Evolving Path

 

Email From God

When we visited my parents for Christmas, I saw this “email from God” on the fridge.
I should have a copy on my fridge, so I got a quick shot of it. Then I thought, God helps those who help themselves, a value instilled in me early on. My path toward understanding how to put things in God’s hands is always evolving at my home, and in relationships at work. On an emotional level, this year, I hope to gain more emotional intelligence.

I saw this quote today, and it immediately resonated with me.

“I have not always chosen the safest path. I’ve made my mistakes, plenty of them. I sometimes jump too soon and fail to appreciate the consequences. But I’ve learned something important along the way: I’ve learned to heed the call of my heart. I’ve learned that the safest path is not always the best path and I’ve learned that the voice of fear is not always to be trusted.”
― Steve Goodier

This post was inspired by The Daily Post. Feel free to repost and share.
~Tresa

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Rosie Outlook

 

Being optimistic is not always easy.
Staying positive is not always a matter of focus. Training my brain as an artist to see things in a different light, rearranged, contrast from dark to light, and opposites, can have a healing effect. Immersing myself into my garden around the bees and weeds is important to me, and can be very therapeutic as well.

Rose Quartz rock

Rose Quartz promises to bring love.

While planting mint for tea drinking, I was surprised to find three rose quartz stones in my garden on two separate occasions! I’m sure whoever planted them was an optimist about finding love!

I’m certain it helped me too.

Challenging my design skills keeps me positive.
Recently, Pantonethe global authority on color, announced the colors for 2016; Rose Quartz and Serene Blue. Inspired by this color combination and our Michigan sunsets, I gathered up my beads and coordinated rose quartz with blue gemstones. This necklace is a new listing in my Etsy shop. According to common gemstone lore, rose quartz crystals can provide help in keeping a positive outlook, help with insomnia, and has a balancing effect on emotions. It is also the alternative to the garnet for January birthstones.

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rose quartz and serene blue gemstone jewelry

Jewelry Design by Meyer Clark Creative

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Being optimistic can be life-changing.
Positive thinking keeps you motivated and energetic, pursuing what you want with ambition, confidence and happiness. According to successconsciousness.com —how-to-be-optimistic—It helps you focus on your vision, and makes everyday a happy day.

Thank you so much for reading and sharing! Yes, sharing is positive! Tweet Tweet!

~~Tresa

Today’s journal was in response to The Daily Post’s photo-challenge, Optimistic.

Anchors and Moments

 

When I started this blog, I had so many ideas and not so much time.

Taking time to design anything is always a process that is very time consuming. Sometimes, just after finishing a new jewelry piece I think to myself, well that won’t take a lot of time to recreate. The truth is, I am more of a ONE-OF-A-KIND designer. I am getting faster and keep a sketchbook, which I won’t quite reveal here yet, to refer to later.

Writing descriptions,search terms and tags for each piece in my shop is always evolving, and sometimes I get lucky and someone finds me on Pinterest or Google. The most rewarding part of handcrafting is when someone notices your artwork or the photography of it, (another passion of mine) and takes time from their day to mention why they love a handcrafted piece over store-bought one!

“Your anchor necklace couldn’t be more perfect. My sister’s birthstone is Aquamarine, and she loves anchors for some reason. She has quotes and affirmations that have to do with anchors, and I wanted to find something nice for her for Christmas. I was searching Etsy for hours last night because I think handmade gifts are so much more special. Just knowing that someone took their time to create the item and put their heart into it makes it so much better than something purchased from a store. I actually handmade a gift for grandmother out of wood, and an iron tea light candle holder for my mother, but jewelry is not something I’ve ever tried my hand at. I came across dozens of anchors that had aquamarine colors, gems, etc. in them but as soon as I saw the one that you made I knew that I had to have it.”

Steven Krosnicki
Syracuse, NY

 

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Nautical, Anchor Necklace, Gemstone, Birthstone, Aquamarine, boating, art glass, beading, handcrafted by Tresa

Nautical Anchor Necklace, by Tresa Meyer Clark. @TresaArt #MeyerClarkCreative

 

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The photo of my husband and I is one of my most treasured images. We were at the North Channel Yacht Club that summer, a wonderful memory of boating on Lake St.Clair and relaxing with my parents. I was lucky to capture this moment. It only took a second to get this pic with my iPhone, so cool, right!

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Nautical Anchor Necklace with Aquamarine Birthstones, Tresa MeyerClark, etsyshop

Nautical Anchor Necklace with Aquamarine Birthstones
by Tresa MeyerClark

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My studio shots are more involved. This is the pic that is used for my shop, and as a result, Steven Krosnicki purchased this anchor necklace for his little sister. He explained that anchors carry a lot of meaning for her. This is what inspires me to make more pieces.
Handcrafting is awesome when there is meaning!

I’ll take time today to put together another one similar to this—and it should go rather quickly—but I’m sure another idea will pop up in my sketchbook!

