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The whole Gypsy Junk collection, finally finished!
I confess: I generally don’t have a lot of confidence in my work, and I delete as many photos/pieces from my IG feed as I keep posted. Social media is a strange place—strangers can ‘like’ your work without ever seeing it in person or actually taking a close look at the details and really *seeing* the piece. It’s hard to know whether ‘likes’ are from genuine enjoyment of a piece posted or just a way to try to get a ‘like’ back of their own, you know? And when you get no ‘likes’ at all, you wonder how your vision can be so awful that you’re the only person to see beauty in it. And so I struggle a lot with feeling like my jewelry is too non-mainstream, or not high quality enough, or just plain old not appealing to anyone other than me (and sometimes not even to me 😂), and I worry that posting it just makes me look amateurish or completely lacking in any sort of talent or aesthetic and in the end I’m just making myself look ridiculous.
But this series? I’m actually pretty happy with (I hesitate to use the word ‘collection’ because my jewelry just isn’t fine enough to merit such a fancy title, so we’ll call it a series 😆...). Out of six necklaces and seven pairs of earrings, there’s only one of each that I’m not proud of. I’ve never dabbled in creating a series of related pieces before, and it was really fun to challenge myself to create multiple pieces around a single concept: using leftover findings, scraps, and odds and ends in new and unusual ways to create unique pieces. The results were both visually stimulating and environmentally friendly. Win-win 😄.
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