Changing one’s life career is difficult but not impossible, so I am
plugging along learning all the basics of metalsmithing and then
some. Had some excellent teachers, great workshops, fabulous friends
helping me along. But I feel very stuck with"design", when the
subject is brought up everyone says “just look around you and be
inspired”. No one teaches it, well maybe if I went back to art
school, (thinking about how long I have been out is scary)…
I look around, see hundreds of styles, designs, and beautiful work,
I am trying to find my way, but feel lost.
A couple of pieces I created felt something was not right, a friend
said it was design flaw. Once he pointed it out, I saw it too, had to
rethink it the piece. Then not able to fix what was done without
totally taking it apart, so created a new one.
But how was I to know that was the problem before creating it? Not
sure why instructors do not teach it, every class tells you to bring
This jewelry class emphasizes the design concepts and
- fundamental techniques used to create metal jewelry. Please bring
a sketchbook & pencil to the first class. *
What does “design concept” mean? Where is the design part? Do they
consider it part of the fabrication? Why tell me to bring a
sketchbook if we are not using it?
They show a technique, then say make something. I have yet to use my
sketchbook in class for sketching or have anyone looking at my
designs. Everyone says it will come, as you create it you will know.
Am I missing something?
I have hundreds of pages of drawing of jewelry I have drawn, am I
just suppose to create them then figure out what wrong and fix them?
Maybe I am confusing style with design, I know they go hand in hand,
but I am frustrated.
I am sure I am not the only new jeweler with this dilemma. Any
suggestion or help, will be greatly appreciated!