One thing I hear often at my shows is that my jewelry is ‘different’. I’ve been known to respond to that by saying that it’s just like the designer, ‘a little bit different’. My designs have a wide range of styles/moods, just like me. I have things from very conservative pearls to contemporary pieces and even some somewhat whimsical things.
My unique personality and moods impact the designs I come up with, but another thing that can inspire my creativity is the music I listen to as I work. Like many other things in my life, my music covers a wide range of tastes. I listen to classical piano, mellow stuff like Nora Jones, country and even some good old rock and roll, like Aerosmith. My moods change from day to day, and as I listen to music that fits my particular mood it works its way into the jewelry. It’s likely that I make more wild things while listening to something like AC/DC and more conservative things while listening to Nora Jones.
Anyone who knows me very well knows that anything that surrounds me has to ‘feel right’ to me. It can’t be clearly defined but is something I sense or feel on a very personal level. I have pushed myself to create some designs that are not my particular taste, but they still have to be something that I feel good about creating and offering to others. I want things to ‘feel right’ to anyone who may wear them as well.
One way that I’ve gone out of my ‘box’ are with the asymmetrical designs. I’m known for always having things symmetrical. One day I stumbled on some jewelry that I really ‘felt’ good about and surprisingly it was asymmetrical, so I decided to experiment. Now those pieces that are a bit ‘off center’ are some of my favorite things to design, make and wear.
One other technique I’ve used is to start with classic styles and incorporate my own individual touch into it, such as Greek Keys and Celtic Knots. These particular designs have been my most popular and seem to have appeal to all generations.
So, just like me, my jewelry is unique…..I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