Sunday, March 31, 2013

Inspiration to develop my skills and style

There was lots of talk at Synergy III about "finding your own voice" as an artist and how to use inspiration to help  further develop your own style. I think I have my own style but I lack precision and finesse, usually because I'm in a hurry to cram too much into my limited free time. (I still spend my weekdays, as my brother says, Working for the "Man!")

In Seth Savarick's session at Synergy he talked about raising your work to the next level by having a plan before starting, being deliberate during the construction phase, and doing detailed finishing at the end of a project. Especially the finishing! He showed examples of work that he thought had promise, but the lack of attention to finishing kept the pieces from being stand-outs. Certainly he and others who were there, such as Dan Cormier, Melanie West, Melanie Muir, and Kathleen Dustin, exhibit a level of finish on their pieces that is unbelievable when you see them in person.

I decided I should work on more complex projects that require planning, precision, and polish to improve those aspects of my work. My inspiration was an interesting bracelet that Christine Dumont wore one day during the conference. Unlike a typical polymer bangle, it was not solid, and I found that idea appealing. You could see through her bracelet because she made it out of individual pieces with negative spaces between them.

With that concept in mind, I sketched a pattern for a bangle with cut-outs using my usual floral motif and then set about creating my "first draft" to see what works and what doesn't.



  • As it turned out, the form I used was the right size initially but I forgot to consider that the form would add to the circumference and as a result, the finished bangle is too large so it's not wearable (on my wrist). 
  • I created the black inside layer first and then put the colors on top. I might need to do the colors first, then apply the black to the inside after the form has been removed which would reduce the size of the opening. I would also be able to finish the inside (which looks terrible right now.)
  • I will construct the banded edges differently to make them smoother.
  • The bracelet is heavier than might be comfortable, so I need to determine if I can make the layers a bit thinner.

But, technical difficulties aside, I like the look of it a lot!







14 comments:

  1. Its fabulous! !!! Love love lve

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  2. It is beautiful It is so much your style and voice!

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  3. It is really beautiful! I love it!

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  4. Holy moly. That is AWESOME! If it is not wearable, it is certainly art, and it should be displayed as such. Wouldn't that be pretty with a wee votive candle inside and the flames dancing through the flowers? I love the idea of planning, precision and finishing. I need to do just that in my own work. That concept translates to a lot. Thank you for sharing your creative journey! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  5. love it you know if you made them smaller you could make napkin rings

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  6. Beautiful! Can't wait to see the next one. This is so "you" and so worth developing.

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  7. I have large hands, so if you want to sell it I would be interested!!! I made a necklace out of all the beads I bought from you and I love it!

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  8. It's absolutely beautiful, Rebecca!

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  9. I really love your style Becca and I love seeing you develop it into more complex designs. I think the bracelet is awesome!

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  10. Congrats on the PCD feature - I absolutely adore this bracelet. I'm a big fan of vintage plastics, and to me, this looks like the next wave of carved jewelry. Outstanding!

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  11. Gorgeous! I'd say your planning and effort paid off big time. And this is a first effort within this path? Oh yeahhhh....

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  12. Wonderful creation Becca! Love the carved wood look. I would not care that it was heavy- it has a hand carved and painted wood look that is fabulous.

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  13. This is really beautiful! I am not usually a planner but you have given me incentive. Thanks for sharing your process. I would think a soda can would work as a base to create the bracelet. I have used them before and they worked for me. Your style is awesome and makes me happy when I see your work!

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  14. What a wonderful bangle. I haven't dared try making bangles yet. Maybe one day. You are an inspiration and your style is awesome.

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