When the urge takes you, you have to design draw!! Even if it is 1.00AM. You might end up designing something that looks like the result of a fever dream, but then again you might stumble across an idea you want to take a bit further.... I think last night I experienced the latter.
I decided to get out some old cabochon stones that I've been harbouring for about 5 years, waiting for the right time to make something which includes them. I've never been happy enough with an idea to use these stones, hence the reason why I've been holding on to them for such a stupid amount of time. It's not like the stones are particularly precious or unusually breath taking, but I've found myself getting them out and instantly putting them away again more times than I care to remember, because 'thats not nice enough for these stones!'
The only thing I can think of to help explain how I feel about these really quite ordinary stones is.... You know when you come across a particularly nice packet of biscuits and you don't want to eat them all at once, and you sure as hell don't want anyone else to eat them before you get the chance, so you hide them in a secret place.... Then you just end up looking at the biscuits because there's never an appropriate time to eat them or a event worthy of the nice biscuits to make an appearance? So in the end you probably just throw the biscuits away because they've gone off?? This stone situation feels pretty similar to me.
Well! I've decided that I'm going to crack out these biscuits once and for all and binge eat them in one go! The design drawing last night has really spurred me on to actually make something which includes these stones for perhaps the first time! It's also inspired me to buy some more stones in varying shapes, sizes and colours to then, if I'm lucky, create a new collection. My Jewellery making friend won't be happy with me.... starting yet another collection, but when the inspiration gets you, you have to run with it and see what you end up with.... Right? I don't currently have a collection that is really time consuming, intricate and includes stones, and I think I'd really enjoy creating something like that. My new workshop set up gives me the flexibility to leave things lying around to then pick up a day or two later and carry on with the same piece of work. I'm hoping this means that not just this idea, but other ideas and existing collections will develop over time.
Is it just me or does anyone else fancy a biscuit right about now??
So I've been working hard the last few weeks getting my new workshop up and running after the move a couple of weekends ago. I've left my pretty green shed in the garden behind and moved indoors. Although I won't miss the hundreds of spiders and other creepy crawlies, It was definietly an emotional moment when I closed the door for the last time on an empty shed. A lot of time has been spent in that good old shed and I'm going to miss it, but it's time to move on and let my dad keep his lawn mower in there I guess.
I'm hoping that now my workshop is indoors, that I'll be able to work a little more without fear of spider attack and also with more dedication. The cold and wet weather is no doubt approaching, if not already upon us, and having a space in doors will help me keep making when its miserable outside. I'm also hoping that having it near by will help me to start creating and developing some new ranges of work that are more detailed and time consuming.
On another note, look how pretty the sky was last night.
Sorry for the incredibly LATE post....I'm not turning out to be very good at this blogging malarkey! So I'll make this one quick.
The Big Art Show, what a useful and interesting weekend! I was able to meet some really great artists and designers also exhibiting at the show and share some tips and advice with each other. As always the public were very complementary of my work and Busy Budgie made a few sales along the way.
The show is in its infancy, so I just hope it can continue to grow, develop and achieve great things. Perhaps even have me back next year!
Jo is a jewellery designer maker, based in Birmingham. She creates mostly Silver and Gold pieces, along with the odd bit of Felt and colourful jewellery when the fancy takes her