Today we’d like to introduce you to Tori Ames.
Tori, before we jump into specific questions about your art, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My parents encouraged my interest in the arts starting at a young age. My dad, in particular, taught me some basic metalsmithing and chainmaille. In college I studied props and theatrical carpentry, developing a diverse skill set that I still use today. Over the past few years, I’ve honed my metalsmithing skills and continue to learn and grow while creating my art.
Has it been a smooth road?
I struggle with depression and anxiety. While they can be an everyday occurrence, at times they’ve become debilitating – making it difficult to find work/life balance, and sometimes creating art becomes impossible. Learning to be honest with my needs, to manage stress, and finding healthy treatment options have really helped me find the best way forward. Having friends and family that support and encourage my endeavors have made my success possible.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with OddTechnician – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I specialize in creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. My favorite projects, the ones I’m most proud of, are the ones that pose a challenge. I love trying things I’ve never done before and combining different abilities to make a new unique object. Over the past year, I’ve learned so much more about silversmithing techniques, and my best pieces have been the ones that combine that new knowledge with the chainmaille skills I’ve had since I was a teenager. What sets me apart is this passion for learning and experimentation.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Atlanta is a beautiful city, full of diversity and opportunity. Being here has allowed me to learn and grow, as an artist and a person, in ways that no other city could have provided. I have so many amazing friends in Atlanta’s art and LGBTQ communities, and I’m very grateful.
In the same breath, Atlanta has been harsh. There are many who face poverty, homelessness, discrimination, and fear every day here. It can be discouraging to face this reality, but it’s important to do so. The art scene is not excluded in this. The way forward is persistence and change. As artists, we have a responsibility to speak and strive for this change in our own ways- through our art, our actions, and our voices.
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