Thursday, May 14, 2009
Inspiration under pressure
Did you ever have a time when you were asked to make designs that fit a certain criteria. Well recently, I have been making pendant/earring sets that, for this boutique, must stay at or below a certain price point. Typically, the designs I make fall in a higher price point, because to accomplish the design the way it is meant to be, takes longer and requires more materials.I always say, if you are a true artist, the parameters shouldn't make any difference. One should be able to create in all circumstances. Well, I am finding out that I can design at a lower price point and make pretty things......but I don't want to.That is a selfish notion, I know. But my designs come to life when they can run free. No fences, no stop signs. The truth is, to be a successful artist, one must be willing to work in non-ideal circumstances. Once I get used to the boundaries of size and price, I am sure there will be lots of room for creativity. But right now, I am fighting the battle of...I want to make what I want to make.So while I work on these mid price range sets, I am allowing myself to indulge on some of them. I am letting the designs go fully to the place they are heading. Those designs can be sold at a gallery or show. I am finding by allowing myself this freedom, when I know a piece isn't "finished", is actually helping me to have fresher ideas for the other work. It is all about respecting my process, and being able to meld that with a setof requirements. The two pieces here are pendants I allowed to go to their full potential. These will likely go to a gallery.