I’ve connected with quite a few jewelry artisans recently whose work I greatly admire, including Lorelei Eurto, Cindy Gimbrone, Lori Anderson, and many others. These gifted artists have influenced my own designs in a way that’s really growing on me.
Up until recently, designing asymmetrical jewelry was a huge struggle for me. My logical, orderly brain craves symmetry and patterns, and it takes me probably three times as long to design an asymmetrical necklace as it does a symmetrical piece. The artists whose work I admire appear to have a natural gift for creating beauty out of a seemingly random handful of beads. Naturally, since I’m kindof an ornery person at heart, I’m determined to conquer my asymmetrical fears. I started with a positive attitude, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…”
You should have seen my workspace when I was designing this necklace! I had beads and findings strewn from one end of the table to another (and even some under the table). Of course, I had to adjust and readjust the balance until I got it right, but you wouldn’t want it to hang catawampus, now would you?
This necklace pushed me out of my comfort zone in another way: I used much larger scale components than I'm accustomed to designing with. The faceted black onyx rondelles were contributed to the Beading Daily bead swap by my good friend, Sherri Solawetz. They measure 15x10mm – about twice as large as I usually work with. In fact, I was so taken with these rondelles, that I made another asymmetrical piece, this time a bracelet:
My muse sure seems to be in “chunky” and “asymmetrical” mode lately:
So what has my recent jewelry design journey taught me thus far? To keep things simple, to incorporate plenty of movement, than chunky doesn’t have to equal heavy-weight, and to not limit my component choices to 4 – 6mm scale.
So I’m throwing away the “can’ts” and welcoming the “can’s”. What habits are limiting your design potential these days? And how are you going about conquering them?
Just keep telling yourself, "I know I can, I know I can, I know I can..."