Inspiration in the Desert II | DesertX

If you are on Instagram (you should be following me)  I am sure, like me, you’ve seen people on your feed  “posted up” next to a trippy white and black zig zag wall with #DesertX in the captions and wondered “what the heck its this #DesertX thing and how can I be part of it?”

With a few clicks hopefully you learned that DesertX is an outdoor exhibition of art instillations put up by 16 artist from around the world!  I was super excited to find that it was scattered about my former home; Palm Springs, California!  I usually never need an excuse to go the desert!…but this? This was a mandatory visit!

So, on a bright sunny Sunday morning, my fiancé and I piled in the’ol trusty Element to partake in the most amazing artist scavenger hunt in nearly 100 degree weather! 







DesertX was scheduled to end on April 30th.  But the recent news mentions: due to the popularity, a few instillations will remain open a bit longer.  By longer I’m thinking a few weeks, so if you are local or within a few hours driving distance from the desert –  you wanna get yourself down there to check it out!

We made a list before hand of all the instillations that interested us and planned about 4-6 hours to see a totally of 9.  But, because we know the desert we were able to knock it out in 3 hours!  So just plan ahead, make a day of it, or better yet make a weekend of it!  As I said before ” you don’t really need a reason to visit the desert  – but this is a darn good one!

My DesertX list:

  1. Claudia Comte
  2. Doug Atken
  3. Glenn Kaino
  4. Jeffery Gibson
  5. Jennifer Bolande
  6. Phillip K Smith III
  7. Sherin Guirguis
  8. Will Boone
  9. Travares Strachan 

You can check out all the details about the extension, the locations and artist that partook in this exhibition and which installations are still up for view by visiting the DesertX website here!

Happy Hunting and Thanks for reading!







Inspiration in the Desert


This past Memorial Day Weekend my boyfriend and I decided (last minute) that we needed a desert escape! So we packed our one bag and drove 2 hours to Palm Springs!

 Now, I have always been inspired by this beautiful oasis. The desert was, after all, my home for about 7 years!

But there was something about this trip…

Maybe I was in need of some continuous sunshine no mater the season?  Or maybe it was because my prior visit was 6 months ago?

Whatever the reason, I felt as if I was visiting for the first (maybe second)  time!

As a jewelry designer slash metalsmith; I am always seeking new inspiration.  Something special!   Something that most people may not notice.

That subtle discovery sends a tingly sensation through my lower core!  So I tend to pay close attention to the visual details of life! 

As of late, I’v been influenced by bright white, shadows, contrasting  colors and textures.

And thankfully, the desert delivered!

With every head turn, I was noticing little things.   I tried my very best not to take a picture. Just observe and move on, you know?  But, the amateur photographer in me could not let it be.

My good friend Greg Peterson‘s condo complex is one example.

Built in the early 80’s, its salmon pink stucco with dated Art Deco details, totally reminded me of designer Paul Poiret!  An aesthetic some visitors may not appreciate…or even notice!

This photo, to me, is classic Palm Springs!

In the photo to the right: the grate window cover is what caught my eye initially.

Then the fans of the palms.  Then the contrasting ridges on the wall, where the light hits!

Even the  satellite/antenna on top of the roof!  I imagine fabricating its industrial form in sterling silver.  Topping it with a pearl or a granule of  gold!

Every surface and texture played together harmoniously!

We had a quick moment to check out the Palm Springs  Architecture and Design Center. This is such a great space! A renovated bank designed by E. Stewart Williams in the early 60’s.

In the photo below, the cement wall really stood out to me.  I have experimented with using cement in my jewelry in the past.  And I had a few good test. But I never gave the idea my full attention.

After visiting this building…maybe its time to re-explore that concept!

This trip defiantly sent me home with some ideas that I’m excited to dive into.

It also has me wondering: what inspiration will I take home next time?!”


Have you ever been to Palm Springs? When was your last trip?  How were you inspired?

Please share! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Simply – Char