Laura Fortune

Art

San Francisco Show

Art, JewelryLaura FortuneComment

July 15

I left Sacramento a little after 5am and drove over to San Francisco for the Renegade Show that would be at Fort Mason that weekend.  I felt more relaxed, as I had the LA show under my belt.  I set-up and the day began.  It was incredibly busy with people and one of my favorite people I met at that show was a man who came by on both days to visit me.  We spoke of his time as an Original Hippie from the Summer of Love, and he asked details about my travels and living in Portugal.  He decided we missed out since I wasn’t around for the Summer of Love, but I had him model the Tie-Dye T-Shirt Pin, and he left me with a big smile. 

How did the show go?  Everyone asks that question.  I have certain people that stop by and I have great conversations with them, and those feel like highlights to me.

Junebug

Art, Jewelry, Metalsmith, StudioLaura FortuneComment

Working at Studio 209 was perfect for me.  I worked really hard and manage to make it up to Thomasville to be in that studio 28 out of the 30 days in June.  I squeezed as much work as I could out of that time, working 10-12 hours days for the majority.  It was also a time were I was faced with a lot of questions about how I would navigate the trip to the west coast.  Would driving my old Jeep be possible?  Should I just fly out?  Do I have enough inventory to appear at four shows?   How should my display look and how can I transport it best?

These answers eventually floated to the surface, and I made decisions.  

 My daily drive

My daily drive

PANDO People

Moving, ArtLaura FortuneComment

So here I am presently, living in Lisbon, Portugal.  The women I met back in October, that set such an impression in my mind, are exactly the kind, smart, funny, talented and real type of people that I suspected I had found.  The type of group that made me want to pack up my life and move to another country.  They make up the studio called PANDO, and now I am a part of it as well...

The women of PANDO have welcomed me with wide-open arms and I couldn’t imagine experiencing moving to Portugal without having this little community. 

I have found sisters.

I lived in NYC for over 13 years and moving there out of college, I had never lived anywhere else as an adult.  I had a wonderful full-time job and good friends, but for a few years I was on a rollercoaster ride in my mind, of when to leave and where to go.  New York City isn’t an easy place to be, but cutting the cord and leaving it is a hard decision, too.

Check out Joan Didion's 1967 essay, "Goodbye To All of That"  A timeless and relevant piece on the topic of leaving NYC.

I wanted to step-out on my own as an artist and designer, and finding an inspiring location, an energetic and welcoming artist community and low-cost of living, was a difficult criteria for me to pinpoint in America.  I just didn’t feel strong enough about any place.  And then I found Lisbon, but more over, I found PANDO.

My idea was to come here for the trial period of what an EU tourist visa would allow, to see how it felt to be in the Portuguese culture, around the language and get to know people, to work in an art studio here and to attempt a life as an expat.  I wanted to do some traveling on the side to feel that solo-travel inspiration again. 

Fortunately and amazingly it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life with no end in sight.