It seems to me that once you decide to become a full time artist you also commit to traveling from show to show. I am definitely not a road warrior like a lot of artists out there, but I know the shows that I love to do, and then spend a lot of time in my studio making and exploring new ideas.
As you may know my husband is also an artist. We met at school and both graduated with a BFA in jewelry design. As I went on to make jewelry, Adam pivoted into the world of lutherie. He has found that a lot of skills and attention to detail within the two media are shared, and is now starting a path to make a career of this work.
And guess what? Luthiers have shows as well! I spent the weekend in Portland at the Handmade Instruments Exhibit helping Adam with the show. This was the noisiest and happiest group of people I have ever been around. Everyone was so passionate about the work they were creating and to share it with other luthiers and musicians was a joy. It was also fun to be working behind the scenes for once too. 🙂
Joyner is his company and was born from Adam’s love for playing and hearing music, as well as his interest in handmade objects. The electric uke is Adam’s main focus within his brand, however the acoustic ukuleles he has made for himself and me are out of this world beautiful, in both looks and sound. My little koa pineapple uke has inspired me to start learning to play, and maybe I’ll be learning the harp too. Priorities though, so maybe the uke first. Adam says he’ll make me a harp if I’m serious about playing. Umm?