In my Artful Success class we were asked to think about who we are, why we make the jewelry that we make and how our jewelry shows who we are. In the past I've been asked to do this in other classes but never really took the time until now. Instead of just thinking about it I started to write it down.
Here is where the paradox comes in. Do I really know myself. I say my decorating style leans towards the mission style (actually it's mostly eclectic but I like the mission style. Except when it come to dusting in between those little slats!) But my jewelry does not have the clean simple lines of the mission style, it's very organic. This contradiction, I've noticed before.
But with this new class I've discovered another contradiction between who I think I am and my work. We have accountability buddies in the class and I told mine that my ideal day would begin by waking up in the mountains and seeing the mountain tops shrouded in mist. So..... why do I have so many pieces that deal with water? I'm not a beach type of person (although if someone wants to give me a free vacation on the beach I'm not about to pass it up.) My latest piece "Diving for Pearls" pendant is about water. I haven't actually counted the number of water pieces yet (but I will.) I have a feeling I'll be surprised.
So what does this say about me? Oh, too much to think about!