Thursday, March 19, 2015

How To Be A Jewelry Designer by Karen McGovern

First....

Get a GREAT IDEA



Think about GREAT IDEA for a while—assemble/construct in head 
or on paper to convince yourself that said idea is, in fact, great

Decide idea is great
                                              
Find *FREE TIME to create GREAT IDEA

*FREE TIME is a mythical stretch of uninterrupted time to be
spent completely at your discretion

Fix cup of coffee

Go to studio

Stare at the wreck that is your work space



Shrug and sit down

Begin assembling needed items to create GREAT IDEA

 Immediately misplace KEY ITEMS needed for GREAT IDEA

**Search

**Search

**Curse

**Curse

**In no particular order

Begin actually creating GREAT IDEA

***Drop and have to fish out from under your bench/work space 
approximately 1,000 things, many of which will cause you to crawl
around on your hands and knees using your smart phone as a flashlight

***Incorporate Cursing

Hammer at least one finger

GET IN THE ZONE




Have THE ZONE completely ruined because 
THE PHONE IS RINGING/DOG IS BARKING/KIDS ARE SCREAMING

Curse

Curse some more



Get up to deal with interruption of *FREE TIME

Realize YOU HAVE TO PEE LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER PEED BEFORE

Skip all interruptions and barely make it to the bathroom for epic peeing

Scream at everyone to JUST SHUT UP FOR A FEW MINUTES, OKAY?

Go back to studio

Grab your cup of coffee and realize that you put your 
needle files in it while IN THE ZONE

Remove and clean needle files

Eye cup of now ice-cold coffee for .52347 seconds and drink it anyway

Continue creating GREAT IDEA

Realize the thing you JUST HAD IN YOUR HANDS RIGHT 
BEFORE INTERRUPTION has now VANISHED


Freak Out




Search

Search

Search

Find thing right where you left it

Get back IN THE ZONE




Repeat any and all steps above as many times as needed until 
GREAT IDEA is actually completed



Freak out a little bit at how great GREAT IDEA really is

Realize you have to pee AGAIN

Smile foolishly for the rest of the day



Repeat for the rest of your career!

Now, GO MAKE SOMETHING AMAZING!

19 comments:

Karen Z said...

Oh. My. God. My life! You made me laugh this morning. Now, off to my disaster/ er, I mean, "studio" / and get into the zone with my cold coffee!

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

I cannot tell you how many times I have tried to rationalize the installation of a porta-potty next to my work bench! :)

Great post.....AWESOME a bracelet!

Michelle said...

And here I thought I was the only one! Thanks for the laugh and making me realize I'm in good company.

Mardi said...

I am so laughing at this. Over and over you have expressed exactly what I do day after day! Thank you so much for a wonderful start to my day! Your wonderful posts on being an artisan have given me so much to think about lately. Feel the love!

substitutionqueen said...

You sure nailed it!!

KelsyC said...

This is totally me! That was really funny. Thanks for sharing. :)

stacilouise said...

Karen- i love you. that is all :)

Beetique said...

I did that with my smart phone the other day and cursed a lot too! Lol

Kathy Lindemer said...

Sounds just like my days except for the kids--mine are adults and out of the house. I can definitely relate. I spent an hour this morning tracking down 2 beads that were essential for a project. Crazy!

Meridy Migchelbrink said...

Oh my God, everything here IS TRUE! (Except the coffee part...tea drinker here, but I've never put my needle files in my teacup. Yet.)

The truest? The search-search-search/curse-curse-curse part. Hilarious only in retrospect.

Awesome stuff, Karen. xoxoxo

spoonlady said...

Very funny and oh so true. I'm the same way - metalsmith with too much in progress pieces. Thanks for the chuckle.

Cindyv said...

Best blog post ever - signing up - way better than "10 things to..."

IRuth Scott said...

Love this.......it's all so true for me! I can't imagine a cleaner workspace....but alas, it wouldn't last more than a day!

Debbie said...

*howling with laughter* You got it EXACTLY right!!!

stregata said...

Thanks for this exceptional tutorial for creating awesome pieces. Now I know what I have been doing wrong... ;)
And thanks for the fun start to the day...

Elizabeth Stoops said...

This is so me!!!! Thank you for a great post! I always think I'm doing it wrong or I just have no clue as to what I'm doing...love it!!!

Janet Bocciardi said...

Yes!! Oy... yes.... :-)

Ann Schroeder said...

This post is hilarious, and your bracelet is AMAZING!

Terri Del Signore said...

Enjoyed this! Thank you!

face
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...