One morning I was trying to get some jewelry inspiration and it just wouldn’t come. All these trays of beads just wait to be partnered up with their friends, and I was just at a loss.
Had my creativity decided to leave me? Instead of writers’ block, did I have beaders’ block? Jewelry makers’ block?
I kept looking at the boxes, opening them up, staring at the beautiful colors and shapes. Beads I’d bought with a plan, and some I’d bought just because I really liked them. Even though some of them seemed to be saying “pick me!” nothing really seemed to stir in my creative side.
Why is it that when you’re really in the mood to create you just can’t get past that final hurdle? Has anyone else felt this way?
So I started looking through random pictures I’ve collected of bracelet styles for inspiration, not to copy those styles, but to spark the creative me back to life.
Those of you who’ve seen and bought some of my creations know I tend to design on the more conservative side. Most of my jewelry is designed with conservative patterns. A center focal bead or group of beads or charms, with equal amounts of beads and styles on each side. Very symmetrical. Almost predictable.
Looking at some more of the newer designs I’d saved, I noticed quite a few looked like a hodge podge of colors and different shapes and sizes of beads. Almost like they were randomly thrown in a little pile on a bead board, and then strung together and in whatever order the designer picked them up.
And they were really interesting. In fact I liked several of the styles.
An idea struck me. Could I really be adventurous enough to just grab a few beads at random and throw them together to see what I could come up with? After all, that is so not like my style…
So…I figured what the heck..I can always put them back in their correct little homes. And some I hadn’t even cut apart yet from bringing them home.
But you get the idea. Maybe it was my time to step outside the box, as the saying goes. Or outside the beader’s box.
So I started to try my new ideas. And one bead led to another. I fought the urge to make the bracelets in a pattern, repeating the same ones in the same order. And for me, that’s not easy.
But I finally found myself playing with them more. Moving them around on my board until I liked the arrangement. It takes longer to do a piece this way, because the beads have to complement each other, but blend well together without following a specific pattern.
It’s like creating a piece of art you can wear. And it takes patience which I’m slowly learning to develop.
Everyone has their own artistic style. Some of us try a medium we think we’d do well in and don’t do too well. Some of us try several different mediums before we find the one we really enjoy and find we have a talent for.
For me, at least for now, it’s creating jewelry (as well as writing my blog).
Here’s some more pictures of the jewelry I’ve recently created.
Now that you’ve heard more about my jewelry art, what kind of art do you do?