52 earrings, bead, challenge, earring, new year, polymer clay, style
At the start of 2012 I signed up for the 52 Earrings Challenge on Flickr. The idea was to make a pair of earrings every week for a year. Here is a thumbnail summary of what I did:
While I did manage to make more than 52 pairs of earrings, some were a bit late (or I would make the earrings and forget to upload them). At one point I stalled trying to think of a new style of earring to make until I decided that anything was better than nothing.
This caused me to realise something – for a few years now I have been waiting for “my style” to become evident, but when I work I keep trying to make things different to avoid sameness. Perhaps and artist’s “style” DEPENDS on an element of sameness, so I am preventing mine from developing?
All in all it was an enjoyable and worthwhile challenge. I particularly enjoyed the themes, and I would have liked to have made more of my earrings to fit them. Perhaps in 2013 I will challenge myself to make earrings for the themes I skipped?
Happy New Year! Whishing you all enjoyable and worthwile challenges for 2013.
Line Labrecque said:
I loved the collection. As for your style, I can’t pin point it for you but I like your stuff. I did notice though how well you used wire to enhance the polymer in your pieces, maybe that is your style.
Ann Brown said:
Like you I have been trying to find “my style” for years, skiipping around like a moth in a mist in an effort to be innovative. I have come to the conclusion that style is who we are, not what we imagine we should be, and experienced a “Ha Ha” moment of recognition while reading your comments. Thank you.