WIP compass pendant
(This is a compass-themed pendant I'm working on. Seems fitting for a post about the directions I want to take my work!)

So, for the longest time, I've been thinking of the things I make in terms of setting. I imagine other worlds--anything from a glimpse of a place that's a little different, a past that never, was, to a fully-mapped-out fictional universe. And I imagine my pieces as artifacts of those worlds--as products of the culture, geography, and mythology of the place. Almost as though they were exhibits in a museum about the worlds I've imagined.

But things are shifting around a bunch in my head. I'm starting to also think about my pieces in terms of character. Still a product of imaginary places, but designed with people in mind--both the real people who end up buying and wearing my jewelry, and imaginary awesome characters living in fictional worlds. People with cloaks and walking sticks; people on quests; people with secrets and maps and destinies.

How will this shift in perspective change the way I work? I'm not sure yet--but my hope is that I'll make pieces that feel more wearable and are easier for people to connect with, to imagine themselves wearing on their own quests. But even if it doesn't change any outward facets of my jewelry, it's changing my process. It's making me more excited about getting things made and in the hands of cool people, and I'm finding more time to go into the basement studio and do stuff. I'm getting inspired by characters I find in books and visual art. So--more finished pieces ahead! And more exciting ideas popping into my head. (Are people interested in seeing more pictures from my sketchbook?)

If you're an artist, how has the way you think about your art changed over time?

Originally posted at purpleshiny.com. Feel free to comment here or there.

From: [personal profile] tangledaxon

Everything you've said here is beautiful. This is how I feel about writing, not in the obvious sense of, "Well indeed, novels have setting and character," but that each story is a beast in its own right, a breathing thing on my hard drive. I have to find it first, though. I have to measure the story with my hands, find its rhythm and voice, until each sentence is a reflection of its inner life. It might sound like a precious way to look at writing, but it's no less honest.

Once, I was more mechanical about it, more concerned with commercial appeal. Marketing still matters, but that's not the heart of my work. Hasn't been for awhile.

Thank you for sharing this.

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