On occasion I run across people who are not fans of my jewelry designs. I am never really certain how I should react to people who speak without care. Some days it really bothers me, especially when sales are slow, most days I take it with a grain of salt. I love designing jewelry and how I see the world of art and mixing the two to create a unique piece.
Last week I was helping a lady pick out a bracelet. She commented to her friend how much she loved the bracelet she was looking at. She tried it on and gazed at it longingly. Her friend wrinkled up her nose and stated "ya, if you like that kind of fringe stuff - kind of out there jewelry". She put the bracelet down and they left. I was a little taken back. In one of my many thoughts I wanted to tell her - "wait, you don't understand it's not "fringe" jewelry .....it's..". and then I stopped, not wanting to make a fool of myself or seem desperate for a sale, but mostly because I didn't know what to say. How do I describe the kind of jewelry I design?
I have decided that over the next few days I'm going to think of several words, phrases, and feelings that describe my designs. I think conveying the idea behind my designs will help me in those situations - if for no other reason than to build confidence in what I am creating. I think it is one thing to know for what - and why you are designing your pieces and another thing to be able to express it in written form. I have also decided to revisit my artist statement.
I think as a designer creator its important to focus on the positive and never take to heart those who say negative things about your designs.
I am enclosing a few new earring designs - I hope you are inspired to create something beautiful!
Talk to you soon,