Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Giving myself an annual review

I’ve never been much of a one for making new year resolutions in January, when it’s cold and miserable. As my birthday is in May I always like to give myself a kind of ‘Annual Review’ especially in terms of where my jewellery making skills are headed. I always regarded my Annual Review with some trepidation when I was working as a Graphic Designer. It always seemed to involve being given some very tough objectives to achieve in the year ahead. One year my lovely boss at the time gave me a very enjoyable objective, I was allowed to take an afternoon once a month for my own personal and creative development and head off to a gallery, museum or bookshop to browse! How I looked forward to those few brief hours…. and how much more willingly I tackled the more serious targets I was given as a result. A spoonful of sugar and all that.

I’ve taken the plunge and stepped out of the ‘rat race’ but I find that I still need targets and deadlines to fire me up and keep me on my toes. Creativity thrives on challenges! So with this in mind I’m having a good think about what new techniques I want to learn in the months ahead. There are two things I’m keen to try – micro macramé and wire wrapping. I feel that these will expand my possibilities and will sit well with my existing beadworking skills. I also need to use some of my beautiful glass cabochons using a technique that does not cover too much of them, as a woven beaded bezel is apt to do. So I have a stack of books and instructional DVDs at the ready so that I can expand my jewellery making repertoire.
My latest bead embroidered piece is heading towards completion. I have the cord to finish weaving then a button and loop closure to make before adding the bail. I’m really pleased with the way it has turned out. Purple seems to accentuate the pale jade, aventurine and fluorite beads well. Now that I look at it closely, it seems to me that I must have been influenced by all the macrame books I've been browsing through. This piece has become quite three dimensionsal and knotty looking, especially in the area where the central stone of pale jade sits.


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