by Staci L. Smith
There are often trends in jewelry. I think as a designer its good to at least know what they are, and see if its something you are interested in applying to your work at all.
For example, I have always worked very short when it comes to necklaces, but noticed that long necklaces, and chain seemed to be "in" this year. So I made some longer, adjustable pieces- careful to keep my style while doing so. I loved it. It felt good to branch out, and they were a hit!
Another trend I have noticed is owls. They are everywhere. They are on handbags, and on iphones, on pillow cases and school bags. I often have people ask me for animal jewelry, and its just not something I really do. However, I have seen lots of really cute owls out there. Still, its not me, and so, I have not purchased a single owl art bead. Well, that changed when I saw this one.
A raku, organic, crazy little owl by Lisa Peters Art.
I couldn't hold out any longer. I knew this one was calling me. I can't wait to get it and create something trendy- with my spin on it.
Here are some other super cute, cool and fun owl beads and jewelry.
So, do you dive right into trends, or just observe from afar until something strikes you? Or, do you ignore them all together and only pursue that voice inside?
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