See for the general public, and the average consumer they don't put jewelry into categories but in our field there are many. While I was in school I was taught by 'art jewelers' (I put these in quotes because I do feel that it is an internal definition) and I learned all sorts of methods of jewelry making; enameling, casting, fabricating, stone setting etc. In the academic environment there is a high placement on quality and creativity, I think I excelled somewhat at these but looking back I could've worked harder at being more creative.
My personality and characteristic is that I love immediacy and am a bit impatient, I think that is why I work better doing small collections twice a year. Thus, in conclusion of this post and from being rejected from certain shows that perhaps I don't fit into that niche of art jewelry but more of fashion jewelry. Really I do hate these categories and part of me wants to just throw them out the window and focus on making jewelry that I love aesthetically and that pleases my eye.
I'm learning more and more about my style and where it fits, sometimes it's so hard to gauge the right audience but I think I'll get there. Thank you for reading!
|Deer antler brooch, 2010. Cast from a starfish, tube set cz's, sterling silver.|
|Ring, 2010. Cuttlefish cast shank, tagua nut and black coral from Panama.|