Happy New Year!

I have neglected my post here too long! I admit to being distracted recently by Basket weaving. In October, I held a 6 day retreat at my home in Napa with two of my sisters. We exchanged creative skills in basketry, silk painting, spirit dolls, stone carving, poetry, and hand-made books. We sang, laughed, talked, meditated, hiked and shared. A day was set aside for the spa and wine tasting via limo. Evenings included chickflicks and silly Karaoke.

Then came Christmas! It was a wonderful sweet time.

Hello New Year.

About jodynash

I am a textile artist with a background in printmaking and photography. I received my BFA from UC Davis in 1996. Found objects hold a fascination for me partly because of their random nature, but also because it feels right to re-purpose and reuse instead of discard. I suppose my desire to see things gain new life results from my long experience as a Registered Nurse. There is no easy explanation for why I make dolls. As most artists will tell you, we are simply compelled in one way or another. In that, I have been all over the map, to be sure: painting in oils and acrylic, printmaking, silk painting, writing poetry, singing, and dancing. Making these dolls, for now, just feels right and good. That all the wire-twisting, stitches, beading, modeling, and painting are hand-work means a return to the investment of energy into each piece in a way we rarely see in our tech-driven, factory processed products. In addition they are locally produced, and often customized specifically to a customer's design. My skill and approach are always evolving. I am always a student, though often a teacher. I am fortunate to live in beautiful Napa, California, a source for my inspiration and peace, with my equally talented and ever so witty husband.
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