Sunday, September 13, 2009

Exploring New Ideas

It seems that I have spent a lot of time seeking out my niche... or niches. Trying to combine interests, skills, and appeal can be challenging. Before I started selling my pieces, I simply made jewelry that I wanted to wear. I have been collecting jewelry since I was little, and own a lot of variety. Usually things I have made have been different, and represent things that I like ~ not necessarily what anyone else likes ~ or would buy.

New directions (and fun times in the studio) include hand engraving, flush stone setting, and art influences that, until now, have not been allowed in! My art teaching has exposed me to other art worlds and I am touched by them. Botanicals are ALWAYS on my mind, and will continue to find their way into my designs.

The Baramundi Fish pendant was influenced by Aboriginal artwork. The inclusion of gold has added a touch of color, and the hand engraving adds some rich texture that is evident in Aboriginal artwork; dots, lines, and the x-ray view.

I am gearing up for the Spirit of the St. Croix Days art festival on September 26th and 27th in Hudson, Wisconsin. I will have several new designs to offer, and plenty of hand made chains.

Next on my bench: Botanical designs using hand engraving and flush set stones.

Hope to see you in Hudson!