The Relics & Artifacts® family loves the work we see in our Facebook Tribe and we love to invite our Tribe members to be guest Ambassadors every month on the Muse. This month, we asked Naomi Walsh Montana to share her work with us and her piece is nothing short of astounding. Let's grab a cup of coffee and get to know Naomi a bit!
"Hi, everyone , it’s so exciting to be your guest Ambassador this month as I have so admired all
those before myself. I live in Southern California with my husband, son and too many pets to mention by name. I have always been a maker for many years. I dreamed that I would be a writer or film maker and have taken classes in fields. I have written tomes upon tomes of poetry and stories and I still write at a maddening pace. I am not sure when I fell so deeply in love with the visual arts from sewing to sculpting and all the spaces in between. I have never really taken formal classes although I have availed myself to some really in-depth online courses from some very talented artists. I highly recommend wild, unbridled experimentation. I can tell you that I am like an excited child when working to create a new piece and the moment I first laid eyes on Relics & Artifacts®, I knew it would be a long term love affair.
The piece I have created for you is called “Time Passages”. I had not thought to create a working clock. It was the last thought of many pondered. I knew I wanted to use as many faces as I could and I knew I wanted to share my textured wood techniques.
I might have agonized over it a bit and I remember walking into our kitchen where my husband was sitting and putting a group of Relics & Artifacts® faces in front of him and venting my frustration at not yet being totally in love with an idea for this project . He said, “You know what would be cool? A clock!" I am not one to question whom the muse speaks through but I knew it was going to be a clock.
I had a second of doubt because I did not come up with it but I would create it. My process is nearly always the same. I basically go into my studio and spin around, taking in all the pieces and materials. I grab things and put them on the table and those things inspire me to grab other things and as I am grabbing my mind is beginning to put it all together.
I hope you will be inspired to create this piece in your own way as there are so many variations from color to the different craft blanks you choose for your clock face. Please feel free to bring your own personal talents to the task. For me each piece of art is a new story to tell."