Ornament Magazine

VOL39.1 2016

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30 ORNAMENT 39.1.2016 big and I'm five feet two, and they're telling me how great I look in it. I always tell women, if you like it, wear it. It's an attitude. I have fun trying to get women to expand their ideas about what to wear. I want them to feel good about themselves, to feel beautiful. " Shaw's long career as a professional artist could be a template for how to find fulfillment as an artist and support yourself at the same time. Born in Detroit in 1946, she was an artistic kid who took piano, ballet and art classes before attending the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, where she studied painting. After a year, she headed to London to meet up with an older sister living in Europe. Soon she was enrolled in the Sir John Cass Art School in London, studying ceramics. After eight months in London she packed up for Israel, where she lived on a kibbutz. Despite the military tensions and the Arab-Israeli War of 1967, she managed to hitch-hike through the Negev Desert. Shaw eventually returned to Michigan, where she rented a studio near a foundry, which inspired her to try sculpture. She also did some photography and built herself a darkroom. Two years later she was ready for a change. Along with art making and her love affair with stones, Shaw's life has been defined by travel and a periodic urge to move around the country, or across the globe. Her travels are motivated by curiosity and a deep interest in learning about other cultures and people. When she was almost forty she spent two months in Turkey, a place she says still inspires her. "The architecture. The food. The people. The kilims. The spice markets. The light. Everything about Turkey NECKLACE of sterling silver, twenty-two karat gold, dentritic Snow Scene agate from Mexico, and enamel; pendant 6.35 x 2 centimeters; necklace 55.88 centimeters long, 2016. "As usual the stone influences where I go, I could just visualize being in a nighttime snow storm." BROOCH of sterling silver, acid-etched agate and enamel, 5.08 x 5.08 centimeters, 2015. RING of sterling silver, twenty-two karat gold, opal, and amethyst, 3.81 x 2.54 centimeters, 2015. Opposite page: NECKLACE of sterling silver, twenty-two karat gold, denim lapis from Afganistan, and pearls; pendant 7.62 x 3.81 centimeters; necklace length 81.3 centimeters, 2015. Model: Maggie Riley.

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