I have to admit, my tastes have always been fairly eclectic. Maybe it’s a short attention span but I like to think it’s a love of diversity and finding beauty everywhere. On a less philosophical note, this leads me to the decision of whether to make vintage or modern designs.
I have always loved gothic, curving lines. Art Nouveau, swirly, dark, beautiful things. Deep jewel tones, brass and tarnished silver. Things that would look at home in a Dracula movie or Pride and Prejudice. This leads me to make some pieces that have a vintage look and feel. Still with clean lines, but with a warmer tone.
However I also love the mod look. Not specifically 2014 modern but Art Deco and 1950’s modern as well. Minimal, sparse designs. Chrome, simple, shiny, bright and bold.
So, normally this is not a big deal. Most people have a variety of tastes. But as a jewellery designer I have been told that I have to choose a style. Create an image, do everything the same so you have a “line”, brand, brand, brand! Being contrary, to this I say “phooey”. I make what I love. If it happens to be trendy, so be it. If it isn’t, that’s just fine too. I think when choosing jewellery, clothes, etc it should be the same way. Wear what you love. Don’t worry that your favourite colour isn’t “in” this year. Or that all the magazines feature short skirts. Don’t cut your hair because your stylist told you to. Do what YOU want. Not what others, the media, or advertisers tell you to do.
Here are a few of the things I like, and make. They may not all be the same, but they all make me happy.