Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My First Exhibit as a Jewelry Artist

I have always considered myself to be a creative person. From a young age I made messes that you would not believe. It was only in my late 20's that I started recognizing my messes as art, and claiming the title of artist. I'm used to getting recognition for my poetry and photography, but I was shocked and delighted when a local artist group asked me to participate in an art show for my jewelry. It was just the boost I needed after feeling a little like I had "sold out" in order to sell my work. This presents an amazing opportunity to create some unique pieces that let me play. It also is a wonderful chance to be in the company of other local artists and be inspired by their work. I can't wait for the show. I will post some of the pieces that I'm planning to exhibit soon.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fun with Trash

I have been meaning to post some pics of the products of my recent upcycle obsession. I have truly fallen for bottle caps and soda cans in a way I never thought I would. I was lucky enough to meet a very friendly bartender who was willing to save bottle caps for me for the small price of a necklace. My friends have also pitched in on the effort, and now I have more bottle caps, soda cans, and tabs than a girl could ever have imagined. Here are some of the fruits of this new labor of love. I hope to have an upcycle blog about all the great websites I referenced to get to this point. And there is a giveaway in the works :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

When It Stopped Being About Love

I've just finished reading La Bella Joya's wonderful post on the amateur phase of jewelry making. It really got me to thinking about where I am with my jewelry and where I want to be. I don't remember when I picked up my first set of pliers and mangled some sterling silver wire into a pendant, I just remember that the feeling was heaven. I haven't looked back since. It went from gemstones, glass, and wire, to seed beads, to soda cans, and who knows where it will lead. And yes, that feeling that you get when people say "You made that?!" is still very much with me. The only trouble is that "How much?" has been added on to it. Don't get me wrong, I am thrilled to have a client base that wants to buy my work. It makes it a whole lot easier to keep myself in bead supplies now that they little gems are paying for themselves. That said, I've just spent the past 2 weeks preparing for a big sale that I have two more weeks to prep for, and I'm exhausted. Mainly, I'm tired of making what feels like the same pair of earrings over and over again. While I would love to be spending my time cutting up soda cans and experimenting with bottle caps, I have a deadline to meet. And what would be the point of making a whole lot of earrings that haven't been "tested", meaning simply that I don't know if people would actually buy them. Well, the point would be that this is very much where my free spirit artsy soul wants to play right now. So, where do I draw the line between supplying and creating. I wish I had an answer. I could not be more grateful to the amazing people who have purchased my jewelry, and I want them to keep coming back. I also want time to play! How do I manage the 2? Any suggestions?