These necklaces came about because I found this beautiful rectangular brass tube and had to buy it. I love materials and working with them simply to let their properties inform the design of something. I don’t consider myself a jewelry designer but lately I’ve been trying to get back to just working with material and process and allowing it to develop into something coming from an idea, rather than just thinking of what it will be at the beginning.
From a marketing standpoint, designing many different types of things is a bad strategy. All the advice points to being clear and focused on your “brand” and what you represent. Because I’m more interested in ideas and materials, this is extremely hard to do. Sometimes an idea transforms into clothing, sometimes a pillow or jewelry. Sometimes it develops into architectural space.
Currently, rather than thinking of myself as an architect, or a clothing designer, I’ve been thinking of myself as just a designer. This is more comfortable to me, because my design process is similar no matter what I am designing. As for how to present myself and thus develop my career (and make a living) I’m still struggling.
I love the simplicity of sparklers. A stick, fire, white light. And no jarring noises -just a pleasant buzz. The perfect design.