My friend, Beth Ireland shows us what it means to be a resilient maker. On this week’s episode we hear about some cautious tales from Beth. One of her stories results in the loss of a critical sense due to her years in woodworking. Can you guess which sense she lost access to?
Beth is a woodturner/sculptor. She graduated from the State University College of Buffalo and after graduation began working jobs illustrating in Boston. In order to find a job that fit into her diverse schedule, she ventured into becoming a carpenter. Now, most of her profession revolves around woodturning and sculpting.
She tells incredulous stories about her early years as a carpenter when she broke her back and how in 1996 she was developing a body of work for 2 years that would ultimately result in her loss of smell senses. Beth was working with a dangerous product that unbeknownst to her would alter her life forever. We can all agree that your sense of smell is critical in everyday life, and Beth reminds us of the importance of this sense when detecting danger in the studio.
Beth’s stories are relevant to all of us as Makers. Though we have come a long way in availability of safety information, we still have a lot of work to be done to implement these safety procedures in our studio practices.
Through all of her setbacks, Beth continues to create incredible pieces . She insists on maintaining a positive attitude and even says the injury propelled her into a new direction. In order for us all to work for a lifetime, Beth leaves us with the lasting message that the awareness of your surroundings and the knowledge of what you’re working with is crucial.
Beth Ireland: https://bethireland.net/home.html
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