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tinctory revisited: the constancy of change

I never get tired of researching fine craft and discovering new art to share, but sometimes I forget there are more than 3,400 posts on DAM and the artists I’ve shared continue to create new work. . .wonderful work. Hmmmm. It’s time to make a more concerted effort to revisit previously showcased artists to see what they are doing now. Has the work, the artist, the medium or the message changed?


Today we revisit an artist we last took a peek at almost 5 years ago. Her hand-smocked, hand-dyed, repurposed silk creations spoke to me as much as her words – of romantic soft edges, movement, day dreams and the poetry of daily life. We only knew her as Eva and she was creating quite a stir with her unusual jewelry.


Recently I discovered Eva had her first child about a year after I showcased her work and she found it challenging to create during those early months and years while she tended to her greatest creation, her sweet baby girl.



Speaking about her infant daughter in 2012, Eva said “She’s unfurling like a new leaf, with the same energy that lies hidden in something tightly coiled.”


As she settled in to her new role she wrote about the transition, words I’m fairly certain resonate with mothers everywhere:

“Now that it’s gone I’ve come to realize what played an important role in my past life: solitude. It let me focus and see in the way that made Tinctory what it was. Motherhood has been a time of intense closeness. I’m never alone. If I ever pick up this thread that’s hanging loose here something will have to be very different. I also found that being a mother to a baby is something I’m unable to do part-time for various reasons. So what I thought would be months away will more realistically be a few years.”



tinctory4Eva let Tinctory go as she watched her toddler explore, announcing it was time to say goodbye to that chapter of her life. And then in January of this year she wrote that she is slowly resurrecting Tinctory. On her terms, in her time, to our delight!


The fabrics she uses for her jewelry are tinted with natural dyes. On her blog she shares many photos, recipes, thoughts, ideas. The blog is a lovely trip; her words quiet and serene and, well. . .just lovely.

One of the new things she is working on is a series in which she challenges herself every month to make a piece dyed with whatever she finds outside at the time. The photo below is a necklace from that series.


“The main feature of this curious necklace is a pleated and smocked fabric bead. It was made from organza silk dyed with oak galls. It has the shape of an irregular orb, maybe the oak gall itself or a seedpod from which emerges a mysterious ‘eye that sees’.”


While I love all of her work, I am partial to the feathers series (seen above). I can’t tell you why, just that I love them. In the end, that’s what DAM really is – a collection of objects I love. For more than 8 years I’ve simply been sharing one person’s aesthetic. . .fine craft that makes me stop to look, explore, think, exclaim and that begs to be shared. Having your company on this journey of discovery makes it all the sweeter. . .

Previous post on DAM in 2010


Eva’s shop

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One Response to tinctory revisited: the constancy of change

  1. What a lovely post. I read it just before I went to bed for the night and it seemed so perfectly calming. Extraordinary work.

    For Eva, this stage of life and motherhood will pass like a breath. The wonderful thing about being an artist in the midst of raising children is that you can be an artist in the midst of raising children – and they become wonderful children.

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