I am contemplating taking part in the Build a Line Design Challenge in 2015. It’s a master class being taught by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’sue Boutiques. The objective of the class is to develop a prototype of a jewelry line.
As you may know, I’ve been struggling to define my style and develop a cohesive look to my jewelry designs. I have no idea how to start. So, in theory, this challenge seems like just the sort of boot camp my muse and I need to find our voice.
I say “in theory” because the first step of the challenge/class is to pitch an idea to Brenda. What’s holding me back is the requirement that components from B’sue Boutiques be visible and prominent parts of the designs.
My issue is not with using or featuring the components. They’re fabulous brass stampings, lockets, charms, chains and other things even the most discriminating bowery bird, magpie or other collector of shiny things would find appealing. I also have no problem supporting Brenda’s shop as she is the sponsor of this class.
My dilemma is, I don’t quite know how to use these components yet. I only recently joined the B’sue Boutiques Creative Group on Facebook. I promptly placed an order from Brenda’s shop. And then another a week or so later. I now have an impressive random assortment of components with no particular theme in mind. Much like my collection of jewelry designs.
B’sue Boutiques specializes in collage and assemblage jewelry. I know in theory what that means. I’ve seen plenty of examples on the Facebook group page and on the Pinterest Boards. I’ve watched several of Brenda’s how-to videos. I’m not sure I’m capable of the “kitchen sink” style pieces that are over-the-top amazing and really define assemblage as a style of jewelry.
It’s that whole asymmetric random look that feels so beyond my reach. I love the look. A lot. Asymmetry and the whole “imperfect beauty” concept appeal to me. I just have an extremely difficult time creating it. It doesn’t come naturally. When I try, it feels forced and I think it looks that way too.
Of course, my line wouldn’t have to include anything like those kitchen sink pieces. Nor would it have to be asymmetric or random. I could do something more subdued. Less complex. Symmetric and orderly. But what?
I still have a few weeks to ponder this dilemma and hopefully come up with an idea to pitch, along with a plan for implementing it. Wish me luck. And stay tuned here to see what happens. You can subscribe to this blog by email or using the feed servers in the right sidebar to be sure you don’t miss the next exciting installment in my design adventure chronicles.
p.s. Many thanks to Brenda for letting me design the badge for this event. Even if I can’t come up with an idea for a line, I’ll still feel part of it.