I will have to admit that I am an impulse shopper when it comes to buying materials for my jewelry projects. Certain materials speak to my inner thoughts of beauty and that is what really drives the creative process. Of course I have a list of criteria in my mind of what will make the cut and why... that makes sense to me, but may not make sense to everyone, initially. This list is something that expands and could also change, the more time you spend experimenting, learning, and growing. In the mind of an artist any everyday event is an opportunity to visualize the possibility of what could be. Taking the time to just look at the materials that I find visually pleasing based on individual merit takes on a personality all its own as I add more to the mix of materials. And so it begins... while working on one project, so many more ideas come to the surface just waiting to be realized.
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."
Having been interested in artistic expression for most of my life I have become a pack rat of sorts. I enjoy finding unusual materials to create my jewelry with. I know the instant I see something that captures my attention that I will make something amazing, I don't always know exactly what it will be, so I am big on the impulse shopping if I am that moved and inspired. I have found in the past that some things are there when you see them and then gone tomorrow....missed opportunity...
One of my favorite necklaces I created with one of my "impulse buys" is a carved bone butterfly that is embellished with free-form New Zealand Paua Shell and Swarovski Crystals. This was made approximately 15 years after the purchase of the carved bone butterfly. I do have to admit that once I made the necklace and loved it so much I did try to locate more of the carved bone butterflies and found that the one I love so much is no longer available. The same can be said about an unusual piece of jewelry. If you find something that truly speaks to you then you should take action to acquire it for "later" it might be gone.
The single strand hairpipe bone choker is easily gender neutral.