Well, it happened. Over the summer, I had somewhat of an artist’s block. I was getting tired of making the same things over and over again. On the one hand, I should have been flattered to be getting orders based on a design that I made, and on the other hand, it was killing my creative juices. So I got to a point where I didn’t want to go into my studio. I just didn’t have time to keep up with learning new techniques and trying new things.
So I slowed way down. I enjoyed vacation, took a break from blogging, social media and going to fairs. I regrouped. I took some classes–mostly online. I refreshed myself. And guess what? New ideas are flowing again! I realized that sometimes I have to say no—and I got in touch with what made me want to do this all in the first place.
Now I am really excited, because I have been starting in on my new designs. I will still be working with my beautiful stones, but they will be set into new settings. I will be adding more colorful accents in the chains. I will be hand making my chains more and more. I will not rush and I will do very little in the way of production work. I am a one person artisan jeweler and I will stay that way.
As part of my makeover–this blog will become more consistent and I plan to do features on the stones I use. I will talk about the process of making a piece for the stone, and take pictures along the way on how it is progressing. Who knows–maybe a video or two!