I would like to tell you that I am a natural artist and any kind of creativity comes naturally to me, but this wouldn’t be the truth. There was a reason I went to school majoring in Creative Writing, words have always been easier for me than any other kind of art. I am probably the only person on the planet that only passed High School photography because I had to write a paper as part of my final.
Both of my parents, my husband, and all of my kids are very artistic. My mom was very crafty and could make anything from a beautiful crocheted doily to an amazing 7 layer cake. My dad loved acting and could make just about anything from wood. While I am a very visual person, I have always struggled to translate my ideas from my mind into reality. I did try so many things on my road of life from sports, to music, crafts like knitting and painting like my mom, and of course writing, to mention a few. As for jewelry design, as a girl I made the traditional braided friendship bracelets and hemp necklaces, but never really anymore than that.
As I tried my hand at making jewelry over the years, it always seemed so difficult and back then I had no idea where to go to learn more. When I inherited the entire jewelry collection of my female ancestors, it became clear that I needed to figure out how to move forward. I was very lucky that I had some amazing resources to fall back on and some wonderful teachers. Like anything, learning to make jewelry was challenging at times and also easier than I expected with the right tools. I soon came to realize that the most difficult part for me is criticism of my designs. This has been a bit more difficult but I am trying to embrace all feedback with a thankful heart.
I enjoy going back to look at some of my first designs and wondering what in the world I was thinking. I have one necklace that I have taken apart and redone four times, and I have done this with several pieces. I like to think of it like the changing of taste in fashion as we grow, my ideas are ever evolving and will probably never become just one thing, if for no other reason than I get bored easily.
When I started out making jewelry I really wanted to recreate Vintage jewelry and add a modern touch to make it more appealing to a broader base. But, as I studied and started making pieces, I realized that there was a lot more I wanted to make than just Vintage pieces. I started making whatever popped into my mind and before I knew it, I had a very eclectic brand with very diverse collections. In the marketing class I took, we were told to find an identity for our brand and stick with that kind of jewelry design. If I had to describe my ever evolving brand identity, it’s an eclectic surprise where you never quite know what you might find. It may not be quite what the teacher had in mind but it makes me happy, and also you I hope.
My learning curve was huge in the beginning: finding my “voice”, working out my techniques, designing the best possible booth at shows, and getting through the negativity in my own mind. I think as I move forward, I will never stop learning. There is so much history in jewelry and so much swirling in my brain, I look forward to sharing it with you all!
“Always see your mistakes as a learning curve.”