I had a few custom orders waiting for me when I got back from vacation. I love the process of working with someone one on one to design the perfect piece for them. I continue to be inspired by the lovely ladies who want to work with me. I consider it such an honor to make these pieces, especially when the customer gets so excited picking out just the right stone. I'm not sure why, but it feels like such a different process while I'm working on the piece when I know who it will end up with... Usually I dream something up in my head, and get to work on it wondering the whole time if and/or who will claim it. I spend quite a bit of time daydreaming about who she might be and where she's going while she's wearing it.
These two are headed off to their new homes...
I've continued to design around the theme of the Nomad pieces I've been doing for a while now. Something about the rough textured silver and simple shapes make my eyes happy...I've got a bench full of new pieces started, and I can't wait to show them to you!
For the past few weeks since returning home, I'm slowly settling in to my new "no job" schedule. Mornings are usually a slow start for me...I'm trying to be "better" about that I swear! I've been feeling scattered some days and filled with extreme focus on other days. While I adjust to this new place I find myself in, I think the most important thing for me is to "just do it", as in, put in the hours, do the work, and while working, daydream of what I really want for this small business. I want so many things, and the more I work, the more exposure I get, the more I know that I CAN DO IT! So with that, I'm manifesting the change I want to see here at Sierra Keylin Jewelry. Here's a small list of current goals to accomplish by the end of the year.
#1 (and the one that is currently giving me the hardest time because I need more computer skills)
LINE SHEETS! I want to be able to approach retailers and I NEED to have a proper line sheet and order form. I have no clue, and am currently researching options. (these options include buying photoshop and also taking a class that will teach me how to use the damn thing).
#2 Apply for a show that I have been saying I am going to do "eventually", once all my business things/online presence is "ready"...Um, how about just GO FOR IT and don't be so stressed that things aren't "perfect".
#3 Set up a trunk show to showcase my work while I'm in Seattle over the week of Thanksgiving.
#4 Find some local metalsmiths. I've been feeling like I need a bit more community, other creative types that have gone through/are going through some of what I've been experiencing as I grow this business. Oahu is a small island, and yes there is a wonderful art center here where I took my first class, but I haven't been taking advantage of this resource. I'm not really up for a whole new session of classes, but possibly renting some studio time so that I can be around other artists might do the trick.
#5 Experimentation in the studio. This is a big one for me...I feel like there are so many techniques that I want to try, and I'm afraid to go for it. Why? I have no idea. I need to bring the spirit of "play" back to the studio, and really just GO FOR IT! Often I think maybe I'm over thinking (what else is new), and I'm just playing safe...SO I'm ready to SEIZE THE FREAKIN' DAY and design my little heart out!
Really I just meant to share these two pieces of new work with you, but there I go again, brain dumping the contents of my head onto the screen, As usual I feel a million times better...So, thanks!