Daring Spirit: Emily O'Hara of Silver Labyrinth Design
This week we bring you Emily O'Hara, the artist behind Silver Labyrinth Design. Each journey through a labyrinth is a unique and inspiring experience, and Emily translates that walk into hand-crafted jewelry using precious metals, stones, hardware, and upcycled aluminum. Each piece is infused with creativity and spirit in addition to being straight up beautiful. We tagged Emily with our questions this week, and her thoughtful and honest answers resonated with us. We bet they will with you, too. So without further ado, here's Emily!
Daring Spirits: Tell us about a decision that felt really bold.
It occurred to me as I wrote this that it can answer both questions one and two!
My boldness stemmed from a situation that felt uncomfortable.
Saying out loud, "I am an artist" for the first time was an act of boldness.
This act of boldness happened as I sat in the dentist chair, partially reclined with a napkin clipped around my neck. My long time dentist had retired, sold his practice and this was my first visit with the new group.
The receptionist greeted me with "Did you work today?" "No." I said and took the clipboard with the health questionnaire.
The hygienist asked, "Did you work today?" as she clipped the napkin around my neck. "No." I again replied, but it didn't feel good.
At the end of the visit, the dentist came into the exam room and asked…"Did you work today?"
I knew I had to answer the question differently so I said, "I do not work in the traditional sense of the word. I am an artist." Positive energy and interest filled the room. Both the dentist and hygienist wanted to know about my art while the dentist shared that his son was in college at Mass Art.
A meaningful and memorable connection was made. And I felt much better about my answer and owning my new identity as an artist.
Daring Spirits: Describe a time when things went "wrong" and then the Universe delivered.
Daring Spirits: Beach or Mountains? Sweet or spicy? Window or aisle?
Mountains! Walking in the woods with my dog is my creative muse.
Sweet and a little salty ;)
Window. But I'm also a mom, so I usually get the aisle.
Daring Spirits: Anyone who's ever contemplated making a living via their creativity can identify with the butterflies Emily must have been feeling when she claimed her artistry and put it out there for her dentist and the world to see! Thanks, Emily, for the validation and encouragement in your words!
See the work coming out of the Silver Labyrinth studio online here: Facebook.com/SilverLabyrinthDesign, including where you can find Emily at craft fairs and events in the Boston area.