Friday, September 25, 2009
Merry-Go-Round... What's your next chapter?
Every month 9 artists/crafters blog on the same question, and our question this month is:
What’s your next chapter?...
Well, to be honest, I’ll find out what my next chapter is when I finish writing this post, lol…:)
I think I should start by looking at what I have achieved so far and how far I have gone, what I enjoyed doing and what was successful (and not so successful of course).
So I opened my first shop 2 years ago to see how my little wire-wrapped pieces were going to be received, and 2 years later I have 5 shops on 3 platforms, selling creations and wire-wrapping tutorials (in French!!).
Let’s just say I am bowled over… Never have I had a creative bone elbowing me in the eye telling me this is what I should have been doing all my life, and today I get custom orders on a regular basis… Amazing… hysterical even lol… A big thank you to everyone!!
So my next chapter… Whilst I am quite happy to continue with my current style of creations for a little while longer yet, I do however think it very important to have a goal…Something to enable me to move forward... Otherwise I'll get bored... So where do I want to get to? Well, through trial and error, I have discovered that costume jewellery is my “niche” as many wrappers use precious metals and stones for their art, while I am quite happy to play with plated and base metals, semi-precious stones, crystals etc. as it keeps the cost down and you get a bit of affordable ‘bling’… I would have loved to play in the big playground of ‘fine jewellery’, but I always knew deep down that I am more of a Coco than a Murcia… lol… (no offence).
Do I want to keep creating? YES! Absolutely!
Do I want to expand? YES! But I can’t create more than I am doing at present, so expansion will have to come from selling supplies, stones and more tutorials perhaps… Creating is the key though, that’s the best part. So I’ll explore wire-wrapping to the full and see where it can take me. I’ll learn new techniques, and I hope I’ll create a few too.
To be successful at creating one has to develop one’s own style and it is so difficult with so many jewellery artists and wrapping artists. Your own style has to shine through, so how can I achieve that? By specializing in some way, by restricting myself into a ‘field’ and explore this ‘field’ to the maximum, my cocktail rings for example…
Actually I have very recently made a ring that at the mo I consider to be my BESTEST item to date:
It just LOOKS Haute-Couture to me, and Good God stop screaming – of course I am not comparing!!! This ring has no precious metals or precious gemstones, however it is dripping with natural semi-precious stones, and it FEELS like Haute-Couture… So maybe that’s my next chapter: “Basse-Couture”, the look of Haute-Couture without the price tag… Whaddyafink?
Sorry for the length, but it has been extremely therapeutic!
Please check out the Merry-Go-Rounders answers to this same question, direct links to Ruth, Mariana, Agathe, Charlotte, Sara, Lily, Wendren and Jenny's blogs are listed in the side bar.
Thanks for reading!