a new studio
My dear cousin, Mitzi Miles-Kubota, has graciously, generously, and hopefully a little selfishly invited me to share her studio space. Can glass and paint peacefully coexist? I think so. She thinks so. We'll give it a try.
Yesterday afternoon we shoved around some furniture and hauled in all my beadmaking gear. Before long, Mitzi's painting sanctuary/garage morphed into some kind of crazy artists' co-op. She wants to learn to make beads, and though I generally don't like to teach, this is different. Mitzi is such an absolute artist, in every cell of her body, in everything she does. I just know she'll get the basics from me and run off in her own fabulous direction. I also know I'm creating some tough competition for myself, and I see that as a good thing. I'm going to try my hand at painting too, which is totally foreign territory for me. I don't expect to become a great painter, but I do hope this will stretch my creativity in ways I haven't thought of yet, and rekindle my love for the flame. I never thought I'd get tired of making beads, and taking a bit of a break has been wonderful. I'm not going to push myself into anything though. This is all experimental. Our whole life right now is experimental; living in a trailer, sharing one vehicle, dropping into Ashland practically unannounced, sharing studio space... I never thought I would want to do that. Mitzi didn't know she would either. But I have a feeling we're going to be really good for each other. Watch out! When Miles Girls get together, things happen!