I think one of the most difficult things for me as a designer has been trying to figure out what materials, patterns and colors really reflect a distinct look for me. I like so many styles, and I'm game to try just about any new design or technique that crosses my path. But as a designer, I have come to realize that I do need to settle on what exactly shouts out ... "oh yes, that really does look like her."
Sometimes identifying what isn't what you want is just as important as identifying what is perfectly you. I was lucky enough to experience exactly that at Bead Fest. I didn't know it at the time, but realized later that I'd had a moment in time that was very defining.
I was wearing a bracelet at Bead Fest that I'd made just before the show. I actually don't wear much jewelry, so the fact that I had on a bracelet is serendipitous. I figured that I was at Bead Fest and I might as well show a few pieces off.
I had designed a pearl and onyx multi-layered bracelet (above right). It has soft grey pearls and matte onyx rondelles. But the interesting thing is that while I was out one night, a fellow blogger said to me "that bracelet just doesn't look like your style." And I thought 'huh, I have a style?"
I think sometimes it is so much easier for someone else to notice these things way before you do yourself. Even if it is about me. I'm just too close to it I guess.
All of this got me thinking. And I am so glad that someone was honest enough to say that to me. Because the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there were definite styles, patterns and techniques that I gravitate toward.
So when I started to think about what comes easily to me, those patterns and materials that just flow when I start to create. The ones that I don't even have to give a second thought to ... that's when it hit me. I realized that I at least know what comprises my style. And pearls are definitely in the repertoire. But still I was struggling to put a name to it. Here's the fun part. I asked a friend, Christine of One Kiss Creation - you'll see her listed below, if she'd help. It took her about 2 seconds and she said it's "ethnic boho" ... OMG, that's it! Thank you Christine! I am making a promise to myself to embrace and stick to my style once and for all, now that I know what it is!
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