Thursday, September 3, 2009

Finding Inspiration - Creating for the model

We've all had em. Those lows. Those valleys where creativity refuses to dwell. Hitting those lows, leaves me hoping for any sliver of inspiration to needle it's way into the folds of my brain and create the spark that ignites creativity once more. Sometimes - it never comes.

Recently I was in this pre-dic-a-mint. While making jewelry for the Awakening C.H.A.N.G.E. Runway Revolution, I was at a stand still. A vapor lock. I didn't know what to do. I was makeing pieces for specific individuals, I honestly didn't know much about. I was desperatetly trying to get a feel for this person and wasn't connecting.

Of course I had heard of them, but that was about as far as it got. I didn't know anything about their lives, their impacts -only that two had movies made about them, neither of which I have seen.

So I began the trusty google search. I looked for pictures and articles about these women to get a better feel for them. Who am I talking about?

Frida Kahlo
Eva Peron
Nina Simone

It wasn't long before I started to get mental images of jewelry that I could make. The hunt began for components that I may have laying around, or would it require a trip to Michales. I ended up having to go to Michaels for alot of the stuff because I didnt' have time to make any online orders. Out of this process of research I came up with three distinct styles. These styles could easily be incorporated into my designs, and I could start collections named after these women.

All with a little research, and looking for inspiraiton.

Here is what I came up with to represent these women.

Frieda - Global Nomad Base metal focal, 20 mm natural wood beads, 3/0 red toho accent strand, all from Michaels Arts and Crafts

Eva - Re purposed pearl necklace, 8mm facted Czech crystals, Jill MacKay earrings for the focals, I used them as connectors (from Michaels)

Earrings - Jill MacKay from Michaels

Nina - Re purposed wooden necklace pieces. Wire wrapped tops, loaded with pearls from Sedona Stones

What lengths do you go to for your inspiraiton?

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow, how fun!! I have to say those last earrings are just THE BEST!! You have inspired me, now I want to find a flea market!!