I came across this blog post recently, about defining your style.
Yeah, not so much with that.
Like the author, I find it hard to do that. I mean, there’s a definite aesthetic to my stuff, but, I like so many things, I don’t want to narrow myself down to a particular style.
I mean, as far as I’m concerned, it’s ALL “art jewelry” in the end, because it is a creative expression and that makes it art.
I started making jewelry for other people about a year and a half ago, when I started this little business that has grown to be such a marvelous source of so many good things.
I feel like I am very young in my craft, very new, there is still so much that I want to learn. Right now I am taking as many classes in as many techniques as I can afford, because I don’t know so many things.
how can I define a style right now, in the face of all this learning?
Impossible. Don’t want to.
I read somewhere that it takes 10,000 hours of practice at something to attain mastery of it. Maybe when I’ve hit that magic number, I will have defined my style.
Right now, I’m just doing the work. Following my heart. Playing with colors and metals and stones and light. When I hit a spot of YES, when something fills me with joy and excitement, I follow it for a while, till it branches into something else.
There’s a lot of joy in that. In being undefined.
There’s a lot of joy in evolution.
As I get closer to opening my booth at Crafted, I am trying to figure out what to sell and how to sell it. I’m having to narrow things down a bit, group them into collections, figure out how all these disparate elements fit together.
I’m finding that themes are resonating with me quite strongly right now. When I set up the booth, I’m probably going to try to fit things together thematically.
Alchemy: when basic elements are transformed through some chemical or magical process, like fire. Precious metal clay, glass, pottery, these things are all alchemical feeling to me.
Elemental: evoking the elements. Fire, Air, Water, Earth… I’ve done a little bit of exploration along those lines this year with some of my Water pieces.
Stories: I love stories. Fairy tales, especially. I’m having so much fun exploring pieces that tell stories.
Sometimes there is overlap. Well, mostly there is overlap. Where elements meet alchemy, meets storytelling. It gets a little hard to sort it all out. But maybe that too is part of the evolution.
I cut my hair off yesterday, a good 8 or 9 inches. Almost all the red is gone, I’m growing out my natural color which has gone to gray in the last few years of being covered up with dyes. Cutting it off exposed a different me. An evolving me. It helped me let go of a lot of crap that I’ve been carrying around and everything feels lighter this morning as a result.
I am not who I was a year and a half ago. I don’t look the same. I don’t feel the same. And neither does my work.
Like I said, there is something like pure joy in evolution.
It’s nice to have you guys along while I share the journey.