May 5, 2009

Inspiration that's all around you.

I grew up in a small Ohio city. To be frank, I never cared for the rural, farm-like, grey town. Though I always knew I wanted to get away from the Midwest, never in my life did I imagine that I would be living in California. Not only that, but I never really realized the vastness of natural beauty until I moved to California. It’s easy to find inspiration here. When I lived in San Francisco my dorm overlooked the Golden Gate bridge and the San Francisco sky-line. Now, living in Los Angeles, I drive through mountains and cities on a daily basis and am confronted with cultural and geographical differences everywhere I look. When traveling in other countries, my camera never stops taking pictures of what I see as exotic and majestic, fascinated that the natives find it all commonplace.

After seeing such inspiring places, I wasn’t looking forward to going back to Ohio or Kentucky, my alma matter, for the first time after leaving. But instead of seeing the gray, boring landscape of my childhood, my eyes suddenly had a new appreciate for an equivalent, albeit different, beauty of what I always saw as normal.

Here are some examples of photos I have taken of the beauty I have found in both the “gray” and also the glamorous, and how I have transformed their inspirations into jewelry:

Berkeley, CA

Purple Haze Necklace


San Francisco, CA

Asymetrical Purple Beaded Gemstone Necklace


Chengde, China

Zhong Necklace


Lexington, KY

Dew Drop Rose Quartz and Amethyst Earrings


Berkeley, CA

Black Eye Glasses Lanyard


Countryside of China

Mosaic Teardrop Stone and Beaded Earrings


Los Angeles, CA

Red and Black Crystal Illusion Necklace


New York City, NY

Golden Greek Goddess Necklace


Suzhou, China

Green with Envy Cluster Bracelet

It doesn’t matter where we are or what resources we do or do not have around us. What matters, and what makes a difference, is the lenses of the eyes of which we look at the world around us.

Where do you find your inspiration? Look around! It’s everywhere!

Thanks for reading,

~Christyn of


  1. Not sure if it's just me, but some of your formatting (html) isn't showing up right.

    Besides that, I love this post. I always enjoy seeing what people use as inspiration and how it translates to their art.

  2. Love this site. Great art, great crafts, and great witness. I misread the name, however. I thought "Beat Up" was what you did to your brother until he turned 9 and started looking down on you.
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