I have recently had a jewellery crisis and just didn't want to make anything at all, didn't know what to make anyway, what colours I wanted to use and yet I felt I needed some new jewellery for myself as my design ideas were changing and wanted something new to wear and to show off my creations as well, theres nothing like self advertising is there!!!
So I just left it alone, didn't make anything! I have to say, I am lucky as I have more than one hobby/craft that I love to do and each one is linked to the other which can be an asset or sometimes a hinderance because my mojo is connected to both of them. So I decided to go off to practice my beadmaking and improve on my skills (which only practice will do!) It has been of great benefit and now I am steadily getting more confident with working the glass, trying out new glasses, especially the Double Helix Silver rich glasses (LOVE them!!) getting reasonably good shape to my beads ~ well most of the time! But now I want more, different shapes to my beads ~ need more presses for that one, more interesting beads and try to be more consistent on size so I can get to grips with set making!
Now I have come to a new mojo crisis, what BEADS to make, the jewellery mojo is back and I have ideas for earring designs, bangles and necklaces but my skills need a jump up again to be able to achieve these big ideas, that means maybe taking a lesson or two!!! That costs money and its not the right time of year for that, so what to do?
These work in progess Earrings are inspired by Lilian Chen's work and cultural background ~ Oriental/Asian.
2. Art Inspiration is a good tool to inspire those creative juices! Go to the Library for art books, check out some of the famous artists ~ that you like or know of and just LOOK!!!! Doodle in a sketch book, what colours have they used ~ together, have they come from a design era that inspires you ~ Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Pop Art, The Impressionists, Surrealists, the list goes on. Just have some fun!!
At college we were told to brain storm ideas on a big piece of paper put in a central idea/theme/word/historical era. So say, for instance, we decided to use the words Art Deco we would then just throw down words that just come into your mind creating bubbles linked to bubbles to build up anything to do with Art Deco ~ clarice cliff, bright colours, stylised, trees, stong lines, plates, jugs, glasses, and so on........... these can then spark off other words/ideas from these!
I love bright colours so she has often come into my mind just because of the colours she used in her designs.
Sorry I don't have any Clarice Cliff but I do have some Art Nouveau jewellery with there lovely curvy style, flowers and clean lines. 'Rennie Macintosh' is another favourite of mine I love his stylised rose design, and when I started to make stained glass he was a very big influence.
Here you will see some jewellery by Murrle Bennett ~ gorgeous!
(sorry I scanned it on the skew!!)
Here is an ornate buckle by Liberty
3. Things around you that just jump out and grab you because you ~ like it!! Everyday things in the street, in the park, driving along and what passes you on your travels and even things around your home or maybe something your children may be doing at school, history project, art project, even what they made in cookery class!! Who knows when inspiration can strike! Ha ha!!
Historial ~ Cleopatra and her Asp - inspired by arm cuffs worn in Ancient Egypt
4. Finally Nature, this is a very popular inspirational tool with many facets from seasons ~ colours to plant life ~ trees, leaves, flowers, etc., ocean/marine life ~ shells, fish to all sorts of organic shapes like rocks and mountain ranges, shapes, textures, smells, the list again goes on and on!! I just love to use this one and most people love these themes too.
My Autumn Sunshine set was inspired by the season
So what it really boils down to is ~~ dont give up, don't be afraid to experiment, find inspiration from everywhere, believe in yourself and do some research, do some doodling, do some footwork and THINK whats next NOT I don't know what to do!!!
I hope it has been a little help if your mojo has gone walkabout at this busy time of year when you really don't want it too!!!!!