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Creativity challenge

thoughts on designJustine CollinsComment

I find that the more ideas I put down on paper the more ideas I will have.  So I have been challenging myself to come up with (at least) one new earring design per day.  Sometimes it, the design, will feel like a dead end, and sometimes it it will open a path to many variations.  I think that is what I like most about this little exercise, the branchings off of multiple variations.  I sometimes feel I could come up with endless variety.  It's super fun to see where things lead.

Experiments in sterling silver lace

thoughts on designJustine CollinsComment

If you have followed my blog at all (or just had a quick glance around this website) you probably already know that I have a thing for solid, structural jewelry.  But I've been trying out some new things recently and playing around with lighter more airy pieces.  When I took sculpture in college I had a wonderful teacher who introduced me to herring on toast with a little mayonnaise and sliced onion (try it!)!  But more relevantly, she was very strict about viewing a piece of sculpture in its entirety and  from all angles, rather than getting caught up in the pretty view from one side.  These recent experiments are feeling a bit flat and more like drawings to me.  I like them, but I want to bring some depth to to this idea.  Jewelry has innate limitations (and I'm talking about wearable jewelry, not art jewelry) that I find satisfying sometimes.  It helps me to focus.  Limitations are good!  But I think I need to relax a bit with these and push the limit of wearability a little bit.  It's late (8:59!  I'm officially an old!) and I'm just ruminating I guess.  But the next one of these is going to have some depth.