One of the questions that I often get from young jewelry designers is where do I get inspiration to develop new design ideas. I think the hardest part of being a designer is the need to come up with a constant flow of ideas. Of course, this could be said about the work of any artist, but when it comes to design work, the need to consider practical aspects, as well as creative ones in combined with the need to constantly come up with new stuff can be almost nerve wrecking.
So what can make your jewelry design work easier? Here are a few tricks that I find to be helpful. Bear in mind that you will probably need to develop your own personal variation and that no one, myself included, has yet to invent a fail safe formula for inspiration and successful creativity.
I’ve discovered that meditation is a very effective for me and helps me to come up with better design ideas. I’m not an expert when it comes to meditation. All I do is basically close my eyes for five to ten minutes before I begin to work, take deep breaths and try to empty my mind. When I actually sit down in the workshop after meditating I find that new ideas come to more naturally.
The point I am making is not about meditation but about finding your own personal relaxation technique to use before you begin your work. It can be taking a long walk, going to the gym or listening to classical music, whatever works.
Free Association and Mind Games
This is something which combines well with meditation, at least for me. Try to empty out your mind and come up with a string of free association images. This sounds easy enough, but it’s not. Learning to control the string of images and actually drawing something useful from them can be likened to learning to control a fast moving car. Sometimes, an image will be clear in your mind and by the time you sit down to sketch it you will discover that it’s completely gone. It takes a lot of time and practice before you can spend a few minutes plating a free association mind game and then immediately come up with a sketch of what you would like to create. Some designers play free association games with sketching, drawing a string of images very quickly until they get something that they find suitable.
Doron Heifetz is an expert designer, jeweler and the owner of the gold monogram necklace website.