A lot of people ask me how I manage to create the pieces that I do. Its not that they’re that complex, but even simple pieces can take a lot of organizing!
Unlike some designers who start with a design in mind, I start with a beautiful stone or strand of stones. Beautiful to me of course. When I look at them I see the possibilities of how they could be in a finished piece that would be attractive to wear, even if they don’t look that spectacular all by themselves.
Some pieces you just know are going to be stunning and going to be snapped up quickly. Others may quietly achieve and these can’t be discounted as there has to be items for those people who don’t like their jewellery to loudly announce their presence.
Once I have the stones I look at the colour, patterns, texture and automatically, possible combinations are being imagined. I consider them all and those that may have some merit I haul out and place next to the stones, to see if there is that ‘spark’ that will make them irresistible, or whether there is a gentle acceptance of each other.
Sometimes the possibilities that I imagine so vividly end up sitting there with their backs to each other in a standoff situation. It’s okay, I realize I’m not always right.
After the basic combination is there, this is followed by moving things around and often a partial mock up to see if it will work. Once that shows promise, it is ready to be completed.
With some of my more complex combinations it starts off the same way – to see if the individual stones looks great together. Once I have that right, then I start tipping quantities into a container and keep adding to the mix until the overall look is ‘just right’. Then comes the construction.
It can be quite a lengthy process. The actual creation time may take half an hour or it may take days. (Some pieces are very reluctant to change their state in those latter cases!) The actual construction is usually fairly fast, but I have to be in the ‘mood’. If I’m not, regardless of how good the combination is, it just won’t have the pizzazz of the pieces I make when feeling quite passionate about them.
It could reasonably be said that there is a little bit of me in all my pieces – through the creations process of my inspiration, my skill and my passion. So when people buy my jewellery, they are buying a little touch of me too.