Trying Out Knots & Dye
I spend a long time shaping each piece of clay. Pushing it, molding it, firing and glazing it. Weeks later, out comes a new piece, shiny with promise. But then I often get stuck in the creative process, overwhelmed with options for how to finish each necklace or earring set.
You know that feeling when you walk into a department store and realize it will take you 100 years to look at every option before making a decision? Just me? Well, that option overload applies to this stage of the jewelry making process for me too.
I've done and redone my pieces several times. It's hard to commit to a point at which each one feels finished because if I wait a few days, I'll come up with a new idea I'm desperate to try.
The solution I've found is to put them out there and see what people think. I may be making my things, but others are buying them, and their opinions matter just as much. I've realized I'll always have more chances to try something new.
Knots and dyed cording are two of the newest experiments I'm playing with. A lovely little book on knots from Homestead Apothecary in Oakland has been my guide, but I've only worked through about half the book. I've got my eye on a few more complicated patterns that I'm determined to master...eventually.
For colored cording, I diluted shibori dye in water and dunked in cotton cord to create a subtle ombré fade. I love the shade of blue that resulted. I'm super intrigued by natural and plant-based dyes, so I plan to give those a shot soon, too.
A few of these pieces have already sold (yay, you like them!) so I'll be making more soon.
I'm sending a big, heartfelt thank you wrapped in a hug to the rad people that have supported my experiments so far. You mean the world to me, and I love hearing your feedback on my work. Follow me on Instagram if you want to see more real-time behind-the-scenes stuff.