This week Jamie asks...
What have you always loved? What inspires you? Catches your eye? Makes your heart sing?
I love colors - deep and rich, bright and vibrant, soft and mellow. Color sings to me. When I am out walking around all the colors in Nature inspire me. The whiteness of new snow, the light green of budding plants, the deep true colors of high summer. I bring the inspiration home and use the song of color when creating my jewelry.
Textures inspire me too. Soft, rough, smooth, gritty, creamy, silky, dry.... it's another facet of creativity I bring to my jewelry.Beads - I am inspired by beads. When I show someone my studio for the first time, they are surprised at my collection of beads. I am drawn to them where ever I go. Again, color and texture of the beads sing to me to pick them up and take them home. A few months ago I started to challenge myself by creating my own charms and pendants working with polymer clay. So far I am enjoying the process of learning something new and ideas are being born.
I can still remember my first favorite pair of earrings I wore when I was 13. I can even remember some of my sister's earrings and my mom's jewelry. At 13 I found joy in looking and touching - the colors and texture of jewelry. It's not surprising to me that I am now creating my own. I just wonder - what took me so long.
Textiles call to me also. I love ALL fabrics. I would love to have more time to be more creative with fabrics, but jewelry is my first love and textiles take a happy second place.
Jamie guides us along with the following...
"Give yourself the gift of alone time and explore. Let go of all your preconceptions and discover yourself anew. Try every radio station on the dial and notice what moves you. Walk down the street and pick the house you'd most like to live in. Go to a movie that you want to see - no compromises. Go to a clothing store and be outrageous in what you try on. You might surprise yourself!"
I already do some of her ideas - I pick out houses I would love to live in. There are many so I wouldn't be able to stay long in any one house, but it would be fun. Try different radio stations, yes, my tastes change as I pass though phases in my life. It's fun to find new ones and keep the old. Trying on outrageous clothes - I haven't tried that yet - maybe next time I'm out that will be what I challenge myself with.