Monday, April 23, 2012

Art Tribe

Remember that song from Sesame Street, “One of these things doesn’t belong here”.  Well, if all the art friends lined up and that song started playing…I would be the “thing” they are singing about!  
I'm a "W" in a room full of "2"s

Unlike all of these sweet and wonderful “art sisters”, I am loud, I am obnoxious, I cuss like a trucker and have very little natural artistic talent!  Does that matter to them…absolutely not!  Years ago, one of our sweet friends, Rena and I had a conversation about how important it is to belong to a “tribe”. 

My family - 

By the way - I'm Emily Mortimer (I'm the old gal in the middle - not the pretty off to the left).  I am fortunate in many ways.  I live in the house I grew up in.  My little family and I live surrounded by aunts and uncles, cousins, friends since childhood, and my siblings near by.  Add to this a community of my parent’s friends, their children, neighbors, my church congregation…and my life is full of people.  Wonderful people!  People who have influenced my life in so many ways – mostly for good ;)  As I met my sweet art friends, I added them to my “tribe”.   I LOVE these friends.  I love that we have diverse backgrounds and life situations.  I love that none of that matters.  I love that we support each other, laugh with each other, cry with each other, mourn with each other and celebrate with each other.  Shouldn’t everyone be so fortunate? 

In the past few months I’ve take some on-line courses from the lovely Terri Brush and the adorable Jeanne Oliver.  Both of these women have created Facebook pages for the class participants.  It’s been a place of sharing and encouragement for students to share their creations, ideas, tricks and tips.  I’ve been amazed at the generosity of complete strangers, and it just reaffirms to me that in this world, we all need each other.  We all need a tribe.   That’s one of the reasons I’m so excited about this blog!  We want you to join us, create with us, laugh with us, and possibly cry with us!  We want everyone to have what we have…an art tribe. 
Inspired by Jeanne Oliver's e-course
Now – on to creating!  I love metal.  I love patina, rust, chipped paint and all other manner of character on metal!  I also love jewelry.  I remember as a child scouring the Utah desert with my family - looking for beautiful rocks and arrowheads.  My father would then take the rocks to a friend and have them made into jewelry for my mother.  I treasure my mother’s jewelry, and I’m sure those memories helped develop my love of all things “earthy”. 

Leather cuff embellished with vintage door hardware
This simple bracelet is made from rusty vintage door hardware, simply wire wrapped to a leather cuff.  In the center of the hardware is a vintage earring secured in place using either resin or clear caulking.  I have had so many compliments on this bracelet…and the best thing?  It gets more comfortable each time you wear it!


  1. I love you sweet Emily- wonderful post!

  2. Well said Emily! I am so grateful to be part of your tribe!!! :)

    Funny thing: I saw that cute bracelet on Pinterest and "liked" it yesterday! Little did I know it was one of your masterpieces!!! You sooo definitely "belong" here!

    xoxo Rena

  3. Emily,

    You are wonderful, I love the cuff, you should teach us that next time. Adorable picture of your family.
    love ya

  4. love this post emily, and love that you are part of my tribe.
    xo julie

  5. Love your tribe thoughts emily, and your natural artsy bracelet, no wonder you get compliments!

  6. Thank goodness for Emily! You make me giggle - continuously! I love your bracelet - and I am pretty sure I know what I will be making today. I am so happy to be part of your tribe! xo

  7. Hey Emily, I never got a chance to tell you how much I loved your post & bracelet! Hey, if you make it to Georges before I do, I'd love you to pick me up some of those cute parts?

  8. Emily! I love your posting! It is so great to see you and your sweet family in a pic so that I know who you are talking about! I am in love with your bracelet and your painting! And you lied when you said you don't have much talent. Pure lies! XOXO