MAKING THE ORDINARY NOTEWORTHY
I want to continue the discussion about Jewelry Design Principles of Composition with the principle I call “INTEREST”.
“Interest” means the degree to which the artist makes the ordinary…noteworthy.
Better designed and more satisfying jewelry has more Interest.
The WHOLE will be GREATER THAN the SUM OF THE PARTS.
Towards this end, the jewelry artist might do something of INTEREST when
– selecting materials or a mix of materials
– selecting color combinations
– varying the sizes of things
– pushing the envelope on interrelating lines, curves and planes
– playing with the rhythm
– using a focal point, or using it in a clever way
THE QUESTIONS FOR YOU….
Among the pieces you have made, can you think of examples you can share with the group, in which you made the ordinary…noteworthy?
Can you think of examples, and share with the group, times where trying to make the ordinary…noteworthy did not work out well? Why do you think that was?
In this same vein, can jewelry artists often try too hard to make the ordinary…noteworthy?
Or not try hard enough? Have you visited stores – boutiques, department stores, galleries – in which everything seems too plain, uninteresting, boring? Too much like blue jewelry for a blue dress, without any distinction?
What kinds of things can teachers do to encourage students to make the ordinary…noteworthy?
One example of the successful application of this principle…
There’s a company called Firefly, and I have always been intrigued by their jewelry. It is made up of mosaic components they fashion themselves from things you might use every day. I’ve included some pictures of their pieces with this post.
Their creativity is infinite. In one component, they take a Swarovski square donut and glue a back on it, typically a piece of metal which has been stamped or otherwise decorated, and has two holes or two rings near the top corners. In the center of the donut, they might inlay some seed beads, some crystal beads, some colorful metal shards.
In another piece, they do the same thing with a Swarovski ring donut.
On the back of some bezel settings for drops they etch in words, like Spirit or Hope.
They have beautiful and often unexpected combinations of colors in their pieces.
Often a simple bead drop has that extra, “interesting” touch; it is not only a bead on a head pin, with a loop on one end. This bead would be set off by two small 15/0 seed beads, often of a contrasting color and finish.
Their website is: http://www.fireflyjewelrydesigns.net/
You can read up on all the principles of composition on this webpage: