For my very first post, I'll try to explain who I am, who I want to be, and how I'm trying to get there. For some people, it appears easy to write a blog about themselves, but not for me. After this initial introduction, I hope to talk more about what I'm learning in the hope that perhaps I can inspire someone else to start the same process.
On my journey to become a jewelry artist I think I started in the right place...technique. In order to be free to create, I felt I had to have a foundation of skill in multiple techniques so that I could combine techniques to turn an idea into something appealing. So...I started at the beginning, with stringing. Years later, I now have at least working knowledge in numerous areas. Depending on what I'm trying to create, I can use one or more of the following: stringing, bead weaving, kumihimo, Viking knit, wire crochet, wirework, silversmithing, chainmaille, cutting/ polishing cabochons, macrame, and my favorite-- polymer clay.
My natural tendency is to want to learn everything!. This trait has been useful, but it is also difficult since it is very easy to become fragmented. If I see something another person is working on or a picture in a magazine, immediately I want to learn to make it. Currently, I'm learning to bead around a cabochon and to use bead embroidery, sculptural peyote, while learning new polymer clay techniques through tutorials and books.