So, I went to Walmart the other day and upon walking through the electronic doors I was IMMEDIATELY PUNCHED IN THE FACE BY CHRISTMAS. After I picked myself up off the floor, I checked my smartphone and no, I had not been somehow teleported into the future, it really is the last week of October.
|I love the subtlety, don't you?|
Squeezing past 7,000 lit fake Christmas trees and working my way past 3,000 inflatable snowmen, Santas and cavorting reindeer, I felt sort of MOLESTED by this over the top, desperate attempt to start wringing greenbacks out of every man, woman and child in the vicinity. I know the economy is down, but I think we all can admit that our culture has seriously abused the term "holiday spirit".
I don't do "holiday" themed work. Not because I'm anti-holiday, but because I'm not good at it. Whenever I try to force myself to create within any particular theme, my brain just freezes. Sure, I could pile a bunch of red and green beads/patina/paint on something and call in "inspired by the season", but that would be such a lie. Yet, we artists do try to capture an audience this time of year, hoping to entice folks to buy handmade for the holidays. It's crunch time, people!
Many of my jewelry artist friends are already stocking up on designs for the holidays and I am so jealous of their ability to create lovely work that isn't a sell-out to Santa. With that in mind, I have vowed to tackle one of my true artistic Achilles heels this season--EARRINGS.
Earrings kill me. I hate to make them, can never think of anything innovative or original when trying to design them, and burn with jealousy when I see gorgeous earrings online. YES, STACIE LOUISE, I'M TALKING TO YOU!
Yet, the few times I have made earrings they have sold very well. So, I shall sit down and try to create a line of earrings reflecting my style of design. COMMING SOON TO A FACEBOOK PAGE NEAR YOU!!! I plan to surf my favorite artist's sites to bolster my courage and imagination, get myself some nice 20 gauge wire, and GO CRAZY (literally, you may never hear from me again...).
|Earrings I have made that I did not TOTALLY hate...|
What is your go-to design for the season? What designs do you struggle with? Feel free to share in the comments, and Happy HallowGivingMas!