So....after a few days of pulling myself up by my bootstraps I'm back :)
And I'm back to talk about something that helped me through a little patch of depression....the amazing book....
21st Century Jewelry
by Marthe Le Van
When this one first arrived I had a hard time putting it down and it tended to go with me from room to room. It has to be the most inspiring book of jewelry I've ever seen and I can't recommend it enough.
Yes...it can be overwhelming and humbling to see such freaking awesome jewelry designs but if you can put intimidation aside and just soak in the pure brilliance of the work it will lift you, inspire you....and take the blues out of any day :)
I just chose two photos to give you a sneak peek....and I could have chosen any so I just let the book open where it wanted and it gave me two/three perfect pieces to illustrate how wide ranging this book is.
The first is simple elegance in the rings of Yesim Yuksek....here are "Deco Bride" and "Gothic Bride". Gee...the Gothic one makes me consider getting married just so I could have this one on my finger.
And from simple we go to sublime in this amazing piece by Vina Rust, "Eastern Cottonwood Defense". The organic quality of this piece is staggeringly beautiful though I confess I wouldn't want to wear it.
Why wouldn't I want to wear it? Because I wouldn't be able to see it!!!
I could look at this piece for ages and would rather frame it and hang it right in front of my desk!
Though the pieces I've shown are metal, do not be deceived this book contains jewelry in just about every material out there.....from plastic & ribbon to post-its (yes, post its!) to precious metals. It illustrates perfectly that if you have an idea you can create it with any material around...blue corn, OMG!
I don't know how I can recommend you buy this book more than saying "Just do it", if you have to search through the sofa for loose change....do it!
You will not regret it :)
The second book I'm going to talk about is also by Marthe Le Van (I want her job ;)) and is about one of the crazy challenges that happen in the jewelry community.....this one is also the title of the book
Ring A Day
Some one came up with the idea to challenge people to design a ring every day for a year....use whatever you have wherever you are.
This makes for a very interesting book that also shows us there are no limits to supplies if you're willing to think outside the box.
And to illustrate that here's one by Maria Apostolou..."Olive Leaf"
Now this one may not have a long life but you have to admire the innovation and the design...and from here, where could you take it? A silver leaf sewn with gold thread? I've always been one to search for inspiration in unusual places (the color palette from rotten fruit) so this book makes me smile and inspires me further.
As a lover of sushi this one totally appealed to me, created by the extremely talented and Volcano Roll eating Lora Hart with, of all things, plastic sushi grass.
This is a totally fun book! And if you want to learn where inspiration comes from this is like 'Inspiration 101'. Want to learn how to come up with original designs? Buy this book....it will make you smile, it will make you laugh and you'll be teaching your muse to think outside the box without even thinking about it!
Do Google the designers, I did, and I was amazed at their creativity!
So....two more from the pile of awesomeness from Lark Books.
These two definitely lifted my sagging spirits and made me feel that excitement about designing deep in my soul again. Maybe they'll do the same for you :)