Gung hay fat choi! How auspicious our hop lands during Chinese New Year! This is the year of the Wood Sheep or Goat. The Sheep is kind, tender and sympathetic. Sheeps are creative and elegant. Because of their softer side, they are symbolic of peace and harmony and beauty. We have been considering our lines, creating them and soon we will be revealing them. Sure then, to be beautiful every one of them.
I have loved making my original works, generally making the entire piece with very little purchased components at all. I have quite prided my self on that, the ability to take just wire, metal and fire to create some wearable piece of art. Wearable art, a small piece of beauty but only a single piece, and most often priced out of impulse range. Wearable art for many of us has to be budgeted. If you love my work I want you to be able to own my work. See it, Love it, Buy it! This at times necessitates a lower price line.
I have tried to create lower price points for my shop, but the harder I tried to create that price point the less my shop looked like my shop. While it did bring sales, It lacked the cohesion I had hoped it would bring. Focusing on photos and trying to create a unified photography style helped, but my shop still lacked that little something that just pulled the whole thing together.
The prideful part of me stands here tall and proud and thinks but being a hand crafted artisan is what we were striving to be. OOAK works, pride said, would make us stand out. That pride has gotten in the way of creating cohesion in my shop along many price points. At times, pride told me it seems too easy, it feels as if I am cheating, playing with these beautiful pre-made components of B’Sues and not making them myself.
The artist in me slaps pride and leans close to my muse whispering there is artistry in all of what we make and isn’t it going to be so nice that any one who would like to own a piece of my art, my heart, may be able to do so?
|Necklace from Muchas Champagne collection paired with stacking rings|
and stacked copper bracelets already available in my shop.
It is important to me my new line creates cohesion with existing pieces.
Sharing that little piece of myself has always been the point. The way these designs complement my existing works, creating a full range of price points is a thing of beauty in itself, and instills such a sense of accomplishment. I think the artist and I will be hanging out more often, she makes sense :)
|Sneak peek: Red Heart filigree ring with pieces from Mucha's Nature and Music Collections|
It was just as important to me that the collections be able to mix & match with each other as well.
Heart ring is another existing piece in my shop.
It is that desire to share my art that makes it so exciting to see the pieces in my shop fall into place as I create this line and these collections. It is incredibly freeing to think I can finally get back to the art of creating beauty in as complex or simple as I like. To be entirely hand made by me or artfully crafted by my hands. I look forward to completing this line and taking my work to the next level. This is where I’ve been headed all along, what I have been striving for and I can finally see it coming together. I love that! All I really needed it seems was that little nudge Brenda and her Build a Line challenge/Master Class has given me.
Oh I’ll still visit with Pride every so often. I mean who doesn’t like making little pieces of art? But now we’ll have a design path to where we’d like to take this art. How incredibly freeing this new found path has been!
Til Next time!
Please join me in hopping with the rest of our designers on this our second hop...
I hear there are lots more sneak peeks to be had!
Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques
Jewelry Making Outside the Box
Clever Designs by Jann
Apt to Wander Studio
Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales
The Vintage Gem
Shattered Time Jewelry
MJCasady Copper Works
Leila Nicole Designs
Howling Dog Jewelry
Leila Bee Designs
Wings and Beads
~*~*~*~*YOU ARE HERE!!~*~*~*~*
Dana Hickey waves HI!!
Wind Dancer Studios
Jan Lea Designs
Sweet Willow Designs
Artistry: Handcrafted Bead Designs
Desire Divine Jewels
Mary Katherine Deis
The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry
Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs
Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog
From the Bead Board
Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art
The Journey of Pens and Things
Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art
Jennifer Merrill Williams
Artists of All Stripes
Denise Lussier Poirier
Jewelry by Denise
Small Stuff Design
1996 Shabby Lane
Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry
Mama San's Mojo