"You don't go to Notre Dame to learn something; you go to Notre Dame to be somebody."

It's taken me a little bit to get my thoughts together regarding the fire at Notre Dame. My trip to Paris in 2012 was my first real trip out of the country; I was a junior in college, going into my senior year, with a love of art history. Notre Dame is a place that is easily on everyone's list when they're visiting the city, and I was no exception. I always hold a little bit of cynicism when it comes to locations or pieces of art that are that famous - there's always a worry they won't live up to the hype. I can honestly say that Notre Dame was everything you could have imagined it to be, and even some things that you probably weren't expecting. Not being a religious person, I've always found places of worship interesting, and the ancient cathedral was no exception. Walking through the pews both during a Sunday service as well as during the week gave me an appreciation of the acoustics and architecture, with the cherry on top the awe-inspiring stained glass windows. Notre Dame is one of my fondest memories from my time spent in Paris, and the video of the fire gutting the spire is one of the most horrifying things I've ever seen.

The title of this post is a quote from Lou Holtz that I believe captures Notre Dame in a nutshell; not just for me, but for anyone who was lucky enough to walk through the doors. I can only hope the next time I visit Paris it's been restored back to its former glory.


Do You Know The Way To Santa Fe?

Updates to the gallery coming soon (as editing these photos has become my life), but in the meantime, check out my newly updated travel blog regarding my most recent trip off the east coast to New Mexico. Although a short vacation in the grand scheme of things, I would definitely recommend it as an amazing place to visit, and can't wait to plan my next trip out there (albeit for a much longer period of time).

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Gratitude Mushrooms for the Thank You Project

This is one of the sweetest things I've had the pleasure to be a part of in a while, so I'm really excited to share the Thank You Project out in Kennett Square, PA.

How to describe the Thank You Project... well, their words are better than mine:

"[The] Thank You Project is the active engagement in giving thanks by mindfully arranging or spelling the words 'thank you' using objects, ordinary and extraordinary, to form letters purposefully in quiet contemplation."

Currently held at the World's Smallest Gallery (currently hosted by Mary Pat's Provisions in Kennett Square), Gratitude Mushrooms, which launched in March 2017, allows the community to write down what they're thankful for to be displayed in the public space. Be sure to check out the gallery itself if you find yourself in the Mushroom capitol of the U.S., and join the show!



I've realized lately that I've stepped away from my artistic side. It's funny when people talk about walking away from what makes you happy - in this case, I didn't realize it was happening until I needed it as an outlet again.

My way back into art started small this summer. I started archiving all of my film negatives as a project this summer, initially starting the process feeling as though it was a chore (since I had been neglecting to do so), but eventually realizing that it was giving me a lot of comfort to have access to photos that I hadn't had physical prints of. Not only has it given me a great look back into the past few years, it's inspired me to start working again.

With that said, I've got a couple of new pieces up in Tiny Little Boxes (a sample below!), and I've been diligently working on editing photos from my sister's wedding this past April. There are more changes to come, but this is a good start after a long time away.


Justin Crowe at Clay Gulgong 2018

So proud of my old friend Justin Crowe for this awesome talk at Clay Gulgong 2018. The ceramics festival (which was held from April 15-21st of this year) had Justin traveling down under talking about his work within the world of ceramics. Definitely worth taking a listen to!


Justin Crowe Clay Gulgong 2018 from Clay Gulgong on Vimeo.