Friday, April 9, 2010

Fan Suggestions

Sundays are Facebook fan days!  I've been asking the fans on my Facebook page to let me know what they would like to see me use in a ring.  I never guessed how challenging it would be.

For the first "Fan Day" I incorporated two suggestions: a Celtic design, and seashells. I didn't know a whole lot about Celtic designs so I did a little research and found out that the best designs are comprised of one unending line.  My design used two:

"Celtic Shell" 
Sterling Silver

Fan day 2 was Steam punk:

 Mechanical Constraints
Copper, Sterling Silver, Brass

Fan Day 3 was "Let Freedom Ring". This was by far the most challenging. Not being a very patriotic person myself I thought about it for an entire week before I came up with a solution. Then one day I was reading about Google and China and I realized that for me knowledge is freedom and that freedom might mean something different for everyone. I also realized that believing in and supporting freedom doesn't necessarily mean that one needs to be out waving a flag or singing patriotic songs. That freedom can be quiet. And that even if one is suppressed by their government they can still be free through knowledge. Knowledge gives one the information needed to make choices, and although many choices can only be made in a free society, other choices are personal and need only be known to the person making the choice. And so instead of a tongue that would ring loudly this bell was made with a paper tongue that the wearer may inscribe however they like.

Let Freedom Ring
Copper, Sterling Silver, Paper

As always RAD continues to challenge and inspire my creative process.  As frustrating as it can be at times when it's been a busy day and I really don't want to make a ring or I don't have enough time to make the ring just right, the payoff in creative exercise is well worth it.  A big thanks goes out to all of the fans who have come up with challenging ideas!  I can't wait to find out what I'll be working on next!

1 comment:

  1. you make super cool items. it's inspiring!

    i follow your blog now; feel free to check out my blog and follow it too.