Back when I was a graphic designer/commercial artist, I learned very quickly not to become too personally attached to my work because it was not for me. It was for my clients. My job was to design work that was visually pleasing yes, but more importantly delivered a clear and effective message. Simply. Concisely.
By contrast, as a jewelry designer, there are no rules. I design according to my own aesthetic as an artist. I infuse my creative soul into my work. And if the outcome is a piece that speaks to someone else as well, even better.
Recently, the husband of a friend saw the “World Awaits” piece I’d made for someone else, and he contacted me to make one for his wife. I was flattered, honored and nervous! What if she didn’t like it? What if he didn’t really know his wife’s taste? What if, what if, what if???
I worried for about a minute and then I stopped. I didn’t question. I just moved ahead and worked on the piece, keeping my friend in mind. Her beauty. Her spirit. Her love of traveling on 2-wheels. Her badassery! I couldn’t be happier with the outcome, and I’m pretty sure she loved it too!