2016 December 7
“Please: let me introduce myself. A woman who’s lived other lives, more than she cares to count. And, been rejected from more: unacceptable. Jewelry designing and making, though, she has sustained it through a decade, off and on, until, now, she is at a place-space-time in which she has ‘permission’ (the absence of other bread-and-butter work) to concentrate fully on the ‘business’ of making jewelry. For this, in her situation-circumstances, there is no How-to-manual. Like so many things one undertakes on their own, on a shoestring budget, with more passion than reason, relying upon knowledge earned by experience, by trying, the situation requires that she ‘just do it’.
This is better advice than it first appears. Picking up the ‘tools’ of work, whether it be sitting down at the workbench to begin constructing a new piece, or pulling up a chair and turning on the laptop to transfer, select, then crop and watermark images of completed work, is the entry point, the tiny opening, barely big enough to squeeze through, into which she dives, heart first. For her, it’s the only way….
And, over time, over the past decade, from the moments in which she was first introduced to soldering sterling silver and gold, drawing wire, rolling sheet, constructing a bezel, she has observed this dictum. There’s really been no other way. Of course, she’s read things, spoken to the odd professional, looked at the occasional “This is how you do this“ YouTube video, but mostly she’s had to overcome the fear and lack of confidence that are so often hand-in-hand with not knowing and just try….and keep trying…."
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