The bulls-eye has been a common theme in my jewelry from the beginning. Mostly because it is an excellent way to bounce color combinations off one another.
I am sure it is without saying, that the Master Wassily Kandinsky has greatly influenced my work, being one of the Father’s of Color Theory.
I can remember seeing his work at an early age and receiving energy from it. As if I understood this unspoken language. I can’t say that about all artists. Kandinsky believed art & music went hand in hand. I think he tried to communicate this. Creating movement and rhythm in art as one does in music.
I haven’t created a piece of jewelry in about 2-3 years. I honestly don’t remember anymore. As I started up this morning, I pulled all the relics from my old art studio out of a box. When we moved, I literally took all the contents from my desk and threw them in a box. My pencil jar, beads I was working with that day, notes on concepts I was working on that month, even unfinished pieces strung but without clasps.
It was bizarre. It was like revisiting the person I was two years ago that I am not today. Does that make sense? Total time warp!
So, I read the notes to myself from that time and decided to finish some of the concepts that I had wanted to create but never got around to.
You see, back then, I was working on these link bracelets that had really small bulls-eyes on them. Now today, I created a bracelet with big bold bulls-eyes. Where as before they were dainty bracelets now it is more like a bangle. Throughout the 90’s, jewelry was very conservative. Now, everything is bold, ethnic and large.
I have been struggling with creating a matching necklace for these link bracelets. Back then, I tried using the metal links, but this made the bull’s-eyes tip forward unevenly. It just wouldn’t work. This time I created each bead with an arched hole at their top, so they wouldn’t tip forward or flip around. It seems to have worked.
Speaking of the necklace from a design perspective , I’m just not there yet. I tried really large bulls-eyes as a choker necklace, I tried medium-sized bulls-eyes and I even created small ones to see if that was what I might want. None of the sizes jived with me. I settled with a jumble of all three sizes…but this will not be the final necklace. I will wear it a few times, figure out what I like and don’t like about it and then try it again.
That is the tough thing about a 365. Most creative endeavors are not created merely in one day. But, you get to catch a glimpse of my process and I get a new bracelet and necklace to wear. Not a bad deal if I say so myself.
I look forward to trying again tomorrow!