I have been asked to participate in an Artist Blog Hop ! I was asked by my friend and fellow artist Laurel Nathanson! The idea is that we answer some simple questions about the creative process which most people are endlessly curious about!
I have been an artist for many, many years in addition to making beautiful ethical engagement rings for couples in love, :)!I rarely mention this on Sulusso, but today is the day that I am going to post some personal questions that pertain to myself as and artist and the creative process. So here it is:
Q: Victoria, what are you working on these days?
I am always working on something fun. Lately, (I guess because it is still wedding season!) I have been sketching engagement rings. They are challenging from an artistic point of view because if they are to look like an engagement ring they need to have some classical elements, and yet as an artist, when I sketch for myself, I want to add my personality and aesthetic.
I am also revisiting some older jewelry-sculptures, bug like, mechanical forms. Check this one out:
Q: How does your artistic work differ from others of its genre?
I think I combine dissimilar elements very well (so I am also told). Naturalistic with Industrial, and Science Fiction with Classicism.
Q: Why do make and create ?
As a creative person, part of the simple truth is the inability to stop. Being creative is an expression of alive-ness. The ability to manifest has an element of birthing, without babies.
Q: How does your writing/working process work?
This is completely dependant on what I doing. When I work with a client on a custom piece, which is usually bridal, the perspective of another person becomes integral to the process. I love this part about custom jewelry! Often the client has a vision and is unsure how to execute it so I educate and sometimes nurture their ideas to life. It is quite beautiful and this process is very much about listening and paying attention to the clients energy and focus. It is less about a particular design or feature, though that of course enters into the picture. The joy here however, is that even if I am personally not attracted to a particular style, I am still joyful, present, and engaged in creativity.
This ability to be interested in something that is not my automatic “go-to aesthetic” is something that I have felt is very important, so sometimes I challenge myself in this way on purpose. I call myself eclectic at times because I am constantly pushing the boundaries of my own style, opening it to other sensibilities, styles, and ideas, so that while I have my own “style” I am also in constant relationship to what appears to be out of my style. So this mental tension is engaging and fun. This happens in sketching, with carving, and with spontaneous choices in the moment of creativity.
I think it is important to understand that with 3D objects, the creative part is actually a small portion of the object – most of it is execution, through casting, fabrication etc. If my mind is playful the way that I described, I get to extend the creative part and live it a bit longer in the experience, than I would otherwise! Now that is deep fun.
Now, move on to the next hop! Go see my friend Laural Nathanson, she is a lot of fun! Or, if you are a website junkie, just go there: http://laurelnathanson.com/