In these last days of the challenge I am trying to implement design ideas developed over the course of the past month. The aim of the challenge was to rediscover the potential of my own collection, to break down my preconceptions of how pattern and colour could be combined, and ultimately, (hopefully), become a better designer.
It has been humbling. I certainly discovered some shortcomings… both in my abilities and in my collection. For example, I’d like to add some golden yellow to my palette. I realized this after seeing the powerful complementary role it plays in fellow challenge designer. LeAnn Lowe’s incredible compositions. Melinda Deyhle’s delicious combinations of blues and honeyed yellows made me miss a few beads that I have had and given up along the way. I really must replace “Moon Ocean”, “Beach”, “Cool Dusk” and “Honey Dawn”. (Some beads stay forever on my bracelet, others I part with if a customer really, really needs it!)
I never would have composed a bracelet like this one before the challenge. Here I’ve colour blocked the glass in equal sets of three. Between those sets of I have grouped silvers, also in sets of three. I played with the difference in shape between the “doughnut” shaped silver and the perfectly round spheres.
This bracelet design is very structured, but having tight limitations on a given design can inspire greater heights of creativity. In this case, being able to pick only *three* beads of each colour made me look very closely at each one and try hard to put together a trio where not only were the individuals lovely, but also complementary to each other.
This bracelet is wonderfully tactile. Groupings of silver beads flow on the chain in a way that is very heavy, fluid and satisfying. I confess that while I have always admired the silver, and acquired some lovely pieces, I have not tended to fall in love with them the way I do glass and natural stones. However, over the course of the challenge I have finally begun to understand the powerful role that the silver can play, and I know that it will affect how I see silver from now on.
One. Last. Day. What to design?! There are still too many compositions to create!