I have been thinking about this a lot over the years. And have also been asked these questions quite often. Mostly by beginners and a pro here and there
Here's what i came up with
If you have a creative block - don't know what to make, have no ideas, are tempted to borrow somebody else's design or redo your own - try this:
- listen to your favorite song and recreate it. translate the sounds, the dynamic, distortions etc. into shapes, colors, textures. listen to the song 50 times if necessary. it can be done and you can do it!
- translate another piece of art into jewelry - go to a museum, browse through photos and paintings on dA, google couture dresses, whatever you like (just not jewelry). find one that you love and make your own smashing piece of jewelry!
- limit yourself with shape or color or materials:
a) pick a shape and make 3 completely different pieces of jewelry based on that shape. use whatever colors and materials you like
b) make 3 completely different pieces of jewelry in the same color
c) make 3 completely different pieces of jewelry from the same material
limiting yourself will force you to really flex your creative muscle
- force yourself to make something that is completely 'not you'. move into another medium. try a totally different style. say, if you usually make goth pieces - try making a sixties inspired op-art piece. just do something to snap yourself out of your comfort zone
- think outside the box - grab a material which nobody else uses and make a wearable piece out of it
- get a fashion magazine and be the editor - draw jewelry onto the photos. over existing jewelry if necessary you KNOW those earrings Beyonce has on don't go with that dress sounds silly but it works. you can also do that on the computer if you know how to use photoshop or a similar program.
How to find your style
This one is a bit tricky but still doable and don't let anybody tell you otherwise!
I've seen a lot of people online saying "the techniques have all been invented already" "there's nothing new that can be done" "whatever you make - somebody someplace has already made it" bla bla bla
Well! I think that is a big, steaming pile of CRAP!
If that were true there would be no deviantArt.
we could all just pack our stuff and go home. nobody would ever create anything new and yours truly would jump off of a building pronto. new stuff is being invented all the time. people use old techniques in new, creative ways. humanity moves forward. everything else is an excuse not to be bothered with creative thinking
take a look at all the wonderful oil paintings on dA - people still paint NEW and DIFFERENT paintings with a really, really old technique. and they will continue to do so for many more years to come. hooray for that!
so, onto finding your style or niche:
~ There must be something you love (not jewelry). Tap into that. If you have an unhealthy love of tomatoes - create your own special kind of wearable tomatoes or make only red things. only red and nothing else. find your passion and go with it
you must have something to say that has not been said before
~ stop thinking "what can i do with this technique". don't start from there. the technique itself is not (or rarely is) what makes your piece special. think about what would you create if you had unlimited funds, time and resources. what if you lived in magical jewelry land where anything was possible. sketch that (however crazy it may be - the crazier the better)
and NOW think about how could you create it - and i don't mean "how can i forcefully use the one type of beading i can do into that design" - be crafty, think how to combine various techniques to serve the purpose. adapt techniques. that's what they're for
~ stop looking at other peoples work (in your field). that could be your worst enemy. when lost style wise endless jewelry browsing often leads to unintentional (or intentional even) copying.
when i develop completely new designs i don't look at any jewelry for weeks.
it clears my mind from other influences.
if you try at least some of the things i have written above and stay away from other peoples work you are more likely to develop a style of your own.
all in all - be creative! you have it in you. you wouldn't be here or reading this journal otherwise
seriously people, there are so many things to be made, so many materials not yet used, so many shapes to create - now go and create! have fun with your art, push the limits, be silly, happy and be the best damn artist you can be!
and if you get stuck - mrs. smartypants is always here
*this was written to inspire people and to be helpful, not to poo on things, stuff and whatever*
also, please excuse my probably faulty grammar, this journal would have been at least 3% better and more understandable if i had written it in Croatian
now really go and create stuff