemic a “Hoax."  However, it soon turned into a way to help make sense of the problem and allow me to creatively process, not panic and get hands-on with my frustrations and...

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