Saturday, February 23, 2008
Jewelry Inspiration - Thoughts on the Process
by Tyra Davis of TyraMade Jewelry
The motto for my Etsy shop, tyramade jewelry, is "Ever Changing, Never Boring." I came up with that phrase because I rarely make the same item twice. Sometimes, I do purchase bulk components and will make similar earrings in a particular style each with a different color bead or extra touch. This keeps me from getting bored with the creative process, which is very important to me. Although I don't have a lot of technical skills, like metalsmithing or wirewrapping, I try to use my creative natural abilities to come up with unique, interesting designs that are eye-catching and appealing to everyone. So, my designs are always changing, but things are never boring.
Being basically self-taught, I am always pushing myself creatively. I pick materials that speak to me. It sounds corny, but it is a spiritual process. Sometimes I get pretty crazy with my designs because that is what the piece dictates. For example, I fell in love with the large cinnabar pieces I used in the Cinnamon Buns earrings in my shop. I had to use them, and they make killer earrings. Sometimes I buy components that are so interesting that I get them home and don't know what to do with them! Those components can sit for months. Later, I'll buy random supplies and something in that purchase helps me figure out what to do with those dormant supplies. At the risk of using another corny phrase, my design process is very organic.