Inspiration comes in many ways. Sometimes, it just hits us. Other times, it happens through a process. Ideas come from inside of us, from our feelings, our activities, from things we see throughout the course of our day. There are innumerable ways to encounter the thing we rely to steer our creative juices. It is all around. Unfortunately, there are also many times when we feel an inspiration block. Accompanied by a desire to create, an urge that needs to be fulfilled, these are the times that we are truly challenged. When the ideas aren’t flowing, where do we turn? This is where I have found myself.
Generally, once there is a crack in the block the surrounding wall will crumble rather rapidly. One concept suggests another, then alters perception, which leads to a scheme, and before you know it you are living in exhilaration and purpose. In many areas of my life, this is what I’m experiencing. However, as other areas in my mind are expanding, my jewelry innovation is shrinking.
I stepped back from my jewelry for a few reasons. I had reached what I feel was a solid inventory for my purposes at the time. I also had other interests that I felt were being neglected. I know I made the correct decision. Refocusing lifted me up in so many ways. Now, my jewelry is available at Orange and I am ready to expand what I have to offer. Yet, I can’t seem to grasp a positive and motivating place to start. I find my mind wandering to my other projects. I have no intentions of abandoning these, but I don’t want to find myself so far removed from this thing I love so much that I can’t find my way back. What I need is a spark and a large degree of balance.
So, this is my plan. I’m going to make 20 bracelets in 20 days using 20 different materials. I could say this was an original process, but it isn’t. It stems from an old art class assignment (one of the more memorable ones). My rules go hand in hand with my goals and they are:
1. to keep things simple. Pick a material, see what it can do, learn from the experience. Over thinking is one of my biggest downfalls. Any help I can give myself to avoid it is always a positive lesson in itself.
2. to learn about new materials. My usual materials are off limits. I won’t get anywhere new by doing what I’ve always done (if anyone knows who really said that quote first, I’d love to know)!
3. to take a photo and post it daily. Accountability, my friends. To you, to myself and for my future. Also, this guarantees I spend some time on my jewelry, integrating it into my routines, but without letting it take over. There’s that balance.
4. to have fun with the journey. Remembering why I started making jewelry in the first place seems crucial to continuing on. The less uptight I am about it all, the more open I will be to whatever lessons in creativity and design present themselves. Whatever I carry with me after this, whatever I achieve that I can grow on, that is for later.
So, here I present to you, my Day 1 bracelet! Twine Bracelet