Thursday, August 25, 2016

Finding Inspiration

One of the best pieces of advice I got from a beading listserv back in the mid-1990s was to seek inspiration from jewelry in fashion magazines. The person posting particularly recommended the Vogue jewelry magazine Gioiello.  On my next trip to New York I went looking for an issue.  After gasping at the price I plunked down my cash and later curled up with it in my hotel room. What fabulous images and ideas unfolded. I gazed at weirdly-gotten-up models, cluttered settings where you had to search for the jewelry, like those optical illusion panoramas popular once upon a time: can you find the six hidden brooches?  But the jewelry, the jewelry!  I gave it the ultimate accolade - I set up a manila file folder for pages I x-actoed from it.

As the web morphed from a medium full of texts to one full of images, I began copying and pasting images I found online into a Word file on my laptop. I had about 2 dozen such files when I finally decided to stop resisting and set up a Pinterest Board. After the usual "this is great! Why didn't I do this sooner?" reaction I now have a board where I put all my fashion jewelry inspiration. I call it "Jewelry Inspiration for Bead Design" and you can find it here.

One never knows what will do the trick of inspiring a design. But here's one that did it for me.

I used to do a lot of loomed beadwork until it got too hard on my wrists. After making bracelets and bookmarks, I wanted to create a larger loomed piece to hang on a wall.  Believe it or not, this photo gave me the idea for a design:



What was it that caught my attention? The fingernails.



 I liked the combination of an abstract backdrop with bold dark slashes (hashtag, anyone?) and the gold/brown palette with hints of bright red and blue (this photo doesn't show that very well, I admit).

And here is the result, a piece I titled "Fragment."




You just never know what will lasso those eyeballs into taking a second, considering look.

8 comments:

  1. So that is where some of those bold lines come from! That was a great piece you created from your inspiration!

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  2. Thank you! It was fun to create, on my trusty PC Stitch software - a lot easier than colored pencils and graph paper, which was what I used early on.

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  3. Wow, your piece is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love it, I really do. Superb work!

    Laura xo

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    1. Thank you, it's great to hear that! Made my day.

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  4. Very cool piece and to think it was inspired by fingernails. I always try to have nice fingernails. Who knows maybe mine will inspire someone too.

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    1. That's right! Fingernail art has come a long way since I was young.

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  5. Awesome piece, you never know what inspires other designers and its always interesting finding out. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, I really appreciate the appreciation!

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