Monday, February 3, 2014

Boot Camp: Asymmetry in Design

by Staci Louise Smith

Design is a topic that is near and dear to my heart.  Design is what makes or breaks a piece jewelry.  You can make a piece of jewelry with perfect execution, but if it doesn't have a good design, it fails to WOW and stand out in the vast ocean that is jewelry!!!!
We have all made them too, that necklace or bracelet or earrings that we thought we would love, but we look at it, saying, what is wrong? I just don't like it.  It's the design.  Something fails to carry your eye through it, or excite you enough to keep your attention. 

So for this boot camp, we want to tackle the ever more popular Asymmetrical Design.  It is probably the most challenging type of design- for many reasons.  It is not a new concept, though I really see it spreading through the art jewelry world like wild fire.  After all, art mimics nature, and nature is certainly not symmetrical.  

asymmetrical earrings by pipnmolly

Some of the things we will cover in this Boot Camp is playing with shape, color and texture- and using them to create balance within an asymmetrical piece.

We will also go over balance- both visually, and physically.  There is nothing more disappointing then making an asymmetrical piece that doesn't hang right when you wear it.

Nat Art Jewelry

We will cover balance in earrings, bracelets and necklaces!  

I know that some people are absolutely drawn to asymmetry in art, and others are VERY symmetrical people.  For some people, creating a piece that is not symmetrical comes naturally.  For those of you, we hope to give you some tips to make your designs even better.  For those of you who notice every bead that doesn't match the next, we are encouraging you to break that mold and give asymmetry a try. 

So please join us each Monday, to join in.  We encourage you to share what you are making while following this Boot Camp in the flickr group.  PLEASE share what you are trying out, or using from Boot Camp in your description of your piece.  We want to know what you are learning or sharing with us!


Lynn said...

I love using asymmetry in my work... It always amuses me when someone trying on a piece gets upset that the two halves don't MATCH... I always say.. they don't match, but they GO together!

Linda Y said...

Great blog post. Can't wait to see what you all have in store in this boot camp. Asymmetry is a problem for me - I love the pieces others put together but struggle with it myself. I am such a symmetrical person - I can't buy an odd number of things - can't image how I ended up with three children instead of four or two. lol

freshbakeddesigns said...

Looking forward to this camp! But then, I always look forward to LMAJ Boot Camps!

Deborah said...

SO, SO, SO excited about this one!!!!

I do love ALL your boot camps, tutorials, info, etc. I never post my work, but want you ALL to know how much I appreciate your GENEROUS and TIRELESS effort to share your ARTISTRY and ARTISANSHIP with me.

I absolutely do USE all I learn from each and every one of you!

And I'm an AAHO (Asymmetry Adorer of the Highest Order)!!!!!

Thanks SO much!

Ema Kilroy said...

I can't wait! I come from an accounting background which is all about the two columns equally each other. I absolutely love asymmetrical pieces but always feel like my own pieces are lacking something. Maybe I'll figure out why in LMAJ Boot Camp. I'm really looking forward to this.

stregajewellry said...

Oh, this is going to be SUCH a fun bootcamp! Great post so far.

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