The last four months I have been immersed in designing and developing a new collection of jewelry. The collection has grown to over 90 pieces and I'm not out of ideas yet! It's been a beautiful journey and I am really excited about the work.
Portrait painter extraordinaire, Chuck Close expressed once that young artists should:
"...not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. "
I've taken this to heart in how I approach my work. I always have ideas brewing and try to get them into reality as quickly as possible. Do they all work? No, of course not. But I LEARN something each time. This learning helps me build better designs, more skilled executions and work that I LOVE making.
This collection started out with tons of sketches but the majority of the pieces developed as the making process took place. I have taken my time to stay focused, centered and develop a cohesive collection. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed making it! Go take a peek and let me know what you think!
The Lichen Collection
Metalsmithing maven and mind behind Renee Ford Metals. I make the plain look interesting with fire, hammers & cool tools.