JEWELRY

the eye of the beholder

Beauty is subjective. Everyone has their own taste, their own ideal.

This is my favorite necklace. I wear it almost every day, even though I have about 50 others to choose from.  (It’s easy to do that when you make your own.) I like it because it reminds me of a spider web. I know, eeeww! But I like spiders… and that’s a story for a different day…

I have come to love this necklace, it has become a part of me, of who I am.

As a jewelry artist (or any kind of artist) it can be difficult to find the balance between what you see as beautiful and what your audience sees as beautiful.

When I first began making jewelry, I tried to make things that I thought other people would find beautiful. And I’m not saying that I didn’t find them beautiful too, but my main objective was to please the end buyer. I thought I had to approach things that way to be successful, to actually sell my pieces.

After struggling at some of our first sales, and through lots of trial and error, I realized that I was making a mistake. I couldn’t spend my creative energy trying to figure out what everyone else thought was beautiful. I was just running around in circles, because trying to please everyone almost always results in not really pleasing anyone.

I realized that I had to focus, I had to concentrate on making the jewelry that I loved, the jewelry that I saw as beautiful. I had to be true to my own little inner jewelry artist. And then I had to hope I would find buyers who felt the same way about those pieces.

Our sales got better after that. Over the years we have acquired a small following at local art shows. I’m happier with my pieces, I love them all.
I would be proud to wear any of them.

But for some reason, I just keep wearing this one. I’m attached to it.

And if the same thing happens to someone who buys one of my pieces, then, and only then, have I been truly successful.

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
https://www.thebluemuse.com/the-eye-of-the-beholder/trackback/

Comments
  • Stephanie March 25, 2010 at 10:09 am

    That is so true! That’s something I have also struggled with. I have to remind myself that when I make art it is for me and when I’m true to myself I produce my best work.

pages

welcome

recent musings

places to follow me

Facebook Twitter RSS

Pinterest

add me manually here

beautiful blogs

fun places to visit

you can also find me at:

© Copyright 2010-2021

All text and photographs are
the original work of Kelly Letky, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.
Be kind, don't copy!

I can be contacted at bluemusejewelry(at)gmail(dot)com

My work appeared in:

button-125×175

button-125×175

grab a button!






archives

search