so, she came by last week telling me about a book she got at the library and i asked her to put it on hold for me when she returned it. Jewelry by Artists is the book. what a book! dense in a good way with inspiring photos of studio jewelry by artists such as Alexander Calder and Margaret De Patta. this book is giving me an introduction to 'art jewelry' that i can stomach as well as permission to go for it. i dont have to know what i'm doing, i mean i never knew what i was doing when i made my clocks or my wall art....never knew what i was doing when i made studio furniture. jewelry has felt more intimidating and i think it is because of the chain/link stuff. silly i know, but i just hate traditional ways of doing things and my goal with jewelry is to bypass as much of that as possible.
i've made and sold some jewelry already on etsy. i have a few more pieces i'm working on and am interested in getting a little torch so i can bend some metal and make it do what i want. at the moment i've decided to abandon the chain/necklace making part and focus on the pendant part. i have ideas for ridiculous ways to hang things but i'm still in conservative mode and need to get the hang of the actual assembling and just let things happen as they will. i have a feeling this could be my next main body of work. that and flowers. i also have table making yearnings again....i always want to keep doing a variety of things but i still feel i'm in a place of being conservative. when money is tight and space/materials can't get out of hand one tends to keep it simple. least i do. anyhow, i'm feeling excitement that the journey of discovery brings when a new body of work is discovered. slow going as usual but at least i'm going for it!