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.
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.