I was shopping with a girlfriend the other day (an exceedingly rare occurrence for me) and when she looked at the clothes I had selected to try one she said ” You definitely have a particular style dont you, I would have picked all of those things for you”.
Sometimes I think it would be nice to have my bead style so readily apparent. My modus operandi really does not lend itself to developing a specific style or signature bead.
I like to try new techniques, skills and designs, but the reccomended ‘practice, practice, practice’ does not sit well with me. I tend to try something new once, then look at the result. If it worked well, I generally declare it a success and move on. If it didn’t turn out well, I tend to mentally put it in the ‘too hard basket’ for a few months, when I will try again. Luckily, sometimes my skills seem to develop by osmosis – I do a lot of my learning in the back of my mind, mulling things over. Generally when I come back to it, the technique will click and off I go. That’s how I learnt to make hollows. I’m sure if I had kept trying the first time, I would have got it eventually, but my method is a lot less stressful and wastes a lot less glass.
So while I do have some favourites styles, namely Warring States dot beads, my work tends to be eclectic and touch on a wide variation of styles. I worry sometimes I should be developing a ‘signature’ style or design, that people will look for and keep coming back. But then I also wonder if it works just as well to produce work that satisfies a wide range of tastes and interests.
I may not have a signature bead – but I guess I do have a personal style… to dabble, to experiment, and try everything once.