Craft is the Discipline that frees the spirit;
Style is the Result.
Ben Shawn, "The Shape of Content".
Hopefully I got that right… It’s been a while since I read the
book. I’ve been an artist (2d) for a long time, but I’m pretty new to
jewelry. I don’t know yet what my style is. I have inklings of things
I really like: High Karat gold, a funky, biomorphic style mixed with
high quality stones. I think I’m pretty good at color combinations.
When I first got started a few years ago, I bought tons of 14K GF
wire and lots of mediocre stones. I recently went through a period of
uncertainty. I had all this material that I don’t want to use in the
long run, I couldn’t afford to buy a lot of new materials, and I’m in
a temporary living situation right now (Fulbright exchange) and can’t
set up my soldering/ etc.
So, I decided to just have fun with what I have and the skills I
have right now and not to worry about styles, etc. I’m making lots of
wire-wrapped 14K GF and SS jewelry…and I’m having a blast. Nothing
is terribly original, but I feel like I’m putting my stamp on designs
and I did come up with a simple wire-shape design that I’m pretty
pleased with and I’ve been developing that into a line. I’m also
stretching my ideas of shape and color in a medium that I can afford
to be a bit wasteful. I find I tend to be a bit stingy when working
in higher Karat gold.
My mantra these days is “The work will take me there” Rather than
waiting for a style idea to come to me, I’m going to work at the
level I’m able while continuing to develop my skills. I have this
faith now that I will eventually find the shape of my unique vision.
By the way, sure, some people are maybe naturally creative, but I
don’t completely agree with the "you either have it or you don’t"
opinion that someone expressed. 95% of success is showing up.
My 2 euro cents!