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My life needs more creativity.  I was so looking forward to Pretty Things Beadsoup Blog Party but Lori Anderson had to cancel.  I used to participate in the Artbead Scene monthy challenge based on a piece of art.  I don’t have a lot of art beads and I don’t always like the art.  So I’ve decided that I should challenge myself on a monthly basis.

Each month I will select a theme to inspire me, either a quote, a book, a piece of art, or a special place.

For February 2016 my inspiration is a book, Be Here Now by Ram Das.  It was a life changing book for me.

Be Here Now cover_edited-1

 

I have a bracelet started that I need to finish.  It’s woven with blue and white seed beads.  It needs a clasp and something more.

Be Here Now Bracelet wip

I’ll be back soon with an update.  Thank you for reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B’Sue’s Build a Line Challenge, Part 3

Golden White logo

The purpose of this challenge was to learn.  I learned about marketing, creating a recognizable brand, the importance of good photography.  Most importantly, I learned about myself.

As a artist, you develop your voice by being true to yourself.  You build a body of work that becomes recognizable as you.  I believe the same is true no matter what your medium, paint or beads.  If you create with passion and truth, your voice will speak to people.  It’s okay and expected that you won’t speak to everybody.  But you will speak to some and that’s enough.

So the goal of marketing is to get your work in front of as many people as you can to find the people that get you.  It is totally separate from creating.  As a self-representing artist, maker, it is necessary to learn to market in a way that feels good to you.

To that end my time in B’Sue’s Build a Line Challenge has been well spent.  Thank you, Brenda Sue, for teaching this class.

Golden White logo

Here are some pieces from my Golden White line.

7 Golden White Earrings

Golden White Link Bracelet for BALC

stretch bracelets for BALC

faux ivory carved cabochon wire wrapped with dragonfly on a bead & link chain

Thank you for sharing my explorations in building a line.  Please join me in visiting the other participants in B’Sue’s Build a Line Challenge.

 

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

Jann Tague

Clever Designs by Jann

Judy King

Apt to Wander Studio

Linzi Alford

Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru

Carole Carlson

Beadsophisticate

Lynn Stinten

Dragonzwench

Marica Zammit

Bead Lovelies

Catherine Shattuck

VRBrose

Michaele Collie

The Vintage Gem

Mary Craig

Jewelry Alchemy

Lee Koopman

Strega Jewelry

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time Jewelry

Monica Casady

MJCasady Copper Works

Leila West

Leila Nicole Designs

Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

Leila Belcher

Leila Bee Designs

Gloria Allen

Wings and Beads

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

Tammy Adams

Paisley Lizard

Lynda O’Mara

LOmara Creative

Elizabeth Hildreth

MadScientistsDesigns

Dana Hickey

Wind Dancer Studios

Janet Calardo

Jan Lea Designs

Maria Clark

Sweet Willow Designs

Lori Beekman

B. Accessorized

Jennifer Kroeger

Relic Charm

Amy Jorgensen

Hoarder’s Corner

Robin Reed

Artistry: Handcrafted Bead Designs

Ingrid Anderson

Lilis Gems

Louise O’Shields

Desire Divine Jewels

Susan Killam

Killam Creative

Mary Katherine Deis

The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry

Nike Bottalico

Nike Bottalico

Susan Bowerman

Woodside Wireworks

Kristy Le

Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs

Jan Peters

Stylized Vintage

Mitzie Crider

Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog

Gina Hockett

Freestyle Elements

Linda Anderson

From the Bead Board

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

Melida Boman

The Journey of Pens and Things

Teresa Shurter

TreeZ’s Treasurs

Melissa Latimer

Smithed Up

Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art

Nadine Edris

Moondance Jewelry

Lori Meyer

Parisienne Girl

Jennifer Merrill Williams

Artists of All Stripes

Denise Lussier Poirier

Jewelry by Denise

Renee Allen

Small Stuff Design

Autumn Adams

Autumn Dawns

Elizabeth Owens

1996 Shabby Lane

Kat BarronMiller

Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry

Sandra Ballard

Mama San’s Mojo

Coral Law

ab:coraldesign

 

 

 

 

B’Sue’s Build A Line Challenge, Part 2

 

The purpose of B’Sue’s Build a Line Challenge (BALC) is to learn to create a cohesive line of jewelry.  My line is Golden White.  All the pieces are gold-tones and shades of white.   Is this enough to create a cohesive line?  Let’s look.

