filigree hoop earring giveaway!

  On the subject of creativity and genius, I am offering a most select, unique and special prize…just for you!…the very last pair of my gypsy hoop filigree earrings…EVER!….

  I created the models for these lovelies a few years ago, when I was attempting to teach myself how to do fused filigree work. I dont know about you all, but I am a major book hound, ( all kinds…fiction, non-fiction, how to) and saw this method in a jewelry book and had to try it! I produced and sold quite a few pairs, with different colored stones. As my body of work has grown and matured, they seem to have taken a bit of a back seat to some of my other designs…a new gallery was  going through my line to choose some pieces to start with, and the owner, who I have great respect for, and who is an artist in her own right held these up and said “I really like these, but they look like someone else made them”. My first instinct was to be a tad miffed, as  they have sold well, but being the good introspective thinker that I am, I pondered long and hard  ( well, not too long and hard!) and realized that I agreed with that statement. 
      It got me to think a lot in general about how necessary it is for artists to be self-reflective about their work from time to time, the need to check in and see what is working, and what might not be, to stay on the path of their own unique voice and vision. And it made me think about the Elizabeth Gilbert post previous to this one, about the idea that our creativity  is like a gift, that comes to visit us…sometimes it is light and soft, like a hummingbird whispering in your ear, or sometimes it is like a herd of cattle thundering across your consciousness. Either way, it is valid, it is yours to work with, regardless of the ‘results’. 
     These earrings have been very good to me, but it is just time to move on, and I very much want them to go to a loving home!….they are approximately 1 1/2″ long, not including the faceted rhodolite garnet that swings from the crest, cast of my ecofriendly sterling silver and are very light weight. 
     Without further ado, if you would like to be entered in the drawing,  please leave me a comment, so I know you were here, and tell me a story about a some creative thing you did that might have been a bit of a ‘blunder’ but turned out better than you anticipated…Lolita will pull a name out of a hat sometime next weekend!…Thanks in advance for sharing your stories with me…namaste!

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  1. Oh, girl, these lovelies would be at peace on my ears…

    They thread nicely in my life as of now…

    I have a fine story of creativity for you and it just so happens to be quite the perfect marrow for this essence…

    As you may know I am reading The Grapes of Wrath and in and I always read the preface of intro to each book I embark upon, its like packing your bags for a journey, putting in the tidy little hanky on a stick the minimal yet necessary tools one will need for a journey on foot… as each page is turned…

    and n my reading of this intro i learned more about the artistic integrity of Steinbeck than I would have had I just plunged straight into the novel…

    He writes on not being able to deliver a manuscript his publishers were to expect due to the fact that it falls short of his own creative nature:

    his words…

    This is going to be a hard letter to write…. This is a book finished and it is a bad book and I must get rid of it. It can’t be printed, It is bad because it isn’t honest. Oh! These incidents all happened but-I’m not telling as much of the truth about them as I know. In satire you have to restrict the picture and I just can’t do satire… I know, you could sell possibly 30,000 copies. I know that a great many people would think they liked the book. I myself have built up a hole-proof argument on how and why I liked it. I can’t beat the argument but I don’t like the book. And I would be doing Pat {the Publisher} a greater injury in letting him print it than I would by destroying it. Not once in the writing of it have I felt the curious warm pleasure that comes when work is going well. My whole work drive has been aimed at making people understand each other and then I deliberately write this book the aim of which is to cause hatred through partial understanding. My father would have called it a smart-alec book. It was full of tricks to make people ridiculous. If I can’t do better I have slipped badly. And that I won’t admit, yet. -John Steinbeck on L’Affaire.

    And so I too feel this with my own work, my own collection… as I have pulled much of what I would love to create and have constructed to create at least 12 different items for my own shop, I feel I need to pull back and do a few things well rather than many things quite, well…. “not quite me, or not quite to standard”…. For myself, I also, decided not to view others work while in the stages of fabrication, as I do not want any-other influence having the slightest glimmer of announcement in my own final piece… so I read and I look at architecture, and I reflect on my own life journey and the colors and symbols that are at play in my fate… I find the thread and then I create…

  2. I think it must be the springtime! I’m also going to be discontinuing a complete line of my jewelry. Its been on its way out for awhile. Its hard b/c as I do, I have customers come back looking for them again. This time, though, the decision has been made – after my big summer show, my pebble series will be no longer! It was the beginning of my ‘fusing’ career and really was great practice – but there is just so much that is similar and in general, my jewelry is just going a different direction. I’ve been giving some away and offering pieces at deep discounts to customers I know who want to get them while they can! I think its good to move on. Not that I won’t revisit the technique at some point – but I find no need to continue making them any more. It can be freeing to let things go! 🙂

  3. Oh these would be perfect with a new necklace I just bought!
    Well my creativity shame came a few months ago when I was first dabbling in polymer clay I tried making a cuff bracelet and this thing came out so horrible, it was uneven and oh so heavy, the colors were ugly, it was just BAD! But even though it was bad, I kept on, doing my own technique, trying different colors until I found out that I COULD make something very nice and fashionable. Here's to always learning and perservering!

  4. RE: Seeyouinthewind

    Ya know, I feel it embraces more of my personality too…

    🙂

    Trying to intertwine the essence of our craft with our spirit, interests, personality and such can be difficult to capture via the internet… as people cannot hear our voices, watch us interact, or touch our art… so it is a fine complement when someone such as yourself can tell the artist "they can see 'me' in my work"… thats the stamp of authenticity… that is a cherished complement!

    Thank you Kerin, I respect your opinion dearly:)

  5. Aaahhh! I'm not posting to win these (obviously) but to comment on…these are the reason I popped over to your blog! And now you're leaving this style behind. Funny…because I've been wanting to try fusing. I just can't get my hands on Argentium in Hong Kong. Well, for now I have loads and loads of glass and sterling to keep my hands busy (which may lead me to soldering…trying to hold that creative sprite at bay for now)…

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