It’s one part of the creative process; collecting.
Once you are inspired to create, you have to have materials. It is because of an ample supply of collected materials I feel that at any moment in time, I can borrow from these different collections stashed in my studio, and create.
Creating with mixed media stems from using items that have been collected. I have several containers of buttons, shells, papers, paints, beads, wires, tools, fabrics and completed jewelry items that are collecting upon my shelves, just to name a few.
Having your collections at your disposal not only provides you with materials to create with but sometimes offers items that have special meaning. The shells in the photograph above for example, are not shells bought from a craft store. I actually picked up each one from the shores of Japan when I lived there. Gathering and collecting items such as shells bring meaning to my art when they are incorporated.
Do you have items that you collect? How useful or meaningful are your collections?
I think that the most satisfying of my collections are the completed jewelry projects that I have.
I don’t mean to collect them, in fact they are all looking to be shared and sold!
Often times, when I start a new line- I tend to collect a certain number of a certain style before I actually place them online or in a boutique setting for public sale.
This gives the admirer more of a range to chose from. It is perhaps a practice that leaves me with art on hand but, it also creates a view overlooking a theme when art is placed in collective bunch.
If you happen to see something you like in this particular hand-beaded bracelet collection…let me know! In this case I am happy to deplete a collection if it means that someone will be enjoying my hand-made art!