Monday, March 28, 2011

Old work, new direction

I made this piece almost 20 years ago! It's huge, about 2.5" in diameter (65mm) and the cost of the silver alone would be well over $100 these days, though back then it was probably $10 - $15. It's totally fabricated from sterling sheet, I sawed, I used my pitch bowl and repousse' to give the cheetah form, I chased the details in, and did a whole lot of soldering. Phew! I didn't keep track of how long it took but it was a considerable amount of time.

I've been wanting to do some personal pieces lately, so I've been looking at my work from the olden days, when my livelihood wasn't dependent on selling my work. I've always been fascinated with dioramas and boxes, and much of my older work reflects this. I've been kind of stuck as to what I want to do though, because while I'm sketching and pondering my designer voice invariably takes over and beats the poor artist voice back into submission. Doing this for a living has really changed my creative process. Not that it's a bad thing, I just approach it very differently than I used to and I'm finding it difficult to switch gears.

My friend Lora Hart, teacher and jewelry artist extraordinaire, has recently started offering mentorials on her Etsy shop. I figured she might offer a good perspective on my dilemma so I decided to give it a try. I'm very happy that I did. She offered me some really excellent advice and thoughtful insights and I'm feeling unstuck and ready to create some things just for the sake of creating now - yay! I highly recommend her! You can find her shop here:

I've already started on my first personal piece, I'll post it here when it's done.


Lorena Angulo said...

Wow ! This piece is incredible !! I am happy you talked with Lora and I can not wait to see what you will create.

Darlene Wilson said...

that piece is inspiring! I would never dare to do something so complex. You're an amazing artist!

Ruth said...

Gosh, I love this piece. Amazing. Do you still have it or did you sell it? I look forward to you next piece-for-Sue.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous...can't wait to see what you are working on.

Unknown said...

I got all dreamy eyed when you talked about your process......I'd already been mesmerized by your piece. It's absolutely amazing! I'm inspired by your story about changing gears in your creativity.