Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you’ll leave comments! As an incentive, we offer a prize each week to encourage you to use that keyboard and tell us what you think. The following week a winner is chosen at random from all eligible entries. And here are the results from last week!
Let’s talk for a minute about cross-pollinating your jewelry inspirations. Want to know the secret to always coming up with fresh and new ideas?
It’s a simple task despite the fact that centuries ago it was claimed, “There is nothing new under the sun.” (Actually let’s go back to Biblical times!) And it’s true, we all have the same materials, the same influences, we see the same jewelry and techniques.
So how do you create something original?
Cross-pollination in creativity is the idea of pulling your inspirations from a wide variety of sources that may have nothing to do with your medium. So instead of looking at other jewelers for inspiration, cross-pollinate by pulling in your other hobbies, current fascinations and side-obsessions to bring in new ideas to your designs.
Maybe your love of adult coloring books will bring in new ideas for wire-work or color palettes that you played with on a coloring app. Maybe you’ll be inspired to create jewelry based on your favorite book character. Studying an ancient culture may spark a new jewelry design. Maybe dance will inspire a movement in a jewelry creation.
Our monthly challenge uses art work to cross-pollinate new ideas borrowing colors and designs elements from art history.
Sometimes playing in a new medium can bring in ideas for your jewelry. I’ve been busy taking an illustration course on creating designs for the home decor market. You wouldn’t believe how many jewelry and bead designs have sprung from this new source of creativity. You can see some of my paintings above and new jewelry inspired by them below.
For some further reading check out these two books that I have found life-changing!
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (really helpful if you ever doubt your creativity!)
This is the project for a class that I’m teaching this year inspired by my painting explorations.
So tell me one place that comes to mind that you can draw inspiration for cross-pollinating into your jewelry.
We’ll draw one random comment next Friday for a $20 Humblebeads.com gift certificate.