Thursday, June 14, 2012

Inspiration for Artists

Over a long weekend, I tagged along with my husband on a business trip, venturing to cool and green Boston. There I visited numerous museums and galleries, filling the well with amazing treasures that will surely influence my output in the future. It made me reflect on inspiration for artists. While the kernel of our work may be based on historical influences, conceptual theory, or natural sources, there is something amazing about seeing the best of the best from other artists. Whether it is something that is near to our own work or far afield, the artist's core recognizes the spirit in a special piece.

Seeing world class art makes me want to step up my game, to stop making the mundane things that have filled my days to this point. I feel emboldened to take the leap to the grand ideas in my head, to give up the notions of small pieces that don't cost a fortune in materials or result in gut-wrenching price tags. I want to produce work of my very own that will give me that same breathtaking thrill that accompanies my discovery of new work by artists I admire and pieces known from photos finally beheld in person. There evidently is a buyer out there for Mariko Kusumoko who spends unknown hours constructing the metal sculpture equivalent of a doll house, with a myriad of amazing movable and wearable jewelry parts, all meticulously crafted by hand, and carrying a price tag of $20,000.

Perhaps it's time to believe that if I make it, that piece of my dreams and heart, that a buyer will appear.


  1. Yeah Vickie, I'm with you. Make what your heart desires and it will be wonderful! I love the bloomingdales video. Suberb!

  2. Wonderful post Vickie, as a blossoming jeweler I struggle with this idea my self, what do I want to create? will people buy it? I guess the answer is to do what makes you happy x

  3. Thanks to you both, Kathy and Lynsey, for the insightful comments. Why do I always hear that little voice in the back of my head that talks against committing resources to "pie in the sky" projects? Siver is expensive, but I have this craving lately for gold and fancy stones that is just scary!

  4. Anonymous11:18 AM

    Vickie, I just ran into your blog and I love your work.
    It's so hard to just freely make something big and intricate without thinking of the prices and if it will sell or not, I think we all have something special to offer, I just hope one day to find the balance one day between art and production work.

    1. Thanks so much, Natalia! We all have these balance issues, don't we?