Friday, January 25, 2013

I Don't Do Cute

A heading in today's newspaper caught my eye...."Cute costume jewelry could please your Valentine".
Ugh....I don't do cute.
At least, from my perspective, I don't do cute.
As I continue to develop my design aesthetic, I find that I am usually drawn to grittiness...the roughly textured.
Where some might see flaws, I often see a beautiful truthfulness.
This is one of the cuffs that I finished last night.
I let the heat from repeated annealings determine the color, and I aggressively pounded the surface with chisels, dapping punches, screwdrivers....anything that I thought would add an interesting texture. 
With some of my pieces, especially the fold formed cuffs, I'm looking for the beauty that can be revealed in unexpected places.


  1. Oh my goodness, what a great post for me to find this morning. I don't do 'cute' jewelry either and seeing this and your work is all of the inspiration I need to know that I'm on the right track. You are officially in my 'must read' blogs for the week!

    Best :: lynn

  2. Thanks so much Lynn. I think that when you're doing what speaks to your heart, you're usually on the right track.