Less is More
November 5, 2013
This post is more of an addendum to the last one.
As I sat on the floor of my studio with all my “did not sell” jewelry strewn around me,
I had a couple of small thoughts…maybe not epiphanies, but significant AHAs none the less.
I’ll not go on at length about them because maybe they only make sense to me.
However, here are a few, put concisely as I can.
…My esthetics have changed. I take this as a good sign, meaning I’m still alive and growing.
What appealed to me two years ago no longer does.
Color combos, wire work components, beads I was in love with
(may have some destashing in my etsy store soon).
…I could see how my work was all over the place.
I think this is because I was and still am so very excited by every new possibility.
I wanted to try everything I saw.
And I’m okay with this.
Jewelry making is one of the few places where I feel brave, even fearless.
Sometimes I worry that I don’t have identifiable style recognition, but hey…I’m having fun!
…Lastly, less is more. As I looked at some particular pieces,
I was struck by the ‘amount’ of stuff I tried to put into them.
By this I mean, metal work, wire work, sometimes fibers, mixed metals, etc…
Some designers, whom I admire very much, do this very well.
Their work is magical to me…the way their work is so balanced and cohesive.
Perhaps, I was trying too hard. Showing off what I could do?
They were particularly unappealing to me now.
So, did I learn anything? Here’s a necklace that I made yesterday.
What you see is a very simple design. This was not the first design, however.
My first inclination was to grab some copper wire
and make some cool wire wrapped components to use between these gorgeous agate slices.
I actually had about half of it finished,
before deciding that this was a huge mistake for these particular stones.
“Keep it simple, stupid!”
In this case, I needed to get out of the way and let the stones speak for themselves
by showcasing them en masse…close together
and not separating them with my wire doodads.
The impact of this necklace is made more powerful with less stuff.
It is also more sensual to wear.
The heavy, cool stones feel really lovely on the skin around the collar bones.
These past few days have been cathartic. I feel…cleansed. Is that the word?
Hopefully, more focused.
At least my jewelry inventory is looking in better shape.
But wouldn’t you know it, this morning I read a new post
about the next Love My Art Jewelry’s Boot Camp.
It’s all about Cold Connections !!
Oh, boy ! I’ve always wanted to learn how to rivet things !