This might be a bit controversial … but I will say it anyway. I think there is a lot of designer’s apathy out there. Year-in, year-out, designers bring out the same sort of things. There’s no excitement, no surprise. Are they really designers?
I don’t think I have the answers, but I know one thing. As soon as I discover something new and exciting, I am so motivated to adapt techniques and styles to my own designs, I can’t stop thinking about it. I’ve been laying in bed this past week, waking at 5am, just thinking how I can use some new techniques I learned. I have a box full of precious items ready to transform and assemble. Inspiration is everywhere. It could be a postcard, a piece of fabric, a pair of earrings or the texture of the ceiling of a restaurant I am in. INSPIRATION ABOUNDS.
My jewelry designs will soon take a whole new direction…but maybe not. They will be different, but they will be familiar. If that makes sense.
I look back to designers who inspired me when I started out designing a few years ago, and they’re still making the same stuff. I’m not excited. Are they excited? I hope so, but I think not. It seems sometimes like the weight of expectation and their own celebrity has killed their creativity. Seems like…
I’ve got bucket loads of new gemstones coming in – a major investment. New findings, new colours, textures, styles. Maybe it’s just my personal renaissance.
I’m excited. We bought a new house yesterday – I’ll have my own designing room for the first time ever. It’s the one design decision I can’t make right now – how to set out my new room. Where to put the prints, the old letters, the strands, the reels of chain.
Until then, it’s like a little eruption of creativity. It might seem quiet with me at the moment, but give me a month and wait and see.