Artist: Nancy King Cornett .....................................................
I come from an artistic family and was often surrounded by art and music. But artistic interests of my younger years were replaced by the demands of schooling and career. I started out as a biology teacher then went for a masters in technology, ending that phase of my life as the Technology Coordinator for a southeast Michigan school district. It was a job I loved for a long time. While I wasn’t producing art, I still got to use my creativity in many ways. Ask any educator.
When the job morphed into something I no longer loved, my husband and I made the exciting but scary move “up north”. He grew up in Roscommon and we’ve had a part time place here for many years. We’ve been here full time for since fall of 2008. We made some changes to accommodate year-round living, including adding a jewelry studio for me. Life is very different here in our lovely cabin in the woods, and it’s exactly what we both needed. Who’d a thunk?
Our woods is located on the South Branch of the Au Sable River, hence the name of my jewelry business: Au Sable Designs. I spend a lot of time by the river and in our woods. Iam inspired and energized by the nature around me. You’ll often see this reflected in the natural and organic feel of many of my pieces.
While I enjoy the color that beads add to jewelry, I use them more as complements to my metal work. I love to take a piece of sheet metal or wire then bend, torch, wrap, fold, antique, paint, patina, polish, and hammer, hammer, hammer. I am always ready to learn new ways to move metal. Each new tool or skill inspires me to branch out in different directions.
Being associated with the Artisan Village Gallery has given me the opportunity to find many artistic friends in my new northern home. Teaching jewelry/metal/painting classes in my own studio and at the Artisan Village gallery is another way I get to work creatively with others.
I have offered my jewelry and metalwork through an online store, custom work dealing directly with clients, and at art fairs. Once I began dispaying my work at the Artisan Village I found I no longer had time for outside venues so my work is now available exclusively through this gallery.
I have a website at www.ausabledesigns.com and/or www.nancykingcornett.com.
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