Wednesday, June 14, 2017

When simple might be best.

Hello! How are you all? Feels like a good while since I've been here.

I hope you enjoyed Jetta Sellers' post yesterday. She is a sweetheart, and her work is great. Loved the Lettuce Leaves!

So simple. . . . the word simple really means something like having only one element, not compound. So the word itself may be improperly used here, but by simple I mean not complex, not complicated. So although that is not the definition of simple, in the context we use it, I think it's still the right word. When you look for an antonym of complicated, you get simple! lol

I am the least likely person in this group to talk about simple. That's a good enough reason, I guess, to talk about it! It's likely come up before. Sometimes I lose sight of what I'm actually creating, get carried away, and a pair of earrings could be put together and become a necklace! So I do like to try to focus on simple sometimes.

But about 4:00 yesterday afternoon, I still had nothing made for this post, let alone wrote the post, so when I sat down at my worktable I decided I was going to do simple. . . . really simple. So that's definitely one time simple is best.

For me, it's the artisan beads. So many of them, ceramic, lampwork glass, metal, polymer clay, are so perfect as they are, that they often sit in my collection for a long time, maybe forever, because they're beautiful works of art to me. They are the art form I collect. And so many times, the thought of adding something to them seems really wrong. It's very difficult to enhance something that I see as perfect. You wouldn't dream of taking one of Monet's Lilies series and add to it, to "enhance" it. Yeah, that's an extreme example, but to me it's the same thing. The only difference is that the artist that creates them, makes them specifically for the purpose of us adding to them. So of course, it's what we do. So here are my earrings for today:

These earrings are available for purchase in my Etsy Shop here

The beautiful ceramic components in the earrings, by Petra Carpreau of ScorchedEarthOnEtsy, I've had for a good while now. I have worked with them on a number of occasions and nothing ever felt right. They are just too cool on their own. Knowing that this is a huge decision for me, I decided to simply add one dangle to the bottom connector AND NOTHING ELSE. Nothing! :) I might have done that another time, but would certainly have worked on the top, also. But I stopped. And I love them. Really love them. That was a great lesson for me. What I added were three pieces on each, two silver metal beads and one rustic, natural Turquoise disk nugget.

Previously when working with them I was picking up on both the periwinkle color that you see on the earring on the right -- it's  minimal but it's there -- and they both have a bit of turquoise around the edge of the bronze clay that Petra uses in much of her work.

So being in a crunch is certainly one time simple is good. But it does have other benefits if one is able to make simple. I say"able to make" because using only a few pieces and making a fabulous pair of earrings takes great talent. It's not easy, not for me. So it's an exercise I should take up more often.

The other benefits include keeping the weight down, which for me has become an issue. I can't wear heavier earrings any longer. They hurt and pull down my lobes. Another benefit is price. Less materials, less time, equals lower price. That provides more women the opportunity to purchase handcrafted artisan earrings, often made with artisan beads, at a lower price point.

That's it for me today. I hope you are all heading into a fun-filled summer.

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Happy Days to everyone. 
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  1. Great post and earrings Norbel. Oh, I so get what you mean that simple is not easy. It is not easy for me as well. I always seem to add more components. But you nailed it here Norbel. I love these.

    1. Thank you, Janine! I always appreciate your feedback. :)

  2. Splendid. It takes a GREAT ARTIST to do simple well. Brava!

  3. Ohhh these are so gorgeous! Simple is perfect! Indeed, it's not easy to stop and keep it simple. They are stunning.

    1. Thanks so much, Nathalie. It is really tough for me.

  4. Norbel, you are singing my song! I have a tendency to make my earrings too complicated. My first impulse is often complex. Many a time I've put a design together only to realize it's not working and then pull it apart--maybe even more than once (*blush*)--and pare it down to something clean and simple...and THEN it works. Your earrings are perfect and perfectly beautiful, with complementary colors and shapes and textures and simplicity that just WORKS. Love them and love you! xoxo

    1. Meridy, it's almost an illness, isn't it! lol Teasing of course. But I think I understand it. It's a natural desire to create. And we simply let our awareness slip aside and create. Basically forgetting what it is we're creating, an earring, that belongs on someone's ear. I have wanted these to become something for a long time, and was so grateful for the insight that somehow came along to just let them be. It's not easy. As far as remaking twice! No blushing necessary. I can't tell you the amount of wire I have gone through. It is more often the norm for me to redo at least once or twice than it is for something to work on the first try. Sometimes I simply cannot "see" how it is going to look until it's done. Birds of a feather and all that. ;) I love you too. xox

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  6. I love these. Longer, heavier, and busier doesn't always equal better!! Very well done!!

    1. Cathy, I can't thank you enough for taking the time to share your feedback with me. It means a great deal. Especially when it's something that is "less" rather than more. I love them, and I appreciate your vote of confidence. :)

  7. I don't do simple much either. It is a discipline that I am trying to change. Often I am doing layers and adding just one more bead....until it is overkill! They might look good in a photo but would not be wearable! LOL! So I totally get where you are coming from. That said, I think that these earrings are just perfect. It is hard to improve on a component that is that special. You just have to let them be, but I know that can feel a bit like "cheating" in that you did not much more than adding an ear wire. Restraint is not my strong suit, but I am working on it! Enjoy the day! Erin