Around three years ago, my partner Attai Chen and I decided to leave Munich to live in a small village in the countryside of Bavaria. Attai kept his studio in Munich and since then, has been subjected to a time-intense commute between home and his studio. On the other hand, I have built myself a workshop at home and ever since, work and live in a quite isolated environment. I am not entirely sure why, but this was exactly what I wanted and needed back then, to be alone as much as possible with my work to see where it would take me. In many ways, this proved to be a good decision for now, but slowly I’ve felt that I had to find a way out of my snailhouse again. After all, creating the artwork is only one part of an artist’s job description today.
Hence the idea of writing a blog was born, which would not only help to get my work and ideas out there, but also create a platform to promote art jewellery and offer a place for dialogue and exchange about art and colour.
A bit more than one year ago, I started writing this blog. It took me some courage, because I knew that I could only do it in a very personal way. I certainly don’t claim to be one for discovering and presenting trends or novelties, that´s not who I am. I can only provide a very subjective and honest point of view about the things I write about, which makes me feel vulnerable at times . But mostly when you overcome a fear of doing something, you get rewarded. And so I am very pleased to say that already after one year, the Karma Chroma -blog has proven to be an exciting and fruitful project in many ways for me. The articles, especially, which featured or collaborated with other artists were very enriching. Valuable exchanges took place, bonds were made or strengthened, and I want to thank everyone who has participated so far!
I cannot overemphasize how important it was for me to start writing: about my work, other people´s work, other subjects, etc. To delve into a subject, to investigate my feelings towards it, to connect and organize the tingle tangle of ideas in my head and last but not least, to improve my skills to express myself in English have proven to be such a great gain. For an artist like me who is working on an emotional and intuitive level rather than conceptually, the writing really helped me to understand what I am actually dealing with in my work and to be even able to express it in a coherent manner. For instance, I was recently invited to speak at the Code C (C for colour) seminar in Gothenburg about the topic of colour from the point of view of the artists’ own practices. While writing the lecture, I realised that this made perfect sense for me. It really is usually the use of colour in which the different stages in my artistic development manifest themselves.
Writing was so hard for me in the past, especially about my work. Now it has become a new tool, which I can use as another way of expressing myself. I can honestly say that writing this blog has made me a more self-confident and aware artist and I can highly recommend it.
But a blog is certainly not much without its readers and so my biggest thanks goes to the Karma Chroma readers out there. It gives me great pleasure that some of you are enjoying the articles and discovering something, anything. I also want to seize this opportunity to invite you to leave me any kind of suggestions for improvements or other thoughts and ideas! I am looking forward to all your input and critique!
To celebrate this first anniversary, I am going to hold a little raffle for the email subscribers of the Karma Chroma– blog. You can win one of five pairs of earrings (here on the photos) from my Karma Chroma- series, three pairs of cups, one pair of wings and one pair of posies! If you are not yet subscribed to this blog, but you would like to be in for the raffle, you still have time to subscribe now. The deadline is the 15th of December, 2016. The winners will be informed via email. Family and friends are included, but I promise not to cheat ;).
1 Carina Shoshtary: Karma Chroma earrings, 2016; Graffiti, glass, silver, Photo: Carina Shoshtary
2 Carina Shoshtary: Cup shaped earrings, 2016; Graffiti, glass, silver, 1,5 cm cm x 1,3 cm x 1,0 cm; Photo: Carina Shoshtary
3 Carina Shoshtary: Wing shaped earrings, 2016; Graffiti, glass, silver; 3,2 cm cm x 2,0 cm x 1,3 cm; Photo:Carina Shoshtary
4 Carina Shoshtary: Cup shaped earrings, 2016; Graffiti, glass, silver, 1,6 cm cm x 1,2 cm x 1,2 cm; Photo: Carina Shoshtary
5 Carina Shoshtary: Posy shaped earrings, 2016; Graffiti, glass, silver, 3,2 cm cm x 2,5 cm x 1,7 cm; Photo: Carina Shoshtary
6 Carina Shoshtary: Cup shaped earrings, 2016; Graffiti, glass, silver, 1,7 cm cm x 1,4 cm x 1,1 cm; Photo: Carina Shoshtary