Sunday, September 23, 2012

On Personal Adornment....

This week, I met and chatted with two wonderful women where I'm planning my first class in my hometown. We were looking at some jewelry samples I had brought and each discussing the types of jewelry we wear.

It wasn't until recently that I, in fact, started wearing my own jewelry on a regular basis. Although I make jewelry and wear jewelry, I tend to find myself returning to favorite standards. It was really interesting to hear the types of jewelry these other two beautiful, yet different, women chose to wear, which had both similarities and disparities from my own choices.

How amazing in it that we live in a world where through our work we can connect on such a visceral level through a solid object to other people?

tiny shot of my journal where I'm recording my intentions for my work.

In the last several weeks, I've been making a conscious effort when I'm in my studio, quietly meditating, putting stamps to clay, hammer to metal, needle to thread, to ponder these very questions.

As I think about these things, I'm embracing this organic change that is coming not only to my design aesthetic but also my evolution as an artist.

The connection between maker and wearer is a strong one. What thoughts do you have on the subject? I'd love to hear your experiences in the comments!

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Artisan Beads Plus said...

Honestly, I have not given that question enough thought in my own designing. That you for bringing up such an important point. My jewelry choices have evolved over the years. When I was young, I would not wear anything that was not gold! Ha! It was always a simple, straight forward chain or bracelet. Now, I love to choose a piece that feels jut right with what I am wearing and my mood that day. I always try to connect to most with one piece and then accent it by down playing the earrings and such.... a tip I learned from Staci :o)

stregajewellry said...

I love the organic influences that are filtering into the jewelry world. I've always had a close connection to Earth and am thrilled that I can finally let my imagination and that connection play into my work.

sara said...

I love jewelry for my use

sara said...

I love jewelry for my use

mairedodd said...

loaded post - so it took me a while to even answer... yes, i feel there is a strong connection between maker and wearer - in fact, i feel that while i work... a piece of any size is not merely a piece of metal - it becomes so much more... has the potential to always be if i remain mindful... in the design there is a way to express intention -
great thing to think about! thank you barbara -

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