Here are some earrings.

7 Golden White Earrings

All have brass charms, stampings or specter beads.

Here are some bracelets.

Golden White Link Bracelet for BALC

 

 

stretch bracelets for BALC

 

Here is a finished necklace.

faux ivory carved cabochon wire wrapped with dragonfly on a bead & link chain

I like it but when I test drove it the dragonfly’s tail kept hooking my clothing.

Please join me in visiting these other participants in B’Sue’s Build a Line Challenge.

 

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

Jann Tague

Clever Designs by Jann

Judy King

Apt to Wander Studio

Linzi Alford

Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru

Carole Carlson

Beadsophisticate

Lynn Stinten

Dragonzwench

Marica Zammit

Bead Lovelies

Catherine Shattuck

VRBrose

Michaele Collie

The Vintage Gem

Mary Craig

Jewelry Alchemy

Lee Koopman

Strega Jewelry

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time Jewelry

Monica Casady

MJCasady Copper Works

Leila West

Leila Nicole Designs

Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

Leila Belcher

Leila Bee Designs

Gloria Allen

Wings and Beads

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

Tammy Adams

Paisley Lizard

Lynda O’Mara

LOmara Creative

Elizabeth Hildreth

MadScientistsDesigns

Dana Hickey

Wind Dancer Studios

Janet Calardo

Jan Lea Designs

Maria Clark

Sweet Willow Designs

Lori Beekman

B. Accessorized

Jennifer Kroeger

Relic Charm

Amy Jorgensen

Hoarder’s Corner

Robin Reed

Artistry: Handcrafted Bead Designs

Ingrid Anderson

Lilis Gems

Louise O’Shields

Desire Divine Jewels

Susan Killam

Killam Creative

Mary Katherine Deis

The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry

Nike Bottalico

Nike Bottalico

Susan Bowerman

Woodside Wireworks

Kristy Le

Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs

Jan Peters

Stylized Vintage

Mitzie Crider

Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog

Gina Hockett

Freestyle Elements

Linda Anderson

From the Bead Board

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

Melida Boman

The Journey of Pens and Things

Teresa Shurter

TreeZ’s Treasurs

Melissa Latimer

Smithed Up

Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art

Nadine Edris

Moondance Jewelry

Lori Meyer

Parisienne Girl

Jennifer Merrill Williams

Artists of All Stripes

Denise Lussier Poirier

Jewelry by Denise

Renee Allen

Small Stuff Design

Autumn Adams

Autumn Dawns

Elizabeth Owens

1996 Shabby Lane

Kat BarronMiller

Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry

Sandra Ballard

Mama San’s Mojo

Coral Law

ab:coraldesign

 

 

 

B’Sue’s Build a Line Challenge Progress Report

 

While I’m enjoying designing pieces for my Golden White line not every piece is coming together the way I hoped so I’m coming up with new ideas, better ideas, hopefully.

I’m drawn to simple pieces that are totally wearable.  When I see beautiful elaborate pieces and my first thought is,  “How comfortable are they?”

I’ve found inspiration on Pinterest.  Like this beautiful Edwardian necklace:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/226094843769234976/?fb_action_ids=1009801655715507&fb_action_types=pinterestapp%3Apin&fb_ref=226094981201268869%3A7c8606aa35c04181b12c

and these beautifully simple earrings:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/226094843769234853/

and this elaborate bangle:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/226094843769234919/

I’m learning new skills, thinking about new directions.  What I’ve not been thinking about is what’s trending, what’s saleable, which is really what the challenge is ultimately about, building a line of jewelry that sells.

Here’s a teaser!

Golden White Fan Earrings with Pearl and Amber Glass Dropswhite floral cabochon wire wrapped with goldtone dragonfly
twisted wire with pearl drop and butterfly charm

 

 

 

Stay tuned for the next Build a Line Challenge Blog Hop coming on February 20, 2015!  Can’t wait to see the beauty everyone’s creating.

