I’ve had one of those tiresome weeks where far too much time has been wasted . . . er, spent on things you’d just prefer not to – like trying to get an elderly and cranky computer to work efficiently. I bought the part that I thought it needed and we spent a chunk of time fitting it, to find that the one I’d bought wasn’t up to spec and will need to be returned and re-ordered. So until that arrives, I’m nursing it along, being kind and making encouraging noises, to coax it along.
Then my favourite magnifier lamp for working on small details (which doubles up for my jewellery photo taking) failed – I just switched it on and it was dead. I finally sourced a replacement tube and made a special trip to pick one up, but that didn’t cure it, so I’ve had to buy another lamp. So that’s wasted time and prevented me working on things too.
But over the last few days I have received lovely feedback on Etsy and by e-mail for other items sold. And as soon as you read kind words about your work, from people who are going to enjoy wearing it, it reminds you of exactly why you do what you do and lifts your spirits immeasurably.
“. . . my friend absolutely LOVED the jewellery”
” . . . how beautiful your jewellery is!!! I love it and the quality.
Most of my work is spontaneous. I have an idea, grab some materials and set to work. The fact that someone subsequently likes it too and will enjoy wearing it, is a joy that I’ve just never tired of. It’s still rather odd and wonderful to me that something that starts out as a scratch in my sketchbook or an idea that pops into my head in the shower, ends up being worn to a party, or wedding, or going on holiday to wear in exotic places. This week I’ve sent pieces to Australia, Sweden and various points in the US, as well as the UK. I feel very cosmopolitan. It’s within my own lifetime that this idea would almost have been incomprehensible.
But sometimes, like the piece above that I’m working on just now (which will now be for myself), through either the wrong tools or not having the right ones, or just plain lack of skill or experience, they don’t come out how you plan or envisage. Or you encounter problems you hadn’t anticipated – sometimes something that feels like it should be easy, just isn’t and simply doesn’t work how you want.
Thankfully, those pieces are pretty rare, but they do still have considerable value as a learning process – and without them I’d never stretch myself and progress. Whilst my results aren’t yet quite what I hoped (they will be, but will have taken more time than I’d expected), I’ve learnt so much along the way, that it will serve as a permanent reminder of that journey to me.
This week I have started working with several ideas I’d sketched some time ago, for working with sheet materials and tube – my sketchbook is full of ideas and apart from the one troublesome piece, I have been excited with the new direction and the mass of things I’ve learnt this week.