July 14, 2010

Earring :: Ideas :: Inspiration

Poet and feminist Audre Loude once said: "There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt." I have heard this said before of any art form, that there is no "new" art, only reinterpretations of ideas already established. Think about going to a museum, be it modern or antiquity. Have you ever left feeling a deep impulse to just create? Something, anything -- so long as you get your say in the process of making something out of something else. I guess it's the same for those who watch sports and then feel motivated to go to the gym (said activity does not have an effect on me, unfortunately). 
That said, one of my main source of jewelry ideas is spending time in the jewelry department of stores such as Target and Macy's or browsing them online. I have been known to get lost in the sea of Etsy products and sketch some ideas from there, too. This past week I found some super cute earrings at Target and, with the new stash of jewels from LA's jewelry district, one pair lead to two pairs lead to seven new pairs of earrings:

This is the original from Target, priced at $40:

And here is the Bead Up version, priced at $19:
Amethyst, Agate, Pearl, and Crystal earrings, $19 

But then I figured, why stop at gold? Silver rocks, too!
Pink and Pearl Earrings, $18

Then I saw these earrings, originally from Anthropology but no longer on their site:
Which turned into my interpretation (based on the materials I had on hand, of course):
Pink Crystal Drop earrings, $19

And these Anthropology earrings:
Turned into these Bead Up earrings:
Pink Briolette Earrings, $20

Then I just kept going!
Gold and Leaf Gemstone Earrings, $20

Cerulean Blue and Gold Hammered Hoop Earrings, $16

Bridal Pearl and Crystal Earrings, $17

And while I was at it, I remembered a sketch I had drawn last week based on a design I saw in a bead magazine:

Which turned into this -- a new spin on an old classic!
Brass Birdie Goes to its Nest Necklace - Turquoise

I think this is the most productive jewelry makin' day I have had in awhile! 
Here's to another one!


  1. I had fun checking out each new piece as the tweets & FB updates came in last night! I knew there had to be a blog post coming, and this morning, I am treated to seeing them all together and what spurred you on...yay! There are several that I really like, but that bird & her nest had me at first glance! :>

  2. These are some of the best pictures of jewelry I have ever seen!

  3. hey...

    maybe you could do me a favor? Could you let Lindsay (lou + you) know that I posted her giveaway on my blog? For whatever reason, I keep getting those "mail undeliverable" messages back when I send her an email (weird - because emails to her were working fine) ... also! she WON a giveaway prize on my blog too...so I sent her an email - want to make sure she hears about that too! :)


  4. You have definitely inspired me!