First, I want to say how much I look forward to the We're All Ears challenge every month over at Earrings Everyday. When Erin started it, I was happy to participate and even when it took me some time to figure out what to make I was excited to finish and get my piece posted. I still love the challenge and can't wait to participate. But boy this month was hard on me! The modern art chosen for inspiration, is just that, very modern and is usually not something I enjoy. Since I am not a fiber artist, I really struggled to come up with a game plan.
Next, I spent some time focusing on the artist's color choices. I love the color choices and the way the primary colors blend into each other and combine in just the perfect way. From my color study I decided that I would pick one of my favorite colors and then see where I could go from there.
Even though pink is my favorite color, I design more in blue than any other. It is such a comforting shade to me and I just love the way it looks in jewelry. Taking a peek around my stash, I found the perfect blue beads that I had gotten in a bead swap recently. Of course, no matter what I tried, the beads just didn't look right on earrings. They are uneven, and every spacer or bead I put next to them made the earrings look so wonky they were visually displeasing. I was so ready to give up, to just say I would skip this month. But that made me sad. I love this challenge, have enjoyed stretching my design skills every month and so love the results. So after about a good 10 minute pout, I looked at those beads a bit differently and came up with this:
Those seed beaded beads are what gave me all the trouble. But, I loved the way the lines of teeny tiny little blue beads made me think of the lines in the inspiration piece and I just couldn't let them go! From the bottom of each bead, I have continued the line elements of this month's theme, using crystals in clear and two shades of blue. Personally I feel that they all work really well together.
So what did I learn from it all??? That I love the monthly challenge and as an artist I have to keep going. If something doesn't work, put it aside for awhile and then return. In the end, I really like my earrings and even more, I am enjoying the personal satisfaction I get from completing an event I so looked forward to.
Do you want to see what everyone has made? Check out the link below:
*Until I can get the link thingy to work (don't you love my technical terms??) Here is the link to the blog post*
We're All Ears Reveal