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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:

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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.

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