The next Bead Soup Blog Party is just around the corner. I’ve been thinking about how I want to approach the upcoming event. In the past I’ve completed designs that I was comfortable with, but that isn't the point of this ‘Party’. It is meant to challenge creative limitations and help you try something new. So in preparation for the next Bead Soup event, I have outlined 10 ways (listed below) to improve my experience and grow as a designer. If you are interesting in reading about the Bead Soup Blog Party, check out Lori Anderson’s blog “Pretty Things”.
|My Past Bead Soup Blog Party Designs|
My New Design Process for the Bead Soup Blog Party…
- You need to keep in mind what’s interesting to you as a designer, not what’s easy to do as a jewelry maker. They can be very different.
- Simplify. Focus. Define your color pallet. Which beads will you use from your soup ingredients? You may feel like you’re losing valuable stuff, but it sets you free.
- Visualize jewelry designs you love. What you love about them is a part of you; you’ve got to recognize it before you can use it.
- Think about what you are good at, comfortable with. Now what is the polar opposite of that? Challenge yourself.
- Discount the 1st design that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.
- Visualize or draw a finished piece before you figure out how to create it. Seriously. New design direction is hard; get your design well-defined up front.
- No effort is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on - it’ll come back around to be useful later.
- Recognize your skill: the difference between doing your best & fretting. Design is about trying, not worrying.
- If you were wearing this piece, how would you feel? Use that feeling to describe your work.
- Finish and post your design, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both (finished on time and perfection), but even if you don’t have both, know that you embraced the challenge and created something from your heart.