Jill, In my life, there are two ways to design. One deliberately,
on a theme, such as a commission related to a special idea. Then,
there is the ‘my’ design. It comes when i sit with paper and pencil
and just let my hand do what it wants to.
That, of course, brings about some very interesting things. I don’t
like to do earrings and rings don’t thrill me… not enough space on
them to design! Nor do I like to hassle the mirror imaging!
My greatest love in my studio is the designing! It’s the easy part,
and comes from a place in my spirit that has been ‘speaking thru my
hands’ since I was a little girl. I now do little sculptures that are
perfect for brooches or broad cuff bracelets.
When I decided to attend college to learn to make jewelry I had every
expectation of working with stones as the primary fucus with the
metal simply supporting the stones. As I went along, I lost interest
in stones, I have a complete lapidary set up, but the metal is my
love! I use stones as accent, if at all. This is not at all what I
had anticipated for my jewelry work, but listening to my spirit, in
a relaxed mood, it comes.
One exercise in school that I enjoyed was to take a basic idea for a
ring or whatever and do 10 variations on the theme, shape, or
particular design feature. I soon began to reach for 20, then 30,
(keeping a good scrapbook of all of them) and letting my imagination
run WILD to bring freshness to them.
It is interesting to note that we will do very different things on
any one day. That is why I began to reach for more designs on a
theme, I did them on successive days and found that I could bring
entirely new ideas after I had run ‘dry’ the previous day. Without
looking at the work of previous days, I would continue with a new set
of drawings until I had no more that were fresh. Of course, after the
project is done, and the evaluation processbegins, there are some
real dogs in themix, Haha, why not! But, sorting things out, I find
some really great stuff, worthy of putting into physical form, and
the rest saved for another day…
I will never live long enough to make all the things I design, but
so what! I love the journey, Boy, this is more fun than I ever had
as a kid!!!
Best regards,jeannie (frif)