Monday, December 31, 2012

Design Process

I'm often asked where do design ideas come from, or about the process of design.  If I examine the answer closely, more often then not it starts with play, which results in a component or a focal piece and then the rest of the design must grow to meet that original concept.

Oh every once in awhile I see an entire piece in my minds eye, or I work from a sketch of something seen in a movie or a store window or a costume jewelry book.  But for the most part I pick up a pile of beads, often a Swarovski elements fancy stone and I begin to bead.

I may change my mind along the way about colors or embellishments.  I might decide on an entirely different shape, but in the end I usually have a piece of beadwork waiting to become jewelry.

Such is the case for this lovely, large and bold piece.



And for the observant, yes I am just that messy, pushing wrong choices out of the way and generally making a mess on the tray.  For me I love the colorplay that happens on the tray.  The fucshia , green, gold and turquoise ab2x is a burst of color I find exciting.

But back to design.  First this was going to be a pendant, then a cuff, then a bead embroidered cuff, then.....For right now I think I will just continue to stare at it and mull over the options.  I'm leaning towards cuff, big and bold.

How does your design process work?  Do you start out with a vision or a pile of beads, or a little of both?

14 comments:

NEDbeads said...

That is just so delicious and gorgeous!!!!!!!!! Gah!!!!!!! I don't have words for how much I love that!!!!!!! It's very vintage looking to me, and so you know I'm crazy for it already!!! (I see a pendant, and so can't wait to see your cuff design!!)

Ankara66 said...

It is a very beautiful design, I agree with you, in the disorder usually appears much inspiration. Happy Year 2013

Cynthia Newcomer Daniel said...

That is yummy! I usually start by pulling out a bunch of beads, making little piles of them on my bead mat, and playing with them until something happens that I like.

Peziperli said...

Wow! It is, it is .... I have not the right words! It's wonderful!
I wish you a happy New Year!
Greetings, petra

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Just stopped in to wish you and your family a Happy New Year.
Nicole/Beadwright

newbeader said...

Wow, I don't have words for this, it is just incredible, wonderful, delicious, ...
A Happy New Year to you and your family!!!
Irina

Shirley Moore said...

This is why I follow your blog! I love seeing your creative process, and your use of color is always inspiring. I am excited to see what type of cuff this beauty will become. Thank you for sharing your creative process.

KipperCat said...

This is fabulous!

I usually start with a vague idea - a focal or some special beads, sometimes trying a new stitch. But then I pull out a lot of beads and work from there. I spend a lot of time trying ideas before I get one that sings to me. I like to have little bead piles out on my mat to play with.
- Liz Hart

Helen said...

Yummy piece!! My tray ends up a mess like yours.

Cristina said...

Sin ninguna duda, una bellísima pieza!!!

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

I wish you a very happy New Year !

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