Warren Fields from Land of Odds has a Facebook discussion group about jewelry designing with has really opened my mind up with ideas on how just simple steps of preparation and understanding the concept of form and design can make a piece of jewelry a success or a big flop. Then there was Jamie Cloud Eakin's blog post about designing which discusses again the concept of planning out design and function of a piece before actually sitting down and sew away. All of these have really given me some things to think about. I look at some of my earlier pieces which are nice, but now with a little understanding of design and form, I see how it could be made better. Pieces that look good laying flat on a table don't necessarily look good on the torso form I use. And pieces that look great hanging from the neck of my torso form doesn't necessarily mean it looks great hanging around my neck. All this has made me think more about functional wear, and how planning how each component will fit together while looking attractive. Plus, adding more is not necessarily better. If the piece is designed poorly, adding a bunch of crystals won't necessarily make it look better.
|Looking at designs in Nature helps an artist look at form and function along with color pathways as a tool for jewelry.|
|Elaborate designs and color in Nature is a perfect tool for the budding designer. Take a sketchbook and colored pencils out in your own back yard. Looks at what has already been created to help you learn form and color in its perfection|