Autumn Dawn

 

Build a Line Challenge from B’Sue’s Boutique, AutumnDawn’s, Part One

Autumn Dawn

Autumn Dawn

I’m Autumn Adams of Autumn Dawn’s Art and Jewelry.  I’m happy to be here with you for Part One of B’Sue Boutique’s Build a Line Challenge.  I have been making jewelry for several years now, exploring different techniques such as beadweaving, stringing, wirework, looming.  The Build a Line Challenge is an opportunity to bring focus to my work.  Fifty-eight jewelry makers are participating in B’Sue’s master class which culminates in 3 blog hops ending in March.  We are so fortunate to have her expertise.

Morning Sun in My Studio/Living Room

Morning Sun in My Studio/Living Room

Like many artists my work space is a bit messy.  What I love about this picture is that it shows some of my art and the morning sun is streaming in.  Morning is my favorite time of day.

I love color so it’s kind of ironic that my mixed media jewelry line is Golden White.  I’m inspired by nature.  Look at this peony!

Just look at those stamens on this beautiful white peony!

Just look at those stamens on this beautiful white peony!

And this lily.

I love lilies!

I love lilies!

I’ve spent hours researching 17th and 18th century jewelry for inspiration for my Golden White jewelry line. The pieces are simple and elegant.

Here’s a quick sketch of some design ideas.

Golden White jewelry line design sketch

These are some of the materials I’ll be using.

Golden White  Design Elements

Parts, Pieces & Potential

Please join me in meeting these other designers and seeing what they have come up with.

Autumn Dawn

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

Jann Tague

Clever Designs by Jann

Judy King

Apt to Wander Studio

Linzi Alford

Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru

Carole Carlson

Beadsophisticate

Lynn Stinten

Dragonzwench

Marica Zammit

Bead Lovelies

Catherine Shattuck

VRBrose

Michaele Collie

The Vintage Gem

Mary Craig

Jewelry Alchemy

Lee Koopman

Strega Jewelry

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time Jewelry

Monica Casady

MJCasady Copper Works

Leila West

Leila Nicole Designs

Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

Leila Belcher

Leila Bee Designs

Gloria Allen

Wings and Beads

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

Tammy Adams

Paisley Lizard

Lynda O’Mara

LOmara Creative

Elizabeth Hildreth

MadScientistsDesigns

Dana Hickey

Wind Dancer Studios

Janet Calardo

Jan Lea Designs

Maria Clark

Sweet Willow Designs

Lori Beekman

B. Accessorized

Jennifer Kroeger

Relic Charm

Amy Jorgensen

Hoarder’s Corner

Robin Reed

Artistry: Handcrafted Bead Designs

Ingrid Anderson

Lilis Gems

Louise O’Shields

Desire Divine Jewels

Susan Killam

Killam Creative

Mary Katherine Deis

The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry

Nike Bottalico

Nike Bottalico

Susan Bowerman

Woodside Wireworks

Kristy Le

Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs

Jan Peters

Stylized Vintage

Mitzie Crider

Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog

Gina Hockett

Freestyle Elements

Linda Anderson

From the Bead Board

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

Melida Boman

The Journey of Pens and Things

Teresa Shurter

TreeZ’s Treasurs

Melissa Latimer

Smithed Up

Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art

Nadine Edris

Moondance Jewelry

Lori Meyer

Parisienne Girl

Jennifer Merrill Williams

Artists of All Stripes

Denise Lussier Poirier

Jewelry by Denise

Renee Allen

Small Stuff Design

Autumn Adams

Autumn Dawns

Elizabeth Owens

1996 Shabby Lane

Kat BarronMiller

Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry

Sandra Ballard

Mama San’s Mojo

Coral Law

ab:coraldesign

 

 

Build a Line Challenge

 

I’m in!  Yeah!  I have been chosen to participate in the B’Sue Boutiques Build a Line Challenge.  Brenda Sue Landsdowne, the owner of B’Sue Boutiques is generously sharing her knowledge gleaned from years in the industry.  She is a no-nonsense, tell it like it is kind of gal.

We have to create a minimum of 5 pieces that are a cohesive line.  We will blog about the process and show our finished pieces on 3 blog hops.  The first blog hop is this month.  Best get busy!