This time of year is all about creating new designs. It’s usually a time when I release my Spring Collection, and start to make new one of a kind pieces for my inventory and to apply to shows with. February and March can be hard months for finding inspiration for me. Winter is still happening, and preparing for taxes always makes me feel antsy and bummed out.
So for a personal challenge to get the creative spirit moving out of stagnation I started (only last year) to give myself challenges that would benefit my designing, but also give me some fresh new pieces. I love these challenges because I have a couple of hours each day to accomplish them, and I have to really listen to my gut and just go for what I think might be the right direction to take the metal. I can’t get to involved with my self doubt.
This year my challenge is to make 20 necklaces in 20 days. I like necklaces because they are pieces that are very visible to the world (as opposed to a ring or bracelet). They can be simple pieces that are worn all the time or statement pieces that come out for special occasions. They tend to really express a mood and style. Kind of like Madeleine Albright and her pins.