Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Many Facets (pun intended)

It seemed about time that I got back into blogging since it has been OVER a full year since my last post. My "other life" seems to take over sometimes and it always becomes hard to fit in everything I want to do.

Before I became interested in art and design, I wanted to become a doctor. This interest lasted up until I was a junior in high school, when I discovered art class: painting and drawing soon became my new obsession. After my switch to the artistic world, I went to college got a degree etc etc. Soon after I was a full-time graphic designer fresh out of college. Although graphic design has a huge streak of creativity, I found myself forced to lay out dismal and lifeless designs (per customer wishes) I began to lose interest and even though I loved graphic design, I needed a more creative outlet. I wanted to have more control and put more creativity into what I was doing.  You can see some of my older work here: www.annaheron.com

I had somewhat dabbled in beading and other crafts but was ready for something else. For some reason I was perusing the coursebook for the continuing education classes when I came across jewelry design classes.  I signed up and just loved it! I had a great teacher and was so excited about turning ordinary silver into something that I had imagined. I loved it. I only took two beginner courses and managed to learn a variety of other techniques online. I'm still learning new things every time I visit the bench.

Here's a picture of one of my favorite pieces: The Queen of the Ocean.
Right now I'm having a hard time juggling all of my responsibilities. I work a full time graphic design job at a place called MediaWorks (in case you're that interested...  www.mediaworksdesign.com ) I work with the youth at the church that my husband and I attend.  And I also help with the Family Readiness Group for my husband's detachment (Army) With all of that going on, I sometimes find it difficult to get as much jewelry made as I want! Working 8 hours a day can really wear you out. There is never enough time in the day...which is why I'm writing this at 10:00 pm at night.

Some things I would love to do if I ever get a break from the job and jewelry: reading, sewing, gardening, shopping, photography. I miss doing some of these things as often as I want.

It's all about balance...I'm getting there!!

To read about these fellow metalsmithers' "Other Sides", visit their blogs!


  1. Great job Anna. Love your work and your blog. Lemon

  2. So great to read Anna - thank you for participating in this! You certainly are a busy woman - I know that all too well. Sometimes I wonder if I should just start scheduling time off lol

  3. I can so relate with your post Anna. Being a graphic designer myself. It's hard to juggle everything!

  4. Thanks guys :) When I have a spare moment I will have to read everybody else's posts! :)