Until next time,
Please feel free to share to Facebook, Comment and Tweet!

~~Tresa

 

Photography by MeyerClarkStudio 2015

 

Light My Sapphire!

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Summertime Blues ~

The photo collage above is inspired by the painting by Kathleen Chaney Fritz, “Day at the Big Lake – Grand Haven, Michigan”. I’ve had a few dreams this Summer about walking down a white sandy beach, when something very sparkly catches the warm sunlight.
I was so surprised to find blue crystals in pointed rock formations! I felt an immediate sense of panic—trying to imagine how I was gonna’ lug all the stones home in my beach bag—and then I woke up! Since then, I’ve had a few opportunities to stroll down the beaches on Lake Michigan to capture a sunset. Fast-forward to now, well, it’s September, and time to share my research about the beloved blue gemstone, Sapphire. No, I don’t think we can find a Sapphire on the beach in Michigan, maybe just blue sea glass and a Petoskey Stone. If you want to go to where Sapphires are mined, buy a ticket to Montana, Sri Lanka, Africa, Eastern Australia, China, Thailand, or Madagascar.

The Gemstone of Rainbows ~
According to my favorite jewelry store, The Miners Den, Sapphires come from the gemstone variety of the mineral corundum, wherein the trace elements present during its formation give it its color: iron, titanium, chromium, copper, and magnesium create blue, yellow, purple, orange, and green respectively. In addition to the purple, chromium impurities can also yield pink or red corundum. (This red corundum is called “ruby”, and all stones marketed as “red sapphires” have been heat-treated to create the deep red you see.) Depending how much Chromium is in the mineral will determine what gemstone it becomes. Sapphires are mined in many shades of gray, black and clear. The real deal however, is vibrant blue Sapphire.

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Sapphire ring, beverly hills

Blue Sapphire Ring by Anup Jogani, Beverly Hills, Ca

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Pink sapphire ring

Pink Sapphire Ring by Pompeii3

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How do I know if my Sapphire is authentic, synthetic or simulated?
• Sapphires are next after the diamond on the Mohs hardness scale of 9.
• Natural Sapphires should come with a Certificate to prove the stone’s origin.
• A natural Sapphire will have inclusions visible with a Jewelers loupe.
• A clear, natural Sapphire, with no inclusions is very rare and extremely valuable.
• Synthetic or lab-created Sapphires are heat-treated to enhance color.
• Sapphires comes in many colors of the rainbow, and can be referred to as “Fancy”
• Simulated Sapphires come from quartz or tourmaline and are heat-treated.

Light My Sapphire ~
rare sapphire
On August 29, 1984, an article from The Wall Street Journal was published about heat-treated gemstones. It helped to fire a thunderstorm of animosity by the gem industry, because it was not well-known that precious gemstones were heat-treated. The orange-pink Sapphire, Padparadscha, also derived from Corundum, are extremely rare and totally natural, with no sign of artificial heat-treatment. Mined now in Vietnam and Eastern Africa, these amazing gems can be worth more than the very finest blue Sapphires. Can you believe $50,000 per carat!

Now you know that a Sapphire is not only a blue stone. I was watching Jewelry TV last week, when they mentioned a Pink Sapphire, calling it “Morganite” from Beryl. But we know now, Sapphires come from the mineral Corundum, not Beryl.

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MORGANITE, Pompeii3, sapphire

A Morganite Ring by Pompeii3

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Thank you for reading my research & rantings! You are truly awesome!
Make my day sparkle and please share my blog with your friends on Facebook.
Dankeschön!

~~Tresa

Makes Me Smile

Is there one word to describe feeling happy and sad at the same time?
The last day of August brings to mind how very short the Summer season is in Michigan. While I’m feeling melancholy that my favorite season is almost gone, I pore over all the Summer months of photos to get a sense of time gone by.

Dad and Ron Sunset

Summer Sunset with Dad and Ron.

Makes me smile.
Capturing the tiny details of flowers at different angles, watercolor sunrises and boats were my subjects this year. On August 22, my Dad and my Husband on the dock studying something in the water at sundown, symbolizes the goodbye to Summer for me. Still, I’m happy because we were all together in this beautiful place. 

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Traverse City, Boating

Traverse City, Clinch Marina

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Photo by MeyerClark Studio, Moody Sunrise on Grand Traverse Bay

Moody Sunrise on Grand Traverse Bay

 

Photography by Tresa MeyerClark.
MeyerClark Studio 2015

My Window Light

Photography Class – Day Eleven –

Theme – A Pop of Color:

The colors in our photographs are evocative and rouse emotions within us. Color can elevate a mundane image into something intriguing and meaningful, and can tell a particular story within the frame.

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Pink Agate Necklace

I love this juxtaposition of pastels and copper on a graduating shade of black.
I shot this next to my favorite (jewelry shooting) window, mid-morning.

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Pink Coral and Quartz

The blue and copper beads glow more on this soft, neutral background. The angle of the necklace was positioned for the best lighting in this shot.

