I chose 9 Etsy jewelry designers who I think creates beautiful pieces with unusual materials, and asked them to answer 2 questions;
-What was your inspiration source when you were creating this item(s)?
-Do you have any tips to the other artists about how to be more creative with their art?
Although, the quotes are from jewelry designers, I think you'll find inspirational tips whatever the medium you work on. Here we go!..
Shana's rings make me feel sexy and girly, yet sophisticated and cozy all at the same time! She makes her rings with felted mohair and silk ball, and silver bits sprinkled throughout the surface. Her Pink scoop ring is set on sterling silver setting.
Here is what Shana from ShanaAstrachan says about her rings; "I am inspired by new materials and the challenge to use them in unconventional ways. Though I have been making metal pieces for years I started working on these rings after learning to knit. I loved the process of figuring out how to make these pieces."
Here is her tips to the other artists about how to be more creative with their art;" I encourage you to experiment; learn a new technique or pick up a new material. You may be very surprised how this may present itself in your work."
I always adored FrucciDesign's creations, I think she is genius when it comes to turn a material like paper to fabulous wearable pieces!
Fru says; "When I was designing MURA rings I challenge myself: I wanted to create rings that were only paper, durable, and most important that look as sophisticated as if they were made of precious material."
And her tip is; 'The same I use all the time: don't be afraid to combine media or techniques, or colors...mix mix mix!
I'm a huge fan of Clevergirl ! I admired her SWAK necklace, which is made with 'vintage lenticulars' (images that "move" or change depending on angle) , even more after hearing her inspiration source;
" I try to only buy materials that trigger an intense emotion or desire in me, and that is my jumping off point for making anything...The image that popped into my head for this was of a Marilyn Monroe sort of a character blowing kisses while a swarm of photographers and fans moved in...These were the kisses she blew in all directions, not wanting to leave anyone out- still a little bit of sweetness with the sexiness.
As far as tips:
When creativity is most elusive, I find that avoiding frustration and potential burnout by calling a time out from making new work to be the best remedy.
When in doubt, put the work away and go for a walk. "
Jeff and Jann from 2ReVert is a husband and wife team, husband creates one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from 100% post-consumer recycled skateboards in spare time from his day job .
"Part of the enjoyment in creating 2ReVert's pieces is that I have no idea what I'm looking for or what I'm going to find until it's the finished product. So my inspiration, I guess you could say, is the search."
And tips to the other artists; "You learn ten times as much making mistakes as you do hitting home runs."
Jimena's pillow earrings are so sweet and cozy!
Designer says; "My inspiration come form everywhere, I’m always looking for beautiful things, objects, landscapes, pictures, my two boys…I try to be surrounded from nice things. I have the idea that if all the things around me are nice some nice ideas will come to my mind."
And here her tip to the other artists; "Isolate things, all the ideas you have are good, just put them apart on with paper and wait until the show you how to go on."
Lauren's earrings speak for themselves, I think they are truly inspirational!
Here is what Lauren from laurenelgee says about her designs; "I was inspired by a German book I found at a charity shop. I loved the images of the girls doing exercises together and wanted to capture them in my Vintage Illustration earrings. "
She adds; "Experiment with new ideas and make what you love to make. Take a trip to the library and look at art and design magazines and books."
Isn't EcoLoops fun? It is very happy and summery looking, and I love the fact that they are different colors!
Sarah from loopsdesign says; "I was inspired to use recycled items and upcycle them to make them more beautiful and valuable than their original form. I used magazine photos to create these earring rounds."
Here is her tip; "Take something random and use it for a new purpose and see what comes of it. Even if it turns out poorly it will still spawn new creative ideas for other things."
This amazing ring is constructed with powerful magnets, meaning that you can store it on your refrigerator! Designer of this highly innovative ring from lann.Etsy.com says; "It was our first ring assignment and once I heard "Box Ring" it kind of popped. It is always good to know as much as possible about other artists. Their work can inspire you and knowing what is out there can prevent accidentally copying someone else's work."
I love how these earrings are made with fabric covered and embellished beads, they look very sophisticated!
Christine from Kangas says; "Fabric is often the inspiration-I love the warmth that fabric gives to a piece of jewelry-something familiar but unexpected."
She adds "To be more creative, find the one thing that really gets you going and collect everything you have around you-all other materials or mediums that you love to go with it.
My mind really gets going that way..."
I really appreciate all the designers for contributing, and sharing their input with me. Please feel free to comment, I'd like to hear the readers opinions as well. :)