Saturday Stories...Design Process
As an artist, I love supporting and buying from other artists.
I met sweet Mak @makustudio
11 years ago. I have bought her beautiful handmade raku pieces every year since, to incorporate into my jewelry designs.
This year, before leaving to see her, I was counting inventory and making lists of what I needed and didn’t need. I found a whole tray of almost every piece of raku that I purchased from Mak last year and then some. Why didn’t I use these beautiful pieces of hers? They are amazing and I love them. I quickly attached her amazing hearts to simple leather strands and simple chains. SIMPLE! Nothing crazy or over-the-top-fancy! And asked myself, is that doing anything for those wonderful pieces of hers?
I figured out that I hoard them. Not to keep them for myself but because her pieces are works of art that stand alone. I get so nervous to use these ‘works of art’ as if I am going to take something away from them.
It was an ah-ha moment and I promised myself to design some jewelry pieces using the raku as soon as I returned. On the flight home I drew designs. Mak’s piece as the focal point and adding my art around it. After weeks of SLOWLY (it was stressful) laying pieces out, here is the first one, from design drawing to finished piece.
I hope you (and Mak) love it as much as I do!