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Pink Agate by Tresa Meyer Clark

I find this composition very intriguing, however, the white background is very “vanilla.” So, after some experimenting with color backgrounds, I think the darker one is best for this necklace grouping. If you would like to see more of my jewelry photography, here is a link to my shop.

Thanks for reading,
~~Tresa

 

Just the Beginning

Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.
– Ancient Indian Proverb

Starting something new is not always easy, like blogging, a new workout routine, drinking aloe with ginger in the morning, you get the picture. I am happy to say, I started working with new materials that will ensure that my jewelry is more durable than ever, and solve the problem of short-term vs long-term. It’s a time consuming and very detail oriented process to control a tiny knot between each bead or bead section. So, I’ll be sharing some tips in later posts about my process and the glamorous gemstones that captured my heart! — Off now to drink that aloe juice. ❤

Hungry for more? Awesome! Here is a link to my newly created Jewelry Design page. Your thoughts and comments are welcomed.

~~Tresa

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Catching Hope Chest Light

The sparkle from an angel atop the Christmas tree = gold
A glow from a candle flame when the day fades into evening = yellow
The glimmer of sun on the lake with a sandy bottom = turquoise
A reflection of dancing light from facets on a diamond = the color wheel
~~Tresa

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Color guides the way to inspiration. I’ve always been drawn to the colors of the ocean, navy blue, sea-foam green or turquoise. Inspiration in selecting beads can come from anywhere, fashion, textile design, a flower or a polished druzy agate. When I hand-pick my beads for color, pattern design, transparency, natural organic forms or hand-cut shapes, the light reflection quality is what make my heart beat the fastest!

This is my latest project. I like to hand-knot between beads with a German brand bead cord, Griffin. This adds more stability and reinforces the idea that something nice should last for a long time, and perhaps become an heirloom when the time is right. Those seeds were sewn into my childhood as my Oma, (Grandmother) who always said to my Sister and I, “Buy something nice that will last, and take care of your things. I’ll put my fur coats in the hope chest.”

What’s your favorite color this season? Interested in more juicy details and my jewelry design? Cool! Click here to go to the Jewelry Page. 

Artist Perspective: Notice Me!

I read a post yesterday by cartoonist, illustrator, and writer Summer Pierre, titled, “On Value and Being Seen.” She was asked to share her thoughts on how she could skate the inevitable line of doing work for work sake, and doing work to be seen.

To which I responded:

Thank you for sharing! This writing makes me put some ideas into perspective about creating my own work and what is relevant, or going for a trend that has a huge audience.

To be valued or to be seen. As I wrote this post, I found this subject to be a lot more complicated than I first thought, so there could be more to come. Thanks in advance for reading and please chime in! Don’t be afraid to rock the boat!

I am a jewelry designer and a graphic artist. Evoking emotion is my goal whether I’m working for a client or doing art for bliss. When I put together ideas for a design, I do consider my audience, and hope they value my hand-picked pearls and gemstones. As a graphic designer, I strive for what is relevant and hope they value my unique style. (or on some level, have artistic intelligence about concepts like, white space, font choice and composition.) All right now! Yes, when I have more artistic freedom to create what inspires me, and experiment on my own schedule — bringing beautiful materials to life in unexpected ways is very gratifying — as is having others notice my designs. Having something to say and the passion to create from an idea in a meaningful way is so cool. I think passion is the key word for me.

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Having my relevant work be valued by relevant people is somewhat up to me by getting myself out there by navigating through unknown waters, learning from others, and sharing ideas. My social media accounts like Instagram and Pinterest are a blast and have value too because I have a few artsy friends and we help promote each another. However, sometimes attention is great but can be fleeting. So, to be noticed by buyers and to be respected by my peers takes time and dedication, while remaining consistent in my craft. Creating what is relevant is always a goal, but who decides what is relevant in the marketplace? To be valued or to be seen? Can we have both? I have a lot of work to do, but that is why I’m here!

This is a great subject. I plan on learning more about what other artists think and do.
Blessings,
Tresa

The original post can be found here. https://summerpierre.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/on-value-and-being-seen/

The original comment I left can be found here.
https://wordpress.com/read/post/id/8065817/8783/

The Pursuit of Happiness

This is where I need to be right now, no looking back and no regrets. Only beautiful thoughts, blessings, images, and words will be my space to create in. Creating my way to the pursuit of happiness!
—Tresa

I am a jewelry designer and graphic artist. On this blog, I hope to explore and learn, make new friends, share my ideas, present my jewelry designs, write about my process, post photography of my boating rendezvous on the Great Lakes, and share artsy tips! If I can do all of this, and cook for my husband, then wow, what an accomplishment! (He’s a much better cook than me and made the heart mash potatoes) I’ll have to allow myself to make mistakes along the way, in this new creative journey, in the pursuit of happiness.

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The pursuit of happiness

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