For me, the process always starts with a question, and is then driven by other questions that come up along the way.
I have always been fascinated by the various ways that humans have created to communicate with each other. Those of you who have been following me for a while might remember the braille line I created a few years ago by fusing little glass dots onto larger pieces of glass to create the letters. It seems a natural progression that a fun question to explore would be, "How would I do Morse Code in jewelry?"
While I have some interesting ideas on that score, the best ones involve learning a new process and getting tools and supplies I don't currently have. So the next question is, "What can I do with what I have now?"
This question is easier to answer once I take the time to distill things down to their essence - in this case dots and dashes. Then I make a mess! I like to just dump raw materials, tools, components, half finished pieces - pretty much anything I can find in my studio into one pile. Then I sit down and start to play. Here are a few of the designs that I have come up with on this theme so far.
Lastly, the most important question then becomes, "which ones do I like best, and why?"
While it's important to play, create, and not to judge in the moment of creation it's also important to recognize that most ideas are not going to be good ones. The next part is to decide which ones I really like, why I like them, and then how I can push those ideas to become even better. Probably less than 20% of my ideas ever get shown - showing off the "rejects" like this isn't something I've ever done before. But in the interests of sharing my thought process, here is how my thought process went with each of the prototypes above.
To me, E and F/G would be concepts worth exploring now. They are not things I've done before, and I'm already thinking of things I might do differently with the next iteration to take things to the next level.
So there you have it - a peek into my creative process! Which ones would have made the cut for you? Do you disagree with my thinking in any of the analyses above? Let me know in the comments below. I'm always curious to know what people are thinking!
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