I love native american style jewelry. I also love pearls. I can't think of a reason why not to enjoy them all at the same time. What if..... this is a question I ask myself often while in my workshop and most often act on that thought. I'm not saying that every idea Iv'e had has been brilliant, but if at first it is not the desired effect, it's time for an evolution to occur. It seems that there are always certain spoken or unspoken rules that dictate the normal standard of how to do just about anything. This can be boring or troublesome to someone who thinks outside the box so I say "walk your own walk and follow your vision, the path less taken isn't always easy but it sure is satisfying sometimes."
As a jewelry artist I sometimes struggle with trying to identify with one particular style as my own. When I create and design it is based most often on inspiration I received visually from color materials or even just being in the moment. I must say that my workshop is full of things that I find inspirational and at some point will find a purpose in one of my creations. I think that a lot of the designs I make and materials I enjoy working with give my pieces a certain native american or tribal style. Sometimes I make things that have a native style using nontraditional materials. If I have to come up with a term to describe my jewelry style I think it would have to be "eclectic" because I do not feel the need to confine my style or what I make to one particular thing.
Black is one of my favorite "neutral colors to work with. The color black does make a big statement on its own but it does work well with just about any color. The pairing of black bone, black horn, and black onyx provides a very polished and sophisticated look....add a little rainbow pyrite and the possibilities of " what clothing options will it go with" are endless...
I appreciate the natural beauty of each individual component involved in a build. Inspecting each component ensures that the materials are not flawed and that the quality meets my personal standards. This is a step in the process that can be very time consuming but is time well spent. I only want to put my name on a product that that reflects my commitment to excellence.