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Expanding and Exploring

The end of the week is here and next week will be my second Earring Drop. I can't believe how quickly this month went by. I took on some very challenging projects this month, and some of the earrings I worked on, won't be finished until July's Earring Drop.


For this month, I really wanted to explore my technical skill and crafts(wo)manship. I wanted to push beyond the typical jewelry techniques and dive into other parts of the art world, particularly oil painting. Doing the oil miniatures was such an eye opener, that I even purchased more walnut wood so that I can create different shapes outside of the squares I had been working on. So I guess next month I have to practice with wood for the first time ever. I think I even have some wood carving tools, although I've never worked with wood in my life except to build models for architecture school.


Yesterday, I wanted to practice with silver wire to create a design. I have no formal training in filigree which is the super fine/detailed wire work, but I am intrigued by how it can be used to fill a space on a silver plate. Yesterday's earring did not get finished, but I was also testing out a new concept: double-sided earrings that you'll be able to wear both ways. I think there's a lot of potential with this idea and I think it can expand into many of my future projects.


If I'm honest, I feel like I can't keep up. Deciding to focus entirely on earrings for one year has opened my mind and it's become almost explosive how many new ideas are coming to me. I thought that maybe after a few weeks, I'd lose interest and the ideas would stop flowing and I'm relieved and excited that the opposite is happening. It's giving me a chance to dig deeper and explore a variety of styles and techniques.


I also love this idea that I can offer truly unique work by just focusing one at a time on a project. I don't think I realized how confusing it was for me to design an entire collection with so many different types of jewelry. The problem for me--at least in my opinion--was that I felt that some pieces were stronger than others and I didn't like that the design couldn't transfer as easily from earrings to ring to pendant to cuff. Does that make sense? It just felt like I was forcing designs to be something that they weren't necessarily supposed to be. Some of the designs were just too specific for that project.


Anyway, I'm very excited for this next Earring Drop. I'll only have four pair of new earrings to offer you as I decided to slow down the pace and focus entirely on the process.


That's all for today, thanks so much for reading my blog this week and I'll see you on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend and take care,

Caitlin