I’ve been in a bit of a design funk ever since I returned home from camping. Each time I sit down to begin working on something I will get a wave of nausea and tiredness. I’ve begun to think that it is simply anxiety that I create for myself by constantly comparing my work to the work of others and measuring my success against theirs. I far too often wonder why I don’t get noticed as much as other designers who use similar materials and techniques. I will kind of psych myself out of attempting a design that’s in my sketchbook, just simply by over thinking it.
And then there are the other times, the times that seem almost kinda manic where I will have a burst of creative energy come out of nowhere and I will come up with something completely new and unplanned that usually kicks the ass of all the other designs I had planned out in my sketches.  The necklace above is my latest example of that burst of creativity that comes out of nowhere. I guess I am just not the organized planning type and that is why it is very hard for me to come up with a cohesive collection every season with a color story and theme. My ideas are usually all over the map and I am most inspired by the materials themselves…so in order for me to come up with something cohesive I have to limit the materials that I am allowing myself to pull for creating the collection. I tend to avoid color, which is why the last collection of jewelry I released was a step away from my comfort zone with all of the bright colors.
Anyway I suppose I am rambling, but I wanted to give a bit of perspective on how the creative process works for me. It is messy, un-organized and doesn’t really come together until I lay all of the samples that I’ve made out on the table and edit them until they have some kind of pattern or theme. A few half finished pieces can be seen in the above pictures, and this is the current state of my desk and what I am working on.


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  • Yvonne says:

    It's amazing the things you are able to do with vintage bits and pieces from everywhere! Very inspirational! I need a bit of advice. I'm just starting to design jewelry, and I came across some beautiful vintage glass tube beads. I want to know how you would go about cleaning them. There's a patina on the inside of the bead (or dirt, I have no idea) but they have that greasy old vinegar-y smell and feel to them. I was debating whether to soak them in regular dish soap, but I didn't want to try anything without asking the advice of someone who actually knows what they're doing. 🙂

    • Jonelle says:

      i don't see how dish soap and water could be too harmful to them considering they are glass. I don't actually work too often with glas beads so I am not really an expert on them but i'd say go with your gut and just soak them for a bit to get off the greasyness.

    • Yvonne says:

      Thanks!! I've been in the process of moving so I haven't gotten around to it yet, but thanks for the advice!

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