I am not new to Ganoksin, but have been lurking for years. I first
learned of it years ago at Metelwerx at a fold-forming class with
I have been a silver-smith in CT for several years. Those in the
northern east coast may even know me. In 2010 I suffered a life
threatening spinal cord injury. Fortunately between my amazing
Neurosurgeons and my strong will to recover I have made amazing
strides. Unfortunately both arms and hands were severely affected.
Being labeled permanently disabled and losing everything I had worked
so hard for, has been beyond difficult to say the least.
I had been in occupational therapy for over a year and unfortunately
my therapist’s and insurance felt that my recovery had hit its’ peak.
This has not been acceptable to me as my work as a silver-smith was
not a job, not a career, but my life, I was my work. For those of you
that feel similar, understand. I’ve always said even if I won 20
million dollars I would still do what I do, I would just have the
most amazing studio, buy every tool in the Rio catalog that I ever
wanted and would have more help!
Having my studio in my home all those years, and losing my home
meant no more studio, not even a place to set up and try to see what
I can still accomplish…
This is where maybe the Orchid community might be able to point me
in a direction. I have tried to find somewhere to set up my studio
again, but now on social security, my budget barely affords me a
place to live. (I now rent a room) I am willing to do anything to
find a place to set up again, even if, only a garage. I certainly am
willing to barter space for teaching, working hours in some retail
storefront, etc. I just don’t know where to turn. I’ve had so many
doors closed, and giving up just isn’t an option. I would appreciate
if anyone had any ideas or could point me in a direction. Setting up
again, will not only help with occupational therapy, but my heart,
mind, and soul. I would love to have my purpose back! Thank you.